Storm Legion is here heralding the arrival of Dimensions, Trion’s foray into customisable homes for players. I’m excited about dimensions. So much play within a MMO is about grinding; grinding for levels, for gear, for achievements and other status symbols that are appropriately appealing. Unless you’re a role-player, there are few opportunities for creativity within MMOs. Character customisation or costume assembly with matching mount, pets and title selection are the usual fare. Dimensions all about the creativity. They are sufficiently complex to provide an endgame for the player who doesn’t want to (or can’t) engage in the traditional endgames of raiding or PvP.
Dimensions open up worlds of possibilities for players. Some will dabble, making a home to hang out in when AFK or role playing. Some will create content for players to use; mazes and jumping puzzles come to mind here. Others will re-purpose the housing items provided to make new items, while budding architects are eager to design their own housing. Thankfully, there’s a dimension to suit every purpose – at a price.
Don’t expect buying or leveling a dimension to be cheap, although there is a dimension for most pockets. Grinding is still a part of dimension play. Nor is platinum the only currency a dimensioneer will grind. Gaining notoriety with factions to buy interesting dimension items and holiday currency for holiday events with their associated goodies, will keep the dimensioneer busy for many hours.
I jumped right in to dimension ownership, spending all my platinum on Stone Flask Tavern (guild edition). It’s a good thing that dimensions require some grinding or I’d never see the new content. I’ve decorated my inn, built my maze out back, upgraded twice and stand at 825 out of 900 items placed. Phew that’s a lot of work! My only complaint is that I have so many ideas but so little time.
I loved dimensions on the Storm Legion beta. Poking my nose into a dimension, running a maze and ahh-ing at the decorating, allowing their great ideas to spawn my own, provided hours of fun. I’m looking forward to discovering what wonders will appear with a longer development time in the live game.