Monthly Archives: April 2011

Guild Wars 2 Video Contest

ArenaNet has started a video contest. You have one minute to tell everybody why people should play the game.

Now, I’m not creative in that sense, so I won’t participate. But it’s a nice thing and the first prize sounds great! And… yeah… it’s also a nice promotion for Guild Wars 2 (though probably not that cheap ^^).

I found one which I think it nicely done. It’s more than 7 minutes long, so it’s not for said contest but it’s still nice and summarizes what I’m interested in as well! :)

Loriot – Jodeldiplom

I called my warden’s javelin “was Eigenes”. Doesn’t make much sense to non-Germans who don’t know Loriot. But I tried to explain it to a fellow kinmate and found this awesome video with English subtitles. Loriot is a genius. Might not be everybody’s humour but I really adore him. :oD

Edge of Destiny

I finally finished reading the second Guild Wars 2 book “Edge of Destiny” today. At first, I didn’t like it as much as I liked the first book (from the way it was written) but then it sucked me into the story completely. I couldn’t put it away today until I was finished reading it.

While reading it, I noticed that Asuras “waddle”. And I remembered that one GW2 video that showed Asuras jumping and walking, so I looked for it on their website. And only then did I realise that this very video actually showed the protagonists of the book. SO cool! I can’t wait to walk through this world and be a part of it.

(And I love the Asuras so much that by now, I’m willing to not play an warrior as my main but rather a magical class just to have a fitting class for my Asura… I think they’re by far the coolest race, followed by Sylvari which is funny because at first, I thought they’re too “elf like” and I don’t like elves that much… ;) But instead, they’re innocently naive and brutally honest – which I think are great characteristics in this combination).

Race and class combinations

So it seems that Guild Wars 2 will allow every race-class combination which is great from a playability standpoint. No class will be underrepresented just because people don’t like the race it’s associated with.

I usually really love playing unusual combinations. I don’t absolutely need to have an unusual combination but so far, I seem to have fallen in love with the them quite often and I like that.


(Seen in picture on the left: My female dwarf rogue in WoW – most unusual combination? At least the runner-up, I’m sure ^^)

I’ve been thinking what I want to play when Guild Wars 2 released. I’m currently playing a warrior in Guild Wars and would really love to play that class as my main again. But I want an Asura! And I’m sure that it’ll not be the most popular combination (not with Norn and Charr around). So it could be perfect… except that this time and with this game, I’ve actually read more about the lore than I have about other games and it seems so unfitting to choose an Asura warrior. Wouldn’t it be an affront to my future Asura to make her a warrior? Wouldn’t she rather use her brain instead of her muscles?

There’s only one solution to it: The two unrevealed classes just have to be so great that I’ll toss the warrior aside and want to have one of those as my main (and, of course, it’ll be a class that uses spells or… anything tricky? instead of pure muscles).

And I’m sure all of this sounds totally irrelevant to those people who just play whichever combination is best and don’t care about the way their character looks. To be honest, I never understood why those people even play MMORPGs which are, at least for me, virtual worlds in which I virtually live and breathe. But that’s a different topic and to each their own. ;) I’d just like to end my little dilemma and either know that in the lore there are great Asuran warriors who care more about pure muscle power or that the next two classes are going to be great ones for my future little Asura girl. ;)

In eigener Sache… ;)

Children of Thain is a casual and social kinship with a strong focus on the social aspects of the game. While we do enjoy ingame content we also grave the opportunity to talk with our fellow kinmates and share ideas, opinions and stories. If you don’t take the game too seriously and just want to have some fun and relax, see http://childrenofthain.net for more information.

