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Posted: Mar 30th 2011 6:59PM Ocho said

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Good luck!

Posted: Mar 30th 2011 10:04PM Dblade said

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Ironically EVE would be the best for you. The problem with limited playtime in group games is coordinating leveling. Players level past each other. EVE it's impossible, so you could just log on for a weekly mining op or pvp roam.

Posted: Mar 30th 2011 10:14PM Beau Hindman said

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@Dblade Yeh I have a 6 year old account with a 10 million SP character in EVE. It has only really ever captured me when I spent a long time in it with a corp, something I probably cannot do now.

Beau
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Posted: Mar 31st 2011 12:51AM SgtBaker1234556 said

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Jon and Tim are totally awesome!

Posted: Mar 31st 2011 12:58AM Fakeassname said

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you need a max level character!

pick one of your primary games (you keep talking about Ryzom so why not that one) and just hammer it as much as you can each day ... for a week.

just get some friends together and grind your ass off!

don't worry about content 'cause with a max level you can just come back later on and poke around with anything you missed seeing as how being max level is kinda like unlocking the whole game.

so yeah, once you (and your buddies) are all maxed out doing that one a week romp becomes allot simpler due to having no real restrictions or disparity in levels.

yeah, it kills any sense of challenge to be able to stomp most everything but you can save that for your more transient games. Being able to better focus on connecting to the game world with the time you no longer have to dedicate to leveling can be worth the trade off in some games.

Posted: Mar 31st 2011 1:18PM Space Cobra said

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@Fakeassname

I don't think this will work for a player like Beau; I know it won't work for me.

I mean, I will sit down and grind for a spell, but over a period of time, maybe a weekend or half a month, I'd get very bored of the mind-numb of the grind and go to another game for more variety...and probably not return for a LONG time, but say I will return. It just leaves me with a bad, boring experience. I am gonna assume Beau may be a bit like me: We want a break. Yeah, plenty of people have grinding to max level down to a science so they can max-level a character in 2.5 days and complain, but others don't. We aren't told the secret of it and, at times, we just solo.

After a grinding session, I might take a break within the game, but I could see myself also starting to look wantonly at other games and trying them out.
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Posted: Mar 31st 2011 3:28AM Niieh said

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I think you miss out on a lot of cool experiences without being part of the community and keeping track of the events that go on in that community.
Maybe you could pick 1 dedicated game to play for 2 or 3 evenings (maybe 3 or 4h each time) in a week, then you'd have plenty of time left to explore loads of other games?
Good luck! :)

Posted: Mar 31st 2011 4:00AM Shirogetsune said

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I can't really think of any titles that allow one to play casually (ala Vindictus) without running out of content to do when you start to dedicate 4-8 hours a week to it. I'm hesitant to say DCUO, as while the levels arn't a huge deal for grouping, it does fall into that area where end game is a Daily mission/instance grind. I believe the producers themselves said they only planned for people to play 5-7 hours a week.

Mabinogi, like you mentioned, is another great game, but other than dungeon runs... many people might find a dedicated night there a waste. I personally love the crafting and life skills, but that's not for everyone and Mabinogi's combat is pretty out of the ordinary.

Dunno... good luck with whatever you decide on though.

Posted: Mar 31st 2011 6:29AM Fakeassname said

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also, try to track down a meta-guild ... you know one of those guilds that spans multiple titles.

you may have to keep a low profile and not come out of the closet that your a columnist, but groups like that tend to be pretty liquid in providing a community that sort of oozes from one game to another and would probably be pretty willing participants to your tittle hopping antics.

Posted: Mar 31st 2011 8:36AM Beau Hindman said

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Thanks for the comments so far! I'm still figuring out a list, but I'm hoping to start it right away so I can write it up. I have found that "forcing" myself to play one game for a span actually works. I feel like a distracted kid being led around a museum by an adult -- but I'm both people! lol

I'm not crazy, I promise.

Beau

Posted: Mar 31st 2011 8:43AM Sente said

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City of Heroes is a game that works very well in terms that you can team up with friends without the need to be in sync level-wise or be forced to play a particular build or role.

There are about 5-6 persons I have played with in the game for 5+ years now - our different leveling speeds, time spent with the game, when we can play and archetype preferences vary quite a bit, but a lot of the time it works out just fine to team up together if we feel for it.

My work causes some unpredictability to when I am able to play and how much, but City of Heroes works quite well for that. Which I guess is one key reason that I have stayed with the game for so long.

Posted: Mar 31st 2011 10:59AM Quarlo said

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A smiling Batman is just wierd.

Posted: Mar 31st 2011 12:48PM Luk said

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I feel your pain, Beau, about how MMOs and casual gaming do not mix that much and there are many F2P choices now as well: LOTRO, POTBS, CO, etc..

COH is a good suggestion, and I did manage to squeeze a lot of casual play out CO, but in the end the grind gets too long and boring to be fun. PvP games (POTBS,EVE,Darkfall) could be fun, but not if you have no time or dedicated group to play with, because it is fun only if you have a chance at winning and that would be out of the question if you do not spend time on it. It is a dilemma that hopefully will get answered some day.

Even now I feel the call of EVE Online with all its wonders, but then I remember how it felt almost like a second job and the dread pulls me back from it.

Posted: Mar 31st 2011 1:31PM Space Cobra said

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I tend to get into fits of "overplaying" a game, then leaving it for a spell and going to another; I just have access to so many games and not enough time. Also, while I admit to playing games TOO MUCH, I also try to keep my real life open and do other things; even Ice cream can get dull if I eat it too much and too frequently.

I think the schedule is a good point, but for me, it's tricky. I am friendly, but I tend not to be as social in MMOs as I should be. I try to find a good guild, but research takes me away from a game and I am always asking myself weird questions that can keep me away from a guild: I always wonder if I can click with a guild and its members. So, I admit, it's on my shoulders, but that's my life. :P

While I also try to be flexible in my schedules and tastes, a schedule works wonders, but I need to stick to it. I actually probably need to come up with sub-rules on certain situations: like if I am currently enamored by a new game (offline or on) that draws me away or a new RL activity, make some concessions about returning next week. If I miss my schedule, that tends to give myself an excuse to miss more. Bad habit, but I am too philosophical and need more routine in my life. :P

So, I would suggest a play session of once or twice a week, depending how you like a game, and don't think about the "leveling envy" you may feel. If you spend any amount of regular time on something, it eventually adds up and, hopefully before you know it, you are more ahead, level-wise, than you previously would have been if you did not play the game.

I'd probably start of with just one game and maybe add two if you can handle that. You could probably juggle 3 or even 4 with consistency, but that would be your own judgement call that it seems you need to find out if you can or not. The other times, just play other games.

Another sub-idea is just give yourself a time-span: play *this particular game* for X months and change to a new game, but keep to a weekly schedule of one or two days a week. You can even rotate games this way. Just a thought.

I really should heed my own advice! :D

Posted: Apr 4th 2011 5:03AM (Unverified) said

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Interestingly enough Beau, our 'favorite games' are very similar (though I veer much more to the 'obsessed dedicated player' spectrum than you), and I also think Ryzom, Vanguard and Wurm are three of my very favorites.

Maybe take another look at Uncharted Waters Online? It would offer a bit of a change, and kind of fits into your style of a supporter of lesser-known titles.


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