For all of us, with all our hobbies and passions I find the below article can be applicable. Whether you play MMOs, MUDs or any other game where a character works alongside other people, and grows we can overreach, drama can wheedle its way in, or things can get stale. Perhaps you fancy a change and if so I wholly recommend one of the top MUDs from Iron Realms Entertainment.
Dread logging in, finding your favourite game become more of a routine than pleasure? Sometimes things get humdrum, or some other untoward hassle makes logging into your favourite RPG a chore. Has playtime become an obligation rather than a treat? In the end, remember that these are games, and you should be having fun playing them! So, how can a stale or even painful experience be made more enjoyable?
The solution depends upon the problem. In order to improve, you must first identify the factors that are disrupting your playing experience. Is it breaching of the IC/OOC barrier that gets you down, or too much drama making you cringe at the thought of the messages that await when you log in? Is it the text responsibilities or a mound of paperwork just building up the more you put it off? Perhaps there is a task you need to finish, but you don’t fully understand the concept or just can’t get inspired?
Don’t get frustrated, rage-quit and then go on a tirade to your OOC clans about how this person is mean and that so and so is unfair. You’re likely to regret these actions within a day or two. Instead log off for a while, calm down, find some perspective and come back fresh. Instead of stewing in rage and thinking about all the ways in which you’d like to strangle small, adorable animals, try to be constructive and take steps to solve the problem.
+ If it is your peer group that gets you down, there are two things that you can do to.
Firstly, step away from them and take some time doing other things. Perhaps work with some new players, or go on a sabbatical. Relax! Find fun activities that you can do by yourself, or with new people.
+ Secondly, analyse ways in which you can minimise tension between you and the offending parties.
Let them know of the problem, if necessary, but be objective. Placing blame will only escalate the situation and make things worse. More drama isn’t fun! Offer constructive criticism, and be willing to concede your own participation in any problems.
+ If you’ve taken on more than you can actually handle, and this happens a lot, don’t let it bury you or drive you away.
Stand up and say that it’s too much! No one will think less of you if you delegate some of the work, and those relying on you will probably be thankful that it’s getting done. Many of your own leaders are under pressure too, so they may not be aware that you are drowning. Never be afraid to say no.
+ If you are stuck on a task for advancement, don’t suffer in silence.
Ask for help or guidance. While you might not be given free passes or straight-up answers, people may point you in the right direction for research, or discuss ideas with you in hopes of sparking some inspiration to get you back on track.
Much of this advice is applicable in many areas of our lives, and regardless of the game you play I hope it can help.
It can be easy to get bogged down, but with a little bit of effort in the right places, our preferred games can be made fun to play again.
If it isn't working for you, come and try something new, there are many great top MUDs out there, and my favourite is Achaea. No matter how much you take on, or where your interests lie, there is always something to do, something new to discover.
Just take a look at the achievements of one player!