Not a terribly huge amount was accompished last night; I gained about half a level. But I did turn in a long-building pile of status items, inching the guild a bit farther toward level 11, and made a couple of trivial gear upgrades on the broker. I also bought some loose collectables that I needed – I now have all of seven completed collections, which really doesn’t sound all that impressive when you say it.
After having seen the available apartments in Maj’dul, I’m much less tempted to set up housing there. It’s nice, but it’s really no nicer than what’s available in Qeynos. I project that I’ll start seriously looking at a housing upgrade around level 55 – I’m just now starting to take in the kind of money (in loot) that make me feel comfortable making substantial weekly rent payments. Further time invested in housing will neccessarily mean some time invested in my carpenter, who is semi-competent already. But then, I generally need to get back to crafting anyway.
With the Knight of the Blazing Sun and Blackguard now in WAR, am I tempted to go back? Not a bit. Okay, maybe a bit, but really not very much. I’m much more tempted to stick with my nice friendly StationPass and have fun with two of my three Games of Choice. At this poin (and I’m not saying this cannot change,) I can’t see very many scenarios that entail me returning to WAR. If an expansion eventually comes, out, maybe, but even then, in the final analysis, I think that both Age of Conan and LotRO are better games. And I’m not going back to either of them anytime soon, either.
There is allegedly some kind of big DDO news on the horizon, but I’ve been hearing that for a while, and every time the news actually comes out it turns out to be not all that big. I have a hope that it’ll either be a major expansion or companion game, but I don’t think either is very likely. More likely is some kind of change in the business model; a shift to a free-to-play/microtransactions model, or some kind of hybrid of that and a traditional subscription. Another rumor is that DDO will be coming to consoles, but I see that as really very unlikely; Turbine’s update/patch system doesn’t fit with either the PS3 or 360 online update models, and I doubt very seriously that Turbine has the leverage to force a console version though despite that.