Tenfold Hate

T.G.I. Rambling
November 30, 2007, 11:36 am
Filed under: Gaming, MMORPGs, Pirates of the Burning Sea, Tabula Rasa, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes

Looks like a slow end to the week–and the month–MMO news-wise. After a largely PC-less 2007, I scraped up my end-of-the-year savings and ordered a new gaming rig with what scratch isn’t going towards Christmas gifts.

I work for a college out here, so we have a built in week off between Christmas and New Year’s. My plan? Spend as much of that week as possible making up for lost game time. I’m talking skipping showers, ordering takeout, phone off the hook, chainsmoking, tinfoil on the windows, trucker speed taking, Depends undergarment wearing-style gaming. Okay–not quite that obsessive, but I’m excited nonetheless.

First on my agenda is taking that second crack at Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. The upcoming revamp alluded to in the SOE producer’s letter will either provide the game with an overdue jumpstart or sink it altogether. Either way, I want to give Vanguard the old college try before it’s finally cast out of the limbo it’s lingered in through 2007 and either crash lands or sprouts wings. I’m all too weary of SOE’s promises of the great things to come in the “future.” Guess what? The future is now. Poop or get off the pot.

January brings PoTBS, which, coupled with Vanguard, would give me cause to get a Sony Station Pass for the first time in my MMO career. I had this one on preorder from Amazon but canceled after sinking a bit too much change on this new comp. Looks good, but I’m back to holding out until the initial round of “first impression” reviews hit the net.

If Sony’s incapable of holding onto my subscription dollar I might even give Tabula Rasa a shot. Despite my love of Lord British’s Ultima saga, my irrational disinterest in sci-fi MMOs has kept me from this one. But a lot of bloggers and podcasters whose opinions I really respect seem to be having a lot of fun with this game. At the end of the day, I can’t help but feel that whatever games get me through the winter are just filler to pass the time before WAR and AoC go head-to-head in the spring.

Mostly though, I’m enthusiastic to get back behind the keyboard to write about playing games, rather than the long-winded, theoretical pining and speculation you’ve had to contend with so far from me.

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