I’m saving you about 6 or 7 paragraphs of long-winded blathering about crafting, market-based economies, a trip down SWG memory lane, player housing, and why I appreciate a nice break from level grinding once in a while. I wrote it, and I couldn’t stand re-reading it.
Let’s just say that I really enjoy how Mythic has distilled the WAR gameplay down into what was best about DAoC, with some great revisions (open groups, public quests, scenarios, engaging Open RvR), but at level 19, I’m still starting to feel a grind to the end game. I’m sure that will change a bit when I hit T3 and there’s a change of pace from the same three scenarios, and T3 RvR looks OK, but I’m restless.
I’m not going to bash Mythic for not including a deep market economy, or player housing. They picked the MMO elements they wanted to include, and I think they’ve been largely successful in providing us with a fun experience. Still, I’m missing a market economy, and a house. Those elements help draw me into a game. With what seems to be a limited crafting model and no housing, all i have to do until 40 is kill, kill, kill.
Ya know, I wouldn’t have minded if WAR didn’t have levels, and didn’t have a zone progression. Start us all at 40, or at 1, and let us gain skills as we gain Renown. Right now, even in a big guild, people are scattered all over, and most people seem to be running Scenarios over and over because it’s good xp (Mourkain Temple in T2, especially, quick games, good xp, good renown). The public quests are emptier as you move further out into the T2 wildlands, and I know I feel restless running and running and running between Ellyrion and the Shadowlands. A mount next level will help, but man, I wouldn’t have minded a flight point in every zone. Is that an RvR concern? Trying to make access to keeps a little tougher, to give attackers a little extra time before defenders arrive? Dunno, but I’m tired of running :)
If I’m feeling this way at 19 with my first character, I wonder how it’s going to feel by the time i get to alt 4 or 5. I’m not sure the “seeing content I haven’t seen yet” theory is going to work for me…moving through the High Elf lands isn’t all THAT exciting the first time through.
A friend of mine in WoW leveled up three characters at once, making sure the one he was playing always had rest xp. I might start doing the same thing.
Is it just me? Am I the only feeling like this? I haven’t burned myself out yet. Shoot, I haven’t even had time to play as much as I’d like, but when I do play, it’s feeling a little grindy.