I just came out of an Ulduar 10 PUG. When I noticed it on trade chat, LF1M healer, I thought that’d be fun (and no waiting, since [armory]Hammersmyth[/armory] was the last slot required).
Before that I’d just been passing time. In fact, just doing that alone is worth comment. I thought “hmm what should I do tonight, I’ve a few hours free”. I did the random daily of course, then actually sat and stared at the screen for a while. I wasn’t bored, but I had to think about what to do next, because I don’t have many goals which I can achieve outside of my guild raid.
I wonder how much lethargy has set in across the board, because if I’ve begun to feel it, there must be an epidemic of it amongst those with shorter attention spans. Then again, I don’t play any other games at all, (that blog post is still true of me) so maybe others are passing time on some other world (Allods Online maybe? I haven’t played it for ages)
I have enjoyed a lot of geeking out learning phpbb3 and improving the forum capabilities. Was doing that tweaking before, still am.
So I zone into Ulduar after deciding to get more badges and achievements (of any sort) for my beloved old druid. He was my second character ever created on WoW.
Not long into the raid, we discover someone has turned on hard-mode for Leviathan. Since a few people couldn’t work out how to load pyrite, we pretty much had no chance. After wiping, we drove around to kill the portals. Four people hadn’t been in there before, a few hadn’t done many different vehicle roles, and so on.
I whispered the guy who’d invited me, “I did not plan to spend my evening training people in Ulduar”. He was polite enough to say sorry, but perhaps I’d have not even zoned in if I’d known it was a noob group. ElitistArmory or its equivalent addon could have told me a lot if I’d used it, but who does that for a PUG of 10 people?
Then XT. We had no ranged dps, so the adds were tough. I asked the ret pally to kill adds as priority, and then the MT started to take leadership and brief people. I enjoyed not having to do it myself.
Actually, that was a lot better than a failed ToC-10 pug that couldn’t get past the two worms earlier today. Disaster. That’s a fight you can’t fake. There’s too many ways to fail on Northrend Beasts.
XT died, then Razorscale too (surprised me).
I was reminded of why I don’t really enjoy PUG raids. There are still many people who don’t know Ulduar or ToC, and of course haven’t read about them (probably fair enough, there are loads of bosses when you add up Ulduar and ToC, be hard to remember them all in a useful way if you’d never seen them in person).
I like leadership, and I’m happy to take it on, but not when I’m a bit tired, not when I want the night off to just relax a bit.