Daily Archives: December 3, 2008

Best MMO Expansion in 2008?

MMORPG.com has their yearly reader’s choice awards going.  Normally I am only mildly interested in these sorts of things, and usually only because I like to see what was included or excluded.  But one of the categories, Best MMO Expansion in 2008 got me thinking about some of the great content the industry has put out this year for games already on the market.

The choices MMORPG.com has listed are:

  • Empyrean Age (EVE Online)
  • Mines of Moria (Lord of the Rings Online)
  • Seeds of Destruction (EverQuest)
  • The Shadow Odyssey (EverQuest II)
  • Wrath of the Lich King (World of Warcraft)

In an odd inversion of the usual situation, the expansion that interests me the least is the one for the game I am playing the most of late, The Shadow Odyssey.  This is mostly because I am starting out on a new server, so the only expansion content I get is the bear mount. Nice, but not exactly a deal closer.

On the flip side, the expansion I am most interested in is for the game I play the least, Lord of the Rings Online.  The Mines of Moria expansion sounds very exciting.  As a Tolkien fan, I really want to see how Turbine did the mines.  Unfortunately, my highest level character in LOTRO is 30, so I cannot just go explore, I have to do some work to get there.

And, in a very close second place for me is Wrath of the Lich King.  Blizzard did… well…. their usual great job and the weekly group is digging into the expansion and enjoying it quite a bit.

Which leaves me with a few questions.

Which expansion(s) did MMORPG.com miss?

Which expansion is doing it for you and why?

Am I playing the wrong game?

And Sometimes It Rains Gold in the Faerun

I was on TorilMUD the other day with my little alt paladin and got a tell from somebody in the room.

Ancuc tells you ‘get avenger okay’

You get a holy avenger enshrouded in light.

Ancuc hi-fives you! Yeah!

You boggle at that concept.

Ancuc looks at you.

You tell Ancuc ‘heh, you just happen to have one sitting around to loan out?’

Ancuc tells you ‘nah, i dont use it lol’

Ancuc tells you ‘u can have it’

You wield a holy avenger enshrouded in light.
It glows brightly.

The Holy Avenger is the two handed blade of choice for paladins.  Or, as Kegor stat-bot puts it:

Kegor tells you ‘a holy avenger enshrouded in light * 7D4 6/4 PR-EVIL * Proc: Holy Word – Heal – Armor – Bless * MAGIC NODROP BLESS FLOAT NOBURN LIT TWOHANDS PALADIN-ONLY * Zone: Calimport (Q) * Last ID: 5-2-07’

I do not think it starts to proc until I hit a high enough level, but it is a mighty blade even without that.  Now I have to keep playing my paladin until I get there.

A big thank you to Ancuc!

That sort of thing happens once in a while in a game with a small but dedicated community.

Maybe if I roll up an Anti-paladin and hang around, somebody will drop one of these.

Kegor tells you ‘an unholy avenger pulsing with blood * 7D4 6/4 FARSEE SENSE-LIFE INFRA * Proc: SoulSteal – SoulShriek * Crit: Power of Darkness – SoulBind * MAGIC NODROP FLOAT TWOHANDS ANTI-PALADIN-ONLY * Zone: Greycloak Hills (Q) * Last ID: 5-25-07’

Just dreaming, I know, but I never managed to complete the quest for that blade.