Most of the posts on this blog end up being about MMO’s, which is why it’s been quiet while I’ve been bored/on hiatus with MMO’s recently. My last post talked about playing Ryzom, but I didn’t mention that I also tried out Dungeons and Dragons Online now that it went free to play. That’s probably because I don’t consider DDO an MMO, but I still should have mentioned it. Thallian recommended it in the comments on my last post, and I’m glad he did; it reminded me to talk about my experience.
Crawling through the DDO tutorial dungeons has been a pleasant surprise. It feels like I’m playing a good single-player RPG, and that’s meant as a compliment. The game looks good, runs smooth, and the dungeon crawls seem like they could be a lot of fun.
I’m having a hard time treating it like an MMO, though, and when I pine for the old days of MMO’s, I’m not thinking about moving into an instanced game like DDO or Guild Wars. I played DDO on Friday night, but Saturday night and Sunday night I found myself double-clicking the Ryzom shortcut on my desktop, not the DDO shortcut. DDO is arguably a better experience right now (Ryzom is frustrating me), but in the back of my mind, I think I relegate DDO to the non-MMO portion of my gaming brain, and I still desire the big open-world MMO experience.
Yeah, I think I just said I’d rather play a bad MMO than a good instanced multiplayer RPG. There’s probably something wrong with me. Maybe it’s because I’m such a loner in MMO’s, and I can see the need for grouping in DDO eventually, while Ryzom offers the potential for a more varied solo play experience? Maybe it’s the Bartle Explorer in me that wants a world with no borders or boundaries or instances? I’m not sure what it is, but I do need to give DDO more play time, and I need to avoid my usual tendency of soloing everything in an MMO. I think DDO has a lot to offer, and I’ll probably have more fun over the long run if I take some time to find groups for dungeon crawls.
I should be able to find groups; the Gamers with Jobs DDO players are on the same server (Kyber) as me, and I think some of them would know me from TF2 matches on the GWj servers. Thallian is on Khyber as well. I’d post my name here, except I’ve forgotten it already…I had a lot of choices rejected before I finally found an available name. If I do get around to clicking the DDO icon first, before I dive back into Ryzom, I’ll post my name here, and on the GWJ forums, and I’ll report back on my dungeon crawling experiences.