Sorry I have been away for a bit. It’s been an extremely busy time for me in the last few weeks. I am getting ready for the Windows 7 release at my work, taking care of some family matters and playing Aion, which has left me precious little time to post. Things are starting to calm down a bit so you should be seeing a number of new posts up in the next few days. This is the first of many.
So, with the little free time I have had lately I have been playing Aion. Quite a lot actually and I am really enjoying it. As you may already know I started out with a Ranger, Ahira. I was loving him and he reminded me quite a bit of my old WoW hunter without a pet. The leveling on a ranger is very slow at first but at 16 starts to pick up and become much easier. I leveled Ahira up to level 21 and ran into a problem.
I play with a group of real life and online friends and we have migrated to new games together for quite a bit. This time we all rolled together and Aion and began grouping and helping each other as we normally do but we ran into two problems.
First, I level faster than they do. I tend to get a bit more game time in than they do for whatever reason so I was finding myself outpacing them, which is not something I wanted to do. When I hit 20 they were still around 15 or 16, which meant I found myself doing content over and over again while helping them level. This sucked for me and for them.
Secondly, none of my friends rolled a healer. None. We had DPS, we had tanks, we had off-tanks but we had no healers at all. This was not good. I have found healers to be a fairly important part of group make up during my MMO travels and Aion was proving to be no exception. I am not a big fan of pugging especially (arguably) the single most important role in a group.
So, I decided to bite the bullet and roll a cleric. When I started the cleric my friends were all between 15-17 or so. Now they are around 20-24. I am also 24. Damn, they are slow. Painfully slow. At this rate I am going to have 4-5 characters hit level cap at roughly the same time. This sucks. I think I need to bribe my friends to level faster. Actually, I think I just need to sit down with their wives, bosses and family and explain the situation. I am sure they will understand.
Anyway, my cleric is now 24. I am one level away from the greatness of the Abyss and I can not wait. I expect to hit 25 tomorrow and then make fun of my friends for being slow. That’s the plan anyway.
So, that is my cleric, Fenriz. The battle-scarred, rugged warrior of the North. Or cleric actually. Also I think technically he is from the south but you get the idea. Also he’s a lot of fun. More fun than I thought a healer would be. Unlike my Ranger, I can accidentally get an add when soloing and not have to run off like a little girl, screaming in fear. I save that for when I get two adds.
I have not really been able to do much PvP as I am saving Rifting for a bit higher into my twenties. I did kill a single Elyos outside of Morheim Fortress the other day but I think he was just trying to get the hell out of there so I don’t think that really counts.
I have been able to duel a number of people and I must say that Clerics are tough to beat 1 vs 1 at this level. I have no problems with Gladiators or Assassins. Rangers can be tough but certainly beatable and the same goes for sorcerers. I have found dueling a Chanter or another Cleric to be almost identical to watching old people have sex, slow and boring. Spiritmasters, aaaah Spiritmasters. You remember what I said about running and screaming like a little girl when getting more than 1 add? Yeah, that pretty much applies to me when a Spiritmaster asks to duel. It’s not pretty.
So, I am going to wrap this up with a bit about what I am going to cover tomorrow. A lot has happened in the world of Aion and NCSoft and I plan to touch on some of that, including more about the gold spamming and bot situation, the PvE that I have been able to do so far and some other miscellaneous stuff. I hope you check it out!