IntPiPoMo: The Stable, Part Two

It’s time now for part two of my run-down of (some of) my MMO characters for International Picture Posting Month.

If you’re just joining us, make sure to catch up with part one, and as always, remember you can click the images to view them full size.

26: Bosmer sorcerer, Elder Scrolls Online

My Bosmer sorcerer in Elder Scrolls Online27: Dunmer templar, Elder Scrolls Online

My Dunmer templar in Elder Scrolls Online28: Altmer warden, Elder Scrolls Online

My Altmer warden in Elder Scrolls Online29: Khajiit dragonknight, Elder Scrolls Online

My Khajiit dragonknight in Elder Scrolls Online30: Breton nightblade, Elder Scrolls Online

My Breton nightblade in Elder Scrolls Online31: Norn thief, Guild Wars 2

My Norn thief in Guild Wars 232: Human warrior, Guild Wars 2

My human warrior in Guild Wars 233: Norn mesmer, Guild Wars 2

My Norn mesmer in Guild Wars 234: Romulan tactical officer, Star Trek Online

My Romulan in Star Trek Online35: Andorian science officer, Star Trek Online

My Andorian in Star Trek Online36: Klingon engineer, Star Trek Online

My Klingon in Star Trek Online37: Drow hunter ranger, Neverwinter

My Drow hunter ranger in Neverwinter38: Half-elf oathbound paladin, Neverwinter

My Half-elf oathbound paladin in Neverwinter39: Tiefling scourge warlock, Neverwinter

My Tiefling scourge warlock in Neverwinter40: Whatever the hell this thing is, Landmark

My character in Landmark41: Castithan, Defiance

My Castithan in Defiance42: Division agent, The Division

My character in The Division43: Aqua Elf paladin, Bless Online

My Aqua Elf paladin in Bless Online44: Maewha, Black Desert Online

My maewha in Black Desert Online45: Mental villain, DC Universe Online

My villain character in DC Universe Online46: Ice hero, DC Universe Online

My hero character in DC Universe Online47: Blade, Champions Online

My character in Champions Online48: Assassin, Riders of Icarus

My assassin in Riders of Icarus49: Asmodian ranger, Aion

My Asmodae ranger in Aion50: Asmodian gunslinger, Aion

My Asmodae gunslinger in AionThe really amazing thing is this still isn’t the full list of all my MMO characters from down through the years, though it does at least include all of the noteworthy ones I have significant history with. There are several that didn’t make the cut, either because I ran out of space, or because I’ve hardly ever played them, or because I’ve already posted all the shots I have of them. I made sure all these are shots I haven’t posted before so they would still qualify for IntPiPoMo.

At least, I’m sure none of them have been posted on Superior Realities before. I can’t promise some haven’t appeared on MMO Bro. I wonder how that affects their eligibility? Hmm…

Cheating on WoW: Guild Wars 2 Revisited (Again)

It is, in the end, surprisingly difficult to quit an MMO for good. If you’ve invested in something heavily, you may find yourself slinking back now and again even if you get tired of it.

The Iron Marches zone in Guild Wars 2Such seems to be the case with me and Guild Wars 2. While I stopped playing regularly a long time ago and almost entirely lost interest in it, I nonetheless felt my curiosity peaked when they decided to offer everyone a free preview of the next expansion, Path of Fire.

My full thoughts on the new expansion can be found over at MMO Bro. Overall, it was better than I expected, but probably not enough to bring me back to the game after so much time.

That said, even after the preview ended, I kept playing sporadically for a few days. I revisited my three main characters — thief, warrior, and mesmer. I wandered the maps, did some events.

Although it’s a fairly useless talent, one skill I’ve discovered I have is that I don’t forget how to play video games. I don’t experience the need to relearn things I’ve heard other people report when returning to an older title, or if I do it’s only to a very minor degree. For the most part I was able to jump right back in as if no time had passed. Of course it probably doesn’t hurt that 90% of my thief’s playstyle is just spamming Death Blossom…

On the whole, it was a good time. I found my way to a zone in Ascalon that I’d never visited before — Iron Marches, I think — and it turned out to be incredibly gorgeous, even by Ascalonian standards. Many a screenshot was taken.

My Norn Mesmer in Guild Wars 2GW2 was always a pretty game. I was also reminded how much I love its armour models. In fact, I’d go so far as to say it probably has the best looking gear of any game I’ve played, MMO or otherwise. I’ll admit a large part of my motivation to revisit the mesmer was just to gawk at how pretty her clothes are.

Had a great time with my warrior, too. Normally I’m not fan of the warrior archetype, but something about GW2 warriors just feels great. They’re a fantastic class. I also love the voice-overs for human males — very charming, very charismatic — and the Simpsons fan in me is still laughing at, “Urge to kill rising…”

And then I just stopped logging in.

This is consistent with the other times I’ve returned to GW2 since leaving initially. I play a bit, I enjoy it all, and then I completely lose interest for another year or two.

We often talk about “stickiness” in relation to MMOs. I think GW2 might be the least sticky game I’ve ever played. It’s the opposite of sticky. It’s slippery.

It’s a strange situation. Guild Wars 2 is a very fun game that I have no desire to play.