Setting Goals And Priorities For Game Events
I love world events, but I am not a fan of the pressure to complete all the things in a limited timeframe. At times like this, though, I remind myself that I’m an adult and I can simply choose NOT to participate in whatever I don’t want to participate in. Neiner neiner.
Most WoW events were on an annual calendar, so even though the event would come back, it was on such a long timeframe, continuation seemed impractical. Knowing full well that I haven’t a prayer of finishing most WoW events, I didn’t do more than dabble in them.1
But SWTOR events are different and better, in my opinion. Or at least, after a few hiccups, they’re becoming better.
- Events are Recurring: with the exception of the first two (goddammit), they’ve figured out that people like the ability to continue an event, rather than starting all over from scratch.
- Events recur often enough. Once a month or once every couple of months is just about right. If you miss it because you’re on vacation, you’re not going to be shit out of luck for another YEAR.
- Rewards are linked to rep that carries over from previous events AND is legacy-wide. No more doing brewfest on each damn alt. You know what i’m talking about.
- Rewards are available at all times. You don’t need to spend all your tokens now or lose them. The vendor will still be there even after the event ends. Shit happens, and sometimes you INTEND to buy something but life happens and you can’t.
I really enjoyed doing the bounties. I chose to do them without really reading a guide and just picking planets as the mood struck me. I purposely didn’t “grind” or try to pokemon catch them all this time around. There will be time for polishing off any stragglers that I haven’t finished later on when the event comes back. See? My attitude is already improved by the fact that I know it WILL come back and about WHEN that will happen.
So as not to drive myself totally nutto with this event, I set my goal for this week as “newcomer” status for the armor.
This worked out pretty well. I spent some days doing a lot of bounties, some days doing a few bounties, and easily made my goal by mid-week. It was great to then let myself off the hook for the rest of the event. Any bounties I did after that would be “gravy”.2
Next BH week, my goal is to get to friend status for that awesome-looking pistol-blaster. Nothing says “I am overcompensating for the size of my nonexistent e-dong” like a comically oversized blaster in each hand.