Another Ask Anna post, this one from Kiwago, who’s suffering from some of the same burnout that a lot of people in WoW seem to be butting heads against recently. It’s (as usual) not an easy question to answer, but I’ll give a stab at it, and I hope you guys will have some good suggestions as well.
I’m not an RPer, and this isn’t an RP question, but I figure you may have something to say about this. I’m a resto shaman and for some reason I’ve just gotten really bored. I’m stuck as far as progression goes unless I want to do Ulduar 25, and I really don’t want to do that because of the time and stress involved. My guild is a small 10 man guild, so we do 10 mans occasionally, but its gotten to the point where I don’t log in unless its raid night.
Just wondering if this has ever happened to you and what you did to combat this problem… also I don’t want to start an alt =P I hate being low level and I also hate questing =P
Alright. So this is a little difficult to answer thoroughly because of some of your qualifications. You don’t RP and don’t want to. You don’t raid 25’s and don’t want to. You don’t level alts and don’t want to.
Still, I think I can manage a few suggestions.
First, you might take a break. Sometimes what it takes to find some enjoyment of the game is to literally force yourself to step away for a week or two and Not. Log. In. Catch up on some TV series, read a book, rent a few movies, get the house/room/stuff in order, start a new project or craft. It’s hard, I know, but if you’re unwilling to change anything about your current style of play, you’re not likely to magically discover that you love the game again, and sometimes a little distance can do the trick and help you remember what you enjoy about playing.
Another thing you might try is picking up a dual spec to your Resto, and spending some time running groups as Elemental or Enhancement. Being that you’re unwilling to work on a second character (which is fine, leveling isn’t for everyone), maybe work a “second” character into your current 80. Enhancement might be the better place to start, from a “wow this is really different” standpoint, though Elemental might be a little easier to gear up right off the bat.
Or maybe even try a different style of gameplay altogether, like PVP. If DPS isn’t your game, consider using one of those alternate specs (or an alternate Resto spec) to focus on PVP for awhile. Whether that’s Wintergrasp, Arenas, BG’s, or World PVP (I don’t know if you play on a PVE or PVP server) – doesn’t matter. It’ll be something new, a different skill set to learn, and something to break up the “raid and farm” cycle that seems to be bogging you down.
Basically, for anyone finding themselves stagnant in the game, I suggest you try something new.
Albert Einstein is famous for saying “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results” – if what you’re doing is burning you out and making you bored… try doing something else!
Write something, try a new alt, focus on more creative paths (like RP) or doing something totally different (like PVP, or getting into a new raid situation), play a different game for awhile, get immersed in a novel. Sometimes just keeping things fresh can be enough to bring your interest back into the game. It’s definitely one of the ways I keep myself motivated – quirky RP characters like Annie Mae can really bring a lot of fun back to the game. But sometimes you need to step away and do something that’s not WoW to find your interest in WoW again.
I’ve been fighting a little bit of burnout myself lately, so I’ve spent less time being “goal oriented” in game – forcing myself to do things that I don’t want to do (like dailies or farming) – and more time doing fun or “frivolous” things, like nostalgia raids to BWL, silly achievements, and lots of RP time with various characters, and playing my alts – not with the intent of leveling them quickly, but of just having a darn good time.
So good luck to anyone suffering from boredom and burnout – I hope you can find your mojo and motivation again, and that maybe I’ve sparked a little new idea that might bring some fun back into the game. And, as always, may the Loot-Fu be with you!
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