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I jumped into Witching Night last night with gusto, intent on experiencing some proper RvR. Epic battles awaited, thought I. Glory and Loot! Fun and Stuff!

I ended the night reactivating my WoW account…

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Finally off the crack pipe.

Well, it finally happened. My WoW subscription ended yesterday. I haven’t renewed it. For a few seconds I contemplated doing so, then realised I didn’t feel like I had to. And I realise I didn’t want to. So I didn’t.

It’s quite liberating, not feeling that itchy ‘need’ to log in. WAR, right now, is different. I log in if I feel like it. I log in if i feel like busting some heads in Tor Anroc, or grinding out a few more bubbles towards my next ding. If I don’t feel like logging, I watch some Heroes or BSG instead. IOr maybe, actually (gasp!), socialize a little. I don’t log in to appease someone else or to fulfill some retarded obligation (whether to others (raid x at 7:30!) or myself (must farm 200g tonight to pay for consumables and repairs!)).

Obligations should not exist in games. We should play them because we want to. It’s a simple philosophy and yet one I realise I completely lost when the WoW crack habit hit me.

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Incentivizing RvR

Greenskin has a good post today about RvR and the relatively lacklustre reward it offers, at least during levelling. Taking an undefended keep generates probably the worst XP per hour, and the math is that it’s better XP to go where the action is. Makes sense to me. I’m not sure why people try to take undefended objectives. You get very little out of it. A smattering of XP and a shot at some Keep Lord loot, but that’s about it. We need more of a reason.

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And then there was one.

By yesterday evening, most people I know playing WAR had their free time expire. Here I was, merrily soldiering on, subscription paid for despite all the problems I’ve had to work around to play a game. Most of my MMO friends and acquaintances, however? They’re no longer hanging around in Warhammer. Casualties of WAR.

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And no, it’s not because it’s the better game…

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New tanks December.

So Mark Jacobs has announced the first major content patch for WAR, as early as December. He didn’t give an exact date, and in reality only mentioned that the Blackguard and Knight of the Blazing Sun would be introduced in December. But in my books, new classes = new content.

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Exodus

I’m predicting that Warhammer will feel a little… barren… tonight.

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