It hit me a few days ago but I’ve tried to ignore it. Ever since Cataclysm’s announcement I can’t get World of Warcraft out of my head – ironically many of you posting on your blogs have had the same problem. I have the urge to subscribe for just a month and see what has changed over the past six months. Why would I possibly be having this urge? I have not played a mmorpg all summer; In fact, it’s been even longer than that. These are the types of games that I enjoy the most. Sure, I can play a game like Starcraft for several years but I will never be as invested in a RTS like I will a mmorpg. There is a certain sense of attachment that I have with these games that goes beyond “Oh I like to log in for fun la de da”. I enjoy the progression, the investment, the reward, and the necessity for something ‘more’ from the player.
Aion does not release until September 22. Open Beta starts on the 6th and lasts for a week, but since nothing carries over I can’t help but feel like the attachment and investment do not exist. What am I going to do for the next 24 days? I’ve had just about all the Heroes of Newerth I can handle. I need that distraction. Can WoW fill the void?
The last time I played WoW was January 5, 2009. Dang, it’s actually been closer to eight months since I played. I canceled my account because I couldn’t bring myself to participate in the same old gear treadmill again. I didn’t have an active guild to raid with, so I was stuck with pug’s and ninja looters. Arena PvP does not interest me, and I’m not a competitive BG player. That means I’m a PvE’er, without a guild, and 8 months behind the curve. Would going back even be doable? I have the offer from a friend to go to his server (Suramar) and join the guild he’s in. They casually progress through PvE and are pretty nice from what he tells me. I would need a nice group of people to help me. My Deathknight (yeah, I actually main a DK) is level 80 and geared up with most of the heroic instance gear. I’m at that point where I need to do 10-mans and gear up, but even though I ran a dozen or so raids I never got any loot on him (ninjas, bad luck ,etc).
What does a player like me do if he returns? Do I log in and try to find a group to do heroics? Do people even do them still? What is this “ToC” I hear about and can I do that in heroic 5-man loot? I’m full of so many questions and that’s what keeps me away from the game more than anything. Having 24 days before Aion means I have the time to drop a month and try the game. I have nothing better to do. But I need answers, and hopefully you guys can help me.
I almost talked myself out of resubbing today, but I want to make sure it’s a bad idea first. If I could play with people I know, see content, get gear and other loot then I want to play WoW. If all it would be is an exercise in futility then I’ll just stay away and wait for Cataclysm. Thoughts, advice, or ideas?