I’ve returned from Las Vegas (and immediately left back out on a business trip) after an extremely brief meeting with my friends at SOE during Fan Faire. I wasn’t able to attend any of the panels outside of the one that Karen and I hosted. We put together this years guild leadership panel and it went extremely well. She’ll be putting together a write up for Massively.com and I’ll be editing the audio for a special version of A View from the Top. It was nice to see familiar faces at the show and if I had not had something so important and wonderful to do in Vegas (my best friend got married) I’d almost be sad I didn’t do more.
This year the show seemed a bit smaller than I had previously seen. There wasn’t quite the horde of SOE players that I’m used to but I suppose that can be expected given the current state of the company. They have an aging portfolio of MMORPGs and aren’t quite to the point of releasing new ones. We did have the opportunity to talk to a DCUO guild leader and that was extremely interesting to me but beyond that it was the usual, diehard SOE fans. I love that crowd and fit in well with it!
I did see via EQ2 Wire that there were some huge changes coming to EverQuest II. Not surprisingly SOE is redoing itemization and statistics again. This has become a yearly or twice-yearly occurrence now and I hope that at one point it stops. Sooner or later the itemization plan will either work or they’ll leave in the broken state it ends up in. I just don’t see the benefit to changing how everything works continually. You can check that out and additional information on EQ2 Wire.
I always appreciate a SOE event because they treat the players so well there. I just wish that could be a little clearer in their MMORPGs these days. I felt like the odd man out since I’m not currently playing a single title that they make. It was good to see my friends though!