Checking My 2009 Gaming Goals

This is one of those posts that would be a lot more effective if I had gotten around to doing a post early in the year about what those goals were.

I started on that post, but never quite got around to putting it up.  I have the draft still sitting around, so I’ll work from that.

Cap Out In WoW – Completed

I wanted to hit the level cap of 80 and, with the instance group, finish out all the base five person instances.

We managed to do that by August.  In fact, I have two level 80 characters, one of which leveled through instances and another who did so through questing.  So I do feel I got quite the tour of Northrend and ingested a large dose of WoW lore, which comes in quite concentrated form in Wrath of the Lich King.

Blizzard has added some more content for the instance group since I hit my goal, but that will be for next year I think.

See Moria – Fail

Moria is one of the places in The Lord of the Rings that I really want to see brought to life in a 3D world.  And so, with the Mines of Moria expansion for Lord of the Rings Online, I had an opportunity.

I started new characters on a new server, ran one up to level 30 or so, then did not get much further.  The closest I got was Rivendell.

Take a Year Off from SOE – Mostly Complete

After my late 2008 run to level 50 with Reynaldo Fabulous, I was feeling quite bored with EverQuest II.  EverQuest I only visit for nostalgia purposes, and there are no other SOE games to which I feel any strong attachment.

So I thought I would just take a year off from SOE.  Maybe that would make Norrath seem more fresh.

I came back a little early to attend the Revelry and Honor anniversary bash, but really haven’t felt like logging into EQ2 (or any other SOE game since I had to invest in a month of Station Access to make sure I could play the characters I wanted to during my time on).  Even my daughter, who wants to see Frostfell Village every Christmas was done running around there in under 15 minutes.

EQ2 might have gone from “games I play” to “games I used to play” and become one for the nostalgia list.

Double My ISK in EVE – Complete

In EVE Online, I wanted to double my ISK holdings and buy a freighter.  I managed to buy the freighter and more than triple my ISK reserves as measured from the start of the year.

Now I have a whole bunch of ISK and no goals.

Two Comment Maximum – Mostly Complete

More of a blogging goal than a gaming goal, but I blog about games, so they mix.

The idea here was to limit myself to a maximum of two comments on any post on another blog.  After that point, anything further I had to say would have to come in the form of a post on my own blog.

The reasoning behind this was:

  1. To not be the persistent a-hole who monopolizes (and thus generally destroys) a comment thread by latching on to a single point and beating it to death
  2. To not become invested in petty arguments that are generally as meaningful as arguing over how many angels can dance on the head of a pin
  3. To put more thought into my comments

The first is easy to see.  It happens all the time.

I think the second is obvious, though often only after the fact.

The third though, is a bit deeper.  Like most people, I imagine, my comments on posts tend to get a lot less thought than things I post on my own blog.  By limiting myself to two comments (one to express my point and one clarify anything I might have not stated as clearly as I would have liked) I felt I would force myself to think more before I commented.  I thought perhaps it might drive me to greater clarity and less confrontation.

Or at least it might make for a few more posts on my own site.

In the end, I managed to mostly stick to two comments.  I think I only violated that when somebody grossly misunderstood what I was saying and I had to back and point out that I was actually agreeing with that person and was, perhaps, not as clear in that statement as I should have been.

I’m not sure I gave them all more thought because of my limit or if I just took two cheap shots and called it a night.  It did lead to one of my more creative posts of the year though.

This goal, of course, did not apply to comments on my own site.  In your own home you get to do as you like.  This was about being a better person in the homes of other people.

Result

On failed completely, two fully complete, and two mostly complete.  Not bad.

I’ll have to think about what I should shoot for in 2010… and maybe even post about it before next December.

How about you?  Did you have any gaming goals for the year?

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