12 Jul 2010

Clearing My Head

Ugh, things have come to a head lately. I’ve been logging on, doing my thing and generally making my own fun. But for some reason something has been feeling amiss, like I’m dancing round the edge of a crater. I’ve been trying to work out what it is and it’s been driving me bananas.

I think I’ve finally worked out what it is. I think I need to leave my guild.

I think I also need to explain why I’ve got this crazy thought in my head. After all, they’re a great bunch of people and I know some of them in Real Life. They’re funny, entertaining and generally don’t do anything to annoy me. The Asshole Quotient seems to be exceedingly low.

I’ve also got a collection of alts on the same server that look after eachother – a mage, a priest and a warlock. I have a Paladin tank approaching 80 and a Fury warrior and tree languishing in the doldrums of early Outland.

So why would I look such a gift horse in the mouth?

  • I struggle to raid with them. The variances of my job mean that some weeks I’ll be able to make a raid, while other weeks I miss out completely. they don’t do any weekend raiding, so if weekends are the only time I have free, it’s a no-go. They also insist on using a Guildomatic calendar rather than the in-game one for raid invites, which I have an irrational pet peeve against.
  • They have a very light-touch looting system, which basically allows anyone to roll on anything that’s useful to them. This includes healers rolling on +hit gear and leather/mail/plate wearers rolling on cloth gear. If you’re a cloth-wearing caster, you get the thin end of the wedge.

It’s really petty, I know. But I’m getting really, really tired of running weekend Pugs and only getting the first four bosses down. It doesn’t matter if it’s 10-man or 25-man, the story is usually the same. I think it’s mostly because you can faceroll your way through the first part of Icecrown, while the middle stages require raid-wide coordination in order to be successful.

Working out that it’s time to leave is one thing – there’s a whole flipside to the discussion as well. A famous mage by the name of Rincewind once said that where you run to is almost as important as where you run from.

I’ve learned the hard way that Shaemus is the character I always want to focus on. I’m happy to have a collection of useful alts as long as that’s what they remain. There was an incident back in Burning Crusade where the mage class leader forced me to have my warlock as my main or leave the guild. I left the guild. They imploded shortly afterwards.

Whatever I do, it’s got to be related to my main. I don’t want to use my priest, my warlock, or even one of my other mages. I want to improve the character I have the achievements on, the one with all the pets, the one with all the fancy items. The one I’ve been playing since Vanilla.

I’m thinking that I’ve got about four different choices with all of this:

  • Do nothing. Hey, it’s a choice. I choose to do nothing, deal with my discomfort and mark time until the expansion hits. No guarantee though that anything will be better when it does. I might be doing nothing for a long time, or merely delaying the decision to do something else later.
  • Move guild/raidgroup on the same server. Not sure if this is a goer – Steamwheedle Cartel is fairly quiet – a quick look at the forums show that recruitment is very quiet. It’s probably going to be a struggle to find what I’m after
  • Move to a new server. The trouble with this is leaving all my other alts behind, having to maybe go through a name change, the list goes on. I might have to do a race and/or faction change as well, which doesn’t sit too well. I have a cool mage, but he’s a cool gnome mage as well!
  • Swap him with one of my other mages. Do a server/race change on my main, and do a server/race change on one of my other mages to take his place. That way the character is still there, but I’ve got a bit more freedom about where I plonk my main. Part of this feels icky and complex to me, but it might be workable. That’s also a lot of transfer and recustomisation fees.
  • Play a different game. No, I’m not talking about quitting Warcraft, I’m just talking about giving up on raiding for a while and focusing on something else, like PvP or achievements. Trouble is I’ve been doing this for a while, and nothing holds a draw to me like raiding. I’m not completely sure why, but it’s the aspect of the game I enjoy the most.

So you see my frustration. Unsure of where to go, and not keen to leave until I work it out. I also want to make sure that I’m not just doing something because the grass is greener on the other side.

What would you do when faced with such a quandary? What have you done in the past in order to resolve it? What steps would you take, what traps would you avoid? or am I just too fussy, too picky and too demanding with what I want from a game?

Why is it that the social aspects of the game also seem to generate the most complex choices?

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