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Finding Magic in a Character
comment 3 Written by on February 20, 2008 – 10:19 pm

What is it that makes you *click* with certain characters and not others?

I ask, because right now Anryl and I are sort of at odds. I like her, her look, her class, and her character concept. I think she’s one of the more solid characters I’ve created recently. And yet, I find her stagnant to play. She’s got great pets; I’m excited about her spec… but she just doesn’t have the addicting feel that new characters usually hold for me.

Maybe it’s the cross faction thing, as I’m quite unfamiliar with Horde territory past about level 25 and have very few friends there; Maybe it’s real life getting in the way (that job may not be so awesome as previously hoped, and is currently slipping through my fingers). But when I rolled Annorah, and Annalira, and Berylla, and Brietta and Laisrean I got, in a sense, “hooked” on them. I played them straight through to 20, or 35 in the case of Laisrean, or 70 in the case of Annorah, in one giant push over the first few weeks, as though I just couldn’t get enough of the character. New characters are fresh and exciting, the leveling is fast, they learn new things all the time, and there’s a “bigness” to the world that’s addicting. They take on a life of their own, and I can’t seem to find that life with Anryl.

In some ways, I’m rather afraid it’s because of Angoleth and her burnout – another elf hunter, that sort of thing. Angoleth was the first character I clicked with and is still extremely nostalgic to me – but I can hardly stand to play her anymore, because of various things that happened in the 6 months leading up to the release of Burning Crusade. Those various things being Zul’Gurub, Blackwing Lair, and the honor grind. We’ve all got horror stories of things we’ve farmed for that never dropped, but I became rather obsessed with a few things that I either couldn’t get to drop, or had ninja’d when they did. And I had a major conflict with a raidmember who took it upon himself to be arrogant, spiteful, and condescending to me in such a way that I can still hardly look at Angoleth without thinking of what a horrible, worthless hunter I am. (yeah, I know that sounds silly, to have let someone in my head that way, but for whatever reason, I did). Not new gear (looking at tier1 was making me upset), not new goals, not even Tim… the ravager have been able to keep my interest in her lately, and she’s languishing at 68 again.

And I’m afraid that that fear/insecurity/disgust/tired feeling is rubbing off on Anryl, who should have the fresh exuberance of a new character in a new zone (my first blood elf). I love the hunter class, and I’m finding myself afraid that I won’t be able to play it anymore.

And so I ask you, my 3 readers, for advice. What have you done in the face of character burnout? Class burnout? Do you have any advice?

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3 Responses to “Finding Magic in a Character”

  1. Unfortunately, Alianna and I are still not really on speaking terms. Burnout, especially from raiding — raid HEALING was and is so powerful that I cannot look at her or even play her with much joy any more. It really does bother me, as I love her as my character. While not my first (a hunter that only made it to 24 before being replaced and ultimately deleted), Ally quickly became my main and my joy.

    Leveled as shadow and switching to holy upon reaching level 60, I was content to 5 man content and casually play. Then, one day, I was asked to sub into Blackwing Lair with a raiding guild. While completely lost for that evening, apparently I held my own long enough and well enough to get asked back — again and again. Ultimately I became a regular raider. I don’t know if it was me personally, that was successful, or rather my patience and awareness that made me a good healer. Or at least good in this raid. As I replaced my gear, I climbed my way to the top of the healing charts — even with sub-par healing gear compared to the other priests healing. Eventually, only two paladins were able to consistently beat me on the healing charts: Grendel and Flavius. Both better geared and pallies, their smaller, faster heals allowed them to spam heal without much concern for overheal, while my heals required more “tact” and timing to land successfully and effectively.

    I guess it was the stress and pressure that came from, ultimately, being the lead healer for the raid. Those two pallies, while effective, also might tend to not push constantly, while I felt it was my job to pick up any slack. Enjoyable? Yes. Rewarding? Yes. Satisfying to top the healing charts again and again and KNOW I was doing a good job? Definitely. Ultimately? Burnout.

    Alianna’s made it to level 64. Respeced to shadow, her personality fights me when I level. Shadow’s not her anymore. She’s a healer. And I’m SICK of healing. Still. Today. Even though I have not healed anything more than a 5-man instance in just over a year. Disappointing? Yes. I wish I wasn’t so burned out, but there is a reason that my BC main was a warlock — no heal button other than healthstone. I could handle that.

    So yes, Anna, I know what you mean. And no, I don’t have a solution. So in the mean time I will log on her occassionally, reset all my mods which get moved around with patches, and grind a few bubbles before I hate shadow again and log my new shammie. I hope she comes back, because I really do like her. She’s a lot like me, personality wise, and I am attached. But I am also wiped out. She takes away my energy.

    One day, perhaps.

    By Abby on Feb 20, 2008 | Reply
  2. Sometimes, the easiest solution for me when I’m experiencing character burnout, is simply to log into that character and play them anyway, even if I don’t feel like it. More often then not it becomes a lot more fun than I was anticipating and I find myself liking that character again.

    A lot of times character burnout comes from not being able to get into the character’s personality. For example, my warlock who I tried to play as evil. Didn’t work. I can’t do evil. But on the other hand I have a rogue with a backstory and personality-related goals that I absolutely adore so even though I’m not a big fan of the rogue class, he’s been getting some playtime.

    Really I think for me the hardest part is having a bunch of characters at the same “spot” progression wise; I have like ten Horde characters all stuck in the Barrens. I don’t want to quest in the Barrens on one character and then go quest there again on the next, ya know? So my level 47 character has been getting a lot of playtime because she’s way past that.

    Can’t tell ya a cure, because everyone’s cure is different. But character burnout certainly does happen to everybody I think.

  3. Maybe it’s silly, but have you considered a name change? They’re pretty cheap ($10) and could provide just the bit of distance you need between her and old memories.

    By loni2shoes on Feb 21, 2008 | Reply

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