Healing thoughts Friday, Aug 31 2012 

I suppose it goes without saying that MMO characters  function very differently in raids, small groups, and solo.  I suppose it would also go without saying that the sign of a good player is being able to get the best out your character in each of those different situations.

I have been playing my Killy girl for many a year, and like to think i know how a templars abilities work.  But the question I am wondering about is this…. How much of an innate difference between the different classes of healers is there?  Does that mean that some classes of healers can not successfully heal particular encounters?

One night last week, my beloved Pax raided Underdepths x 4.  We have been a little short of healers lately, so I was solo healing the MT group.  We did pretty well, getting through the first four or five named, and my little girl topped out at around 20k heals/sec.  I know that top raid healers would leave Kil in their smoke….but I was pretty happy with that.

Shortly after, a group of us headed to Dracur Prime for a quick run.  The zone went uneventfully until the last named Tigloth.  Try as I might, I just could not keep the group alive.  While I am certainly not a hard core raider, my girl is geared up reasonably well.   We tried to kill this guy a little over half a dozen times, I tried a number of different strategies, I positioned myself in a couple of different places, but we just could not get him down.  By this time it was late and we called it a night.

This fight is obviously a very busy one for a healer, where detrimentals must be cured as quickly as possible.  I’m definitely not a player with the fastest of reactions, but like to think I am reasonably responsive and know how and when to use certain abilities.

I have quite happily healed through all the other zones in Skyshrine, and historically have happily healed through other expansions, so is it merely the case that I am better suited to healing raids ? Or is it perhaps a limitation on the Templar class that keeps me struggling with this particular encounter?

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Why am I still playing Everquest II? Tuesday, Aug 28 2012 

With the massive number of games on the market today – not a ridiculous question really. I have tried and enjoyed a number of different games, single player and multiplayer.   I have tried and enjoyed consoles.  And yet I keep returning to EQ2 time and time again.

Like many, I just don’t have the time or energy to devote to more than one game.  So why is EQ2 my game of choice? I think there are a number of reasons.

Game content: there is enough depth and variety of content to keep me amused.  Between solo and small group adventuring, raiding, crafting, and player housing. The additional content that has been added over time, and the marked differences in player classes, means that leveling alts is different each time.

Familiarity; While variety is great, i guess it is just natural to revert to a familiar interface, familiar character abilities, and a familiar setting sometimes.  Like everyone, my relax time is precious, and I want to spend it having fun.

The Community: I have said it time and time again, but my guildmates really make the game for me.  To hang out with the gang, smash through a dungeon, work on the strategy for defeating a new raid mob, or just having a giggle while we run about doing our own thing – is a wonderful thing. I have been playing EQ2 on and for about 6 or 7 years, with a few long breaks of a year or more, and it was so wonderful to be welcomed back so warmly when I returned a few months ago.  The thought of struggling to find a comparable group of  like minded players in a new game, fills me with dread.

All that said, I think EQ2 has problems.  Expensive expansions with little substantive content in the past, and long times between new content to challenge players has seen a diminishing player base.  Bugs with servers and voice chat are a source of frustration to players, and poor customer service responses at times from SOE don’t help with these frustrations.

Every player looks for different things from their leisure time, and EQ2 continues to deliver what I am looking for.   And that is why I am still playing.

Return of the Dwarf Monday, Aug 27 2012 

It is hard to believe that it has been more than two years since i last wrote on my blog.  Much excitement in real life has seriously interfered in my gaming time, and since this is the focus of my blog,  there has been a serious lack of things to write about.

After an extended hiatus of around 18 months, I recently re-activated my account and have rejoined my beloved Pax Fatalis guildmates in the world of Norrath.  In recent days I have also been feeling the urge to start writing about my adventures again.

Sadly, many guildies have drifted off to other games, or have been taken by the demands of real life.  Talking to players from different guilds and different servers, this is not a phenomenon unique to our little guild.

I have my own theories as to why this is happening.  A combination of expensive, poor quality expansions, and a long time between new content may have contributed; along with the plethora of new games entering the market.  I hope that new content to be added in the future will draw players back.

Since my return to EQ2 I have been having a fantastic time in game.  My much loved Templar Kilanna remains my main character for grouping and raiding.  Thanks to a double xp weekend, she quickly hit maximum aa, and then level 92 with the release of Skyshrine.  I have also been having a bunch of fun with my little Pallytank.  I have tanked groups for guildies, pick up groups, and even off-tanked in raids.

I have been disappointed to see how quiet the servers have become. In days gone by we would never have had issues filling a group, and now we really struggle.  Is a server merge the answer?

In coming days I hope to become re-aquatinted with the intricacies of blogging, and begin recounting my adventures in Norrath.  Sad that I have even forgotten how to do basic things like track backs, and how to link up to twitter!!!