I tend to find real life instances influence how I formulate things to write. I wanted to write about my experience raiding Normal for the first time this entire expansion, but lacked some way to describe it.
New Jersey has something we call circles. I am sure they go by many other names in other countries, roundabouts, traffic circles, I am sure many have seen one once in their lifetime, perhaps not. One thing that I think may be unique, maybe not, to New Jersey circles is there is no hard fast rule on who has the right of way on all of them. They all have different sets of rules, that those of us that drive them every day just know what to do without thought. Seeing a car from New York this morning and one from Georgia both navigating a set this morning, it kind of occurred to me how different people look at ways to approach something. The New York driver came into it at high speed, barely tapping his brakes cutting off some that if he knew the particular rules for that one would have known those in the circle had the right of way, to the Georgia driver that almost came to a complete stop like this was the first time he had ever seen anything like this before. Then around into the next where New York continued flying through with no thought to what he was doing, and The Georgia driver who actually picked up on the signs and markers indicating how to proceed.
And it kind of clicked to me. Raiding is like driving into new areas you have never been to before. After a time you just pick up on what you need to do, but those first times driving can be scary, frustrating, and can have you ending up lost. I was asked to step in last night for the Optional raid night since they needed a DPS. I had only walked in the door 15 minutes prior and agreed to jump in. I did not know they were attempting the first boss on Heroic, and to me that was like asking someone to hop in a tractor trailer when all they have ever driven was a sub compact Fiat. I did see that Blizzard still enjoys mechanics that hit so hard you can be one shot if you fail to move in the right direction fast enough, and I can see just from the trash pulls and the difference on what I saw on my screen and my wifes, that input latency will keep me out of any form of raiding beyond LFR permanently. I like to think I have the ability to learn and process a lot of things, and even learn to anticipate things to avoid, but that is just to much to process for me.
After it was determined we did not have adequate DPS, they reset to Normal, and moved up to the boss they were working on. After assigning groups, and marking stack points and describing the fight, my brain was on overload with the amount of information I needed to keep track of. Move here if you get the spear, adds have priority, keep out of puddles, keep everything on your side of the room, groups to go into a phased area, it was a lot of stand around doing nothing and 20-30 second bursts of kill all the things while staying away from bad, and not having a spear land in the raid. I thought I was doing ok, but died a few times because to my eyes on my screen I was out of the yellow puddle but I guess not since I was at near full health one second to dead the next. It felt like I was involved in a car crash over and over and no matter what I tried to adjust to , the rules kept changing, things would follow one pattern, only to change for the next.
I love the people I play with everyday, and would not trade them for the world, but I cannot do what they do every week. I just can’t make myself do it. I am glad they enjoy raiding, but for me, I am ready for driving around the retirement community in a golf cart.