Clearly, a huge attraction of playing MMOs is existing within that virtual world along side other “real” people versus scripted game-controlled entities. Whether you choose to be a social butterfly and attempt to interact with as many people as possible. Or prefer the anti-social and more solitary existence professed by players like myself. Even further on that end of the scale there are players like Van Hemlock, who claim to dislike people in general. It’s the existence of other sentient beings within the game that provides spontaneity and change that solo RPGs can’t match.
Even though my blogroll continues to grow, I read each and every one that is listed at least once a week. I’ve been reading some of you for years now. And for the players, who write personal adventure and experience type blogs, I’ve come to know you – at least the gamer “you” and you feel like friends. Unfortunately, server shards being the norm in this genre, I’ve rarely encountered any of you in game until Warhammer Online.
As the result of a focused effort to gather MMO bloggers together under a common standard, I’ve certainly met far more of you in game that I ever would have by chance. It’s been great to at least put voices and avatar faces to bloggers whom I read. It’s been a real pleasure and last night it got just a tiny bit sweeter.
I was standing in the Altdorf Auction House searching – to no avail, for a decent permanent talisman for a new robe I’d purchased for my Renown Rank 21. I saw a guild member in front of me and waved. They didn’t see my greeting, but someone who wasn’t even in the AH did. I received a “tell” from Geil who identified himself as Kinless. I happily surprised!
For those of you who don’t know, Kinless keeps a blog about the gaming adventures he has while playing with is wife, the lovely <insert various names here>. Until now his game of choice has been World of Warcraft. When I’d read a few weeks back that Kinless was going to try WAR I almost fell off my chair. That’s how dedicated they seem to be to WOW. He quickly explained that they weren’t leaving WOW or anything that drastic, but he was going to give WAR a try.
Kinless’ blog is a very personal retelling of his MMO experiences that borders on a journal. My own blog tends to be similar in nature. I rarely talk about general gaming news. I don't try to form sophisticated opinions on MMO design. I don’t talk about games I don’t play. I seldom speak to things I haven’t personally experienced. Kinless’ blog is similar, so I’ve always felt certain affection for that blog – like I do for StarGrace, Ancient Gaming Noob, Tipa and others who write in this mode. So it’s especially pleasing to meet them in game.
What luck that he happened to be reading local chat. Like who does that very often?? I have a hard time remembering to watch guild chat when I’m on Vent which I was at the time. It was great to finally “meet” him and I hope he becomes a part-time convert that I get to see in game again. Here’s to games that bring people together. Waaaaagh!