Anyway, it's time for the first edition of WRUP for the new year, and clearly nothing has changed. After all, it's still a recounting of what the Massively staff will be up to over the weekend, complete with our own resolutions for the new year as they pertain to gaming. So jump on past the cut to see what we're up to, and let us know what you'll be doing on this first full weekend of the year in the comments.
@Beau_Hindman: I will be tackling the Varrok task list in RuneScape. I sort of hit a wall in the Lumbridge ones but will come back to them when I am higher-level. The task system is brilliant. It's a combination of quest and achievement system and is a great way to get cash and some loot and to level up. My city in Illyriad is finally getting to a decent point. Now if I can only avoid being murdered! I'm also starting to enjoy 8Realms more. Performance is still rough, but the art style and feel of the game is fantastic. I'm sure there will be some more time in Glitch killing that quest list! Also, I have points to spend in the cash shop. Daddy needs a new pair of Tron-like pants. On Monday I will be switching to Wakfu for my next Rise and Shiny. Finally there's an open beta going, and I could not be more excited for this game!
I didn't really make any resolutions, honestly. I game how I want, married the girl I want, and tend to live exactly how I want. Oh, I'd like to hit 99 in a single skill in RuneScape, but I'm not that worried about it. The game is fun -- why ruin it with math?
@nyphur: I'll be having a meeting with the remaining members of my casual raiding guild in World of Warcraft this weekend. The LFR system in patch 4.3 has all but killed casual raiding, as many casuals are happy to just run LFR and so the supply of recruits for normal raids has dried up. We're now faced with either becoming semi-hardcore or quitting, and judging by the lack of login queues on popular raid days, I think a lot of players have been taking the second option. At this point, Guild Wars 2 and Diablo III can't come soon enough.
I did make a gaming resolution this year, but not the kind most people will have made. I work on game design and shader programming projects in my spare time, and this year I've resolved to work hard on one project with the goal of developing a complete game. I've started a development blog to track the game's progress and have secured the help of a few friends. This is one resolution I definitely want to uphold for the entire year!
@nbrianna: Stttaaaarrr Waaaarrrsssss: Theeee Oooold Repuuuuubliiiiic. That's where I'll be.
I usually don't do resolutions either, but I'd like to finish more games and see them through to endgame. Last year I didn't finish very many of the games I started. I'd also like to find myself a new (well, old) sandbox to try to take the place of Star Wars Galaxies in my heart.
Star Wars: The Old Republic continues to enrapture me, but I want to put some time in on Final Fantasy XIV and the many, many games I've got on Steam at the moment. Also there's the usual spate of other things to do, and possibly some preparation for my birthday in a couple of weeks. Not that I suspect many people are going to lose sleep over any of this. Frankly, that would be a bit disturbing.
I really want to do a better job at splitting my time between games this year, something I've long had issues with. On a somewhat gaming-related note, I'd like to do a better job with my columns over the coming year. There were some very memorable installments this year, I think, but I want to improve on that and produce a higher ratio of really insightful material.
Not a lot of MMO time in this weekend's budget, but what little there is will go to EverQuest II and DC Universe Online (hooray for crafting!).
I don't really do New Year's resolutions, gaming or otherwise.
@Jeremy_Stratton: I'm honestly not sure what I'll be playing besides Lineage II. I think I'll make some cursory stops in many MMOs to make sure all my clients are updated and to remember how long it has been since I last played. I'm afraid, though, that if I stop off in Fallen Earth, I'll be on it all night. I just love treating that MMO like a living book. I'll probably build myself a campsite, go find a secluded corner of the wasteland, and sit there for a couple of hours, gathering and hanging out by the fire. If only Fallen Earth had player-written books, I'd be in desolate, mutated heaven.
My New Year's Gaming Resolution (That's NYGR, for the hip) is to actually start wading through my collection of Steam games.
@Sypster: My wife keeps begging me to play SWTOR with her, but I suspect that she's slowly turning to the dark side with her Sith Warrior and am considering an intervention. "Dear, you know we all love you, but we're worried by how you keep Force-choking everyone you meet." Other than than... Lord of the Rings Online, I guess? I'm going to bypass Isengard and go right for Mordor to end this silly conflict once and for all.
I did make gaming resolutions... and I've posted them both on my personal blog and in my Road to Mordor column!
@JayeRnH: I'll be playing EverQuest II, RIFT, and a little SWTOR. I've been sampling lots of player-made dungeons in EQII, so it's time for me to roll up my sleeves and try my hand. And I still am enjoying RIFT and SWTOR, even though I might be the only person in the world who loves both games. They offer enough different stuff that it's refreshing to switch between the two of them.
As for my new year's resolution, it's to get back into the habit of replying to the weekly WRUP!
@Shaddoe: I think I'm going to be playing World of Warcraft this weekend. I hear it's a pretty good game. KIDDDING! I'm going to play Star Wars: The Old Republic like everyone else. I haven't really started leveling my public character yet. But as soon as I do, I'll let everyone know so you can join me in some fun.
My resolution for this year is simple: Play moar video gamez! Actually, I got nothing. What should my resolution be?
A little of this and a little of that (meaning Aion and EverQuest II); I need a bit of a break after so many festivals and double XP gorging last weekend. I am having some yearnings to pop back into Lord of the Rings Online and Vanguard after doing this week's Some Assembly Required, so maybe I will get some face time with those old friends!
Never considered a resolution, but if I were to make one, it would be to get ONE house fully decorated in EQII. I'll let you know next December how that goes!
@mackeypb: I will be attempting to play Rusty Hearts, but as of now I can't get the patcher to work. I'm probably going to have to reinstall, so it may not happen. I've been putting more time into Champions Online lately, so I will undoubtedly be there, and I am definitely going to be playing more League of Legends as well. I'm slowly building my stable of imbalanced champions, and Shaco is next on the list. Haha!
I don't have any gaming-related resolutions this year. In the past, it'd be something like "get top 5 in a tournament" or "get combo X down 100%," but I just don't play those kinds of games much anymore. Maybe I should resolve to play more versus fighting games.
@Rubi_: I'll definitely be playing some SWTOR, but the Guild Wars Elementalist update has almost guaranteed that I'll spend the majority of my weekend putting my main through her paces and trying out new skill bars. Everything's changed, and not only is her go-to bar no longer as good, there are a ton of combinations that are much better. I can't wait!
No gaming resolutions for me -- all of mine were of the standard real-world variety.
@terilynns: Star Trek Online is on my agenda, of course. I will be trying to re-spec all nine of my alts and will be welcoming back friends who used to sub but can now partake of the early F2P launch.
And nope, no resolutions here -- of any kind -- gaming or not.
At the start of every weekend, we catch up with the Massively staff members and ask them, "What are you playing this week?" (Otherwise known as: WRUP!) Join us to see what we're up to in and out of game -- and catch us in the comments to let us know what you're playing, too!