An Easier Pace, Casual fun for a Casual Player


Well, the past few days I rerolled a Smuggler (scrapper). I found leveling and enjoying the story content fun again. I know, need to get to 70 to see new content/raid/pvp yak yak yak. One of the things that started to bore me during the rush of KOTFE/KOTET etc. was the uber fast pace of leveling. I still have my free lv 65 and 70 slots. I really didn’t have much time investment or credit investment into anything I raised. Hiring and firing (read delete reroll) became second nature for me. Oh I still enjoy my perks from Legacy on Ebon Hawk, but it’s actually been fun taking the slow route and coming back to informed conversation choices again.

The game as it stands is still very enjoyable to me, but during the almost instant leveling phase, I kinda forgot what it was like to be careful and to explore more. While most days I am in solo mode, the game as a whole allows me to play at a pace that I can deal with. I don’t know if or when I will get back into raiding again, though end game pvp is still a favorite of mine. There is still a grind for gear, but at least I don’t feel like I have to raid to obtain decent gear. I still have a long ways to go, my current project is still only level 48, but interestingly enough, it doesn’t matter as much too me. I run a few solo heroics to maintain reasonable gear and I’m not toon hopping nearly as much as I used to.

The down side is I have about seven characters that are just gathering dust. They are all sitting at level 70 without any real purpose. I suppose I could make them crafting and gathering cash cows, but at the moment it’s not very necessary. I may erase the majority of them, probably much to the chagrin of certain guild leaders, but we will see where that goes.

That sort of brings up a different thought. The primary guild and sister guild I belong to hasn’t been active of late. A couple here and a couple there, but that’s about it. Oh, guilds come and go, but when I joined them a couple years ago I really thought they would go the distance. It’s not disbanded of course, but after logging on at various points of the day and on different days, the activity just hasn’t been holding. I know what part of it is. Their recruitment standards are extremely high. It takes a lot to get into the guild as they always wanted serious commitment. The problem arose to me was the lack of new recruits compared to the losses. To few people were in a position to recruit and lets face it, players do move on to different games or they grow up and have to do real world stuff. Personally, I probably will never grow up lol. I do hope they stick around, but I wish they would ease up on the restrictions.

For now, it’s been a nice easy pace and the game has become sort of new in a way. Hope to see you all out there in the big galaxy we play in. See you all soon!

Journeys


It’s been a very long time since I last wrote. It isn’t that I stopped playing. I actually too breaks and then kept coming back. A lot in the real world affected my writing. Sometimes it was a matter of not coming up with anything fresh that hadn’t already been covered by many of the other blogs I follow. Also, the last 15 months have been extremely tumultuous in the real world when coming to terms of work life vs game life.

I am writing this mostly to say, I still love the game and enjoy playing. My transition in the work place to retirement only to end up doing the same thing on a contract basis has really disrupted a consistent level of writing as well as game play.

I can tell you that I will be out of the loop for almost a year starting July. It has nothing to do with not wanting to play or to write. But for me to succeed on the Real World, I am having to take a job overseas for a year. I may be able to write, but in no way will I be able to do so in a game related way. For those who have followed me, understand that my absences have not been out of lack of interest, but out of prioritizing life in general.

This isn’t a bad thing. Point in fact, it has been a start of some very successful finishing of goals. I have retired with honor out of my military life. I have obtained a very nice property (though it has it’s quirks and I am having to invest in some repairs). Above all, after a very, very, long road, I have found some level of peace in my crazy little brain hahahah. I hope not everyone drops me from following. There may be some more writing before I pick up the next job. Perhaps if I can obtain the connection I need, I can write about dreams, fan fiction etc from the remote side.

For those who have held on as friends and followers, my deepest thanks. I hope we all have plenty of fun or at least entertaining conversations in the near future.

Always your steadfast friend,

Keith

aka Damios, Voren, and so many other names lol