Warlords of Garrison. Thoughts on burnout and attrition?
"I'm a huge WoW fanatic. I love the game. I love the lore. I love the aesthetic. I love raiding. I'm in a decent raiding guild (6/10 Heroic BRF) and have a passel of alts that I enjoy leveling, etc. I'd say I'm on the "upper mid-range" of players in terms of play time and skill level. Not hardcore by any means but a dedicated player.
Lately I've gotten close to the dreaded "WoW burnout/boredom" stage. Our guild has been losing members and attrition seems a bit higher than normal, and in talking with some other players, we all sort of have the same general malaise feeling that the game has gone from the WoW that we know to a "game that takes place almost entirely in a garrison, alone".
Think about it: The hub, the place you spend the most time, is now a single-player experience. We used to hang out in capital cities or Shrine, and even on your daily grind you would be surrounded by other players. You could see gear sets and see mounts and see tons of activity. There was always something going on. Now, the only time I go to Stormshield is to get my seals for the week and occasionally visit the AH (which I wouldn't even have to do if I had one in my garrison).
A lot of people complained about the Dailies grind in MoP but now that it's gone, frankly, I miss it. It got me out and about and forced me to reach for goals. Now that my garrison is maxed out and all my followers are 675, it's just a daily grind of missions, collecting work orders, and making a circle back to the Town Hall in my garrison. It has almost zero effect on my raiding; I feel that at this point I only need to log in twice a week for our guild's scheduled raid night, and that's it. There's nothing else happening.