Saturday, June 7, 2008

Age of Conan...

I've been contemplating writing a post about the new game I've been playing as of late. Of course, when I say game, I mean MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game). Yeah, I'm one of those... but in all fairness, I haven't been one of those *hardcore* types in quite a long time! My love of MMO's started way back in 2001 shortly after moving in with Husband. My husband happens to be king of the super nerds (hey, I'm not kidding - he was the supervisor of the Geek Squad at Best Buy for a few years) and happened to be playing a game called Everquest (aka, Evercrack) at the time. When husband was at work, I would sign on to his computer and play for a few hours.

Let me tell you folks, I was awful. Pure suck! For my first character, I created a human ranger named Saldile (the name generator in the game picked it out, I liked it, and still continue to use that name to this day in games). I had no idea what I was doing, and I had NO idea how to communicate with the non-player characters in the game. But, I still tried. I walked right up to a guard and started typing to say something. Now, I had no way of knowing this at the time, but certain keys on the keyboard are "hot keys" and would trigger actions automatically. One such hot key is "A" which triggers you to Auto Attack. Ha! That was the fight of my life! I didn't even know how to talk in game, let alone fight, and I had decided to pick one with a lvl 65 guard! As a level 1 naked human ranger, I can assure you that I was insta-killed.

So, anyway, that began my love of the MMO. I eventually learned how to navigate through the game and ended up liking the game enough to go buy my own computer and copy of Everquest. Husband and I found a solid group of "online" pals to play the game with, and we both worked our way up to level 65 (he as a Gnome Wizard and I as a High Elf Magician).

As time went on, we moved on to new games. First was Everquest II (didn't play that long) and then it was World of Warcraft (which husband still plays to this day) and after that it was Vanguard (great concept, bad delivery, I'm pretty sure that no one is playing the game anymore) and finally I have started playing Age of Conan.

There are things I like and dislike about this game. The world is not seamless, for one thing. I HATE that. I hate zoning from one area to the next! I also don't particularly care for the lack of diversity in races. Every other game I have played until now has had elves, gnomes, dwarfs and other animal/human hybrid races. In Age of Conan, it is all just boring old humans. But - the quests are great, the world is beautiful and I do enjoy playing the game. So far I've made it through the beginning area and to my home city as a Stygian Demonologist (named Saldile).


I guess I should probably take an updated screenshot - she looks a lot cooler now :)