I realised this morning just how refreshing it is to play a game just because I want to, how I want to.
I know this sounds silly right, why would you play if you didn't really want to but what I mean is I don't have to log in to open a box every day.
I don't need to run a specific piece of content each day every day for a needed reward.
I haven't got to spend 20 minutes of my playtime after each group encounter sorting through a mountain of useless loot to find the one piece that might be an upgrade.
There is no constant ingame reminder of shinies that I might want and can instantly obtain if I hand over some more cash.
Instead I have a huge range of activities I can join in with if I want to, or not if I don't want to.
At the moment I have my main an Earth/Kin which is tricked out and runs like a dream in any group content, she has bankrolled and continues to do so, all my other characters.
A number of 50's still requiring Incarnate upgrades so I cycle through them as I fancy or to fill a team need.
I have a fire/spines AE farmer just because, she sits in cap and to be fair gets played very little there is just so much else to do.
I have finally learned how to 'build outside the base' and so am slowly building a massive project I sink a lot of time into.
I have 15 characters between 6 and 35 who I swap between for group content and task forces, my current fav is a new Dark controller, something I never had before.
My solo character is a Bots/FF mastermind, I use her to munch through Flashback arcs which I love the discipline of.
I am so thankful to see this game back, it is a reminder of how much I dislike a lot of the modern mechanics that have become the norm in many games and instead of feeling like I need to log in each day instead I feel like I want to, and if I don't then that is also ok.