I’m confused. I’m not sure what to do. I’m giving Runes of Magic a proper go for a review, but I’m currently stuck in Logar trying to figure out my next move. It’s not that I don’t know where to go – I’ve already been to Varanas to pick up a second class (went for the rogue/scout combo) and I got a whole bunch of quests for the Barrows to take care of (them kobolds need to die). But the confusion comes from the fact that I’m not sure I’m on the right server or not.
Runes of Magic is most certainly growing on me. It’s a pretty sweet MMO, not very high-budget but it has enough stuff to grab my attention. I’d love to get into a guild and start working on a guild hall/castle and contributing guild runes, decorate my house, sign up for the Windrunner Race and spend some money on diamonds so I can get myself a sweet warhorse to ride around on. The rogue class is fun, although pretty basic, but I’m really starting to enjoy my character. But when I look around at the players that I share Taborea with, I’m not sure that I actually want to stick around.
I have a notebook next to my computer which I use to write down stuff I feel to be important while playing (thoughts on graphics, the system, the writing etc). Today I decided to start a list over the quite incredible names some people have chosen for their characters. After just 10 minutes or so, I had covered a whole page – and that’s only in Logar, Runes of Magic’s first major settlement. I’ve seen my fair share of silly names in games like World of Warcraft and EVE Online, but I’ve never seen this many during such a short amount of time.
A few examples include
- Darkprincess (lots of “dark” going on here, maybe I should introduce them to Gothicgirl)
- Kaffeböna (means “coffee bean” in Swedish)
I do realise that there are a lot of young players in Runes of Magic, players that might not be allowed to have a World of Warcraft-account because of the subscription fee. Since RoM is free to play, this game is pure gold. For us older players that might actually be looking for some form of immersion (there’s that word again)…not so much. I really want to get into Runes of Magic on a deeper level than just appreciating it as a fun game, but with that kind of community, I’m not sure that I will ever be able to.
Maybe I’m just sensitive, I don’t know. I did try to turn off other players’ name tags, but that doesn’t really do it for me either – even though I want to be immersed in the MMOs I play, I also like to see that I’m actually surrounded by other players. So it’s either take the pain, or just stop playing as soon as I’m done with the review – which doesn’t seem fair and isn’t really what I actually want to do.
Thus the confusion. Stay on my current server (Macantacht, PvE) and try to find a guild that can shelter me from all the “Gaykillers” in Taborea (yes, I saw a warrior called “Gaykiller” yesterday) or try to find a guild on another server? If I decide to jump over to a new one, I don’t want to waste any diamonds on a character I’m going to leave behind anyway. But will another server really be any different from this one?