Archive for August, 2011

The Rift Experience

So, as I said in my last post, I’m currently playing Rift. Now, I have not at this time made any final decisions regarding WoW, but I am somewhat keeping track of things outside of my other gaming. Thus far, it’s an indefinite break. However, before I go on, I did decide that I wanted to keep my current domain name. Yes, that’s partly due to playing a holy priest that’s a troll, but when I originally settled on the domain name, it’s actually partially a dual meaning. The other part of it is actually due to a bad habit of finding myself trolling forums. And, of course, with the nature of trolling comes the art of having a holier-than-thou attitude. Since I actually try not to have that kind of attitude, it’s a weird sort of irony. Even if it makes sense only to myself. Anyway.

As The Big O (not that Big O, you perverts!) said, there’s a definite lack of personal blogs out there that talk about things from a player’s perspective. I’ve never been a forerunner on… well… anything, when it comes to gaming. Maybe I’ll give it a go here. To that end, there are three things that I currently play to a significant degree as a cleric in Rift: Sentinel, Shaman and Justicar. Since there’s already a Justicar manual out there, so to speak, I’ll focus more on my other main roles, being Shaman and Sentinel.

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The Sabbatical from WoW

It’s no secret that I’ve taken some time off from WoW. Although I recently did a podcast with LeetSauced, I must admit that for some time I’ve been growing tired of the game. Cataclysm brought back the feel from pre-Wrath for healing, which was great for me. It was a new and fresh challenge (well, not really, but more of a “going back to my roots” type of thing, I suppose) when it came to healing. Heroics at the start of the expansion were challenging, if not outright difficult (I’m looking at you, Deadmines). Tier 11 raids were a little over the top, but nothing unmanageable. It was all doable.

Enter raid cooldowns.

I’ve always been kind of a stubborn person. I refuse tooth and nail to play Discipline. Part of this is because, while I understand how it’s supposed to work, it doesn’t “click” with me, and actually applying that knowledge is extremely difficult for me to do. Part of it is to go against the grain. It’s the little bit of a rebel in me, I guess. The other part is because I feel that I need to be able to prove that Holy can get the job done. Why is that? Because I was given three options when I rolled a priest. I chose the one that appealed to me. I should not have to – nor should anyone have to – play a spec that is not fun for them because of social pressures.

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