Here’s a short food for thought post from a sleepy Micki. To start off, Mabar is ending early this year because of performance issues, which is both good and bad. Good because we don’t have to suffer the lag that affects other quests/ raids as well, but bad as I won’t get a chance to get the signets I wanted now. Anywho, on to the topic of the post.
As you may know, I am competitive, I have high demands on myself, but I am also stubborn and I do not want to do what everyone else is doing. But I want to get forward in the game. I was thinking about this last night and this morning, what kind of players and gamers are there, what kind am I and what kind do I want to be? Now, my definitions in this post are no standard or what everyone uses, but what I decided to use in this post. I use player to refer to a casual or active role player, and gamer to refer to someone who’s more serious, like a min-maxer or power gamer.
I play a lot as you may know, and I also pug a lot. The last year or so, I have though not been pugging too much leveling quests, but mostly raids and end game. I have focused my time on raids, to lead them, know them and to figure out the best tactics to use in a pug raid. I do love running raids, I could and have spent my weekends doing nothing but raids. But leading pug raids is also stressful. You never know what you’re gonna get, and you can’t trust that ppl even read your lfm. Anything can happen and you should expect as much. I love running raids, I don’t love getting angry and frustrated with my raid group because I can’t get them to do what they’re supposed to. And because of this I have joined raids run by the high end guilds. Over Raided, Matrix and Gimpfest. Sometimes in the past I’ve raided with some other guilds as well. There’s definitely a huge difference in running raids with group that’s used to running together and know the group’s style of running. Basically in those runs I can just tag along, and help a little bit.
I don’t TR much, and previously when I have TR’d I have had someone level with me. This I don’t have now, but I do have Osi, who’s guild I joined a little while ago. I haven’t run the lower level quests hundreds of times as some long time players, and I’m not sure I want to zerg them, but I do like keeping a good pace. This is why I’m a bit hesitant to pug lower level quests. The lower levels contain a lot of new players who are still finding their way in the game, and I sadly lack patience for them. I don’t mind teaching ppl raids, but I don’t want to waste my time waiting for ppl who don’t know where to go, or how to play. I don’t mind running with TR’s who go fast and I can just jump in when I’m ready and run after them. But I’m not sure I want to do this all the time, though.
I know I’m not a min-maxer/power gamer. What kind of player is that? A power gamer is someone who builds and plans his toons specifically for end game, for example for raids or soloing ee’s. This type of player is very much a number cruncher. Even though I am interested in this, I don’t know the numbers well enough yet, I’m not fast enough, and I do not want to copy other ppl’s builds. I want to make my own, and since I don’t quite know what I’m doing yet, my toons won’t be the best (although, I’m pretty happy with Thaz atm).
I am not a role player. I don’t play to play a role, or to get to know the quests. I have been trying to pay more attention to the stories though, and to get to know the quests. I feel like I’ve missed so much in the past, now I want to pay more attention. This is of course completely contradictory to the end game thing. End game is about getting stuff done fast, and you won’t really spend too much time on checking out the story in the quests.
I am not a casual player, but an active one. I run with different kinds of players, but more and more I’ve been running with the min-maxers and power levelers. Ppl who TR in less than a week and grind past lives fast. I definitely don’t want to waste my time, but I still want to learn the game, experience and learn how to count the numbers, etc. There’s so much to learn, and I’m constantly behind. I know that to keep up I should focus on playing one toon at a time. I should grind out past lives and farm for gear on one toon at a time, this is what ppl usually do. But, I like playing different roles. I like switching between my toons to play quests at a different level in a different role.
I guess I’m always the outsider. I hang with the in crowd, but I’m not part of the group. I hang with the outsiders, but I’m not part of their group either. We all want to belong, and I guess I usually feel like I never do.
Anywho, that’s a lot of random babble in the morning. Ty for reading and have a great day.
P.S. So, what kind of player/ gamer are you?