Flieger, grüß' mir die Sonne, grüß' mir die Sterne und grüß' mir den Mond. Dein Leben, das ist ein Schweben, durch die Ferne, die keiner bewohnt! - Hans Albers, F.P.1 antwortet nicht (Adaptation in the 80s: Extrabreit)

Monday, 15 December 2014

Brief thoughts at the eve of launch

After a long weekend away and at the eve of the launch day of Elite: Dangerouy, I do not have much time to contemplate about the game. I think I feel comfortable to let other players swoop around in the initial frantic land grabbing phase, where most players just think and stress about levelling up. Indeed, since gamma was launched, an IMO unhealthy amount of thoughts and discussions were just about that: game balance, equal credit earning for each possible activity, ships you want to level up to. And you know what; I was also indulging thoughts about this.

However, I also believe Elite is like a good wine. You enjoy each little sip, even if you are just sitting in a Sidewinder. So, I am not annoyed that my time is too scarce to do so right now. Instead I am looking forward to the moment when I can take my time to take a sip in all comfort.

My brief breaks in the evenings, I try to spend it in the multiplayer part of Dragon Age: Inquisition (DAI) *cough* beta *cough*,which is almost as worse in terms of internet connectivity as Elite was in its deepest beta phase. So I sometimes just browse some videos either about Elite or DAI.
Judging from some videos, Bioware again nailed the character aspects of all the people you are going to encounter in its huge single player world. It is a pity that I find the plot a bit lackluster, though. In my old pen&paper RPG days, I preferred, as so many, the "chaotic good" alignment. Meaning, leading the Inquisition in Dragon Age, bearing the burden of law and order and managing a huge team of specialist is not a so much entertaining prospect for me. I got enough of this in real life.
Also, the romance options for a male protagonist never hook me since Baldur´s Gate has passed. The options for female protagonists always seem to be a bit more interesting, but I find it hard to get myself into female characters anymore. Must be because I am married nowadays.
There also seems to be a nice underlying elven centered backstory going on. At least one good reason to looking forward to playing this, one day, then.

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