My little free-to-play experiment with Neverwinter has just about come to an end. I'm at level 37 and trying to keep enough bag space free is a bit annoying. Neverwinter is a good enough game that I normally wouldn't mind spending the $10 for a 24-slot bag. I've played and enjoyed the game enough that $10 for the time spent so far is a bargain, especially compared to going out to a movie. But I have to think ahead, and do I really want to keep playing?
Here's the dilemma. I'm actually only playing Neverwinter until one of the big games comes out. SOE (the other SOE, Sony Online Entertainment) is scheduled to make an announcement next month about EverQuest Next Landmark, another free-to-play game. Since F2P games get rather expensive, I can only afford to become really invested in one at a time. If SOE is not launching Landmark until February, I can go ahead with Neverwinter. Maybe.
I have a dirty little secret. I bought a lot of games on the Steam Summer Sale and barely played any of them. I think I've played the tutorial of Rome: Total War and installed the Medieval: Total War and that's about it. The game I'm interested in playing, though, is Kerbal Space Program. I saw Seismic Stan streaming it on his Twitch channel and think I need to at least install the game and read through the manual. Since I don't want to take away from any of my EVE time, that means pushing Neverwinter to the side a bit.
But do I want to put Neverwinter in a box? I'm at a point where the astral diamond grind is starting to hit. For those who don't play, astral diamonds are an alternate currency used to purchase certain things from vendors as well as the currency used in the auction house. For instance, to upgrade my companion, I need 300,000 astral diamonds. If I purchase the virtual currency from Cryptic, the current exchange rate makes that worth about $8. But do I want to purchase power in a game for real money? I haven't done that in any game, including EVE, and I don't plan to now. Which means a time based grind with the leadership profession. Well that and logging into the game a couple of times a day, hitting Ctrl-I, and logging immediately back out. Not very fun. But I'm stubborn enough to do it. Ok, if Neverwinter were my main game, I'm stubborn enough to do it. But it's not. Which is why I ask the question before I really start the grind.
If you start seeing posts about Kerbal Space Program and another game I like, Tropico 4, you'll know the answer is no. I'm still making bookmarks in my new area of operations in EVE so I'll have a few more hours to ponder the question.