In a previous post, I mentioned that I have been playing a game lately . . . and . . .


Gary and I played Final Fantasy XI for the longest time, but then we got tired of the higher levels, the repetitiveness of crafting, the difficulty finding parties at the higher levels, but I so loved the graphics.

Then we moved on to World of Warcraft (WoW), which I played for a while, but never stuck with it, though Gary has, and mostly plays his capped out character . . . then I wanted to play some game, but didn’t know which one.

I basically started my search for an MMO to play and found a few reviews, videos on youtube, etc.  I found AION, which looked interesting, but  . . . it wasn’t out yet!  uugh . . . it wasn’t scheduled until September, and this was back in maybe March or June?  So I renewed my subscription and started playing WoW again for a while, but only to find I wasn’t that into it.  I tried a free download of Guild Wars, and wasn’t thrilled with it – didn’t like the way it played – though it was pretty, and we played City of Heroes for a while (my characters), but it got repetitive really fast, So I was MMO-less for a while.

My WONDERFUL husband totally surprised me twice!.  (I had totally forgotten about when Aion was going to be released).  Both times he surprised me . . . when I went to my car, it was sitting there all neat an’ pretty waiting for me to see, and one of those times was when I was out running an errand.  eeee!

The first time with the Beta release, though I had just missed the last open period so I forgot about it again because the game wasn’t going to be out for another several weeks to a month.  And the second time he surprised me was (yes) with the actual game.  He got me on the day it was out Monday, September 21st, though it wasn’t going to be live til midnight.  I was able to install, download updates, and set up my account and started playing on Tuesday the 22nd.  Where he saw me playing and I kept telling and showing him all the awesome things it had and that it was so kewl that he promptly went out and got his copy -haha.

SO things I LOVE about this game.  It’s all the things I loved about FFXI and WoW, without the repetitiveness.  They have channels to switch to if one is busy, the first day we kept getting booted out, but other than that, for a new release it has been pretty seamless . . . I could prolly go on but that would take away from some serious gaming time.  So if you are looking for a new MMO, check out AION . . . cuz so far, I Loooooove it.


~ I’ve Been “Away” Because . . .


In the past few months, maybe more I’ve been “away”.  Not on a trip, and not elsewhere physically, but “away” . . . from popular sites, my blog reader, my blog, my twitter updating, just “away”.

Not completely away, I do skim them occasionally, but I wanted a break from the constant stream of updates from friends, people I know, people I don’t know, and honestly life goes on even if you don’t know every detail going on in the world 😛

So what have I been doing if I’m not reading stuff on the internets, interwebs, and the world wide web?

Playing game of course (duh), I can’t be too far from a ‘puter -haha

Oh, and reading a lot . . . Gary and I go to the local libraries and check out enough books to start our own library.  Mostly because Gary inhales books in a couple days, a day, a few hours?  and I don’t like hopping in the car every time I need new reading material.

Speaking of which, have you heard of the Kindle by Amazon?  I know a few people that have one, and on trips, I have met people that have and love it.  You can get books from anywhere without an internet connection in seconds and it holds over 1,500 books, lets you read newspapers from all over the place . . . read all the features on their site if you are interested. It’s $300 for the latest and greatest one -BUT- I stumbled upon an article (on amazon I believe) that said if you have an ipod touch, or an iphone, they have a Kindle App . . . SWEEET!!

I just downloaded it, along with the Barnes and Noble App (both free).  Looks like I have to sign up for an account so I’ll be doing some comparing, but I’m Super excited!  Whatever books you buy, they keep ’em backed up for you, so if you use their computer reader, or if you have a new device, you don’t lose your books, they sync up.

Now I just need to finish the free e-books I already have on my ipod, and I just found two apps, one for 23,469 free books ($1.99 download), and one for 2,300 free audio books ($0.99 download) . . .

These are gonna be great for our upcoming trips . . . though I wish apple would have an ipod touch that gets internet (basically an iphone that’s not a phone) because I love my blackberry, and more importantly the Verizon Network.  Oh, and make the ipod touches bigger.  If its basically an entertainment device, they don’t need to be as small as their phone.  Phones need to be more pocket portable.  Or offer both and make more money 😀

Ok so I wasn’t planning on this post to be so long 😳 , but basically I’ll post something later once I’ve played more with the ipod kindle/barnes and noble apps.


~ I’m Not a Gamer, but . . .

I’m not a big gamer, but I do get into games for a while.  I played World of Warcraft for a while, but then I kind of got tired of it.  I started it back up again for a while but then stopped again.  Gary on the other hand is a gamer guy, but usually plays one game at a time for long (loooong) periods of time.

SO, several months ago, before I started WoW up again, I was researching games and found one I really wanted to play.  Only thing – it wasn’t out yet.

Time passed, I played WoW, and then stopped, and kind of forgot about Aion.  WELL, today Gary totally surprised me and got me the pre-order trial and I am SO super excited about it.  Well, right now I’m waiting for it to download.  And waiting . . . and waiting . . . and waiting . . .

I KNOW it’s more cost effective, etc, etc, and they are always updating, etc, etc, and it’s beta and not out yet, etc, ect, but I sooooo want to play already.

ok, well I’m at 24% download, so I am going to go read up on it, but check out the trailer (there is a short advertizement you have to sit thru) and I’ll let you know how it is . . . er . . . that is if I’m not too busy playing 😛

And the Aion website has screenshots and videos too if you want to check that out.

Oh yeah, and I’m not a good blogger, but I’m going to try and post more.  I have a bunch to post, but I don’t take the time to write.  So leave comments . . . that gets me to blog more *wink* 😉