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World of Warcraft put its last nail in the coffin for me with MoP. Things looked good until I seen what they did with gearing up with Dailies and some of the instances I had to run 15+ times just to get the piece of gear I needed to drop. Blizzard is trying to force people to go out in the world more than run instances and raids which is the type of game play my friend and I enjoy. So now we are looking to move on, in the past I have played AION, LOTRO, SWTOR, RIFT, UO, SWG, WOW, EQ2, DDO and played in beta of many others.
The type of game I am looking to play is one where Raiding is fun with somewhat of a challenge however not to the point where if the raid has a few Average Joes takes 2 or 3 ticks of fire damage the healer will not be able to cover for a the mistakes. That’s what I liked about Vanilla WoW and BC, I could push bars when people made mistakes without major concern about mana. I also did a lot of down ranked healing and the few mistakes a player made during boss fights (Not Citrical Mistakes) could be dealt with. Now yes there is some forgiveness however it’s not the same.
I also want a Raiding game where its more on the casual schedule end like SWTOR had where in 1 or 2 hours you are done. I been a hardcore raider before, been in BWL and QA40 back in the day, I don’t have the same time to play games like I use to. I also want a game where I am not forced to run dailies to get better gear or rep so I can buy my crafting professions. I want to be able to play 3 days a week 2 to 4 hours at a pop and feel like I got somewhere not that I am on a treadmill going faster than I can keep up. If anyone has any ideas I am looking to read them.
Question about Rift. A few friends were looking into it again. Is it true that a guild can have players from both factions? Can Raids have players from both factions? Are they changing the raid size from 10 and 20 man to just 1 raid size? Last I heard Rifts population was having an issue having enough people for more than a handful of 20 man raiding guilds. Are all the specs the same cookie cutter builds for each class or can people now do what they choose for their play style and have it be just as effective?
Thank you for all your answers