Last night – well technically this morning, I played a little Runes of Magic. It was a little past midnight and my mind was racing so much that I couldn’t sleep. I got up out of bed and decided to play something. Logging into Runes of Magic reminded me of why I’ve enjoyed this game.
I haven’t played in a couple of weeks but getting started was a snap. There are no long travels times zoning across the map to reach questing areas. Typically, you’re operating out of a nearby character community – player-towns the size of Bree in Lord of the Rings Online or something smaller, around 2x the size of Lakeshire in World of Warcraft. All of the primary amenities are available from within that town – access to your house, banking, auction house, crafting stations, vendors, mailboxes, etc. Most everything you need is right there, without you having to travel several zones away from where you’re questing. You also have quick travel options via the different methods of travel using runes and portals.
Given the late hour, I was surprised to see as many players as I encounter in the evenings online and playing. I had almost 2M gold burning a hole in my pocket so I decided to upgrade my gear. I was still wearing three pieces from the level 15 Ventis armor at level 36 because of the set bonuses. I decided it was time to upgrade to increase my defense, magical attack and magical defense. I found plenty of options on the Auction House, ranging from dropped loot to player crafted gear. 1M gold spent, and I was in better shape overall for a character at my level plus I'd bought a wicked 2H staff.
I'd really like to be able to play more and get into the instances myself where this sort of gear drops. Not so much for the gear but to see the content and bosses with my own eyes. Unfortunately, I just don't have time for group instances these days. 1 AM EST, players were forming groups for Necropolis of Mirrors, Ferret and Forsaken Abbey. Dang, I was shocked that many people were online and doing instances.
While I was very pleased with the upgrade in stats, I absolutely H-A-T-E-D the gear models on my new armor. I looked like a cast down Aladdin. I had Arabian inspired pantaloons, top and boots curled up at the toes, which were all multi-colored but not matching. I looked like a hot mess! Hmm, then I remembered the Aggregator had been released in the item shop which would allow me to keep the stats from one item and combine them with the appearance of a different item.
I didn’t have anything I wanted my new gear to look like. I wanted a visual change from what I’d been wearing so I didn’t want to aggregate that model. That’s when I remembered that they’d added stat-less gear sets they call costumes, to the Item Shop. I wasn’t a huge fan of them then (mostly crotch outfits for the females) but if I purchased just one item – a robe, it would cover the ugly top, pants and boots I’d purchased on the Auction House. Out of the six sets released only ONE was not the usual sex-kitten crotch-hugging bare legs with high heels model and I grabbed it.
I purchased the only long robe available and aggregated it with my ugly top that had wonderful stats. Viola, I looked good again. Just as I was about leave town and do some questing, someone was begging in zone chat for resurrection to avoid some of the death penalty, which can be HIGH at our level.
I offered to help and headed in their direction. On the way, I saw an encampment of NPCs with available quests. After resurrecting and buffing the fallen player, I decided to hang out in the area myself. I picked up the few quests offered and spent an hour or so questing in Winternight Valley.