It’s possible I may have been provided — very kindly too! — with a LOTRO F2P beta key* but aside from installing the client I’ve held off actually logging in. For one thing it can apparently take a few hours for your permissions to be correctly set and before that you won’t authenticate to log in. For another, I’m always like this. It’s like Christmas or birthdays or other anticipation-laden present days — what I really enjoy is knowing there’s a shiny something to unwrap and not touching it. Anticipation > fulfilment — hear that, you MMO-gobbling locust generation?
Also, it looks like I’ll only get to make one char, since I’ll be testing that whole lower-class non-paying pleb option — and it’s going to kill me just trying to decide what class to pick. I’d rather put off the agony. I’m a slow-puller not a sudden-ripper with band aids too, by the way.
But I digress.
I’ve spent the last couple of hours playing EVE, totally unintentionally. I was really only going to log in to finally set the idle Planetary Installations to actually doing something, even if I had to set them on 96 hours (or whatever it is) and put up with the stupidly low yield.
Yet here I am, trekking across the various Gallente regions, finally emptying out some of my assets (been buying don’tcha know, now I should really sell the stuff) and generally checking out pricing in more than just my home region. Since I haven’t really been paying attention or even playing much, the corp is lagging in terms of actually making any money; Mort’s earning a decent living but that mostly stays in his own wallet, since he has some sort of religious prohibition against spending corp money even though we’re the only people in the corp. (And my sarcasm would be more effective if he were ever actually going to read it.)
Unlike most other people who play EVE, I imagine (including this extremely entertaining female pirate (YARR!) I found via Stabbed Up yesterday), I enjoy the game most when it’s quietest, so piddling about in safe space comparing prices and rounding up assets has actually been kind of fun. It’s also allowed me to set my PI extractors on half-hour cycles, which requires a lot of micro-managing — and a really stupid amount of clicking and double-clicking by the way, CCP — but does provide much better resource yields.
Um… that’s about it. I was mostly commenting on the fact that, as usual, just when I’m about to can a game I’ll tend to start having fun in it. Is this some kind of MMO-law?
My favourite view of EVE space
*I’m a poet, too, see?