Oh yes, We’re on the European server “Evernight”. :)

Rift vs. LotRO

I’m finally finished with my exams and thus, with university. Now, this blog isn’t about my private non-gaming life, so I won’t talk about that anymore. This weekend, however, I told myself I’d spend it gaming. Whenever I thought about it in the last 8 weeks (yearning for the carefree weekend without worrying about passing and, of course getting “very good” grades), I saw myself playing Rift. At some point during my exams, I left my kin which surprised me because I hadn’t realised that this was one of the main reasons why I hadn’t enjoyed myself in LotRO anymore. I finally launched Rift today and spent about an hour in there*. I reached level 29 today. Go me, right? But… something isn’t right. I don’t want to look for a guild, I don’t want to look for a community. I found my niche in LotRO. After playing it for more than 2 years (I think… not sure, actually), I finally have found a corner that I’m happy in. We’re 4 people playing and we won’t be able to do more than our 3 man instances (which we haven’t done yet). But I’m happy and haven’t had that much fun in LotRO in a long time. I can play in unconventional ways, I’m not expected to know everything and the others are very patient and will let me practice tanking with them (I love playing tanks but I’m too insecure to try it out with people I don’t know which is why I’ve hardly ever played tanks).

When I first started playing LotRO, I’d been fed up with World of Warcraft. In WoW, it’s all about playing well, knowing your stuff, having the best gear available… – well, if you play the game, you probably know what I mean. I was so happy to finally find a game where it’s not about the “gear spiral”. Where it’s not about hunting after the latest and best gear set. Where the world, the atmosphere, silly things like playing instruments and decorating your house, are more important than a perfect build and the best gear. Boy, was I wrong. You will find elitist people and elitist opinions in every game. I know that now. There were even elitist PvP-people I met… in LotRO! That one person came from Warhammer, apparently, and talked like he knew all about PvP because he’d been in WAR and well, if you’ve been there, you know what real PvP is and you’re a star… or something like that. ;) And of course, PvP is serious business like in every game (don’t get me wrong. I love consensual PvP, preferably in scenarios/warfronts where the main objective is playing together as a team and having objectives and not just killing the other side).

What I’ve learned by now is that I am not the average gamer. When somebody tells me that I need to get certain gear or need to do certain instances first before I can go to other instances, I just lose all interest in the game. It stops being fun. I might “hinder” myself now and I might slow down or even stop any kind of progression my character could ever see. But I am happy in LotRO the way I play now! I’m doing deeds that I’d wanted to do for ages and never felt like doing. Now I am doing them because I remembered that I want to do them. I don’t have to do them. Big difference for me.

On the other hand, it also means that I probably won’t continue my sub for Rift after this month. And I’m actually sorry about that. I really love that game and I think they’re doing a lot of things right. Even if they’re having the gear spiral as well (at which point I just want to curse at ArenaNet for being – in my opinion – STUPID for changing their “no better gear at max level” from Guild Wars to “yes, please, get better gear!!!” in Guild Wars 2. WHY? *sigh*), I saw myself easily finding a good niche for myself in Rift. Hunting after every artifact – or collecting them and selling them for lots of platinum! ;)

But it’s lacking one thing: Good friends. And that’s probably why WoW is still the MMO-king. We, the WoW players, usually know lots of friends who play the game as well and why should we leave it and find new friends elsewhere? In my case, it’s LotRO. Without that one good friend, I wouldn’t have stayed in LotRO. I wouldn’t have bought the lifetime account when it was offered to me by Codemasters for 110 Euros. And now, she and her initiative to leave the kin made me fall in love again with the game.**

By the way, in case you’re playing LotRO on the European servers and are looking for a social/casual kin to join: http://childrenofthain.net – We’re looking for new members who are also comfortable in a small social niche. ;)

* It’s funny how sloooooow my character moves around after playing LotRO. I first thought it must be some kind of bug but it isn’t. It’s just slower moving around. Funny how your mind gets used to a certain speed in another MMO.

** If only their housing wasn’t utter crap. Hooks? Really? No way to place a chair next to a table? What were you thinking when you implemented that piece of disappointment?

