So I’m about halfway through this no-quests week, by my own freaky internal gaming calendar (taking out days where I can’t play, phases of the moon, hangovers, etc. etc.). It’s been a really interesting and really really fun trip so far.
Warning: Incoming wall of text.
RL being what it can be, I didn’t get a chance to log in yesterday. The day before, however, a few hours’ play saw Ysharros the Scary Captain go from 10 to 14, all without a single quest. Her first foray into AH selling also went well, and I logged in for my second session to discover I’d made almost 450 silver overnight. It may not be much, but considering she had something like 17 silver in her pocket the night before, it was a fortune!
So. You’d think without quests there wouldn’t be much to tell, but yesterday was actually a really fun day. I even remembered to take quite a few screenshots along the way, which I will — in the way of baby and holiday pictures — happily inflict upon the rest of you.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about “playing with no questing” is the general reaction it seems to elicit. Yesterday’s comments were mostly along the lines of “but you won’t level!” Or level slowly, or with a lot of grinding — whatever. The basic idea was that without questing I wouldn’t progress.
Behold! Ysharros, Captain of Dale, on Elendilmir.
She’s a little on the pasty side, like she doesn’t get enough sun. I figured that was accurate enough for in-game personification of self. (Though for what it’s worth I’m not nearly as pale as when we lived in Texas. Here in the New Mexico mountains the sun — albeit bright — is kinder and doesn’t try to strangle you with heat and fumes.)
I’ve taken exactly one quest so far, and that one couldn’t be avoided unless I was willing to be trapped in beginner-instance limbo for the rest of the poor char’s life.
(AKA: Putting my gaming money where my mouth is.)
(EDIT – server change. I’ll make this alt on Landroval where I have *cough* one char slot left. I’m also kicking around the idea of just taking an existing char and not questing for a week, but I’m not sure that would be legit. None of the chars are higher than 16 or so.)
Quite a few people are talking about quests at the moment, including the usual suspects (Spinks, Stargrace) and on a variety of slants. They’re all good posts and they — as good posts should — made me think.
More specifically, the hare-brained idea for this Monday morning was: “I wonder if I could play a game for a week without doing a single quest?”
Sounds easy, right? I suspect it won’t be.
I’ve gone from being MMOnogamous to being an MMO-ho. With frickin’ laser beams!
In the last couple of days I’ve been granted access to the LOTRO F2P beta (thanks to Mordor or Bust), spent more time in EVE than I expected (and then, again, less, as my Planetary Installations rot unworking and useless), and tried Age of Conan on their Endless Free Tortage (that’s Tohr-TAAAAJ by the way) Trial.
It’s probably not news to anyone, but we’ll headline it anyway.
I am a beta whore
There. Now it’s out in the open I can consider looking for a support group.
In the meantime, check out Mordor or Bust: they haz podcast. They haz twitter. And — o hai! — they haz LOTRO free to play beta keys. I’m still looking for the free T-shirts, because nobody can resist a free T-shirt.
I’m not actually sure what a F2P beta is — as in, what might actually need to be tested — but I am an ignorant peon and I don’t actually care. It’d be a good way to take a look at LOTRO again without shelling out, especially now that I haz better computer. LOTRO still stands in my memory as the MMO with the best landscapes ever, and maybe I’ll be kinder on the gameplay with a few years’ distance. The last time I played LOTRO in any meaningful way was during the beta (the pre-launch kind, since we now have post-launch kinds), and I was planning on checking out the F2P model when it came out.
Assuming I get a key, I can check it out early. Pick me! Pick me!
With thanks to Dickie (or rather, his twitter-version) for the original info! Plus, you’re one of my four readers. That free T-shirt is in the mail*
*insert really small disclaimer text about Acts of God, strikes, and other reasons other than sheer mendacity why you might actually not ever get said free T-shirt