So there I was sitting around last night and honestly could not be bothered to start something. Nothing going on in the LFM and nothing I was really interested in running. Thought about heading to the Vale and then figured that nah... it's kinda boring out there unless you bring a couple of friends. Plus I am Premium and running my first toon ever build, so he's a first life Adventurer build to boot. The prospect of three runs to get elite done just wasn't floating my boat.
Then I got thinking about what the hell it was that I used to do to have fun in the downtimes before the game got so boring.
THEN I remembered Harbor hide n seek.
I started up 2 games of it last night.
First was for 5 Major pots all comers allowed. Hid in a somewhat sneaky spot in the water got found in about 10 minutes.
I then got chatting with some guildies, renewed buffs in case something showed up and for giggles ran a Hiding in Plain sight just to get it done incase I went temporarily insane and wanted to head out to the Restless Isles. Low and behold I pulled a +2 Wisdom Tome. Well I have a decent stable of 15 but checking through them all and I find that they have all eaten one at some point.
Figured I could crush it up but decided to run a newb friendly Hide and Seek instead. Tossed it up that no-TR's allowed and managed to get about 1/2 a dozen hunting for me.
They finally found me just hanging out on the roof looking down towards the wayward lobster and Harbour. This one probably took 15+ minutes to get found but finally an alert rogue managed it.
All in all had some good conversations with some new players and honestly was fun watching them run right in front of me never seeing me. The no-TR run in particular generated some interesting conversations mostly centered on "how does this work" and "this is kinda fun people should do it more often".
This got me wondering ... why don't we see this any more? I used to see fun runs/things like this all the time. Hide and Seek a couple times a week, hell even Christmas loot runs (everyone rolls one HAS to take all unnamed treasure from the chests) were on every month or so. I mean when is the last time you saw an "all naked" Tempest Spine or a "bards only" shroud.
Seems to me the community has been fragmented and bashed around over the last year or so and the game has devolved into a fairly rigid XP/Minute hunting ground.
Where did all the fun go??
For my part I am going to try to run a Hide n Seek at least once or twice a week and see if I can't manage to bring a little of that fun back and it might not hurt if some others could give it a shot too!