time, anything but time
One of the discussions I see round the area is in regard to raiding. Non-raiders say something to the effect of, “I have a life, or want one, and can’t spend all my free time on the computer.” And the raiders typically respond to the effect of, “Only the bleeding edge need to be wedded to the computer – I have a life. Just get a group that only raids a couple times a week.” I’m going to insert myself into this mess. Before I do, let me reiterate where I’ve been.
I’ve done hardcore – five nights per week of raids. That, by the way,didn’t last long, but I’ve been there. I’ve also done several casual – three, two, and even one raid mandatory per week. So I think I’ve got a round value enough to have an opinion – and perhaps a bit of a reality check.
The casual raiding did not eat up as much of my life as the hardcore raiding. It still eats up a lot of my life. Let’s reality check, shall we?
The raid itself requires four hours – more is not atypical, but when we see these discussions that’s the amount of time that shows up, so we’ll use it. Add one hour for pre/post work – picking up the last few reagents, purchasing the gems for the most recent drops, etc. Add four hours – at least – for mat or money grinding. Add another four for badge run – instances or kara if that’s on farm – to supplement your gear.
And we’re up to 13 hours for the single raid.
I am a black belt. I go to three hours of class a week, and do at least an hour a day most days of maintenance. I do LESS for my martial arts work than is “minimal” for the LEAST casual raid.
This is not necessarily a bad thing. But it is a reality check. Quite simply, most raiders I’ve met – even the “causal” – do at least 20 hours a week on the game. 20 hours with a select group of acquaintances and friends every week.
In other words, both sides of the discussion are “right”. Yes, it’s only four or eight or 12 hours of actual raiding – a piffle. But it’s 20 (or more) hours of WoW a week. If you’re planning on raiding, congratulations – it IS a part-time job.
Dear Raider – a casual player is probably playing 12 or fewer hours per week. When he tells you raiding would take up too much of his life, please do not belittle this reality.
Dear Casual player. 20 hours per week of convivial association is not every waking minute. When the raider tells you she can do other things as well as work and play wow, she is right.
Dear both – it is, as with all things, a matter of subjective preferences. 13 hours of physical labor is nothing for some, and jawdropping for others. The same goes for just about everything. An hour of fishing bores me to tears, while for others it can be done for days on end with no difficulty. You may take that as in game or “real world” play, the truth remains the same. Please do not belittle others for having a different priority of what is “fun”, and how much they’re willing to devote to it.
But, go have fun.