...but the DDO servers are all down. This seems to happen mildly often, twice in the last week. Anybody who has seen me on Xfire should know that Atlantica is my top played game. I predict this will change, as I just recently discovered DDO, and am currently falling in love with those damn patching servers.
So what do I do when servers go down? I usually load up Atlantica Online.
Here's the thing about AO, I'm playing the game at this very second, right now, as I type these words. It's that simple. My character knows what it needs to do, because I know it'll spend X minutes auto-moving to point B, while my party only has 15 auto-battles left while I write a post for 15 minutes and use the toilet.
Seriously, the game is easy as pie. You can run this thing in windowed mode, and advance the ranks without reading a word or even really trying more than 10%. When in the mood to delve into having immersed fun in the game, try PvPing a friend, or a stranger in the league. Try taking an active interest in what you could craft to make the most money, or set a goal to by a fantastic mount. This report on the game is not meant to be entirely negative, and I couldn't go without mentioning the amazing community system of benefits for taking part in such things as: donating to a guild, sending an item or cash to a noob, etc. The game rewards good community members, and so there are PLENTY. While the entire game might not quite be up to polish for a truly competetive market, it does provide a few good tips for adapting to implement in future games.
This might sound like a harsh criticism, but remember, this game is Korean. These guys have laws about how much time you can spend at a computer. And with perfectly good reason, because some have reportedly died playing Starcraft from Korea's competetive Asian server. They thrive on the auto-run, auto-battle, free background game. Why is it so high on my X-Fire? Because I leave it on and I WIN.