Be honest with yourself: is it really fun to spend 3 hours wiping on the same boss in raids?
What about losing every single battleground? Running LFR all the time to get better gear? If you spend 3 hours in a raid and you down 3-4 bosses, you’re probably having the time of your life! But some things get boring after a while. Close to another expansion, you end up with the best in slot (BIS) gear. Soon you have nowhere to go with your gear, so you are left doing the same thing every day: wake up in the morning, log in, do missions, log out, go to work, come home, eat dinner, log in, do missions, and raid (or prepare for the next upcoming raid).
This is the life of many raiders in World of Warcraft. As a result, players often experience burnout. Burnout occurs when you’re not having fun, so you quit playing until a new expansion or other feature is released. Some players have even quit WoW because it became too boring to do the same things over and over again. People have literally forgotten how to have fun, including Guild Masters and members alike.
It’s no wonder GMs experience burnout; it seems like the only thing they do in WoW is run their guild or help their guild members simply because they feel obligated. There is nothing wrong with helping a guild member with a task, but it is important to take time for yourself. As a GM, you should not spend every waking minute online fixing the guild bank, helping members, or doing things your guild wants to do. It is perfectly acceptable if you want to go role-play or run a dungeon with your friend.
As a guild member, on the other hand, you might spend time helping out your guild when they need it, but this doesn’t have to become your life in the game. This is also true for the raiding or PvP routine you go through. Take some time out of your ordinary game experience and do something different. Go out and kill things for some gold, or go level an alt you have never really touched; in fact, if you have a bank toon, grab that character and level up a bit! It’s new, it’s different, and you may find out you’re having as much fun as Blizzard intended when they made and released World of Warcraft.
Having fun in the game is important, and if you’re doing something that feels tedious or boring to you, or that creates a lot of tension, then it’s time to change things up. Been raiding for a while but haven’t run a battleground in ages? Take a break from leveling, raiding, or PvP (or whatever your “game” is in WoW) to do just that. Find yourself getting bored with your guild and need a break? Put an alt in another guild. Trust me, your guild will be fine without you on all your toons. Getting bored with being a Guild Master? Pass the leadership on to your second-in-command, if you have one, or to someone you trust to return it when you’re ready to take it back. If all else fails, don’t feel like you have to keep your game active. It’s okay to say, “This is not fun. I think I am going to go do something else for a while!” There is no problem with taking a complete break from the game if you’re not having fun, since it will still be there when you feel like playing again.
Have you ever switched your direction in World of Warcraft when you found you were experiencing burnout? Have you even just taken a break from WoW as a whole for a couple weeks? What is your normal routine in the game? Let us know in the comments below!