Well, I’ve been a bad blogger lately, haven’t I?
Basically, I haven’t had a lot of time lately, and blogging was the easiest thing to scale back.
Actually, I haven’t been too much busier than normal, at least not with important things. It’s mostly my video game consumption that’s increased. I’ve been raiding Ulduar, doing the Argent dailies and trying to spend extra time with my family to make up for my increased raiding. On top of that, I’ve been playing Free Realms. And on top of all that, my computer has been having problems and it often gives me a blue screen of death when I alt-tab from a game to Firefox. As you can imagine, that cuts down on my blogging, since I typically have one game or another running in the background while I write via my browser.
Anyway, I’m having a lot of fun in Free Realms and I haven’t yet spent a single cent. The free content is definitely enough to keep me entertained for quite awhile. You do need a strong tolerance for hitting dead ends all the time if you decide not to pony up cash. A lot of quests are marked as member only, including chain quests. You might start out doing an NPCs tasks and suddenly you’ll be unable to continue unless you pay up. Also, some of the quest rewards are similarly locked. I’ve earned some decent armor and weapons that I can’t equip unless I pay for the $5.00/month subscription plan. It really hasn’t been bothering me that much, but I could understand how it would really grate on some people. In the end, I’ll probably sign up for a subscription since it is a pretty good value. I’m just going to wait until I’ve exhausted more of the free content. Oh, and I’ll probably never spend any real money in the item shop.
Ulduar is going alright, but it does seem slow at times. We’ve downed everything up to the Keepers and Freya. We’ll likely get Hodir as well this week. We haven’t even begun looking at hard modes yet.
I’m feeling uneasy about Ulduar. It seems like there’s a lot of unrest in my guild and the WoW community as a whole. A lot of bloggers have closed up shop lately and/or are posting less about WoW and more about their personal lives or other games. There’s no a problem with that, but I’m also feeling a bit of tension in game.
Perhaps it’s simply the fact that our raid hours are difficult for me to make and that I probably have different progression goals than most of my guild, but I’ve been feeling a little discontent and I think that feeling is shared by some of my other guildmates. The Ulduar hard modes are likely to shake up a lot of guilds as time goes on. I really want to get in there and start working on them for achievements and loot, but I’m afraid that many people in my guild will stop showing up when we begin working on them. They just want to see the content and don’t care about anything else, really. That’s fine, but you can now experience every boss without meeting the goals of more hardcore players. I think that some guilds will find that they all have different goals for raiding now. In the past, there was only one progression path and it met the goals of every type of raider. Now we have four progression paths (10/25 normal & 10/25 hard) and guilds will likely start splitting on exactly which path to take.
Anyhow, while there are a lot of guilds looking for applicants on my server, there aren’t any looking for rogues that are near a similar level of progression and maturity and have a schedule that works for me. The one guild that I wrote about before aren’t taking applications for melee dps at this time, but I’m keeping my eye on them like a hawk. I expect that they’ll bleed some members when they get to hard modes as well.
Well this post was longer than I intended. I certainly have a lot I’d like to discuss on this blog, so I suppose I should try to be more disciplined about it. I really want to talk about the insane grind that is the Argent Tournament, where I think it’s going and my success with it thus far. Not to mention some ideas I have concerning where lore is going with Icecrown Citadel. Oh, I also won a copy of the new Arthas book from another blog, so I’ll probably share my thoughts on that once I get the chance to read it. Lots to say, but little time. I guess I’ll have to put Free Realms on hold for a few evenings.