I enjoy playing the occasional Massive Multiplayer Online Role-playing Game (MMORPG). In the past I have been active in both City of Heroes and Age of Conan. Well, my wife calls me a casual player, but she is a complete MMORPG addict. So I take her opinion on the matter with a grain of salt.
Nevertheless, it is true that I have drifted away from playing MMORPGs. I would love to start playing one again in my (nonexistent? fictional?) free time. I do have one small problem. Namely, that I enjoy playing with my friends and everyone I know seems to be playing different games. Since I lack infinite time and resources, I must choose only one!
Here are my top contenders:
Pros: I have heard of World of Warcraft Widows. I may be an Age of Conan Widower. So joining up with Age of Conan again would allow me to spend more quality (virtual) time with her. Plus, I have a level 80 character on the game. Although, sadly, more than half of those levels my wife earned for me.
Cons: Honestly, I am not a huge fan of gameplay in Age of Conan. Plus, the relearning curve would be high.
Pros: My friends Bob and Brian are playing this game. I enjoy this game a lot, and probably would still be playing if my wife had not abandoned it for Age of Conan. I have multiple high-level characters including two level 50 characters.
Cons: My friends have characters that are much lower level than I am. The game is aging and I have played it enough that I feel I have exhausted a lot of the content in the game.
Pros: My friend Chad plays this game. He sees it as the second coming of Ultima Online and is evangelizes that the game contains unrestricted Player vs. Player (PvP).
Cons: This game is currently only available in Europe and you have to play off of the European servers. Also, I am not sure how I feel about unrestricted PvP.
Pros: My friend Ashby has expressed an interest in playing once it goes free. Also, the mere fact that it can be played for free, even if in a somewhat limited fashion, is a big pro in and of itself. Plus, it is Dungeons & Dragons!
Cons: It may be Dungeons & Dragons, but its Eberron. I am a little concerned with whether or not the free accounts will be able to compete with the paid accounts, but I am not going to complain too much since at the very least it will be free to try.
Pros: One of my co-workers, Jonathan, plays this game. So does everyone else in the world, so at least it is not going anywhere.
Cons: I know my wife will never play this game, as she has expressed distain for the “cartoony looking characters” in the past.
Hmm… I was hoping writing out the pros and cons of all of these MMORPGs would make one choice obvious. Apparently not. I suppose I will just have to content myself with obsessing over good old-fashioned pen and paper RPGs.
Or maybe I could go outside.