Friday, January 3, 2014

Solforge: Triple Threat

It's been a long time since I had that feeling- you know the one. The feeling that you are hooked on a new game. The type of hooked where you think about it constantly- hmmm, maybe I should try this- you think to yourself while bathing.....eating...driving....attempting to sleep.... It's awful. In a good kind of way.

I've waited for some time before officially deciding I was hooked. I hate to jump to conclusions, you see, but it is official. I am, in fact, hooked on this game. It's just bloody awesome.

 I started to get interested in Digital Trading Card games when I saw +Force Strategy Gaming and his Friday Night Magic videos on YouTube.. I bought Duels of the Planeswalkers and really, really liked it, but it didn't hook me. Long wait times for Multi player matches left me quite bored and avoiding boredom is the whole reason I play games in the first place. I got into the +Hearthstone Beta but the flashy animations and the ridiculous voice screaming in the tutorial meant I didn't get very far. Five minutes is about all I could handle proving once again, at least to me, if it's really popular, it usually sucks.

Solforge is currently in beta, and it's free- yea, I know that seems odd in the days of pay-your-way-in to alpha games. I wonder what's next- give some developer ten bucks and he'll tell you what he's thinking of making....someday...maybe. In any case it is free, and it will be Free To Play. I have currently spent a grand total of ZERO dollars on it and I'm having a good time. I believe there is a matchmaking system at play so I usually win as many as I lose. It's also on Steam so it's easy to get. Unfortunately for me it's also on Ipad and Iphone which means there isn't a single scenario in my life where I can't try and get a cheeky game in, and boy do I ever. That's what I mean by 'triple threat'. It's everywhere I go, all the time. It's also seamless so if I'm playing on my phone, and I walk over to the computer and load it up, it loads into the exact game on the exact turn I was playing. That's damn nice.

There have been times in my blogging life where I knew I was at the start of something. Just over three years ago I began to notice that most of my posts here focused on World of Tanks- a move away from Warhammer Online which had been my previous three-year thing. Now, ironically enough, Warhammer is shutting down- not ironic in terms of the reasons- it sucks and no one is playing- but ironic in the sense that I've found a new game that's dominating my time as it does so.

My new years schedule is full of 'away' so I will be mobile and likely playing nothing but Solforge for the better part of the next two months. My You Tube endeavors will eventually add Solforge to the mix as well. With War Thunder now adding tanks I wonder how much longer good ole World of Tanks will continue to keep me enthralled even if just a little.

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