It’s 2014 and everyone is busy making and breaking new year resolutions. The new year brings hopes of fresh starts, plans for the future, goals to achieve and Radishes are not immune to this effect. This year, for the first time in 6 years, I am making plans of my own.
Long term readers may remember that I am ill with ME/CFS. It’s a debilitating illness and for the last 6 years I’ve been unable to do much in terms of physical exercise or socialising. I’ve kept myself busy leading an online life, usually through MMO’s like WoW and Rift. I visited my specialist on the last Thursday in November, he said “Here, try this” and my life changed. The new treatment has given me more energy to do physical activity and I have been taking advantage of it.
My garden is getting much needed attention, I’m walking further and doing more chores around the house. As a consequence, I’m discovering, or rather rediscovering, muscles I haven’t used in years. I have hope, that with time, this will lead to greater involvement in the world beyond my computer.
The new treatment has also had a less salubrious effect, I find I can no longer write like before. Instead of words flowing freely, they hide and avoid my mind. I’m not sure if this is the result of neurotransmitters re-balancing themselves in my brain, a change of outlook to the real world or a sign of boredom. Perhaps a mixture of all three.
Maybe I’m done with Rift. I do not like the direction that dimensions have taken since the game went free to play. It seems to me that dimensions have become a simple farm for platinum, buy dimension items, build, farm for more platinum. The introduction of world drops and artifact collections, while great additions to the game in general, does not change the platinum grind significantly. At a generous estimate of an hour per item, farming world drops is a slow, slow way to furnish a dimension. Running experts to find artifacts at their low drop rate, only to farm platinum to purchase the items they unlock, is a mug’s game. Sure, they’re nice to do if it’s a goal we set ourselves but farming platinum and buying the items we want from the auction house is by far the most efficient use of time. I do not see this platinum driven sub-game changing while Trion sell dimension items for credit.
Perhaps a change of scenery is what I need. Landmark alpha should start this January. It’s my hope that Landmark will provide all the excitement of building that dimensions provide but with less of the drudgery. Imagine a game that is entirely devoted to building and creating, where every game feature supported our passion. I see so much potential in Landmark. It’s still a free to play game but I’m hoping Landmark’s model of free to play involves less drudgery that Rift’s. I plan to invest in the Landmark alpha just to see if it’s Rift or computer games themselves that leave me cold.
Since time will be in shorter supply, rather than occasionally writing on my own blog, it could be time to join up with others and work as part of a team. That way readers won’t be left bored by my longer absences. There must be a few sites around that could make room for a Radish.
Major change takes time and this new treatment is a doozy of a change. I will need to invest time into exploring the new limits of my health and discover why writing has become so difficult. I’m making no decisions now about the future of this blog. I’ve loved writing as an excuse to explore the world of dimensions and am reluctant to bring finality when I am unsure of the whys of my writer’s block. I’m going to take the month of January off to explore my options. During this month, I make no promises. I have a few articles I’ve mostly written but been unable to finish, I may or may not complete and publish them. Either way I will let you all know the results of my month of exploration on February 1st.
In the meantime, if you have not already discovered The Dimension Touring Company by Feendish and DimensionDiva, then let me point you in their direction. These two excellent dimensioneers are well known for their own builds and use their expertise to write informative and entertaining articles for their website. If there were a worthy successor to Better Homes and Gardens, this blog would be it.
Stay warm or stay cool, depending on which end of the world you live on, and I’ll see you on February 1st.