Over the past month or two I’ve been actively looking for a PvP republic hardcore guild to run with when TOR hits in a few months.
Now with the guild set-up that SWTOR has set in place you would think this was an easy task. Well thats what I thought when I first started. Yet I’ve almost gave up on getting in a guild before the game releases.The yard stick to measure your achievements by seems to be WOW, yet I do not like WOW and my attempt of playing this game is meager few hours at most.
Screen shots of your char are the only real concern a lot of the guilds need. Yet I fail to see how WOW and a so called hardcore seem mix well with that game. What was considered hardcore content gets duped like 4 months into a patch, just to let everyone catch up. So your once hardcore content is now null and void.
Now I’m a hardcore player, I play as much as I can when I can. Yet since the time TOR was announced I’ve been hailing the game as the next big thing and have wondered in and out of a few MMO’s. The last MMO I played was Rift and playing TOR for a few hours killed this game for me.
Sure Rift was fun but it did lack good end-game content, guess this is the reason why I played on 3 servers and had 15 different classes in a whole manner of virtuous level states. I only managed to get 4 of my chars to max level in the 5 months I played. I even gave up my last month of payed sub because I could not play after I had my hands on TOR. For me it’s TOR or nothing.
I’ve looked back on a number of games I’ve played and really in the last 5 years only 2 games I would consider I had a blast in. These are SWG and Perfect World online.
In SWG I mainly concentrated on crafting, I had 5 accounts just so I could make the very best items in-game. I would spend weeks hunting down the best mats just so I could have those almost perfect results from everything I made. Say what you will about aspects of SWG and I know it’s players have been shafted but hardcore there means something.
And my last MMO I played over a year was Perfect World Online, now talk about grind. If you ever thought the grind was hard in past games you ain’t seen nothing like this one.
It’s a F2P MMO with MT’s (so not really free) the first 40 levels go quite well. This is the time this game gets you hooked. Now try to level a level 90 char and if you gain level 91 and do it within 2-3 weeks then your doing really well.
This I would consider my last MMO that I was hardcore in. How hardcore you ask ?
Well I was in one of two guilds that gained and captured a city(mass PvE content for land) on the first weekend of the game going live. We also where the first guild to obtain a level 3 city in-game over all servers, this is the hardest PvE content in-game and took a full team of 80 players at the top of there game. We were also the first guild to successively defend 3 city attacks from other guilds in PvP on the same night 80 v 80 matches (30 mins from first match start to last). These matches could last up to 3 hours each. So yeh I would say I was hardcore in that game also I was starting matches at 3am as I played on the east coast.
Yet this would means little to nothing to some guilds that are recruiting. It’s WOW or bust a game that is only hardcore for a few months of the year until subs wind down they give in to the casual gamers and dumb-down all the content that many have slogged and spent many hours to obtain the best gear . Well if that the way it has to be, so be it, I’ll wait till the game hits and let my actions speak for themselves.
The guild system was meant to make things easier yet I feel like a punted Jawa every time a guild asked for my WOW account screens to prove I am hardcore.
So that about sums up my last two months of guild hunting. Now I’m not bitter to any of these guilds or anything I guess many of them have played and/or still playing WOW. So it’s only to be expected that they use this game to vet prospective future guild members.
Yet I can’t see the reasoning behind it, WOW just ain’t hardcore anymore so it’s kind of a wasted task aking anyone to prove yourself hardcore in a none hardcore game. If you want to find hardcore ask for a game that was hardcore from day one and still remains hardcore today.
So I’m most likely to go in game guild-less and I’m ok with that. Almost all the MMO’s I’ve played I’ve entered the same way and this give me the benefit of checking the guilds out.
I don’t take joining a guild likely, I’m in it for the long haul and will do everything to make the guild successful.
Well that’s all for now.
Until next time, MrWarlock signing off.
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