Till Death or Gaming do us (part 1)

Reoh | 17 January 2010 | Comments off
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Penned by the hand of Sassy

For the past few years I along with my husband have been gaming nomads, aimlessly drifting from beta to free trial in search of something I don’t think I could ever fully explain.

Both my husband and I love gaming together; it is after all how we met.Both my husband and I love gaming together; it is after all how we met. But, finding a game that suits both of our playing styles becomes an issue. He is content with staying in one place killing the same monster for days in order to obtain that one prized piece of equipment or he rushes through the world trying to level his character as fast as he can to get involved with the higher level groupings.

I on the other hand want to see and experience everything a game has to offer. I want to read through each quest and get involved in the story. I want to craft and decorate a house. I want to stop and admire the waterfall, a castle or the details of the critters that inhabit the world.

So we compromise… I create one character whose only goal is to be placed on follow and dragged around the world at breakneck speed to heal, loot corpses and keep him alive. He creates one character that levels slowly and stops and smells the roses with me. We alternate which of these characters we play. We also create characters that we play when one or the other of us can’t be online due to real life obligations.

We now find ourselves, at the urging of friends, venturing into the lands of Everquest 2. I know it isn’t a new title and many have already lost interest in it, but currently there isn’t a game in sight that has peaked our interest or can provide the necessary components that will satisfy both my desires and those of my husband.

What will follow are continuing articles about our adventures and views of the game.

We began our life in Norrath in the newbie area called Queen’s Colony. It is an area in the game that guides you step by step through tutorial type quests. The story lines through the quests, to me, were interesting, one leading nicely into the next as you battle to uncover the corruption in the forests. I was in awe of the detail given even to the simplest things like the sand on the beaches. He was more impressed with the fact the game could be viewed in 1st or 3rd person perspective and headed off to start slaying whatever crossed his path.

While I took my time learning about all the aspects of the game, adventuring, collections, harvesting and crafting, through the tutorials, he gained level after level bashing critters and laughing as he pulled ahead of me. While I took my time learning about all the aspects of the game, adventuring, collections, harvesting and crafting, through the tutorials, he gained level after level bashing critters and laughing as he pulled ahead of me. At the end of the day he may have been level 9 and ready to leave the island, but he had no harvesting or crafting skills, hadn’t completed but 2 quests and had no clue what collections were all about. While I finished leveling to level 9 with level appropriate harvesting and a good start on crafting, he went back and gained harvesting skills grumbling the entire time how boring it was. A gentle reminder he would need harvested goods if I was to make him new armors every few days, instead of him wasting hard earned gold buying armor, put a stop to the grumbles.

I think the hardest part for both of us at this point is navigating the chat system; switching back and forth between guild chat and group chat proved to be a challenge as we slayed those early critters. He thought it funny as I sent embarrassing “I love you too Sexy Bum” messages to the entire guild.

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