Why Can’t I Quit You?

When I first started playing World of Warcraft, I figured I’d play it for a month or two just to check it out, and then quit.  A year later, I’ve got a level-capped character and have just started an alt which will more than likely keep me in the game a while longer.  To think I was so close to cancelling my account just a month ago.

My approach to WoW to this point has largely been a solo experience.  I’ve got friends in the game, on the same server no less, but from levels one through eighty I could probably count the number of times we’ve all grouped together on one hand.  Most of the times we grouped was to run some lower-leveled friends through an instance or two as quickly as possible.  Not once have I run through a dungeon with a full level-appropriate group.  As a result, while I may have played WoW to the level cap, I’ve never felt as though I’d truly experienced it.

A couple weeks ago I sent an email out to my “email buddies” with a simple question: “Would you have any interest in starting new characters, on a different server, with rules about only being able to play them together as a group?”  To my surprise, everyone was on board.

After some discussions, we’ve settled on a weekly level cap which is designed to keep us all roughly the same level, and to keep the instances relevant.  We’ve now got characters on a different server from our mains, our own guild <Peed in the Moonwell>, and one instance run (Ragefire Chasm) under our belts.  Actually, two instance runs as we ran it twice to accomodate all our members.

I’m having fun with WoW again.  Damn.

6 Replies to “Why Can’t I Quit You?”

  1. I tried this over and over, to invent new ways to make it fun. But regardless, you will run into the same end game, the same mechanics, and the same attitudes once you level cap.

    After 4 years I up and quit and it felt good, while waiting for a fresh MMO like Champions Online or Star Trek, something that takes away greed aspect of loot random generators and puts the community back in a game.

  2. @Hudson – I can’t say how long this “reboot” will hold my interest, whether it’ll last until level 80, or fizzle out in a week. The one thing that has my hopes up is that we’ve restricted the guild to our little circle of real life friends. Furthermore, it’s not mean to take up a lot of our time, so hopefully it won’t consume us. In the end though, who knows? If it works, it works, if not… I quit. 🙂

  3. Good luck with this, sir. I was only able to try this with my wife and one other friend. We ended up having a lot of fun. I’m interested in seeing how it will work with more people though. Hope all goes well.

    RC

  4. I was the same way as Hud, I had completely lost interest in WoW and grew disinterested in raiding or hanging out with the guild. Finally, a friends said, come back, we are doing a static group once a week and with just a few friends. No guild drama, no worries about raiding, no pressure to reach end game, just socializing, having fun and hanging out.

    That changed everything for me. I’m actually venturing out on days other than the static group night and working on all my alts. But no matter what I got going on, I drop it all to hang with the gang, because for me, the social aspect is now the most important part, not how much DPS I have or if I have the right gear to do a raid. When you don’t get caught up in the hype, you can actually have fun and play a game.

  5. IMO this was an excellent idea. I can easily convince the wife to let me go online once a week for an hour or two. The level cap rule forces things to stay casual.

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