Life of the casual gamer

Well last night, in the depths of a dungeon, my druid eventually dinged 90th! I rejoiced internally and logged. Waking up this morning, I logged on again and instinctively went onto my now 90th level druid. Once I appeared in the Shrine of Moons I suddenly stopped to think…what do I do now?

Apart from a couple of months within a guild raiding, I spend the majority of my time on World of Warcraft being what I class as a casual gamer. Initially this might appear to imply that I play every now and again which would not really be true. I try to play almost everyday, although the actual timing of this does change from day to day. However, I would class myself as a casual gamer when it comes to establishing identifiable goals. Without the membership of a raiding guild, what is there for a player like me to achieve.

  • Leveling– Leveling is something which I can enjoy achieving without relying on anyone else. Although completing dungeons are often beneficial, I can continue to complete quests just allowing the dungeon groups to pop when they are available. I prefer to do this in a DPS spec, since the number of times I have come out of the dungeon in healing spec straight into combat or started to heal with my DPS gear on has become too numerous to count.

  • Trade Skills – There are a number of trade skills which I have not yet mastered. These can be somewhat difficult to achieve due to having to return to lower leveling grounds to collect the required materials to increase the skills level. I do have one master cooker and fisher (my shaman) and leveling these with another class does not exactly fill me with excitement.

  • I'm sure there is a mount similar to this from the Darkmoon Fair

    I’m sure there is a mount similar to this from the Darkmoon Fair

  • Rare mounts and pets – With the new Green Fire Hawk being available in the new expansion, many people are busy collecting mounts at the moment. This is an activity which I can attempt, especially when the lower level dungeons are easily solo-able by a range of classes. Coupled with this is the challenge of picking up some new pets with my hunter. This is something that is almost class specific but something which I enjoy doing. I still need to get my Darkmoon Fair mount to go with my purple bird pet!

  • There is always plenty for someone to achieve in WoW, although there are more options or more focus on these activities when guilded and raided on a regular basis. If I cam getting my cooking up, there is more of a focus if I am needed to provide the noodle cart for the raid or a supply of potions. After writing this post, I actually created a Panda Protection Warrior – drat for alliteration purposes it should have been a paladin! 🙂

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    1. February 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Would be cool to play an one off, one of the dungeon crawls you made! Maybe the 8 level one!!!

    2. March 21, 2017 at 12:05 am

      I miss those early days so much. The current state of rpg’s , the rpg xubculture if you like, doesn’t feel like it did back then. I can’t quite put my finger on it.

      I was introduced to Advanced D&D 1st Edition, by my sisters boyfriend (the BEST boyfriend of the many she had IMHO..), who showed me S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks module after discovering I enjoyed computer based adventure games, I was hooked immediately and it wasn’t too long before I was hanging around the local game shop, Games Gallery, from which I was invited to join in a game run by the assistant manager, who was to become my long and good friend Steve, who was coincidentally, the reason I got to work at the local branch of Games Workshop for a time. Working there, in those days, before it became a Warhammer only shop, was amazing. It was the proverbial kid in the sweet shop!. Staff discount made it even sweeter – 50% off GW’s own products, and 25% off everything else. We also ran a great rpg club, with about 60-80 members at its peak.
      I was always the GM for my main group as no one else had the time it took to prepare a game properly, though after a few changes to the group, and people from the club popping up, I eventually got to play. Games by a company called Fantasy Games Unlimited (FGU) were very popular in all of my groups. FGU sold games such as Bushido, Aftermath,Space Opera, Chivalry & Sorcery, Freedom Fighters, and Bunnies & Burrows, but there were many many more games, by many different companies, covering all sorts of genres – and I still have them all. Many were, as was the style back then, table and chart and rule HEAVY. We loved that. Comparing themto the current crop of “rules lite” systems, I would certainly go back to the old games instead. We played these games sometimes 5 days a week, as for a time we were all unemployed. It was all we did.
      I often spent days creating scenarios, making maps, creating player characters as well as npc’s. I found it quite therapeutic, as is miniature painting – thousands of the little buggers packed away testify to the time I spent doing it. My “toy soldiers” as my brother in law calls them…
      I used to get quite attached to my favourite characters, and whilst one or two died over the decades, most did not.
      For almost all of my characters I would go overboard by most people’s standards. I like to have an image for my characters, whether a photo or artwork. Sometimes I will see an image and that is the base for the whole character, built around the image.
      I always believed as a player, that giving the GM a detailed background, list of goals, motivations, friends, contacts and enemies, will help the GM bring my character into the game more, by using some of what I have given him in the game. As a GM I like to see what players come up with for their characters, and will often use it in the game. It involves the player more, makes the game more personal if part of the game is suddenly about them, and it can help the players become more invested in their characters.
      For myself, I would often map out the characters home, create a family tree, siblings, etc.
      For our Star Trek RPG (by FASA Corp), I created the whole crew of a 500+ personnel star ship… All as detailed player characters. Unnecessary and a bit OTT I know, but it helped bring every department on the ship alive, every member of the landing party was a person not simply a red shirt.

      I am often bemused whilst watching streams when I see the gm of a streamed game pull some “new” idea out of his box of tricks, and the players are like “wow!”, “that’s original”, “I would never have thought of doing it that way!”, knowing we did it 30-40 years ago.

      The games my most recent group and I played/ran, were very detailed games with a lot of depth. Quite dark games too, mature themed, and often very emotional and intense. Having played with the same people for nigh on 20 years, you create a bond, a closeness and familiarity that allows you to communicate in a way you couldn’t, with people you don’t know very well.
      I have been brought to tears several times in recent years during the last (decade long) game we played ,as some scenes were simply too emotional or powerful, overwhelming (GM was a bastard – but an EXCELLENT GM).

      Sadly the group folded, but the GM offered to keep the game going for just me, which he did for a few years, which to be honest I really needed, as it helped me through a bad depression at that time).
      Over the years I have experienced a lot of things because of rpg’s, and made some great friends, too. I have a lot to be grateful for, regarding rpg’s. I was discussing with my brother in law, my collection of rpg’s and miniatures. When he realised how much they are worth, (some regularly sell for £100’s!) he always tells me to sell sell sell. He doesn’t grasp what they mean to me .
      Yet I won’t. Part of me hopes and prays that I will get a local group together (even some of the old group!) and start using them again. But aside from that, as my memory fails, little by little each year, these boxes and books and miniatures on the shelves are my constant reminders of happy and sad and exciting moments, and great fun, and more importantly, great friends.

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