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Charting an expedition to Telon

As my last Blog entry can attest, I'm not feeling hooked on EQ2. I've actually been waffling between alts, further unsettling my vibe there. It's probably not a fault of the game itself so much as the standards of a guy who has been playing MMORPGs as long as I have. Long enough to inflict interesting forms of brain damage. For example, I suspect that if I look long enough, I can probably a way to enjoy EQ2. However, considering I'm not right now, I was vulnerable to the following temptation:

Vanguard: Saga of Heroes has completed its server merges this week.

Now, while I always believed Vanguard had promise, the fact of the matter is that the game was released several months too early for most people to enjoy it. I enjoyed it, maybe because I'm a game-loving weirdo, but I stopped playing it. The reason was mostly because I'm a fickle gamer, but I outlined three things that should be done to get me to try out Vanguard again. With the server merge, Vanguard has met at least two out of three of these criteria.

Still, why now? The real reason is because this server merge is the best thing likely to ever happen to Vanguard. Vanguard was built big, around the idea that it'd support a whole lot of players. Since launch failed to secure that much of a following, this server merge finally lets Vanguard be Vanguard. If there's any reason to get back into the game, it would be to see Vanguard at its best, and that means to play it now, this weekend (before too many players get scared off by the change the merge forces on them).

That said, if Vanguard doesn't hook me, I expect I'll head straight back to EQ2 and pick up my quest for MMORPG nirvana there. Just because madness can be defined as expecting to get different results from trying the same thing doesn't mean that approach never works.

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