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Ask Anna: Bored with WoW?
comment 5 Written by on June 17, 2009 – 6:56 am

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.

Hey Anna,

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

-Kiwago

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!

-Anna

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5 Responses to “Ask Anna: Bored with WoW?”

  1. Anna is right… I’m a resto druid on my main, been that way out of Teldrassil with her… 2 1/2 years of healing…

    Finally, I played one of a set of low-level alts up to 80, my rogue… and I am having a BALL with her, she is so much fun and such a switch from my druid… :)

    A change is as good as a vacation. :)

    By Kayeri on Jun 17, 2009 | Reply
  2. I also find that doing things like going back to old instances to get that mount that never dropped (for me, most recently Stratholme) or planning goofy naked runs through SM can be fun :)

    There are lots of “off the books” things that you can do with WoW with a little imagination (Anna mentions a few there, too). And of course, there are always the Achievements.

    The best thing for me when I’m burned out – besides the ever-important break – is to find like-minded folks and see what we can come up with. Midsummer Festival is coming up, and that can be fun, but really, it’s the hysterical jokes and ridiculous exchanges of comments that get me back into the game every time.

    Lantanas last blog post..Value and the self

  3. If someone tells me he’s bored with the game, I just can’t bring myself to convince him of having fun again. Take a break, if you miss the game, come back, if you don’t miss it, there is enough fun stuff to do out there.

    drugs last blog post..Taking a Break

  4. Hey, I suggest trying a new game. This has recently happened to me. As in right now. I’m sitting at my computer, and the last thing I want to do is play WoW. Ive spent almost 1000 hours playing that game, I love it. It consumed my life, but not in a bad way, but recently Ive just been tired of it, and to combat this boredom, Ive started playing…

    Guild Wars.

    Don’t play the flame game until you’ve tried it. That game is awesome. Its free.(No monthly fee!) And its a huge change from world of warcraft, but still gives you that MMORPG fix. I’m hooked, but in time I know I will want to go back to WoW.

    Also ive been playing other genres of games, suck as FPS’s and racing games. Its nice to just get out of the world(ofwarcraft) and do(play) something else.

    By Cinzano of Hydraxis on Jul 6, 2009 | Reply
  5. Ive done the who leveling alts, even switched guilds to do larger raids but its to the point that i sit down at my computer, log in, look at my list of 80′s and have no desire to log any of them, ive done the heal, tank, dps (ranged and mele) on PVE and PVP situations. Even played the AH for a bit and made butt loads of gold. after 3+ years of involvement i log for about 5 min a week to repost auctions and to send my wife gold. I love MMO’s, i attempted to go back to SWG which seems dead as hell.Tried Ever Quest, wasnt impressed, kinda in a block of what else to try. So I looked at the games comming out, Starwars the Old Republic looks AWSOME but with a realse window of spring 2011! I asked friends and they are all still hooked on WoW. Goina try Star Trek online, game looks good, But honestly i dont feel it will be all that popular. I am expecting to see very few playing that game. Who knows maybe it will fill the void and keep me entertained till The Old Republic.

    By Aza on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

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