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A Tourney-Conundrum

May 19, 2009


The Argent Tournament has been here for… I don’t know, however long it’s been here.

Everyone was so excited when it was here!  Must go work on Tourney dailies!  Mounted combat!  Squire!  WHOO!

And I was over in my corner and the emotion surrounding me and the tourney could be summed up in three letters: meh.

However, after I saw that you could obtain titles, one of which is “of the Exodar” – I was tempted to care a little bit.  This would certainly be a title that Anea would want to obtain, since she is a Draenei and proud of who she is and where she came from.  The little seed was planted.

But not enough for me to care enough to start doing the dailies!

Lus did drag me over there once to try out the dailies, since he’s very interested in this.  The mounted combat did not sit well with me at all.  When I originally heard about it, I was just skimming an article and figured it would be like our normal combat, just mounted.  That I would be casting spells while mounted – it made sense to me!  As I’m sure all of you reading this know, that is not the case.

To compound things further, there are little pets to buy too.  I am merely two pets away from getting my little stinker so… perfect opportunity, non?

My conundrum is whether or not that is “enough reason” to do these dailies and jump through all the hoops.  I am norotiously horrible at doing dailies and getting rep.  Sad, but true.  Many of us have written articles about how the Achievement system has changed the way we play and made us care about things we normally wouldn’t have.  Since coming to terms with this, I have been trying to play my “newer” characters as if the achievements don’t exist – trying not to let it alter my gameplay.  (Example: I would try to resist the urge to run across a zone to an area of it which I haven’t yet discovered just to get the achievement.  Before achievements, I didn’t care about discovering every bit of areas, so I’m trying to keep it that way.  Aemma also isn’t going to /love all the creatures either.  [However, that’s for an RP purpose in addition to the achievement thing.])

At any rate… I’m wondering if I am “allowed” to care (by my own system) about all this Tournament junk.  I’d like the title, sure – but I don’t need it.  The pets are nice – two would help me, but they’re not necessary.  And in the big scope of things, no part of this game is needed or necessary, so I’m ruling that argument out.

In the end it all feels stupid, as I’m sure those of you that made it this far in the post are thinking – am I the only one who gets caught up in stuff like this?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 19, 2009 10:13 PM

    I think you’re really losing out.The dailies are an easy way to make 50+ gold in less than 30 minutes, get rep, and experience something different in game.For me, this is like the new Isle of Quel danas. I LOVED that place.

  2. Anea permalink
    May 20, 2009 12:47 AM

    Hm – I never really viewed dailies as a source of income. They are, of course, but I never saw them as dollar signs. (Or gold signs, whatever.)I guess I could try to use financial motivation… /ponder

  3. May 20, 2009 9:19 AM

    I love the gold rewards but I don’t like the dailies. They’re not fun. Like you I’m not too keen. But my husband is and he drags me there. I hate dueling with npcs. I never win.

  4. Jack permalink
    May 20, 2009 1:28 PM

    I’m actually looking forward to the Argent Tourney, but first things first . . . I’ve only got 3-4 bars until level 80 (my first ever! yay!) and I’m still several 1000 gold short of being able to make my Hog. Normally, I wouldn’t choose to spend my game time mining in the Legion infested warrens of Darkwhisper Gorge, but it looks like the thorium and truesilver market are going to be even more profitable than dailies. And that bike is going to be sweet. She will be my girlfriend and I will love her. Every truesilver node I find is my gift to her, I will fight through all the Burning Legion and every Fel Demon I slay is for her. Awwwww yeah.I guess goal oriented motivations do play a role in how enjoyable activites are.Having said that, “. . . don’t feel obligated to try to enjoy something that just isn’t for you.” QFT.This is a game. We do it for fun. Sometimes, when others (say, a guild) depend on us, maybe we feel some sense of obligation . . . but generally, just do the parts you enjoy. The wide array of activities available is, IMO, one of the best things about World of Warcraft. There is something, battlgrounds, arena, solo questing, teh rp, dungeon diving, raiding, serious guilds, social guilds . . . something to attract a wide variety of people to the game. So much stuff that it would be overwhelming, at least for me, to try and do it all. And there is so much of it that I do enjoy, that why waste my time on stuff I don’t?

  5. October 25, 2009 5:06 PM

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