I have been anxiously awaiting the beginning of Winter Veil for over a week now; agonizing over which toons would get the most attention so I didn’t have to spend 6 hours a day trying to do all the things. So why is it I’ve spent less than 3 hours logged into WoW since last Friday morning? Because I allowed myself to cave to peer pressure. Not just from one person about one thing, but from two people about two different things. My weekend… it was overwhelming. It was also very fun and I enjoyed it greatly. Except for the part where I didn’t get my fill of WoW time.
Wait? What am I rambling about? I’m talking about how I somehow ended up buying 2 new mmo’s on Friday and played both of them all weekend. My dear friend, Lauren, has been talking up Guild Wars 2 to me since about 6 months before the game launched. Actually, talking it up isn’t quite accurate. She’s been bombarding me with information about it. Lol. Linking articles and youtube videos 4 or 5 times a week during our IM’s at work. There was no pretending to read or watch these things either, she would quiz me afterwards about my opinion on specific things that were mentioned. I can’t even count how many times I’ve told her I don’t have time for another game and I’m not buying it. But last Friday morning she was all excited about the Winter event starting in GW2 and then on top of that she sent me a link where buying the Digital Edition would give me a free upgrade to the Deluxe Digital Edition. Since I know how it is to be excited about world events and since I love getting a good deal on collector’s and deluxe editions, I broke down and bought it right then. I had already downloaded the game client to participate in a trial weekend Lauren talked me into a month or so ago, but I didn’t spend much time in the game that weekend and never really gave it much of a chance. However, it meant my download time on Friday was minimal as I only needed to patch up from trial to full account. I settled in to character creation and then began my adventures. I had seen so many videos, thanks to my friend harassing me for so long, that it was pretty easy to figure out how everything worked. I spent several hours logged in leveling and was really enjoying it.
While tabbed out catching up with my Twitter feed, I spotted a tweet about Amazon selling The Secret World for only $15 as a special, limited time offer. I have a certain Canadian friend who has been wanting me and a few others to join him in The Secret World. Like Guild Wars 2, it does not require a subscription (it did initially, but that has recently changed) and how can you let a deal like $15 pass you by? So I jumped onto Gtalk and showed him the sale link, which he shared with another of our friends, and she and I both immediately purchased the game. I didn’t start the download for The Secret World until I went to bed Friday night, so I didn’t jump into game play until Saturday. I’m really enjoying it, but I’m finding it hard to think of it as an mmo like WoW or SWTOR or even GW2. It’s more like playing Alan Wake or Silent Hill on Xbox 360 with the addition of General chat and other people running by you. But the 3 of us partied up and hopped into vent and went around killing zombies together. We weren’t always on the same quests, as you are free to wonder around anywhere at any time and pick up random missions (there are no real levels as far as I can tell at this point), but we were all in the same area and crossed paths and helped each other out when we weren’t lined up quest-wise. I actually ended up playing more TSW this weekend than any of the other games combined. Killing zombies is fun ya’ll. It’s a very creepy, very cool game. Plus there are lore objects hidden all over that need to be discovered and that’s right up my alley.
So that was my weekend. I enjoyed my time in both of the new games, which really sucks because I was already having trouble deciding what I wanted to do just in WoW on a daily basis. Now I have even more fun options to choose from. And just for the record, this blog is titled Elfi’s World and my world has now expanded, at least for the time being, but this will remain a WoW blog. I’m not saying I won’t ever briefly mention my adventures elsewhere, but I assure you I will not clog up your WoW feed with posts about other games.