I’ve spent an obscene 48 hours this week in WoW; Hrishnak is up to level 56 and I am getting tired of old world content. But I’m almost done with it.
Funcom’s new offering of 14 free days in AoC for lapsed customers tempted me partially just because it’d be a break from WoW for a little while. It took overnight to get the client downloaded and patched, but since then I’ve put in a fair bit of time.
I started a new character, an Aquilonian Conqueror, who has about the most thuggish look imaginable, as you can see from the screenshot above. He’s also built like a brick shithouse; AoC allows you to do quite a lot with character customization.
Starting the Tortage 1-20 chain was kind of nice, actually; I’d been away from it long enough that it feels fresh, and I never did the warrior side of the sequence when I was playing before. It really is, hands-down, the best starting area in MMOs, but it’s a shame it’s the only one in the game. Here’s hoping that whatever the soon-to-be-announced expansion turns out to be, it’ll include a few new races (I demand Shemites and Vanir!) along with new character slots to accommodate them.
So far I’m having a fantastic time. AoC’s combat is fluid and fast-paced, and a lot of fun. The game’s still got its share of graphical artifacts (although a lot of mine went away when I updated my video drivers – clipping is about the most serious issue,) but it’s a serious, high-quality effort.