This is going to be a bit of a weird week for me personally, and as a result probably a weird week for the blog. My wife has a friend in town for a conference and as a result it is causing us to vary our normal patterns… and also as a result there is probably going to be significantly less gaming to talk about. Now one major exception is that said friend is a Magic the Gathering player and tentatively Wednesday night we have plans to get together and play some casual decks for fun. That will of course be probably something that I write about and I am going to attempt to take some “board state” photos as the matches go. I have built up a box of four battle decks from card kingdom that are all themed and roughly the same power level thinking it would be a quick and easy drop in and play magic option. The grand idea was to bring it up to work for some lunch time gaming, but it hasn’t actually happened yet.
Last night when we got home from Joe Momma’s one of our favorite downtown pizza places, I crashed on the sofa and played some Elder Scrolls Online. I am essentially doing what I always do which is push into the corners of the map that I have yet to explore and complete whatever quests I happen across there. I remember this game had a rather frosty reception… but in truth the longer it lives the less I can distinguish it from a normal numbered Elder Scrolls game. I realize some players approached those games in vastly different ways than I did… but for me it was always about killing monsters, collecting loot, running quests… and ABOVE ALL ELSE… wandering around aimlessly and exploring the nooks and crannies of the map. All of those game play styles are supported in ESO and as a result whenever I pick it back up it sorta feels like returning to an old friend.
One of my favorite parts about returning to the game is something that dates back to alpha. The original alpha players were referred to as the Psijic Order, and on the official game forums there is still a hidden forum area that never got closed out from that area where we occasionally chat back and forth. Similarly there was a guild formed on launch day made up of players from this same alpha pool and in truth it is one of the more active guilds that I have access to. I am super thankful that after all of this time and all of my wandering away and back again that no one punted me from it. I am deeply connected to this title because of my experiences testing it for so long, and I am happy to for some remnant of that early community that I still have access to.
I am cutting off the post short this morning as it is election day here in Oklahoma. I am going to attempt to vote before work, and if you too are having a primary I highly suggest you drag your butt to the polls as well.