I used to hate, no abhor, fishing in WoW and to be honest it’s starting to swing back that way again.
I grew to enjoy it for a few reasons.
- It was slightly more productive than doing laps of Dalaran.
- There were achievements, lots of achievements, most of which could be scored while doing relatively productive fishing.
- I could plop myself somewhere while waiting for LFD or BGs to pop. No risk of missing queues and little movement required.
- While the activity itself had only moderate rewards as in achievements, it was the resource that could be quickly converted into a useful feast for the raid or BG (yes I popped a fish feast in most BGs – why not?)
My joy for fishing has dwindled a lot. The achievements, two of then, are pointless and unless I spend my time fishing in pools which are few and far between (or phased /sigh). I can’t even cook up the latest fish feast (for another 4,000 fish).
So as that kinda-joy dwindled I was tricked by otherwise sensible bloggers such as Miss Mediocre (who in every other sense writes great stuff) to try Archeology.
I know I am going to offend a lot of people with this next statement, but Archeology is as bad as Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Tine series (may he rest in peace).
Don’t get me wrong, for the longest time I was a huge fan, I even joined a Robert Jordan MUD for a while. Working in a bookshop I was constantly calling the Australian distributor to find out when the next one was due.
But that series shares some similarities with Archeology.
It was boring as dog shit to begin with.
My mate actually gave me the 1st few to read. I remember calling him about 100 pages in to tell him how mind numbingly boring the book was. He told me to wait until 1/2 way through the 1st book and then it would take off.
He was right and just like Archeology where the first hundred points were frustratingly boring. So much so that Squidly stopped at about 50 and Gnome only continued to his relative ease of getting around with teleports.
But then it took off and I was hooked. A pet here a mount there, Archeology was awesome!
Unfortunately Blizzard announced my guilty little pleasure with Achievement spam.
I honestly didn’t want anyone to know, but my secret was out. I know I am not alone in feeling dirty either, Tree Hugger Dave came clean with a whisper before being outed by Blizzard.
So for a while, Archeology was like the Wheel of Time series, exciting, fresh, random. Some days it was all fossils, others all Dwarf, but the variety and the little (completely freaking worthless) rewards kept me excited.
Excited enough to ignore other aspects of my playtime life. In the same way I couldn’t put down a Robert Jordan novel until it was completed, even if that meant reading 24 hours straight, I found I was ignoring raids, instances, BGs and Arenas to get that next fossil fix.
Then, like the Robert Jordan books, I started to feel it was same shit, different day.
The love scenes were agonizingly bad. The “Rand will know how to talk to a girl” bullshit seemed to fill one in 10 pages. I would cringe as I picked up each new book and read the same words uttered by different characters over and over and over and over…
Likewise with Archeology, it soon became “same common, different digsite”. It wasn’t worth flying across half the world to dig for 3 minutes for NOTHING!
Let’s not even mention how many times chasing a “red” fragment, I would fly to and fro along the same path until I was sent in a completely different direction… not funny!
Just as I would wait with great impatience for the next novel as the release date blew out (I know in hindsight this may seem like bad taste, but around book seven I started to say to my friends “Bloody Robert Jordan will probably die before he finishes this f’n series” – like I say, poor choice of words in hindsight), Archeology rewards started to become rarer and rarer, not worth the effort and quite simply disappointing when they came.
Not just the rewards, but the digsites that could provide the rewards. Over a week and a half of digging I discovered 2 Dwarf and 1 Night Elf digsite, while turning over tens, hundreds it felt like, of fossil and troll digsites.
All for pointless commons I had already completed so many times before.
The true market value of Archeology
So I have given up on Archeology and as I do I find the one value in the profession, as I did with the Robert Jordan books.
I sold the books, I got money in my pocket and I turned that into better entertainment.
Likewise I have sold my keystones, 500 gold per Tol’vir keystone… Screw keeping them, let someone else suffer Archeology nightmares, I’m buying something fun!
Now I laugh at the cries of anguish from my mates while they chase fragments.
Sure I could chase them too, but I would prefer to grasp tightly to little sanity that remains.
Gnomer and Out!
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