Monday, January 10, 2011

What Do I Do Now?

I am in a quandary, dear readers.

Getting P raid-ready has taken it's toll. The effort it's taken to gear and prepare myself for next week's foray into 10 man has worn me down. I'm ready, but at a price.

It could just be January, being cold and grey and getting me down, I suppose. It could be a side-effect of the diet changes I've made in an attempt to get healthier. Whatever it is, I don't know what to do next. I'm logging the Lock for her Transmutes (along with the Druid) and to do the JC daily. I'm healing the occasional five man on the Priest to make sure I can work out what to do, but my grand plans for a three toon Expeditionary Force have pretty much gone out of the window. There is no enthusiasm for levelling, shown by the fact that my husband's got a second 85 ahead of me for the first time since Vanilla. Let's be honest, there's not much enthusiasm for anything.

The big difference between this time and previous times (and yes, I've had my funks with the game) is the fact I feel I ought to come out and say something. Don't get me wrong, it's nothing to do with the fab people I play with (and they're all still there, give or take): I can't help but thinking I'm missing something here. I've read a more-than-normal number of these kind of posts too, across all of the social networking sites I use. I know I'm not alone, there are others feeling the way I do. There's even a thread on MMO offering suggestions on how to deal with this issue. Suggestions include levelling an alt (^^) or taking a break, but with 10 man raiding starting next week I really don't think that's a viable option.

I don't know what it is, but it's there, and this time around I think talking about my WoW problem is the way to go. I need to find some enthusiasm for anything, and I hope that by sharing with you I can start that path back to Cataclysm contentment. Suggestions and encouragement are both readily accepted.


Nathan said...

I've had the same. The new profession is mindnumbing, the justice point grind is the same. Even though heroics are harder they become easy after a few times. My paladin doesn't give me any satisfaction anymore. The flair, the spark is gone.

Untill I started levelling my shammy I felt the same way as you do now. But the shammy changed everything. Shammies are fun! It feels just like levelling my paladin to 85 and gearing up...

Wait a minute!?! The gearing up is too fast I think? I don't know what it is but something feels different from WotLK. The endgame just isn't as much challenging and/or massive as WotLK it seems. Maybe raiding twice a week will change things. You'll have two evenings less to grind heroics and mats.

I think alts is the way to go at the moment, at least for me. Keep on comming online whatever you decide, because us guildies lurve you! :D

Ellie said...

I had plans to level 2 toons alongside each other, but (coupled with insanity at work at the moment), have barely levelled one, and she isn't yet raid ready (but she will be!). I've also been gloomy about the state of Leatherworking, muttering both alone and more publicly, for the caster leather wearer. It seems barking mad to me that a leatherworker can make better gear for caster mail wearers than she can for herself.

Be that as it may, I came to a decision only yesterday, that I would concentrate on my main until we've started raiding, and made some progress there. Then I will have more time and inclination to work on the alts a bit more.

So I wonder if some of it is accepting that there's no way one can do it all, and proceeding in manageable chunks. It seems to be working for me, at least...

Gen said...

Oh noes, a WoW depression sounds serious :P

However, we all tend to get a hangover after a big party and this new year / new game slump is inevitable for all WoW veterans.

The original shiny novelty is gone, perhaps prematurely due to our self-enforced playstyle to 'get ready for raiding'.

Blizz gave us a new game brim-full of content which they had spent years developing and most of us then proceeded to limit our time and effort to a daily heroic and grinding rep, only scratching the surface of this new world...

What's the answer to this fatigue?

Well maybe an alt might be one solution if levelled in a spirit of adventure, rather than the headlong rush to 85 that most of us did on our mains with little stopping to admire the view.

Or maybe all you need is to just get stuck into that raiding? Afterall, all foreplay and no consummation could leave a girl feeling a bit 'meh'!

For my part I am chomping at the bit to see these new 10 mans but a little concerned that we have 15 peeps signed up for that first 10 man already ^^

Ellie said...

Maybe another 5 will sign, and then that'll be 20, and 2 10 mans ;p

Jonathan said...

I understand the ennui; for me, I've found it easiest to focus on one goal at a time, otherwise I get overwhelmed by how much there is to do.

I've got a long list of things I'd like to do (level the holy pally, level the worgen, level the new pally, roll a goblin, do more PvP, and much more), but for now getting Torchy raid ready has been the main goal, and everything after that will come in its own good time.