I have this cycle where I find a new game I’m really excited about and play it exclusively for at least a month or two before slowly introducing other games back into my rotation. Eventually I have more games I want to play then time to play them and I have to start making decisions on what to exclude; until I find that next new shiny game and start the cycle all over again.
The Secret World was that one game to rule them all back in November and has been ever since. I did start to slow down a little though when I gave Blade & Soul a try and then again now that Black Desert is out. That said, I’ve also picked up momentum in TSW now that I’m able to run dungeons, have a guild, and gained access to Tokyo.
To throw more MMOs into the mix, I logged in to Trove last night to keep my account name (apparently 5 days past the deadline; I tried) and I’d like to start playing it again. I’m really impressed by the new class designs and would like to try the PvP and Shadow Towers; maybe try my hand at arena design in my club world.
There’s also The Elder Scrolls Online and Lord of the Rings Online sitting on my hard drive, not to mention a few single player games I intended to play. So what to do? Well, time to start making the tough decisions, that’s what. For starters, TSW isn’t going anywhere. That’s my main game and the number one reason I want to cut some other activities out is because I’m only logging in a couple times a week right now and I’d like to invest more time into my guild and my character.
Black Desert is my biggest concern. It’s a game that demands a lot of time and is the main culprit for why I’ve been playing TSW less than I would like. It’s not that I don’t enjoy Black Desert, it’s just not very good for short play sessions as a secondary title. So I think for now I’m going to set BDO aside. I may continue to log in for a few minutes each day to complete one or both of the hunting dailies but that’s it for now. The advantage to it being B2P is that the game will still be there whenever I do want to invest more time into it.
Blade & Soul is the next on the chopping block. I’m going to leave it on my hard drive this time but I’m going to stop playing for now. I think I leveled up to 17 or 18 on the new Warlock and it was a lot of fun but nevertheless it’s the obvious choice for something to drop. Instead I think I’m going to start playing Trove again as it’s far more suited to casual play than Black Desert and I’m already more invested in the game than I ever was with Blade & Soul. I have no real plans to upgrade my shadow gear (it’s a bit of a grind at this point; I’m already at a mix of shadow levels 3 and 4), just to advance all the classes I have yet to reach level 20 with.
And I think that will be it. I really would like to play more of LOTRO, and ESO is perpetually the game that looks amazing but just falls short of my “things to play” list. Maybe once I’m further along into TSW and waiting for the new issues like many of the veteran players I’ll make more time for some of these other titles but that’s going to be a while so for now my focus remains on HivePro and The Secret World with a little bit of Trove on the side.