I've been game playing considerably more this week than at any point in the past.
My grinding-lust in Final Fantasy XIV continues unabated. Alchemy now finds itself at level 50 with it's sibling profession Botany. I don't know why I routinely zero in on Alchemy and Herbalism/Botany in RPGs. I guess it just makes flavor sense to me. Foraging for materials and turning it into temporary buffs makes sense in my brain.
Whenever I play an RPG, MMOs in particular, I always "mentally" role play as a self-sufficient character. I don't treat my army of alts in World of Warcraft and their relative professions as distinct characters. They're all just extensions of my main's polymath gimmick. A one-man industrial powerhouse with a needlessly cumbersome UI.
Final Fantasy XIV is much more direct. Every job can be leveled on the same character. Heck, every battle class can be functionally leveled as well. This fits into my style from both a flavor and gameplay style a lot more.
So am I playing more because I found the right game? Or because I'm in need of a little more relaxation than normal? Bhagpuss posit that it's the weather that's inducing his gameplay mood. I think I've written about weather-related gaming before. I do end up playing a lot more in the late fall and early winter. It's a little early in the year for me to be on the uptick but it's been a weird year in general.
I'm going to finish leveling my weaver and pugilist/monk to 50. At that point I need to decide between continuing with FF14, finishing off Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2, or, if Mercury is willing, my copy of Super Mario All-Stars 3D will have arrived and I can begin playing that.