And FYI, I've played DnD for 35 yrs. This is one of 3 PC games I found to be even remotely clsoe to PnP. (other 2 were BG and NwN and not NWO). NwN was the best of these because you could create your own modules.
I would also say NWN was the best of breed. The best part is that our regular group of guildies used to have a Thursday night get together for guild runs and this hase moved .. you guessed it .. back to Neverwinter Nights.
What's even better is that is most of the guildies who used to play DDO 40+ hours a week that haven't been online in months have come back to run in our NWN Thursday nights game. Just can't beat the fun of having a live DM, granted it's a little slower going when the action dims and the RP fires up but so much more fun happens it's easy to overlook.
I like DDO and I like NWO. I don't find one better than the other. It's a matter of opinion so there is no right or wrong answer.
Do you remember when DDO went over 100k facebook likes recently? NWO just went into open beta and they are about to cross that. So many people apparently like NWO despite the shortcomings you see. The things that you see as negatives some others see as positives.
As for me, I like DDO a lot, but the guild system really sucks the fun out of the game for me. And now that people are off playing NWO (either temporarily or permanently) so I have to sit and watch as our guild renown drops every day since I am the only one playing and it's not enough to cover our decay tax. I honestly wouldn't recommend DDO to anyone because of the stupid things like decay.
You have basic pure class builds for each prc mostly
Then you have a few 12/6/2
A few 18/2
and the juggernaut builds in a few flavors
Yes there are only 5 pure class builds in nwo atm and they probably won't have multi-classing, but for what they have I don't see much of a difference other than new players can't really gimp themselves into worthlessness.
In all honesty, I'm seeing more effective diversity in NWO's builds than I've seen in a lot of players in EE GH - a lot of DDO's build options are false build options, ones that look like a choice but really just gimp your character....and unfortunately, Turbine is making that even more restrictive as time goes on (and supposedly, ESO is going to be freer about that than DDO is now).
Personally, this negative influence is making DDO less fun for me. Combine that with the forums being MUCH less user-friendly, and tiring of both EE GH and TRing as end-games (with no change to either in sight, as u18 isn't even epic content)....I'm finding myself logging on just once every few days to do one to two dungeons, and I'm seeing a lot of other people in similar boats. By comparison, NWO has been quite fun lately, so that's where I've been this week. :P
Edit: And let's not forget the fact that I'm having to post under dravael rather than Wruntjunior, as Turbine seems to be in no rush whatsoever to fix that particularly annoying issue.
Checked out the enhancement pass on Lammaland, decided to play more SWTOR as anything I do in DDO will be stomped on anyway. The monk I enjoyed playing for a couple years is going to be drawn and quartered and a hairy gnome will defile the corpse, so, yeah. Nothing to look forward to.
I took a week or so off for Skyrim as a break from the bugs and lag. Loved it, and giving a few days back at DDO to see if a break is good, or DDO really is just so bad it's worth cutting off like a bad addiction.
NWO is a flawed games in many respects and DDO is in theory a better game but I am sure having fun on NWO at the moment. Certainly it is worth a try (and you really need to play to at least level 20 before you can fairly judge it). Perhaps it is flavor of the month but I'm having a good time.
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