Some of the communities that I regularly watch are complaining about the frequency with which they meet…*looks for an appropriate word, and doesn’t find one so settles for*…..plonkers. The sort that say “You don’t need mana” to the healer, the tanks that pull the entire instance while saying “Loll2pnub, you don’t need CC” and yada yada yada so on and so forth. I think we all know the sort that I mean.
One poster commented that there seems to be a lot of these plonkers out there, more than usual. And I sort of had a flash of insight.
These heroics are hard. But that’s not merely the issue. They require work. Ghostcrawler’s fantastic post the other day summed it up beautifully for me – I almost cheered when I read it. But there are some people are not happy that they have to WORK at things for a change.
Ultimately, we don’t want to give undergeared or unorganized groups a near guaranteed chance of success, because then the content will feel absolutely trivial for players in appropriate gear who communicate, cooperate, and strategize.
But there are folk out there who think they are still deserving of it . The one which flabbergasted me recently was someone who doesn’t like that they can no longer Save The Day (TM), but is instead pissed off that that it all boils down to teamwork of a group now and they have to rely on OMG FOUR OTHER PEOPLE. Yes, seriously, it’s muchly paraphrased, but I’ve read this amid all the other gripes.
And endless horror stories about Bad Pugs.
Endless, I tell you!
And then, when I was reading another YAHSaBP (Yet Another Story About Bad Pugs) and someone asking if there seemed to be more rude assholes around in the LFD system, that that flash of insight struck me.
There’s a number of us out there, who can and do play well, who respect the team members, but aren’t going to put ourselves on the firing line in a PUG. Because a) we don’t know what we’re going to get, and you need a decent team to run a successful heroic and b) there’s a number of people out there who’ve been reading all these YASABP, and these all lead to strengthening that initial OMG, don’t pug it’s going to be horrible argh reaction.
Each of those stories is going to put yet another person off, someone who’s likely to be respectful, and pleasant, friendly and a good player who just doesn’t want the hassle of having to go through a Horror Story Pug of their own. Thus removing them from the potential pool of good and fun players who will Pug right now. And thus concentrating the ick factor for the next person, as there are indeed not more assholes, just less nice players.
It’s a vicious circle.
And while I admit that the best solution would be get myself a pair, and go out there and repopulate the pool with one more pleasant pug resto druid, long and short is, that I’m still too much of a coward.
Less frightening bedtime PUG stories, please? It’s frightening the children……