News is in, EQ2 is adding Battlegrounds. At this rate, in another year or so, EQ2 will probably have most of what I want for my main-stay MMO. I'm not being sarcastic either. If the game continues adding in the things I enjoy, the fact that I don't like the questing system will become increasingly over shadowed. I can't run back to a subscription at this point because the PVP is for max level characters only. Boo! Besides which, they need to get through the PVP issues nerfing PVE skills, class balancing, crowd control whining and twink drama that have plagued WOW BGs since forever. Yeah, I'll skip the initial onslaught of teeth gnashing and QQ. Grats EQ2!
I canceled my STO pre-order
As much as I enjoy being there with the opening day masses, another week of the BETA left me feeling more uneasy about the game's future. In the past couple of years, I've bought too many games that I was sincerely excited about but didn't last long after the 30 days that came with the box, to go with the lower percentage of lasting past the 30 days, for a game that I'm only marginally enthused over.
The 180 on the skill cap mechanic was the tipping point for two reasons. First - class skill tree design in a game with infinite skill points is VERY different from a game DESIGNED FOR FINITE SKILL POINTS. From what I can tell, the decision has changed without an overhaul and/or thorough review AND TESTING of impact. You won't know how gimped the situation is until nearer to max level. Second - Skill, attribute and item descriptions are so poor, it's hard to know if you're even making the right choices for your class, role and spec. Poor documentation is tolerable when you have an infinite supply of skill points to spend but unacceptable when you don't.
Even though I consider STO as MMORPG-lite, I think it has a lot of potential. If there was nothing else to play right now, I might risk the box price and see where it goes. However, I do have other options so I'll see how Cryptic brings the game along in the next couple of months.
Still anxiously awaiting Allods
Allods please come out of BETA and launch!! Yes, I want a polished game but I'm so ready to get back to my vampiric healer and the Empire's steampunk inspired zones. PLEASE release already and take some of my money!
Surianah returns to Runes of Magic
I left ROM several weeks after the launch day patch that did a complete 180 on my Battle Monk styled character. I could get over the fact that they'd encouraged spending coins in the cash shop before release, which I'd done. Yet followed that up with significant changes to how some classes played. These changes left my combo DOA. Sure, I could continue on with a completely gimped class, ever at a disadvantage or re-roll. My plan was to go back after they released the expansion pack which was adding two new classes and the elven race. I wanted to see what would be available before starting over. Unfortunately, by the time the xpac arrived, I'd lost interest and was too busy to go back for a re-roll.
Taking a casual look through the ROM forums, I came across a post about resetting your secondary class. SAY WHAT?!? Yep, an item shop potion can be used to drop my secondary class, releasing me from my gimped Battle Monk combo. WOOT. Time is money, so I'm not apposed to paying for the opportunity to fix the problem without abandoning a level 36/36 character that had a grand 2-story house/crafting workshop, modded gear and was collecting the prettier item shop mounts.
Edit: Using the potion doesn't just wipe the choice, it wipes that half of your character, levels and all. I still find that more acceptable than a complete re-roll because my house, and modded gear remain available to me. By doing dailies using the level 36 but turning them in on the new secondary, I can more quickly regain the lost levels versus starting both sides over. So I don't get bored, I'm going all the way back to the starter zone and will do the dailies in each tier progressively until, she's at least 36/25 or so. There are also zones I've never seen from the summer xpac to explore.
For the first time ever, I will be playing two free MMOs simultaneously
In the end, STO lost out to the fact that there are two free-to-play MMOs at my disposal. Allods in it's BETA state, is in considerably better shape than STO. On top of which, Allods is fantasy. ROM released in a better state than STO can hope for unless it's suddenly delayed. Plus I have a vested interest in a level 36 character. Combined, these two games can easily fill the little time I have available for MMO entertainment.
STO not completely abandoned
I'm not abandoning STO unless it somehow goes up in flames in the next 60 days. I liked soloing ground missions with my little crew. I enjoyed the ship combat very much. More so, than the EVE PVE content which I thought was decent. And the micro-management and progression of your character, ship and crew are fun tinkering opportunities which I find engaging when I want to be in-game but not actually doing anything in particular. Again, lots there for MMO-lite but I'm going to wait to see how the game does in the next couple of months.