It’s not everyday I get to slip a Soul II Soul reference in there, right?
At any rate, my holiday vacation is now unfortunately at an end. And what a 2 weeks it was. Lots of time with friends and family, including some great gaming experiences. It’s back to real life for me – time to get back in the groove of the job and to try and get over my impending WAR withdrawal. Over the past couple weeks, I’ve made a significant amount of progress on my Archmage main (now at level 35.5) as well as my Bright Wizard alt (lvl 13). Lots of surprisingly good T4 questing along with a decent amount of ORvR. As I mentioned earlier, I picked up my first warded gear (3 parts of the Annihilator set), and once I hit level 36/RR33 I’ll be able to actually wear it. I also managed to get two real-life friends hooked on WAR, which has only deepened my enjoyment and fed my desire to play.
Along with a pretty absurd amount of WAR time, I got to dive in to Left 4 Dead and blast some zombies, which was incredibly fun. It’s definitely a nice change of pace coming from an MMO to a frantic co-op shooter. I also did a bit of Red Alert 3 online, but I think I’m to the point now where I’m just getting owned all the time and it’s not fun anymore. I’ll probably give that one a rest until I can recruit some friends to join me to finish the campaign. Rock Band 2 was a hit with the family, as usual, and my wife found out she’s a pretty good drummer. And I saw just the tip of the iceberg on what promises to be a nice little JRPG in Lost Odyssey – I just hope I can give it the time it appears to deserve.
All in all, it was one of the more relaxing vacations I’ve had in years. Although my pace in WAR will undoubtedly slow down now that I’m back at work, I’ve gotten a good chunk of the 30’s out of the way. I think I’ll be able to relax through the last 4 levels without putting too much pressure on myself (especially if they keep that XP bonus – HINT). I’m going to try and spread my gaming time between a variety of games, with WAR always being at the forefront. I can honestly say I’m having a great time with Warhammer right now, and I think the future looks very bright as I march on to 40.