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The Sounds of Silence August 4, 2009

Posted by castillion in Aion, eq 2, Excuses Excuses, Second String.
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Sorry for the lack of posts the last couple of days. We’ve had a lot of stuff going on in the real and I’ve got a toothache from hell that is really stifling my creative flow. It’s not getting fixed until Friday, so expect me to be quieter here in the blog world, game world, and real world.

When you’re head feels like it’s going to explode, you just aren’t in the mood for anything but trying to hold it together ;)

That being said, there has been some new stuff going on with me game-wise.

We’ll start with EQ2. There’s nothing new with the game there. We’ve been raiding the same TSO zones. I didn’t get much Second String time in at all this weekend since Sass and Anep were gone and I was distracted with something not EQ2. I’ve been feeling a little boredom/burnout with EQ2. Nothing drastic that would drive me away from the game, just needing a little breather or something different to do a night or two a week.

Enter Aion. Yes, I broke down and bought the pre-order so I could play the beta. It was Sinnir’s idea! (I may have put a bug in her ear, but that’s neither here nor there). I’m really enjoying it much more than I anticipated. I don’t want to describe the entire game here because I am too busy fantasizing about knocking my tooth out with a sledgehammer, but here’s the official site where you can read all about it: Aion Online.

At level 10, there’s a quest for your character to ascend and get your wings. I played 2 characters up to level 10 this weekend, an Elyosian Warrior and an Azmodian Mage. I also started a priest for my third character but only got him to level 7 before the weekend was over.

My initial thoughts are, I really like the game. I currently plan on purchasing it and using it as my off-night, away-from-EQ2 game. There’s been a lot of blogs/posts about how Aion is just the same-old-same-old grindy MMORPG polished up to look pretty. I agree with that. Aion doesn’t bring anything revolutionary to the table. There’s some neat new stuff, but for the most part it’s your standard Fantasy mmorpg EQ/EQ2/etc fare. I don’t care, that’s exactly the game I like to play and Aion is pretty pretty pretty. I like the combat. Ability chaining feels more involved than just mash mash mash. I like the classes that I’ve tried so far. The PVP aspect of the game looks interesting from the videos I’ve seen although I didn’t level high enough to try the PVP out myself. Flight is fun although I haven’t tried the Aerial combat either.

Aion is everything I expected it to be wrapped up in a graphics package that was more than I anticipated. The character customization choices are just out of this world. I don’t remember any aspect of my character that I couldn’t adjust. It was crazy.

All in all I enjoyed it enough to buy it, so I will be purchasing it upon release. I’ve never really played two MMORPG’s simultaneously before, but it would be nice to have something else to kick around on when I need a break from EQ2 and nothing else has caught my fancy yet.

I’m sorry if this post comes across as incoherent and if it seems I am jumping topics but I am not able to focus at the moment :p On the plus side I haven’t smashed my monitor and run screaming through a plate glass window hurtling to my death while trying to yank my tooth out before I hit the ground, so that’s a bonus.

Until tomorrow!



1. Sinnir - August 4, 2009

<3 you! haha

2. Kilanna - August 5, 2009

Awwwww Poor Cast … Toothacke is a right beeyatch.

Hope it gets better soon

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