Or how this year was monumentally screwed up by COVID-19. I can’t believe half a year went by since I last posted, probably because I had not returned to mmo gaming since the year began. Oh sure, I logged in from time to time, but in addition to RL and work usually interrupting my gaming enjoyment, the real culprit was the coronavirus which completely messed up my gaming plans to enjoy all the retro games I usually dabble in.
Nevertheless, I am back now and will try to update and continue to chronicle my mmo progress while also bringing some interesting commentary and though provoking posts on retro mmos and the industry in general.
This week I alternated between DDO and Classic wow, with DDO getting the brunt of my time because I was really enjoying leveling up a human Barbarian on the Thelanis server. As an aside, I will say that I was blown away how many players were still enjoying this nearly 15 year old game, a testament to Turbine’s developers (now the game is overseen by Standing Stone Games) and also proof positive that DDO is so unique that it still captures the minds and hearts of a lot of D&D and mmo genre players. It doesn’t hurt that DDO and LOTRO content has been made free since the COVID-19 hit and more players suddenly had more time on their hands to enjoy the games.
But I digress, I spent nearly four hours yesterday running instances in DDO and leveling from the beginning. I did have two other characters in another account, but for the life of me I could not get the correct password to log in since it had been so long that I played that I said, “screw it” I am going to start from scratch, which is exactly what I did and enjoyed getting to level 2 rank 7 with 8,435 xp before calling it a day. I also got invited into a guild on my second day back! I am not a proud member of the Fiend Club which is a level 9 guild on the server. I have no idea though if they have an airship.
Today the order of the day has been Wow Classic because I figured I am paying a sub for this darned game so I might as well get back to the grind. My undead warrior gained almost a half level because one of the guildies was kind enough to run me through Ragefire Chasm. After that I spend the rest of the time on Warsong Gulch and enjoyed a bit of PVP action. 20 honorable kills wasn’t too bad as long as the Horde won and we did in just under 15 minutes. So is it too late to start playing Classic almost a year after launch? Youtuber Frostadamus says no. I did notice that he employed two professions to level up his warrior to 60, so maybe I should look into doing the same. What’s your gaming experience been like since COVID-19 upended and wreaked havoc on all of our lives in game and out of it??