So, anyone who’s read this website at all knows that in the past year I’ve not been posting much. I’ve tried to post at least once a month so as not to be taken off DDO’s official fansite page and up until last month I have been posting enough. I was looking at the fan page list to see what other people are writing and noticed that this site was unlisted for some reason. I reached to Cordovan on twitter and got no response back. The terms & agreements explicitly say that Turbine has the right to remove a site from the list with no explanation to the fansite administrators. I’m trying to figure out what I did to become unlisted. Maybe I didn’t post within a 30 day time frame. Accept for last month, which was after I found out I was removed, I know that I posted at least once within each month but maybe it was after 30 days. Maybe I posted something that the Turbine fanpage administrator deemed as defamatory. I have before been critical of things in DDO but I would hardly consider them defamatory. In March I posted about how I was going to start streaming on Twitch and that post was featured on the official DDO Chronicle. I don’t get it. Do they want to help promote me or not?
Aside from being taken down from the fansite list I want to write about why I haven’t been posting much. The real reason is; I haven’t been playing much. I’ve been working a lot lately and when I do get a chance to log on to DDO there aren’t many LFMs up(or LFGs? Which one is it?) The ones that are up either already in the quest too long for me to get anything out of it or I join and it doesn’t fill. If I put a “Looking for More/Group” it doesn’t fill either. Sometimes I get a person to join and they immediately jump in the quest and start it. That really annoys me to no end! At least ask. The reason I put up a group is because I want a GROUP! (I guess 2 people could be considered a group but still…) So after a half hour or so I’ll log off and play a different game. Lately my patience for waiting has gotten smaller and smaller. I’ll log on, see that nothing is going on and log off and start playing a different game. It could be just bad timing but I’m not so sure about that. I have a level 144 guild that I’m the leader of but the members are starting to take breaks too. We’re down to 4 active people now, and I’m hardly considered active. I would just recruit more people but I’m pretty stingy when recruiting. I have to get to know someone before I invite them and it’s hard to get to know anyone if I’m not playing much. (I have some gripes about some the “top” player base on my server Argonnessen but I don’t think I wanna get into that. The DDO administrators already don’t like me for some reason I don’t need to burn other bridges too which I might have just done with this sentience)
My wife and I pay for VIP for 3 months at a time and it runs out the beginning of June. She still plays a bunch so I’m sure we’ll renew hers but I’m not so sure about mine. I started being a VIP a few months after DDO became Free to Play. I’ve bought 2 expansions at greater then base level and I’ve bought 2 airships by buying turbine points and astral shards. One of my characters looks strikingly (randomly generated) like the person who taught me how to play Dungeons and Dragons. He passed away right before DDO went Free to Play. He played Final Fantasy Online and I’m sure he would have loved DDO! I genuinely love this game still and have invested too much money and time (and nostalgia)to completely give it up. I’ll keep logging on to see if anything is going on until my VIP runs out. Maybe by then I will re-find the joy in playing and it will give me a reason to renew VIP again.