I Got Blow’d Up Real GoodOctober 22, 2008
Last night I bowed to popular demand and got into the Scenario Grind with a passion. Went around to all the warcamps in T3 to get the appropriate quests, and played an endless string of scenarios with the guild. Now, I quite like the scenarios for many reasons — they’re easy to jump into, they hook you up with friends, they give you a clearcut path to victory or defeat in under 15 minutes. But other than grinding out XP and renown, I don’t feel like there’s much reason for being there, as the loot drops aren’t too spectacular and I’m not working towards a gear reward or any specific Tome unlock as I go through it.
But scenarios do make for great stories, especially when you’re on vent and you get to scream and laugh and make sarcastic quips about your Bright Wizard pretending to be a tank. Like a sports event, there’s hair-pulling with a teammate doesn’t take the bauble back to a safer point near your side’s spawn, and instead stands on a very narrow strip of land between death and more death because they hate to miss out on any XP or renown that comes from the battles. “You IDIOT!” you scream mostly to yourself and your sleeping dog. “You’re like the moron in a horror movie who never goes to the police but just stays in the murder house!”
I had a really fun moment in Tor Anroc (and yes, that’s the only scenario that popped. All. Night.) where I hit a Witch Elf with my Point Blank morale skill for a sizable knockback and then immediately threw a concussion grenade as well. The end result was a double-bounce, or “skipping” her skanky butt across the field. I think it should be a new sport in the Olympics.
It’s amazing that in some scenarios Syp is the #1 target for everyone, everywhere, and I end up in about 4.2 seconds of actual combat before having to return to the spawn point. And yet in other scenarios I’m virtually ignored (which I love), and just go on creating merry havoc and tossing bombs all willy-nilly.
I appreciate how much I just don’t care about dying in WAR. By that, I mean that I never ever take it personally. In past MMOs, if I did PvP and was slain, I usually felt like a bully was trying to beat me up for my lunch money, especially when they’d come back to do it over and over and over again. It probably didn’t help that a lot of players used new and creative ways to tell you how much you sucked. Those were deaths I minded, because they came with an aftertaste of cruelty. Yet in WAR, I’ve never had an enemy player emote anything nasty at me (so far), and dying sort of feels like getting slammed with a big snowball where you fall down, laugh, and get up ready for s’more.
I’ve also been in only a scarce few scenarios where bossy, brain-damaged folks berate you for mistakes and try to order everyone around with the almighty power of CAPITAL LETTERS. Perhaps that’s cause we’re all too busy fighting to stop and type, but it’s a nice change of pace.
I’m not giving up on Syp, but I’m definitely exploring a few alts to give my gameplay some variety, at least until I hit 30 and can bypass the rest of Badlands and continue on with PvE content.