Archive for June 4th, 2010

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Another “Blood Of The Empire” Installment

June 4, 2010

The emo is strong with this one.

Blood of the Empire #4 is the Friday Star Wars: The Old Republic update this week. It seems our protagonist Teneb Kel is a light-sided Sith, what with him giving his alien companion the night off to ogle dancing girls, while opting to sit by himself at the fountain-side all brooding and aloof, feeding the rats. Anyway, the plot thickens, and so ends Act 1: Shades of the Sith.

I love most comics, but I have a preference for Marvel superheroes (and Vertigo anti-heroes) when it comes to my regular titles. I don’t usually pay attention to the video game tie-ins (Wildstorm’s World of Warcraft title being the notable exception) but I gotta say, BotE is a pretty good read, especially for a free online comic. It’s a lot less confusing than Threat of Peace, so don’t let the jumbled nature of that first series put you off of this one.

A pretty light update this week but it was expected, so I can’t say I’m all that disappointed. The community manager also had this to say about ToP and BotE:

While there isn’t a plethora of meta-gaming details in there, there are some story elements you will run across when you play the game and some other morsels of info that some day you’ll go “oooooooh” when you see it in-game.

I thought as much, and it’s why I started reading the web-comics  — what I didn’t expect was that I would end up digging them so much. And with regards to this week’s update being just a new installment of BotE:

While we can understand some people may be frustrated, I want to say the vast majority of people will forgive us after E3 2010.

Yeah, I am hyped. *Sits back and waits for my mind to be blown in about a week and a half*

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LOTRO Going Free-To-Play…Thanks, I Guess

June 4, 2010

I don’t usually fly into a fury to post about the latest news, preferring to let other bloggers more passionate about the topic write about it instead, then say my piece in the comments. But the news of Lord of the Rings Online going free-to-play (amusing how big news is always dumped on us on Fridays) stirred in me more thoughts than usual. I went back and forth with myself until I finally decided that yes, I’m going to go ahead and write them out too, just to make it easier for me to wrap my head around this.

My first thought was admittedly very self-serving, and that was “Boy oh boy, by Frodo’s hairy left foot, this is going to solve my too-many-subscriptions problem!” accompanied by a a sigh of relief for my savings account. As it happens, I’m still running on free time in LOTRO until the end of summer, and depending on when these changes will go into effect “this fall” I may never have to pay for a LOTRO subscription again.

The game going F2P will also mesh well with my pattern of playing — LOTRO is my casual game, the “MMO spa” I go to for a nice breather and a thorough de-stressing. But it’s also the first subscription to go if something new and shiny comes along to grab my interest, and only after the new-game-smell of whatever I was obsessed with has worn off do I think about picking up LOTRO again. (And now, I feel a little guilty…if this was a relationship I’d be the cheating scumbag and LOTRO would be the patient, loyal partner that always welcomes me back with open arms when I come crawling back begging for forgiveness.) LOTRO going F2P will undoubtedly allow me more freedom with accessing its content; I’ll be able to play it whenever I want without having to worry about a subscription ever again, regardless of whether or not I’m between games.

So, I guess I can’t really hate the idea. Mind you, I’m not loving it either. My only concern with F2P is the quality of the community. It would be a shame to see LOTRO chat devolve into the kind of riff-raff I experienced in Allods Online, my only experience with F2P. But then, I’ve also heard great things about DDO’s community, so hopefully going F2P doesn’t automatically mean doom.