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Author: neschria

Return to EQ? Hrmmm.

Posted by neschria Wednesday August 15 2007 at 1:54PM
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Last night, my husband was telling me that he had gotten invited to join guilds in WoW and EQ, if he'd just resubscribe and move his main characters to the servers where his coworkers play. He was considering it.

We talked about it for a bit, and I suggested that perhaps we could just go back to EQ and play from the start together. He wasn't too keen on giving up his vet rewards, but I can live without those. Leveling isn't what it used to be... Or at least it isn't as hard as it used to be. My fun is in the leveling and not so much in the endgame, while he's the raiding sort, so all those levels before he hits the cap are just obstacles between where he is and where he wants to be. Perhaps we can never reconcile our differences.

I am willing to give the endgame/raiding another shot, but I want to play through, and I don't want anyone to know that I've come back. It's not that I am trying to avoid my reputation. Despite being very silly and a bit of a pain in the butt on this site sometimes, I am actually very sweet and well-liked in real time communication, in game and otherwise. I do, however, want to get out of my husband's shadow. I am so very sick of being perceived as his tag-along, and when he's off ranting on forums and in game about some game-related issue, I want people to know that he and I rarely, if ever, agree on such things. I might tell a few, select people who I am, but otherwise, I want to meet people on my own terms and let them get to know me for myself, not just as "the Mrs."

I was pretty serious about playing a male character next time around. My experience is that male characters get taken more seriously and don't get patronized as much. For all the advantages people cite for playing female characters, there are perks to being male too. The downside to being taken more seriously is that people are less forgiving... but I can live with that.

I have the EQ1 Anniversary pack in my cart at Amazon.com, waiting to be purchased. I haven't yet taken it to the checkout, so I guess there's still hope for me. I suggested that perhaps we could play EQ2 instead. He didn't have a lot of enthusiasm for that idea. He felt about EQ2 how I feel about WoW- we don't hate the game in question. It's just not enough to hold our attention.

I would like to check out some of the newer games, but I really need to be convinced that they bring enough new to the table to be worth spending the money when I already have accounts in so many existing games. Right now, it is looking like we might go spend a little time in EQ1 in a month or so, after we move. I don't know if our return will last more than a month, though.

But I am  already planning out what I want to do. I am already playing in my head.