Two months ago I was writing on this blog about how my raiding guild disapeared in a drama-fest caused by a struggling raid and in wich I was one of the main actors. To make a long story short I was raid leading when I shouldn’t have and different expectations from myself(raid-leader) as well as the leadership of the guild caused tensions wich finaly got the better of all of us. One of my worst gaming moment by far and it caused me to quit WoW and look elsewhere for my MMO fix.
Back then I was wondering if I could/should make the switch to a casual lifestyle, one that wasn’t centered on endgame or raiding or completing the big challenges a game had to offer. I wasn’t sure if I would like it but I tought it would be a nice idea to try it at least.
Well two months later of easy casual living I can say the experiment is a huge success. Going “hardcore” casual has been a revelation in many ways. For one thing it changed the way I approach a game completly. Not playing with endgame and raiding in mind does make for a completly different experience of the game. Simply exploring and enjoying the world without always thinking about achievements or completing tasks for endgame is a refreshing change of pace. I actually stop and read the quest text!
So that’s why there’s been a lot less MMO centric posts recently. Lotro is fun and having fun is actually harder to write about than when you’re angry with something. For now I’m taking the time to smell the flowers and enjoy the sights and it enough to keep me happy.