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December 5, 2014

AFR #320 – Time flies

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — tabulacandida @ 9:08 AM

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I loved my garrison for about a week.  Then, once the novelty wore off, it became the major reason I wasn’t logging on.  I was hoping that the garrison would be a place in the world of WoW that I could make my own.  Instead it’s another checklist of things to get done.

When did “We want you to be out exploring the world and interacting with other players” become “We want you to be stuck in one town alone running errands all day”?


  1. I feel exactly the same !
    I always play with my friend but every time we want to go “outside”, there’s something that pop and slow us down: “Wait, I have to check the missions” “Oops, I forgot to do my garden” “Ah, I need to fill the barn’s work orders” etc. etc.

    It would have been so much better If you could build GROUP GARRISONS ! It would still be instanced but at least you wouldn’t be alone.

    Comment by Inigo Montoya — December 5, 2014 @ 12:34 PM

    • A group garrison would be interesting to play with. Heck, even if you had just one garrison shared by all your alts that would help cut down on the busy work.

      Comment by wowafr — December 7, 2014 @ 9:05 AM

  2. Right? Everything we hated about farms in Pandaria, only bigger and more complicated. And a gold sink as well.

    Comment by ayshela — December 5, 2014 @ 1:12 PM

    • At least the farm had the advantage of being completely optional.

      Comment by wowafr — December 7, 2014 @ 9:06 AM

      • Once you got through the Tillers rep, yeah. Unless you wanted to level your cooking without buying all the veggies. The “you have to build this farm to get through this rep series and oh by the way grow the hundreds of mats you’ll need for cooking” was annoying enough. The “Now you have to build this huge garrison and buildings for every profession you want to use and oh by the way you have to gather resources to build it with AND pay for the blueprints AND pay to build it and look at that, there’s a quest or two you have to do to even be able to use it” is so damned frustrating, if I headdesked as it really requires I’d give myself a concussion.

        Comment by ayshela — December 8, 2014 @ 11:43 AM

  3. Welcome to Blizzard… where what we say and what we do are not in correlation with each other.
    It was under similar circumstances that I quit playing the game, although my leaving had more to do with them daring to insult my intelligence with regard to that lack of correlation. I’ll avoid dramatizing it here, as there really is no need!
    Simply put, I am not surprised they did something completely counter to a stated objective. It seems like a trend for them… among many other companies. *For, let us be honest, in this action they are not alone.*

    Comment by robertjemann — December 5, 2014 @ 10:51 PM

    • I do wonder sometimes if we’re seeing the product of an unresolved design conflict at Blizzard. The garrison in particular feels like it was designed by a completely different team than the rest of the game (and, frankly, by people who either have never played WoW or who tried it, hated it, and went back to their iPhone games).

      Comment by wowafr — December 7, 2014 @ 9:08 AM

  4. THANK YOU! We are now officially on the same page. Other than the Horde Alliance thing. I log in and do a garrison, and I log right out for the rest of the day. Garrisons are the WoW cure. That, and my lackeys are having way better missions than i am.

    Comment by Tak Wolf — December 7, 2014 @ 5:51 AM

    • Agreed! When did I become the questgiver and when did the NPCs become the players?

      Comment by wowafr — December 7, 2014 @ 9:09 AM

  5. In the interest of fairness, here are the things I do like about garrisons:

    – I like having an instanced area to log on and off in. Getting away from other players is a relief now and then.
    – I like having easy crafting material gathering (except for leather, but leather has always been different).
    – I like my followers. I really do. It’s fun to send them on missions and watch them progress, that just seems to be too much of the game right now.
    – I like seeing familiar faces hanging around my garrison. Blizzard didn’t make all the same picks I would have, but it’s a nice little touch of nostalgia to walk into the inn and think: “Hey, I remember you!”
    – I like getting at least a tiny bit of customization. It’s much less than I was hoping for when garrisons were first announced, but anything that lets me have some control over what the world I play in looks like and how it develops is good in my books.
    – I like my “garthstone.” It’s convenient.

    Comment by wowafr — December 7, 2014 @ 9:21 AM

  6. The key to the garrison (and really, WoW) is in realizing that not everything needs to be done everyday. I’ve collected enough ore and herbs for now, so I’ve stopped worrying about my mine and my garden. I do the fishing daily, but I don’t mind doing the fishing daily. I’ll grab the quests from the inn, but I don’t know when I’ll get around to running the dungeons. I blew through my stable dailies to get the mounts, and that started to feel a little overwhelming, but once that’s done, its done. I still need to do the achievement with the garn-toothed necklace, but I’ll get to it when I get to it. Unless you’re in a guild that is forcing you to do everything in your garrison every day, just let things sit. The garrison reminds me of animal crossing a little bit, in that if you don’t pick the weeds everyday, then the town gets overrun, but really, its just a fake town full of animal people, so it doesn’t matter if you pick your weeds. I love the follower stuff so that never feels like a chore, but if there’s some part of the garrison that is boring you, then don’t worry about it. Now is the time to think about the content drought we just got through, and remember that we can take our time with all this stuff. Have fun with your garrison. If it starts to feel like a chore, then maybe it isn’t worth it.

    Comment by wookieebh — December 7, 2014 @ 2:39 PM

    • I’m with you, wookieebh. Basically, the best way for me to deal with the garrison is largely to ignore it. That makes leveling professions a little more tedious, though, but eh. It’s a game.

      Comment by ejensen — December 8, 2014 @ 12:37 PM

    • Ignoring the things in the game that you don’t enjoy is good advice. I find that works very well for things like pvp and raiding, but I have a harder time doing that with my garrison. Too much of the game is integrated into the garrison now for me to feel like there’s much I can do without it. Everything in WoW is ultimately optional, but subjectively speaking the garrison *feels* a lot less optional to me than the farm or the usual faction rep daily quests ever did.

      Comment by wowafr — December 8, 2014 @ 1:50 PM

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