It’s been a while since I’ve discussed my altoholism and everything that goes a long with it. So, I thought I would write a little update as to what is going on with it so that those who were following the project would know what’s going on.
With the release of The Rise of Isengard and all that went along with it I found myself in a unique position to level up my main character (my Guardian) for the first time in a long time. Now while I wasn’t the fastest leveler in the world I did eventually get to 75 and from there I had two things occur that changed the way I played the game. First, a couple of kinmates who I’ve known for quite a while who wanted to organize a weekly run for 3-man/6-man instances for fun and to gear up our characters; which I more than happily accepted! Secondly, we had a several individuals in the kinship who started to organize end-game raiding runs. These two opportunities combined into a unique opportunity for me to once again start dipping my toes into an MMO’s end-game content on a fairly regular basis; which is something I haven’t done in quite a long time. So with much enthusiasm I headed into the end-game content full-force.
Unfortunately the amount of focus it takes for me to build up a character in LOTRO combined with my other out-of-game projects meant that something had to go on the chopping block; and so my alts fell to the wayside. (Although before the dungeon-running and raids got into full-swing I did manage to get my Champion up to 75 and other various characters up to level 51-53.) Eventually the focus on my main character became so prevalent that even my passion for leveling alts quickly dwindled. And when I finally got back to them I made a huge mistake in prioritizing their leveling schedule by their crafting abilities rather than by what actually sounded fun to me. You can probably see why I began favoring playing my Guardian even more after that point since to me leveling an alt began to represent obligation rather than entertainment.
Recently though, I’ve been speaking with Elb, Ketani, Goldenstar, and several others about the classes that they play and I have started to feel the tug of my alts. I can hear them calling me back and frankly I believe I’m back to the point where leveling a character once again sounds like a lot of fun to me. Now, this doesn’t mean that I will stop running dungeons or raiding completely, but I will mean that I will probably cut back on some of that in order to spend some quality time on my alts.
I am also finding that I haven’t quite decided which character I’m going to pick up first; as I’m currently torn between my Captain and my Warden. I’m also not sure what level I’ll take them to once I do decide; because 65 and 75 are both good breaking points in leveling. What I do know is that I will be moving forward with the project once again and that I will now be choosing characters based on what sounds like fun instead of what I feel obligated to do.
So expect more updates on the project coming soon and long live altoholism!