I’ve talked about my great guild before. I think I’ve been very fortunate to play with a group of like-minded players who enjoyed the game for the fun of playing and had a casual attitude toward playing.
The majority of the guild’s core could be categorized as Explorers on the Bartle Test. We thrive on seeing new places and learning new things. We love to progress through raids but not for gear or keeping up with the other guilds. We move through raids to see new environments and learn new encounters.
This mentality places some limitations on our gameplay. Once we have seen and defeated a raid zone, there’s not a whole lot of motivation to go back and farm it for gear. As an example, I think I’ve only killed Kel’Thuzad three or four times, depite the fact that we had cleared Naxx pretty early on in WotLK. Also, we don’t generally try hard modes. Its not that we can’t do them. Rather, we don’t feel like artificially putting up obstacles when the only reward is slightly better gear. Gear is not our motivation.
That Explorer approach has brought us through Naxxramas, up to Yogg-Saron in Ulduar, Obsidian Sanctum, Onyxia, VoA and through ToC normal. We’ve seen just about every boss there is to see in the game. What is left to do? Heroic ToC? For the die-hard Explorer, there’s not a great motivation to do that since we have already seen the whole zone on normal. There’s nothing new to find or discover. Ulduar hard modes? While that would get us to Alganon (the only raid boss we haven’t seen) the reward is not really worth the time investment.
In light of this, its not a surprise that we’ve seen our numbers dwindle. No one is leaving the guild, but people are logging on less and less. A month ago, we had 14-18 online on any given weeknight. This week, there have been 5-8 on at most times… often not even enough to run a heroic instance.
I haven’t been posting much to the blog because I haven’t been doing much in game. Most nights I log on, run a heroic or two, play on an alt for a while, and log off early.
I anticipate that we’ll see a resurgence among our members once Patch 3.3 comes out. We’ll have to catch up a bit when that happens. Since we have not been farming ToC, we won’t be as geared as we might like when the new Icecrown instances open up.
Can we beat the boredom boss? Its a long, tough fight. We’ll see…