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Casual Thoughts from a Semi-Retired Philosopher

I play MMOs as an alternative to TV. Sometimes it even turns into quality time with the wife and daughter. Most of the time it's a distraction from doing something productive or meaningful.

Author: Hluill


Posted by Hluill Tuesday June 7 2011 at 9:10PM
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I spent the weekend traveling with the girlfriend and her daughter.  The daughter is a huge fan of Monster Play.  Well, what the heck, I have an old Blackarrow from my early days, let's log in and give him a whirl.

Okay, first and foremost, we had fun.  We died a lot, got a bit frustrated at times, but we had fun.  And I ranked (leveled, sort of) my Blackarrow.  We mainly defended Tol Ascarnen against Freep zergs, retaking bridges as needed.  She played a warg, which could work well with my blackarrow.  Well, sometimes we timed my ranged attacks with her sneaky stuns.

We even got mom into the fray.  She gave up quickly on her spider and rolled up a defiler, the monster's healer class.  She had fun with it, when she didn't take her deaths too personally.

Now for a bit of the rant:

I am cool with the Freeps completely owning me.  I have no problem accepting the fact that the Free Peoples of Middle Earth are more powerful than us Creeps in forces of Mordor.  Yep, they easily win in a one on one, even two on ones.  If they have some skill, a lone Freep can even take down three Creeps.  But jeez, what gets frustrating is spending the whole fight stunned, watching the moral drop.  It's like most of the Freep classes can chain stun or something.  It especially galled me to get owned by lone Runekeepers, the lore-breaking, magic-user class.  But hey, that's just my lore-nazi opinion.  

And, ranking up, I discovered that I have to spend Destiny Points to get the new skills.  Well, my account was hacked not long ago so I have nearly none (why the hacker used most of my DP, I am not sure).  So I have to grind some quests to get enough to get my new ability.  Grinding quests in a warzone, populated by players that can own me, is a really frustrating activity.

Okay, so it it wasn't as much fun as Warhammer.  But, it certainly wasn't as frustrating as Mortal, or Age of Conan.  Now I just have to get motivated to do those quests.