If anyone has been checking regularly, you will know that I've been pretty quiet for the past couple weeks. This is due to the fact that I'm a teacher, and this time of year is incredibly busy for me as I wrap up the last of grades, exams, etc. all leading up to graduation. I thought it would be good to stop in just long enough to give everyone an update and let you all know that I'm still here.
As for MMO activity, I haven't had a ton of time to play, but when I have, I find myself, more often than not, continuing to level my two characters in TERA. I started with an archer, but I've recently found a lot of enjoyment with a warrior. Both are around level 40 now, and my first priority this summer with the extra time I'll have will be to get both these characters to 60. I still maintain that TERA is an amazing game with graphics that continually impress me and combat that is a load of fun.
Not only that, but I really feel like TERA is making me a better player. I was feeling a bit nostalgic the other evening and decided I wanted to play WoW some. I really haven't been playing much WoW since there isn't really anything I'm interested in doing there at the moment. I am excited about the new x-pac, and I'm sure I'll be back playing hot and heavy once that drops, but for now I have a hard time building up much enthusiasm for it. Anyway, I decided I would do a LFR run of the first four bosses in Dragon Soul, since I could still use a shoulder upgrade on my warrior.
The first thing I noticed was that the combat was not nearly as inter-active as I had gotten used to in TERA. Obviously, I didn't have to worry about my target since WoW has targetting. Also, I noticed that the mobs in WoW don't move very much at all as a general rule. In TERA, everything moves . . . a lot. The second thing I noticed was that my rotation was a bit tighter resulting in a DPS increase in general. I was really surprised at the difference since I felt like I was playing much like I always had, but I think TERA has forced me to play with more focus while keeping up with more things at the same time. I can remember lots of times playing WoW without actually ever looking at the center of the screen, but now I was able to watch meters and warnings while also keeping an eye on the boss we were fighting. Overall, I ended up 1st on the damage meters with the next closest over 8k dps lower. I can only conclude that TERA has helped me to become a better player in general.
I'm sure I'll be posting more frequently once summer comes. Until then, have fun in whatever game you choose to play.