As much as I love WoW, this has been slightly tempting lately. And this has been a little more tempting than that. Then, yesterday I saw this. I might succumb. (Actually, AoC is the most tempting because I see a lot of people starting to play it now, but EQII would be free.)
It’s not that I don’t enjoy WoW — I do still enjoy the cheese they have to offer. I just like to try lots of different kinds of cheese. Even within WoW, I flit from alt to alt, activity to activity. I like it that I can have lots of toons and play with several guilds. On the weekends, I’ll romp all morning in the BGs, and then work on my crafting professions all afternoon. Given all I want to accomplish in WoW, I’m not sure I have time to give much attention to another game, but I do feel the lure. The people I’ve met through the blogs and in game are what will keep me in WoW for the long term, I’m sure, but I can’t help but wonder what other games have to offer.
I think part of it is all the non-WoW MMO stuff I’ve been reading and listening to lately. I’ve played lots of games over the years, but WoW is my first MMO, and I find it interesting to hear how the others compare. It’s cool to hear about other crafting systems, other combat systems, and the way that the classes are designed in these new games for solo and group play. I love about how players play the games to make them more immersive, and what they find appealing about different kinds of quests or PvP systems. I find game design fascinating, and while there are so many things WoW does right, I am interested in the criticisms of the game by those more experienced with MMOs.
Another part of it is that I know I’m a joiner. If you’re looking to try some new set of experimental alts? Sign me up — I’m all over it. I see some bloggers putting together new guilds in some of these new games, and that’s an additional layer of temptation. Trying another game at this point would be as much about being social with new groups of people as about seeing new games and new content.
(Stay on target!)