- Complete quests of Cataclysm: I'm still not finished with Hyjal, Twilight Highlands, or Firelands on my main - I tend to work on dailies first, and there are enough dailies that I haven't gotten around to these.
- Finish out armor set from 4.3 heroics
- Use the raid finder to kill Deathwing
- Cap out TBC-era dungeon reputations: Most of these rep's stalled out at Revered when the content was new. Two expansions later, these heroics are quick and easy rep farming.
Pandaria, on the other hand, seems poised to arrive no earlier than late August and possibly as late as October, with Blizzard's announcement that the expansion cinematic will be unveiled on August 16th. Not exactly what I was hoping to hear, though I suppose I should have known better to hope that Blizzard could manage an expansion in a "mere" 20 months. Meanwhile, I suppose I might as well go on the record now and predict that the 5.0 PTR will hit within a few days of the 28 August Guild Wars 2 launch, since that's how Blizzard always does it.
- Reach the new level cap on my main (currently 67 of 75)
- Don't feel obliged to "save" content for future level cap increases
- Finally reach the level cap
- Investigate the endgame
I'd say that the monthly fee is what is holding me back, but I've actually got a time card in my back pocket and I haven't even been tempted to use it. Perhaps with the new expansion?
- Enjoy world events on my main without having to subscribe
- Try to complete current dungeon content
- Betray to the evil side to see content, collect houses, perhaps try the Troubadour
- Gear my main up for DLC content
- Work on one or more alts to see the other storylines
- Play one or more storylines
Star Trek Online
- "By the time the dust settles, there will probably be at least a dozen major MMO's I haven't played that originally launched as subscription games - I could literally try a different one every month for 2012."
DDO is perennially in this category, because I'm still sitting just shy of level 8 on my highest level character. Everyone gets a free respec as part of the new expansion, but there are also a fair number of things that got blown up - changes to hit and spell mechanics, with more changes to the entire enhancement system yet to come. DDO is very unforgiving when it comes to respecs - for the most part they are cash store only - so I'm inclined to wait and see what happens with the enhancement revamp before I mess with any characters, new or old.
I've also spent about an evening each in Aion, EQ1, and the Secret World Beta. I haven't really played Runes of Magic, in which I have a mid-level character and which now offers a new race with new classes. I will probably try Mechwarrior Online when it goes live for the free-to-play masses. Vanguard is going free to play, though I didn't exactly stick with it when I paid for access last year.
Beyond all of that, I hesitate to predict what other MMO's I may or may not try over the year. I have a fair number of clients for free to play games that I have yet to try installed on my computer. I'm not chomping at the bit to be first in line for either Secret World or Guild Wars 2. The bottom line continues to be that any new game is really going to have to fight for more than a one night trial on my current schedule.
So far, I've finished off Assassin's Creed II, Arkham City (though I enjoyed this enough to try it again on the higher "new game plus" difficulty, which allows use of all the bat-gadgets from the beginning), and a chunk of the Tomb Raider trilogy. The push for Uncharted 3... did not end so well. Other games on my playlist include Infamous 2, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, followed by Revelations (and eventually followed by ACIII), and perhaps FFXIII-2.
I did indeed build my first desktop gaming PC this winter. Overall, it's been a pretty big success so far. I am still running with an old graphics card salvaged from my old desktop, primarily because it doesn't seem to have any problems with any of the games I'm playing. I'm in wait-and-see mode on the nVidia GTX 660/660Ti, which will supposedly blow the current mid-range cards out of the water - or at least drive their prices down dramatically, such that I could snag an upper-mid-range card. I'd be in more of a hurry on this front except that I just am not finding that I need the increased performance on any games that I play.
I published 84 posts in the first half of the year, which continues a bit of a downward trend. I haven't hit 15 posts in a month since February. Part of that trend may be that I stuck with both STO and SWTOR beyond the points in either game where I have significant new things to say about them on a near-daily basis. Part of it is longer posts like this one. And part is life - a trend that I don't expect to change (in fact, quite the contrary).
In any case, thank you for reading, happy Canada Day to our neighbors in the True North, Strong and Free, and here's to the rest of the year!