I can slowly feel myself sinking into a gaming slump, which is really bad timing considering it’s #blaugust and I need something daily to write about. But nothing is biting.
In a way, I’ve been like this since I quit World of Warcraft around a year ago now. Since then I’ve flitted from game to game without ever landing on something that really grabbed more for more than a couple of months. EVE has been more or less continually subscribed the whole time, even though I’ve only dipped in occasionally to “the game I love to not play”.
FFXIV has been really great, and I do want to get back to that, once I sort out BootCamp or Parallels or something for my Mac (or they relaunch the native client, I guess). I’m a bit out on a limb there, not knowing the best way to go. It seems like either way will involve me buying a new Window 8 licence key, which might have to wait until the next pay packet. And there’s no disc drive in the Macbook, so that means — what? Getting a USB DVD drive? Making a disk image? Something over a network from my old PC? I don’t know. So I will get back to FFXIV, eventually, but it might not be for a while.
So what do I do in the meantime? I have EVE plans but they’re very long-term and very slow. I logged in yesterday and did some mining, but it didn’t really grab me like it used to. I have to be in a very specific, lazy-zen frame of mind to do that. I have Torchlight 2, but again, that only held me for an hour or so. I find it really fun playing as a duo with Kateri, but not so much solo.
I might end up back in Guild Wars 2 for a while. I’ve learnt that I really always need some kind of theme park MMO on the go to scratch that particular and permanent itch, and it’s a decent enough fit. I really love a lot of its features, and there’s still plenty for me to do in there. One thing I was interested in before but never got around to was running dungeons. I’m really nervous about that, and probably shouldn’t be.
There’s no true tank-healer-DPS holy trinity in GW2, so that removes my usual and comfortable healer role, but I’d still want to play some sort of support build; like a Guardian in Cleric gear. It’s a shame that actually playing support tends to make runs slower; I believe the high-end meta is for everyone to run in a full set of Berserker gear and DPS race through everything.
I have these periodic melancholic gaming moods, but they always pass. I’m not concerned. There’s plenty of choice out there. I could go build something magnificent in Terraria, or try my hand at Minecraft (which I own but have never given a fair shake). I have a full collection of D&D licence games on my Good Old Games account, many of which have Mac versions, most of which I haven’t played (or at least completed). I have The Witcher in my Steam library, which I bought on sale and never even downloaded.
There’s plenty of things to do. I just need to pick one.
- This my fifth daily post for the 2015 Blaugust Initiative.