Many of you may have noticed, if I haven’t made it completely obvious anyway, that when it comes to games I’m more than a little obsessed by the way things look. I am fully cognizant of the fact that, just as in real life, in online games looks are most certainly not everything.
But having said that, underneath the looks in an online game, you get a lot of meaningless technomagical mumbo-jumbo that somehow makes things… work.
So when Hawley swings his hammer, all that mumbo-jumbo does stuff. Arcane, obscure, technomagical stuff. That is then translated into numbers on my screen, so I can understand what just happened.
Now, when it comes to those looks, I do like a bit of variety. Frankly, I don’t give a tinker’s cuss whether or not I look like anyone else. I have no need to look like a unique special snowflake. But I do like a change every so often.
If I’m wearing an outfit for too long, I get a bit antsy for the next piece of kit. Not for the stat upgrades, but for the opportunity to change the way the character looks. To look at something new, and hopefully cool looking. And yes, in the past I have chosen not to upgrade to something that looks nasty and most decidedly uncool.
But. And it’s an important but… I’m still using hammers. I swap from the two-hander to book and hammer when I need the extra healing stats (more from a sense of propriety than anything else – I don’t usually care over-much for carrying multiple item sets) but at the end of the day, they’re both hammers.
I’ve never been a huge fan of the looks of the hammer. Sledge hammers look cool, in a 70’s British Crime film way, but in the real world, if you start hefting one people start looking at you as if you’re some sort of weird stalker with a diy issue. Same for any sort of hammer really. Grinning at any viewers, to help allay any fears they might have, never helps. And the other styles of hammer out there just look worse.
Most of the time, in online games, I lust after axes (I lust after other things in the real world. Sometimes this includes Monica Bellucci in a vat of tea, but that mainly happens when it’s been at least 10 minutes since my last brew) . Sort of brutal looking, with a bit of wood-choppy utility. Couple that with an innate ability to choose every class that isn’t allowed to wield axes, and I spend the whole time playing with the self-imposed quest “Find Usable Axe” running in the background.
Warhammer Online is different, though. I get the ability to use “Hammers”, and “Great Hammers”. That’s it. Even the ability to use “Harsh Language” is a hard skill, not a software skill. Have I missed the usual arbitrarily (it sometimes seems) set of weapon skills for my chosen class?
No. And I’m wondering why.
I am the sort of person that has a favoured weapon type for a character. I like my dps murderers to carry knives, my clanky-tanks to carry swords or axes, and my healers to carry something fun and funky, to make up for the fact that swinging it in anger usually means it’s all gone a bit frantic. In a “special” sort of way.
Having said that, I also like variety. Sometimes it’s nice for a dps murderer to carry something longer than a shiv. Sometimes I let the tank put down his sword and shield, and put a honking great double-handed axe in his hands. Variety is, apparently, the spice of life (despite the fact that Lemon Pepper seems to go with everything).
Yet here I am, and I’ve forgotten all about that. Weapon choice is practically down to a binary option; wield your allotted weapon, or don’t. And when I first started a Hawley, all that time ago in beta, I did notice the fact that weapon choices were one handed hammer, or two-handed hammer.
And, as mentioned previously, promptly forgot. To the extent that I only remembered recently, when I was looking at one of the empire NPCs and started having covetous thoughts about his pretty shield. Almost to the extent of luring him down an alley for a quick coshing (No, that’s not a weird, or even not-weird, sex-thing. It’s the sharp, nasty contact between a leather-wrapped bag of sand and lead pellets, and the back of an unsuspecting head). So there I was, wishing that I could carry a shield for a bit, because even though books are cool, they don’t quite have the level of protection that a shield does.
Unless it’s “War and Peace”. As the old saying goes; “No-one gets through War and Peace” (thankyou, HOL).
The fact remains that I’m not missing the variety in class weapons. For once, I’m enjoying the game enough to just not care. I might be coming down with something…