I couldnt think of a better title [sorry…], but as the title says. Let me first explain myself to give some background.
Ive been playing MMO’s since 1999. Ive pretty much played everything there is out there, except some korean MMO’s and archeage/black desert. Few others.
Ive witnessed the fall of the MMO industry and since pretty much have played these games half my life (20 years…), i am desperately trying to find a decent MMO to play and spend money/time on.
World of warcraft is… well…
And the game I actually wanna play is more or less unplayable in its current state, so im basically an MMO Refugee, as it were.
I just started playing this game about a week ago, and already level 41. However it seems exp isnt that hard to come by in this game, it seems the gear and AP/SP grind is where the actual ‘grind’ is.
My wife and I both play this game, we both became patrons, so we’ve already contributed some funds to this game - albeit small.
What I am finding is, in the game - im just doing the quests in Kingsmouth and the zone after it over and over. I can do the story quest, but its sort of boring. What I need is exp for other builds I wanna try - but what im needing the most right now feels like more gear to craft into my own gear making it more powerful.
A little voice in my head is telling I am doing something wrong, but I cant actually put my finger on it. The build I am now is Chaos/Hammer. Its pretty fun so far, but it sort of feels lackluster in the damage its doing. Ive followed a few of Schmidy’s guides on YT and on here, (I am actually 100% his build in the “how to make a solo build” video, but not sure if its still viable.).
Maybe I am just doing what I am supposed to be doing. Have found a few (pink/purple 3 pip) belts that I threw on the AH, but I feel like the community here is so small the AH/economy might be a tad slow right now.
I jumped into a LFM queue earlier, I was dismayed to find that I couldnt farm a lower level dungeon at level 40, I mean just to kind of explore and see what it was all about. As if I am restricted to ONLY running content my level, which sucks - because it gates stuff behind a level wall that if I outlevel it, I cant experience it. Is there any way to at least change my level or something or is it like, if you level past the say - first dungeon, then tough - thats it?
I havent seen anyone recruiting for a guild/cabal, and ive been on the “Playfield/General” tab. People sometimes talk but not very often, and for the most part - this feels largely like a 1 player game. Or like an emulator with a very small playerbase that my wife and I are able to play together on. If thats true, about the community - it worries me. Keep in mind, my wife and I are newcomers, and if I feel this, then we are not the only ones.
I like Funcom, havent dealt with them much in the past as a company, but ive also got an AoC sub and kind of flip/flop between this one and there before throwing the towel in and sealing the coffin in the MMO industry and moving on with my life.
What I am asking the community here is: I am being very honest about my impressions and how I feel about this game, but what can I do to keep from getting bored?
I know this game is purposely geared to having a single-player ‘feel’, and thats not entirely a bad thing. But when the player wants to actually play with more people, where does one begin?
What should I be focusing on? How can I avoid getting bored? How do I make augments for my gear? (the latter can probably be answered via a wiki/YT vid).
The thing ive noticed is, every “lets play” video, guide, or most videos ive seen posted are people playing alone or solo. Maybe my luck is just finding those videos… but meh.
Any way, guess ive rambled on enough. I am glad to be here, the board here/community looks to have lots of good people in it and I am excited to see where this rabbit hole leads…
Thank you for reading.