The excellent Dragonchasers blog has misinterpreted the reasons for my intention of leaving Warhammer, which is admittedly probably easy to do if you haven’t read the posts from late last week. Nevertheless, I feel inclined to clarify.
I am not leaving because Altdorf fell to a 7AM ninja assault, although that is discouraging, highlights structural problems with RvR, and makes the achievement look rather cheap. I’m leaving because nothing was going on at my level when I was online except for scenario grinding, and I’d gotten bored with that. I really want to stay, but I will not pay for a game I’m not playing, and I just don’t want to play it anymore.
However. My subscription doesn’t run out until Saturday. It’s already cancelled, but there’s nothing that says I can’t re-up on Friday. But for that to happen I have to find the fun in Warhammer again. It was certainly fun for the first month (I’m counting Open Beta here,) but it wasn’t fun for the last week.
So here’s what I’m willing to do. I will play some WAR when I get home tonight. I will try to get in on some Public Quests, and will queue up for some scenarios other than those I have already tired of. I will try to have fun. If after a few hours I feel like I want to play some more, I will play again on Tuesday. And so on. If at the end of the week I still want to play, I will resubscribe.
Warhammer has to sell me on itself again. It that fair of me to ask? Absolutely. It’s my money, and it’s 100% reasonable for to expect that any subscription title continually prove itself to each and every customer. MMOs are not static constructs – they change over time, sometimes remarkably short periods of time, and so do my own desires in how I want to spend my limited in-game time.
I do not promise to resubscribe. I will promise to try, one more time, to want to continue paying for it, and to give the game another chance. Bluntly, if it weren’t for Casualties, I would not bother. Either way, I’ll report back tomorrow.