October 25, 2010

MMO Slut

I have a confession. I have been sowing my wild oats over the past week. Yes, I have been playing other games besides ROM.  ~gasp!~

Ok, so here's the thing: level 60 is a grind. Maybe not for everyone, but for me it was getting boring. I didn't have good enough gear to get into the harder instances, and the only way to get better gear was to grind out dailies and mentos raids and farm DOD first boss.
Now don't get me wrong. I wasn't all THAT bored. I was leveling my crafting, exploring the nooks & crannies of the zones, chatting with guildies, and enjoying siege (minus crashes). But a few us got to talking on TS and we all felt we needed a little vacation from ROM to go try something new.

Medi and I started out on EQII Extended. It's a free version of Everquest with some limitations regarding classes and races. It was fun enough, although I found the graphics to be disappointing and the combat too easy.
Next Medi, Heka, Maj and I tried out Warhammer. Now that game is fun! There is always so much going on: public events, RvR, scenarios, plus all the regular quests. But the free trial is severely limited. You can only reach level 10. And it's a subscription game, which I've never wanted to do.
I also tried out Guild Wars, cuz a few people in our guild had mentioned they used to play. It was boring and confusing. Once you leave town, you are on your own. You only interact with other players in cities or in your group outside of cities. Blah.
However, Guild Wars 2 is scheduled to come out sometime in the next 100 years, and I'd like to try that and see if it lives up to the hype.

So after exploring my MMO preferences, here are all the reasons I love ROM and still consider it the best free MMO out there!
1. Beautiful to look at.
2. Easy to learn.
3. Lots to explore.
4. Free play includes all classes, races, trades, etc.
5. Fun events.
6. Dual classes.
7. Great community.

So thanks Runes of Magic for being a great MMO that keeps me coming back for more. :)

7 comments:

  1. A lot of the MMOs that have their roots in the West are experimenting with slightly different business models that I usually refer to as "hybrid". RoM is what I consider to be the current winner and best implementation of what I call the "Traditional Free-to-play" model.

    However you view it, I think the West is starting by extending what used to be free trials. Personally, I prefer traditional F2P like Shaiya, RoM and all the other many F2P MMOs that have roots in the East. RoM being my favorite, of course. Honestly the only thing besides the universal bug fixes and class-balancing you'll find in any MMO, I just want to see more of everything RoM has. They've implemented some really fun stuff like the mini-games, castles, pet system, siege and more. I always look forward to seeing what the next announcement is with Frogster/Runewaker.

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  2. Try Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO). The game is quite good, the lore is fantastic, and Turbine has the best cash shop model I've seen so far. Now, while it is *possible* to level up past the free zones by killing mobs and doing the two skirmishes, it is a lot less fun. However, you actually earn the cash shop currency (TP, Turbine Points) *in game* by completing deeds, and you can earn enough to buy the next zone (which opens up more deeds to earn more points, too).

    The crafting is interesting, and useful. There are plenty of other cool touches as well; my main character just learned how to play bagpipes last night. (And I found a file to play Amazing Grace in game.)

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  3. Thanks for the great suggestions, guys! :)

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  4. Derrin/AwenspirationOctober 26, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    The only other game I like that is high quality is Allods Online. I haven't used their cash shop but it is fun to play and very polished. Runes of Magic beats it in customization (allods doesn't have easy add ons). I keep coming back to Runes esp. now that the market in game is stabilizing and inflation has settled a bit stuff is more affordable.

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  5. Hi hon, Poppie here. Haven't talked to you in a while, but Med kinda died. Jen is spending less and less time on, and there was a mass exodus. A bunch of us went to oldbutnotdead, who I understand seiged ya'll the other night. obnd is fun, kinda like medi was before you left. Miss talking with you.

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  6. I play Perfect World a little & enjoy it. Its visually stunning, you get to fly (how cool is that), & there is a big community. My toons are on the Heaven's tear server if you'd like a tour some time.

    This is TTT by the way

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  7. I echo the suggestions for Allods and LOTRO. Dungeons & Dragons Online is also F2P now, maybe that might interest you?

    Also, if you ever consider giving the WoW trial another go, now is the time! The Sundering just hit live servers, so now all of the old zones are completely reworked (and classes are totally different!). Some of them are mad fun to play. ^_^

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