Installing and patching an MMO up to current seems to take quite a lot longer than doing the same for a conventional game. In WAR’s case, I had uninstalled it in the wake of unsubscribing, with the idea of installing it fresh from disc when I came back – I was running the patched beta client the whole time with relatively few problems. Account renewal went smoothly, and the reinstallation process took about three hours from start to finish, during which Mrs. Ardwulf and I went out to dinner. When we got back it was ready to go, so I got maybe 90 minutes of play in.
I had transferred Einfeuer, my Bright Wizard, and Khalen, my Ironbreaker, to the Badlands server some time back. None of my other Order characters qualified for transfer, but then none of them had gotten very far along, so that’s really not a big deal. Einfeuer at rank 22 was pretty much alone in High Pass. No open groups, and very few other players running around, even at the warcamp. I ran a Tor Anroc scenario (is it just me or has this battleground been graphically reworked?) but things weren’t looking very good. Fortunately, I’m informed that there’s a twice-a-week CoW group of alts that happens to be around my level.
I also made a new character – a Knight of the Blazing Sun, and the Empire starting area was much more heavily populated – there were even people running the Chapter 1 and 2 PQs. I ran a couple of rounds of Nordenwatch and had him up to rank 4, renown 3 before it was time for bed.
There appears to be a few more quests than there were when I left, and performance seems tweaked upward a bit – although it could use some more work in heavy RvR. Plus the two new classes; I played a Knight and stomped a couple of Blackguards into the dirt.
Whenever I return to a game after an absence, especialy if the absence is lengthy, I always tend to start a new character instead of jumping right back into the old main. So I’ll probably play a bit more of the KotBS before hopping back on Einfeuer next week, in time for the Cow affair on Monday night.