Edit: WordPress spell-checker wanted to change “objectives” into “goals” or “aims” because objectives is a “complex expression”. Really? O.o (I’m not a native speaker as my readers probably noticed… so this sounds just weird to me)

The importance of a fitting guild/kinship

On April 1, I left my LotRO kinship. No, it was no April Fools Joke. I was an officer but I decided to leave. So did another officer and the former second-in-command. No hard feelings about the kinship on our side.

It had all begun dawning on us that it’s time to leave when a discussion started in the officer forum about what to do now with radiance gone. Mind you, only a handful of people even raid. Not many more are interested. Being an officer, I had been told that I should join the ocassional raid which I only nodded to. They knew I didn’t want to raid but I also knew that once in a while, they did a fun raid. I could join those.

One other officer wrote down a list of what he wanted instead of radiance. It sounded like something I expected from a WoW raid… including checking if the character had earned specific titles. Very… weird (it’s a casual/social kinship with raids as a side dish – but they’re done in collaboration with another kinship).

When LotRO went f2p in Europe, we also started recruiting more. I usually sent off our message in the OOC-chat channel in the game but left out the part that said people interested could whisper me. I’ve had enough “Can I join, plx???????”. Thank you, but no thank you. So I just sent them off to our forum. Not surprisingly, nobody ever used the forum to get into the kinship. Our leader had hoped that by inviting more people, he’d also get more for raiding. And maybe he will. But that whole discussion about what to do with radiance gone now made me realise that I hadn’t felt comfortable in the kinship for a very long time. On the one hand, we have the leadership plus officers that hang out in TS (which I don’t like doing. I live together with my boyfriend, aka bookahnerk, and find it weird to be talking and listening to people on TS all evening long while basically ignoring him because I can’t listen to several people at once. So that’s one reason out of several ones why I don’t like hanging out in TS channels) and on the other hand, we have a squidzillion people in the kin that I don’t know and that I don’t really feel like getting to know better.

I felt weird saying all that because none of that felt like a good reason to leave. Somehow, in my mind, people always leave because of drama or other important reasons. In my case, I left because I prefer a social climate with a smaller amount of people around (I have no idea how many we were in the end. I tried to count them but with the weird kinship memberlist in game, it’s kind of hard. I’d guess more than 40? But that’d be pure speculation!).

So far, there’s also no drama at all. We told them why we’re leaving and we made sure they know that it’s not personal. It’s just because we prefer a different climate in the kinship and we can’t possibly force them to change their kin just so we like it. That’s not the way it goes!

We founded our own kinship and since then, I have barely been able to shut up in kinship chat. I’ve also been online every single evening just doing silly and maybe even useless stuff. Nothing that brought me closer to any goal (except last night where I cursed my way through Moria in order to try to get the epic questline done because I want that legendary trait for my warden!).

Before, I always felt obligated to get better gear, get my virtues up etc. to 1) set a good example being an officer and all that and 2) for not being laughed at when/if I joined a raid. Which resulted in me not logging one for weeks sometimes. Just for a minute or two in the evenings, so it looked like I was still active.

When I play an MMO, I want to play it the way I like. I don’t want to be forced or feel obligated to do anything (the latter happened in my former kinship). Of course, having crappy gear also means that I would never even dream of asking people to take me on a raid with them! I’m not stupid, after all, and I don’t want to spoil somebody else’s fun by being a hinderance. ;)

Now I know that my perfect kinship isn’t the perfect kinship for a lot of other people. So far, our kinship consists of 4 members. We will be looking to add a few more because maybe there are other people who feel the same way on our server. Players who want a kinship that’s “social” because we like talking/writing to each other. We don’t need any games or special kinship events or instance/questing nights. We’re not opposed to it either. But LotRO should be a place we go to relax. It should never be a place where we need to “work on our gear” or “try hard to meet other people’s expectations and never make any mistakes”. It should just be a place where I feel comfortable and hopefully, others will feel the same way.