The beginning is the most delicate time.
This is of course the famous opening line in Dune by Frank Herbert. And in the world of DDO, it will be a grave mistake you will be sorry for the rest of “your toon’s life” to choose a wrong build.
I started to mention this so I can explain why I created this toon, Nightdefendr, the protagonist of this blog.
I started playing DDO last July. My son loves playing games. Since he is not good at English (actually to understand and communicate with other players, you need to to be a fluent speaker of English. My son is playing Final Fantasy XIV, the all time favorite of Japanese people. As I watched him play, I have started to be intrigued by MMORPG. Then I have one game on my mind. Dungeons and Dragons.
I am a middle-aged man. When I was young, it was just when Wizardry I and Ultima came out. In Japan, there were many RPGs but since I love English more than anything else, I eventually came to play games only in English. That’s how I learned English. I read books in English (like I read 75 paperbacks a year one time), watch dramas and movies in English (I am a subscriber of Netflix and CBS USA) and I play games in English. I liked Dungeons and Dragons. WoW is new to me. If there is one game that might have beaten DDO, it would be Wizardry. But I am glad that I started DDO. Since people praise WoW and Neverwinter, I tried them a couple times but my thought was “Meh. I don’t want these fancy movies as rewards. And the toons are done when capped? C’mon! I get bored. I’d rather have more complicated builds that I can meddle with like forever, action-based fights where I feel my blood boil and life after life after life than just movies somebody made for me!”
Yes, I like TR. Some people criticize DDO, saying “you just keep on playing a toon over and over and it just gets a tad stronger in the next life. That sucks. We like more realistic graphic.” Well, I like having a tad more stronger toon and can go on like forever. Overtime I played a traditional RPG program, I felt sad toward the end because my adventure ends. I can start again but I cannot get anything from the experience I had from the last play. And how like life! It all ends right there!
But in DDO, even if I screw up my build, if I reach level 20, it means something. And you can make your own toon with all those experiences. There are more than 10 classes, many races and Epic Feats. The combination will be infinite!
So to me, DDO is the only option. Where else can I have all those? This is the game for me. So two hours after I played the game, I started subscribing. Yes, some people think paying money for games or entertainment in general for that matter is inconceivable deed. Well to me, it is the opposite. Why am I working? Yes, first to live and support my family. But living means just breathing? Heck no. I want to enjoy, have a good time.
Then when do I feel ecstatic? When I am having fun! I can play this game that has everything I want (and in English :)). It is not just a program full of NPCs. There are real people behind adventures. This is a most fun part! I will mention that later but I met so many amazing people who helped me out. DDO has a wonderful community. SO I want this to last. This world does not come out of thin air. People programed it. People made it. And they are not volunteers. I feel they love it because no one can make this happen without love for the world and they did it as work. I like English and I am teaching it but if I can’t get paid, I can’t live! I need people to evaluate my work and pay me! Then I pay to people who make food for me, build houses for me and drive trains and buses for me. So I will pay for the wonderful games partly because I want to evaluate the work people dod for me and by that I hope they will keep on doing the job and make this game world last from now on, too. I drink bear on the weekend, sometimes spending 10, 20 bucks. I pay Netflix about 10 bucks. I spend more time playing this game than watch Netflix. So I subscribe, pay that is fair to me (I can get points too) and buy packs.