Recent WoW Happenings
I’ve been juggling a lot in WoW over the past few days: getting further into the Isle of Thunder, working to get all my reps to revered in case I switch main toons, and, of course, thinking about what i want to do about the guild.
Regarding IoT, I’ve really enjoyed a lot of the fights there and a majority of the dailies, since the rotation seems to be diverse enough, with one exception: it seems my last three quests are always to break drills, kill two dudes, and steal a necklace. With so much other variety out there, I assume those aren’t the only “final three” that I could receive, but it’s been those each and every day.
I like coming across the rares, too. I haven’t read any guides and have found and killed 6 of them myself. The most challenging for me, by far, is Molthor, because if I miss his fear, I frequently end up in his shockwave, which nearly one-shots me. I have to remind myself that they’re not burn fights, to take my time, and then I do fine.
Occasionally someone else in the area will stop by and help, and I have to say, the fights are laughably easier with a partner. It makes me wish I was a hunter, because there’s no doubt not having to avoid/survive backbreaker and horrific visage nullify the challenge of those respective fights. Each of those situations has been cordial, and one person ran around with me and did a bunch of other rares that were up, so at this point, the IoT has seemed like a very social place, unlike my memories of firelands dailies where people were constantly stealing from you or Tol Barad where you were often ignored by your own faction and murdered by the other.
So overall I’ve been really enjoying them. I like the atmosphere, the lore, the various monster-faction areas, and all the nifty little things you can find lying around. There is one thing I don’t like, though, and it’s been WILDLY popular with others: the Trove of the Thunder King scenario. I mean, I get it. It’s fun to run around and loot stuff, but I feel like it leaves me feeling irritated more than happy, as I often get completely lost, pull monsters that I never even saw, and generally waste time over and over. I don’t want to watch a video explaining how to do it, but I feel like it’s one of the many things Blizzard has developed where you’re expected to seek outside help. The keys have dropped so infrequently that you don’t really have them to waste and experiment with. Therefore, you either end up feeling irritated or you go and watch a video, which saps some of the experience away.
Doing the rep “grind” again has been fine, too, as I’m just doing IoT each day and then one other area set of dailies. I don’t try to do them all, and I’m not really in much of a rush, since once I hit revered and get the account-wide buff, I’ve no more incentive to do them until I’m sure which toon I’m going to be raiding on. After that, well, we’ll see, but for now, it’s made for a more leisurely questing experience than doing them all every day. On top of that, I’ve kept up with my farm, so I’ve been able to do those dailies to get rep, too, so that’s been a plus.
As for the guilds, well, let me first say thank you to everyone who left advice in my comments section. It can be a very nice reminder from time to time to get so many well-wishes and comments, and it helps remind me why we’re ultimately here: to converse. Virtually every commentator said to go to the established guild, too, as it will lead to a more sure-fire and stress-free situation.
From my point of view, both contain peril. I’ve been in 4 established guilds, and all 4 didn’t end up being a good fit. In some of those cases, i can clearly see where the problem lied, but in others, it’s much hazier. In fact, I’m scared of the idea that I’d end up in another guild who’s culture is just a little off-kilter to what I’m looking for, and while I try and try to fit in, I just don’t quite, and then while I try to stick it out and fit in better, I slowly make myself sick and tired of WoW again. That’s been a majority of my experience.
In the two guilds I’ve tried to grow, I can pinpoint exactly what went wrong in both cases, and they were completely out of my hands in the leadership. While it’s definitely a scarier prospect to try to grow something from nothing, I feel like I’d have more efficacy in that situation, as this time I could be part of the leadership. At least I’d know I had some control over what happened rather than simply being out of joint with the culture. Too often the established guilds have somewhat used me, too, for whatever skills I had while also disempowering me or secretly wishing me away (in the latter case, I didn’t know until much later about it).
I don’t know. I still haven’t had a chance to talk to the GM of the growing guild, so it may be a moot point. Right now I’m 50/50 until I have more information. Still, thank you all for your advice, and know that I read it and considered it, even if in the end I go the other way. Only time – and that conversation – will tell.
Stubborn (and waiting)