Confessions of an Altaholic Part 4: Regression
Downloading Main Assets. Never has the phrase been more reviled than a little over a week and a half ago. Not since the wait for the official launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic has that phrase been so adept at worming its way under my skin, leaving my writhing with anger, wishing for it to end so I could hurry up and play! Yes, 1.2 was here and it would be glorious (well mostly glorious) At last it finished updating and like a drug addict scrambling for that first hit of the day, my shaky hands quickly logged into my main character and I savored the feeling of a brand new patch, brand new content and I am manly enough to admit this… I squealed like a little girl at Legacy stuff. I dived in with a vengeance, tearing through the new information, the new toys. My UI changed 5 times during the first hour of play time on just one character. My Family tree was changed 6 times, 3 old alts were deleted and replaced by new ones with races purchased through the Legacy system.
Everything was mine, MINE! and I would experience it all. My Agent was finally pushed through the end of Act 2 in a rush of adrenalin that spurred my game play into the wee hours of the morning. But soon a trend developed. More and more time was spent on my main, earning money for legacy perks. Running flashpoints and world bosses for achievements, exploring new content, gearing up again. I haven’t even done all of what I want to do on my main yet and it’s been a week and a half. I’ve just hit the tip of the iceberg of what I want to do with him. My agent, who had so enthusiastically been leveled at the start of the 1.2 frenzy, now like a despondent red headed step child, watched from the outside as I spent more time with my ‘real’ child, my level 50 main. It isn’t that I have forgotten about or don’t care to play my agent. I still love him and his story, but admittedly the main reason I leveled him through act 2 is to unlock his buff for my main character. Everything in 1.2 has been focused on my main, which at the outset I would never have believed.
I am, if it isn’t clear by this article series, a lover of alts. I always play alts all the time so this is somewhat unusual for me. That isn’t to say I neglect my main; far from it, I always try and progress with my main in raiding and PvP. Yet something about this patch has had me working harder on him. Perhaps it is because it is easiest for him to earn lots of money, so I use him to fuel my purchases of Legacy perks. Perhaps it is the new content and the fact that my full Rakata set is now -so- yesterday. Perhaps it is both of those reasons and more. I can’t say with any certainty. I know that I will be playing my alts again soon, but I can’t deny the allure of my main right now. He will be the one I focus on for a while at least. It makes me wonder if anyone else is experiencing something similar, or have gone through phases like this. If you would like to share your own experiences, please leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org