- Complete quests of Cataclysm: I'm still not finished with Hyjal, Twilight Highlands, or Firelands on my main - I tend to work on dailies first, and there are enough dailies that I haven't gotten around to these.
- Finish out armor set from 4.3 heroics
- Use the raid finder to kill Deathwing
- Cap out TBC-era dungeon reputations: Most of these rep's stalled out at Revered when the content was new. Two expansions later, these heroics are quick and easy rep farming.
- Reach the new level cap on my main (currently 67 of 75)
- Don't feel obliged to "save" content for future level cap increases
Fortunately, Turbine's actions since have proved my fears unfounded - even if some future expansion does launch without enough solo quests, there are now enough forms of repeatable content, such as daily quests and skirmishes, to make up the missing exp if needed.
- Finally reach the level cap
- Investigate the endgame
In any case, Trion is supposedly going to give me 3 days of game time as compensation for their servers being hacked, which will get me to the game's level cap. From there, it will be a question of how much I like what I see.
- Enjoy world events on my main without having to subscribe
- Try to complete current dungeon content
- Betray to the evil side to see content, collect houses, perhaps try the Troubadour
Will new dungeons continue to ramp up in difficulty, even though the current ones are already unpopular for PUG's? Will there be new solo content? Or will they tune all future content to require the use of NPC mercenaries, and thus the purchase of the AOD expansion, much as all solo quest rewards are now "legendary" quality to require the purchase of gear unlock tokens?
One project that I am seriously considering is taking my main and having her betray over to the evil faction to see the revised Freeport content, collect some houses in the evil cities (you don't lose houses when you switch sides, though you will be kill-on-sight with the local guards as appropriate), etc. This might also be an opportunity to take the Troubadour class for a spin, though doing so may or may not require a paid class unlock. I've never been interested in sticking with alts in EQ2 to date, so I might as well take my main over to see what the rest of the content looks like.
- Gear my main up for DLC content
- Work on one or more alts to see the other storylines
- Play one or more storylines
Seriously, my current computer situation (more on this in a minute) has me holding off on SWTOR, but I fully expect to pick up this game and spend some time working on the various storylines in 2012. I had originally figured that I would play a Sith Inquisitor based on the theory that I can play a guy with a gun in any number of other gameworlds. However, I ended up really liking both the personalities and the gameplay for both the Smuggler and the Imperial Agent.
So now I'm on my seventh subheading without having covered DDO or Runes of Magic (both of which I have spent money on in the past). Lineage 2 just went free to play in North America, and Aion became the first major MMO I'm aware of in which the European market beat the North American to a non-subscription switch (which I assume will force the US servers to follow suit, if that was not already planned). By the time the dust settles, there will probably be at least a dozen major MMO's I haven't played that originally launched as subscription games - I could literally try a different one every month for 2012.
I don't think I'm going to go to that extreme, but it raises a point about how tough the current marketplace is for new entrants. Not only must version 1 of your new game be competitive with version 7 of the competition's, but your game has a $50 buy in and a subscription while their's has no buy-in. In my case, even the time to download the client (and the hard drive space to store yet another one!) and try a new game for a night or two is starting to approach prohibitive.
Games on my Christmas loot haul include Uncharted 3, Arkham City, and the Metal Gear Solid trilogy. I have yet to finish Assassin's Creed 2, and it has two sequels out that will be somewhere on my playlist. Other games on my wish list include Infamous 2, Tomb Raider Trilogy (and the new one if/when it arrives), and possibly FFXIII-2. The discerning reader will note that only two of those are not currently released - my time crunch on the console is as bad as on the PC (though at least on the console showing up a year or three late means paying dramatically less for the games).
I am thoroughly dissatisfied with my Alienware M11x (original revision), which has had a number of problems.
- First, the hinge broke when the machine was less than three months old - Dell replaced this because it was a well-documented issue, but it was an inconvenient situation for a week or two until this could be resolved.
- Then the power cord plug started slipping out of the back of the system, which left the machine unexpectedly shutting down for lack of power when I thought it was plugged in.
- Then the battery, which has a 12-month warranty - went completely dead at the 14 month mark. (This is also a commonly reported issue with the machine.) Now I own a "portable" 11 inch laptop that has to be tethered to an outlet, unless I want to throw good money after bad by spending $200-300 on a new battery for a $700 machine.
- On top of all of that, I apparently did not comprehend exactly how slow the processor was in all the hype about how the machine would run this that and the other thing - even overclocked (which Dell will not guarantee will work) the specs are below the minimums for Rift and SWTOR.
In any case, I'm sure I'll be writing more about this topic once I actually go through the process.
This will be post number 185 for the year, which is the lowest postcount I've had since I started the blog partway through 2008. There are several drivers for this - I'm doing less work on the blog over the weekends, I'm writing longer posts, and I'm not feeling obliged to post something just to bump the update time on the RSS feed. Overall, though, the current schedule - where I do 2-3 posts during the week and maybe a post on the weekend - seems to be working.
In any case, there's going to be plenty to do - and write about - in the coming year. Happy New Year, and I look forward to hearing from all of you in 2012!