Softcore

That’s what I would call Unemployed’s raiding style: Softcore.

The whole casual and hardcore discussion keeps being current, but the definitions are still so loose and the terms are constantly being misused. So, I’ll just call myself a softcore raider!

I really don’t believe in casual raiding. Unless you’re in a raiding guild, with succesful progression, and you’re that casual member that eventually gets carried through a run just to fill a spot, usually dieing to the first void zone, fire patch, or whatever.

Other than that, all raiding requires a whole lot of work to allow the use of the term casual. At least, you need to farm the gold required for the repairs, not to mention consumables like flask and food because you could argue that those are not a necessity (I wouldn’t agree though).

Not to mention that you certainly raid expecting to get some gear upgrades, and any piece earned will require an enchant and/or gems – and those are currently pretty expensive.

And there goes a few more hours farming mats, doing dailies, questing for gold or working on the auction house. A few hours raiding end up being a lot of hours ingame when you take all that into account.

So, a guild like Unemployed which only raids 9 hours a week, actually require an extra few hours from us members. I cannot call that casual. That’s a lot of time invested in the game.

But it’s still not hardcore, as a lot of other guilds raid 4 or 5 times a week, maybe 4 hours per raid night. I used to be hardcore like that. It was pretty much the raid schedule in Euphoria and in The Dauntless.

That’s way too much, but I had the time and I only really did other real life social things on Friday and Saturday, so it wasn’t impairing me or anything. It was Wow or tv, dvds, books or whatever.

Anyway, I think Softcore can be applied then. We are certainly commited to progression, but at our own pacing, devoting only those pre-established hours. But during that time frame, we are focused on doing our best.

A Softcore guild certainly won’t be attempting to get server first kills (though we did get some achievement firsts), because it will take us more weeks to go through the whole content. We will gear up in our own time also, cause we won’t be farming the content so soon, but there’s no hurry.

At least we won’t be bored waiting for the next expansion or patch. As long as we actually get to see all the content, I don’t mind if it takes us a while longer.

But the truth is, quantity of raid time is far less important than quality of raid time. We were actually able to progress in a very good pace. We’re up to Vezzax now – I’m pretty confident we’ll get Yogg down soon. That’s pretty good. We’re not gonna see Algalon probably – we’re pretty far from what’s needed to get some of those hard modes done. But that’s ok. For someone who didn’t even really get to see Sunwell, beating Yogg-Saron will be far from frustrating.

Also, the overall atmosphere in the guild helps with not getting frustrated, because raiding is taken a lot more lightly and is mainly a source of fun. It’s a lot more enjoyable when the leadership is understanding with real life issues, if you happen to miss a raid, or need some time off; or when a mistake on your part is not a reason to be yelled at, but one more way to make fun of you :); or when kills are actually celebrated!

Ok, my experience with hardcore raiding was a bit too stressful, as an officer I had a lot to take care of, and it was a little harder to have fun, and with my ally druid, they were a bit too hardcore for me. Not that they didn’t have fun, some people actually enjoy the pressure on your performance and are driven by it.

I was at some point also, and maybe it made me a better player. But at the cost of having fun with the game? When it got to that point, I knew something was wrong, and thankfully I discovered a new approach to raiding.

What’s interesting is that this softcore mentality ends up bringing improving performances from your members. Especially from adult and mature members, who understand the responsability towards the group, and thrive in a more relaxed environment. These people do not respond well to drill sergeant raid leaders, it’s the social accountability that makes them search for ways to improve themselves.

It’s certainly a challenge to gather people with this same profile in a guild, and some people obviously don’t fit in and will leave, but those that do stay and learn how to be softcore may rediscover raiding in this game, which will again be a source of fun in your hours of leisure.

So, I am Unemployed now – raiding doesn’t feel like a job anymore.

Time for fun!

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~ by Wangari on July 9, 2009.

One Response to “Softcore”

  1. “So, I am Unemployed now – raiding doesn’t feel like a job anymore.”

    Very clever! 😀

    I really appreciate our raiding style. I think our organization has had a big impact on our progression as well. Having our roles and rosters set up before hand, and having designated break times helps us be more efficient, and I don’t think it takes any of the fun out of the game.

    What little experience I did have with raiding in vanilla WoW was frustrating, spending almost as much time getting 40 people organized as actually fighting things. I’m glad we don’t have to deal with that anymore!

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