Like most gamers, the amount of time I have available to play DDO and to contribute to the DDO Community has varied over the years. I have been playing DDO since April 2006 and since then I have played and contributed consistently but not at the same levels (measured in terms of game play logged and posts/time spent on blogging and other activities). All of this can attributed to changes that have occurred in my personal and professional life. This has made me reorganize my gaming schedule yet once again.
I wrote about this type of situation two other times (Blog 1 and Blog 2). The main thing to remember when it comes to your schedule is to be flexible. A few years ago I had what I thought of as the perfect game schedule. During the workweek, I would log in into DDO for about 10 to 20 minutes and hit up a quick slayer area. After work and before dinner, I would log in again and play a quick quest or two. And then I would cap out the night by playing from 10 pm to midnight, at which point I would go to bed. On the weekends, I would play from 11 pm to 2 am or so, and sometimes I would get some miscellaneous play time in while also working or chores or yard work. This schedule allowed me to play the plethora of characters I have and to continue to play through different quest levels of the game. The extra things I would do that were game related (blogging, forum posts, web site, guild newsletters, etc.) I would work on while I had breaks on work and also between chores at home.
The Risia Games will be coming back up soon. Another aspect for consideration when developing a schedule.
However, I had to change this schedule. I had switched when I go to the gym to workout from late afternoon to first thing in the workweek which meant I could no longer do my morning slayer runs. Also, we have been so busy at work, that I routinely get home later than I normally would. This has impacted my ability to log in prior to dinner. We have also been so busy at work, that I have been bring extra projects home to work on what would be my typical play time period (10 pm to midnight). So while I like working on these projects, I took away from my game time. This then just left me with the weekends, where I focused more on getting game time in and less on other things.
I’m trying to switch things back up again. I’m currently going back to a play schedule that was similar to when I first started playing the game, primarily just at night (even during the weekends). I’m also spending more of my lunch hours at work to get back into blogging as well as the daytime hours on the weekend (between chores). I still have a few things that I want to work in, but so far it seems to be working alright. I haven’t been able to get as much play time in but I have been able to pick up blogging again. We’ll see how else the gaming schedule changes, but hopefully I can adjust and make the most of everything.
Thanks for readying everybody and happy hunting in DDO!!