People change, hairstyles change, interest rates fluctuate… – Hillary Flammond, Top Secret!
This is part of the reason that I love healing. No matter how much I may tire of dailies or questing or achievements at times, I never really tire of the challenge of healing. Going into a raid and laying HoTs all over the place as if they were going out of style, seeing the tank with 1% health vault into the almost-full stratosphere by popping a Swiftmend or Nature’s-Swiftness-and-Healing-Touch at the last minute, downing a difficult boss with everyone still alive at the end – these are the things that always seem to brighten my days in WoW.
But all this talk of burnout did get me thinking – are there any aspects of the game that I am burned out on? Am I growing jaded? Is the magic gone?
In some ways, the answer was yes. When my pally and I first started playing, we read every quest line by line, devoured every new adventure and landscape with eager, oh-my-god! wonderment. I don’t know when we stopped reading the quest lines, but I know I haven’t really paid attention to anything more than “where do I have to go and what do I have to kill/disembowel/interrogate/steal?” in the quest descriptions for well more than a year now.
That’s not bad for what we were doing – rushing characters to the end-game so that we could raid (and hooray for raiding!) But we were missing a whole vast world that Blizzard offers to us, replete with its own history, mythology and rich diversity.
So I started a new top secret character this morning before work. Her goal is not raiding or leveling, per se, although maybe those things will happen for her. Her goal might best be summed up as Azeroth Appreciation. She is Horde – my only Horde character – and so there will be no helping her out from within the guild or from my other characters. She will level alone for the most part. She will read every quest and only do those which make sense for her to do (in terms of her mindset and capabilities – ie, probably not much torturing of innocents or running instances.) Since she will be a solo character, she will not be a healer, but a hunter – a class I have always been curious about. I will get her trained in skinning and leatherworking so that she can make her own armor and use all bits of the many, many animals she will be killing.
I will play her to remind myself that there are many sides to WoW. I will play her because I do not only play WoW for the raids, end-game thrills, and to interact with my friends (and some extended family members), but also because I truly appreciate this amazing fantasy-scape Blizzard has created. I will play her not to so much recapture the magic, but to remember that the magic is always there.
I just have to keep my eyes open for it.