Normally, my ramblings about MMOs end up on dukestreet.org, but this is literally just some thinking on what I want to play. I’m coming to the end of my interest in World of Warcraft, at least until the next expansion. The only real reason that I haven’t announced stopping is that I still owe a guildmate the best end of a thousand gold, and I want to grind that and pay it off. I’ll no doubt be back at the time of the next expansion, or if other games don’t hold my interest, because WoW is a good game - just the endgame is dull.
The game I’d really like to play is EVE Online. However, while I know a few people who play, nobody I know well is interested in that kind of strategy-tactics-logistics sci-fi game. Now, EVE is a game you can play casually and enjoy, logging in once in a few days to run a mission or do some trading. And since you can train skills whether you’re on or offline, you don’t lose much in the character advancement thing. But MMOs are social games, and while I’m a solo player by instinct, I prefer to have a guild (or corp, in EVE) there to talk to and occasionally exchange help with. I’m currently on a five-day free play bonus there, and I’m considering resubbing.
LotRO is where most of the people I know, and indeed, the core group I played with in WoW, are ending up (look for the Wild Geese kinship on Laurelin). LotRO is pretty, casual-friendly, has crafting, and hasn’t much raiding. It’s also going to have player housing later this year (currently expected around October). Given the presence of those people on LotRO, I’m defintely going to be playing it going forward. Also, it’s an excellent game.
WAR (Warhammer: Age of Reckoning) is coming soon, and it looks like it’s going to be a stonking game. If there were people I knew playing that, it could possibly draw my attention.
The decision I’m really having to make here is whether I want to have a second-string MMO, since LotRO takes the top spot. I’m not always certain I have enough time for my current stable of tabletop games and one MMO, and a second might be silly. On the other hand, I really enjoy playing EVE, more so than any other game out there.