Well today has been a busy day for me, this is the third article I have written today and I posted an archive article as well earlier today. I just need to make up for my lack of writing over the weekend, was just too busy with some real life things to get anything drafted up.
However, the last article I wanted to write up today are about those things I do outside of playing DDO that make DDO fun. You might ask yourself: what in the world does he possibly mean? How do you have fun with DDO when you aren’t playing DDO?
I can think of two primary ways to enjoy DDO without actually playing the game. The first is getting involved with the DDO community out there. For me this actually has two aspects. The more immediate aspect of this is coordinating my guild’s website on Guild Portal. As the Crypt Crawler guild leader, I have taken upon myself to create modify the website to help link to news that happens in DDO, to post links to resources such as Ron’s character planner and the DDOCast, to maintain a guild calendar, and etc.
The Crypt Crawler Guild Portal website.
By maintaining and updating the site I help to keep the Crypt Crawlers engaged in the game as best as I can. Now this type of activity is community based, but it is limited primarily to those in the guild. The second way I get involved in the community has been three fold: 1). Listening to DDO podcasts (DDOCast and DDO Cocktail Hour), 2). Getting my blog added to the OurDDO feed (thank you to Evenote for adding me, and thank you to warm reception to all the regular bloggers), and 3). Trying to get more involved in the forums (although this one is quite tricky at times). All of these help me to enjoy the game I love to play without actually playing the game.
So what else do I do to keep interested in playing DDO while not actually playing DDO? I do this two ways: 1). by creating my own personal journals for each character of their quest runs and 2). by using other crafted tools and planners. When I first started playing DDO, I had a few complaints that the world wasn’t “immersive” and that your character’s actions had no impact to the game world. But I argued that the impacts are based on how you interpret the events that have occurred. To expound on this, I started to create my own quest logs for my characters and try to elaborate more on the storyline as well as the dungeon crawl and enemies my characters faced. It takes me awhile to do one entry but I find it fun none the less.
Erdrique’s journal entry.
The most logical way I enjoy the game though is buy the use of the many player generated tools developed by the DDO Community. Such tools as DDO Character builder (developed by Ron and his crew), the Epic Destiny Planner, and the myriad of crafting tools have allowed me to play around with things even before I got into the game.
One thing I can say for certain, the DDO Community is quite diverse and talented and I appreciate all that they do to make the game as enjoyable outside as it is to play in realtime!!