I've recently re-installed DDO and I'm interested in finding some sort of static group to play with on a regular basis. Ideally to re-create something of a PnP feel. If that's actually doable? I have no idea.
I have played World of Warcraft for years but recently decided to uninstall and give up on it. I've also played several months of Rift but assuming I can set something up here I'd like to unsubscribe ASAP.
With both of these MMO's I feel like I've been "chasing the dragon" for quite a while now. It's taken a while but I figured out that what I enjoy most about both of these games is the cooperative social aspect of running dungeons. I'm not all that interested in questing and I'm definitely not interested in competitive PVP although I do enjoy playing on PVP servers, so I can occasionally get my "world" PvP fix. And while I have enjoyed raiding (both 10 and 25) I actually enjoy five men's more. I guess I just feel the effort required for rating outweighs the enjoyment I get out of it. Seems like the people I know who are playing both rift in wow are almost always in a rush to get to level cap only to to begin and never ending grind fest to get the latest gear so they can run the hardest raids.
Me on the otherhand want to enjoy the game from start to end. You take it in as I go.
Don't get me wrong I'm not knocking this style of gameplay, it's just not for me.
Anyhow, the other day I was asking myself what is it about five men's that I enjoy so much and I think it's that they remind me of my old (talk in the least 15 ago) days of playing pen and paper AD&D (yes I said advanced lol) with friends. I was never a hard-core player but I really did enjoy it and moving forward if I'm going to continue playing MMO's I would like to try to re-create something similar now.
I'd like to find a static group of individuals who are also interested in doing this to play once or twice a week. Also I think it be great if we could all roll fresh tunes and level them exclusively together and paper style.
I know I'm not the only one who's interested because today I came across a forum post on DDO.com basically trying to set up the same thing that I've been thinking about myself.
Seems to me like DDO is is probably the best fit for what I'm looking for because it's mostly instanced dungeons that seem to be geared towards party playing, although I'm told if you're pro you can solo all sorts of stuff.
Now for my disclaimer.
While I have played DDO before I am a complete beginner and don't actually fully understand the game yet. In fact I gave up a few weeks in last time because I just found things too complicated to figure out on my own. That's probably in part due to the fact that I was playing solo and not participating on the forums.
All of that to say that it would be great if someone could help me sort out some of the finer points of the game including character creation.
One of the things I really enjoyed about raiding was the use of vent and if people are open to it I'd like to use something similar here. Maybe Skype or something? I think it might add to the role-play element. That being said if people don't want to do voice I can flex on that for sure.
As for player roles I'm willing to be flexible and would obviously let someone with more experience sort out the group dynamics. However, I've mostly played healer and tank classes and am definitely interested in reprising one of those roles here if possible.
I also possibly be interested in some sort of support role like Bard. At any rate, regardless of whatever role I do end up with I probably need some help creating my character so that I don't gimp myself too severely.
Regarding RP I've never really RP'd seriously in an MMO but I'm definitely open to it here if that's what people want to do. I suppose it's something the group could work out as things evolved.
Lastly, I don't have much experience playing free to play games but I would assume that there's a fairly high turnover rate. Especially at the lower levels of the game. So as a show of commitment on my part if needed I would be happy to pay for a VIP membership if that will help demonstrate my seriousness.
As far as game times I'd be happy to set something up once or twice a week preferably weeknight evenings and possibly one weekend day. I should also probably mention that I am in Los Angeles in the Pacific time zone but I'm definitely willing to be flexible in order to meet the needs of others in other time zones.
Anyhow that's my pitch. Any thoughts? Anyone interested?
Thanks in advance for taking the time to read this and hope to see you in game.
Oh and by the way -while it would be preferable to start sooner rather than later. I'm happy to take however long it takes to set things up properly. Even if it takes a month or two.