Raiding and motorcycle riding

From WiKiPedia

A raid is a type of mission in a video game, where the objective is to use a very large number of people, relative to a normal team size set by the game, to defeat a boss.

I have spent the last three months plaing WoW (World of Warcraft) and I have to say that it is the most complete game that I have ever played. It has all the elements of the best RPG’s that the Finally Fantasy Series introduced to game, the progression mechanics that make everyone want to keep going and the social and team aspect of your best war shooter. A lot of negative things can be said about the game, about how it could suck your free time dry, but the pay off to me is well worth the time and money I spend into it… it makes my stress go away.

That said, the thing I dislike about the game the most is some of the people that play it. Here is where the motorcycle riding part comes along.

I love motorcycles, but what was coolest of all was getting a group of 20+ people to ride together even if it was just to grab a cup of coffee a town or two away. Riding in a large group is one of the most exciting things because it takes tons of trust for you to ride right next to someone. You need a leader both in the front and the back of the pack. You also need great communication to transmit messages such as “gravel up ahead” by just using non verbal signals.

Bad groups in motorcycle riding cause accidents and potential serious injuries, even death. The same goes for doing a raid in a game. However, in a game you can reset the game and just come back tomorrow, in motorcycle riding might have to remember one night for the rest of your life as the moment when one of your friends lost his ability to walk.

I try to approach everything in life with respect. To me when someone is in a group and does not respect the rules (or does not even know what they are) shows lack of respect. While it is the responsibility of the group to tech such rules, it is also necesary for the person to have the willingness to learn and listen.

I am a level 60 now in the game, and soon I will be moving toward the maximum level which is 70 right now. Now we I have started to participate in groups where roles have to be followed. This week I experienced the two complete opposite experiences in the same raid. I could not help but compare it to my best and worse riding experiences.

The worse ride of my life was not even one where I got into an accident. During that doomed ride we actually had 3 riders go down out of a group of about 12. There was no mayor injuries except for one bike that kind of ended up beyond repair. My day ended when I separated from the group because one of the riders that went down was too shaken up to continue so I chose to just follow him home to make sure he was ok.

Lots went wrong that day and I might some day list everything that happened, but it was doomed because of bad leadership. The last point of this post will tell you why.

The horrible raid this week was not due to bad leadership, it was actually people not listening to the leadership. However the result was the same as that doomed ride. There was no fun, there was a lot of disappointment. An activity that is supposed to make you feel better should not become frustrating.

The best raid I have had so far (besides the ones that Wook uses one of his awesome characters to dominate the game.) was a place where you need 5 people of around my level to go in. We only had 4 and I was the lowest level, everyone else was around mid 60s. It is a hard thing to do (which I found out with a bad group) this instance without a healer. The computer monsters hit pretty hard and with a bad group you end up dead a lot. However, with this group of other 3 people and no healer we were able to clear the whole place and never had a total wipe.

The best ride of my life was a charity ride with CLSB. Riding with them is one of the things I miss the most. That day we had 40+ riders and had to go quite a ways. However we had no issues. Even stopped traffic in some places without a police escort to keep the whole group together. It was a nice thing to have that many people ride together such a long distance and keep a nice pace the whole time.

What I have learned from motorcycle riding groups is that pace is the most important thing. Your leader has to set a pace and the group most follow. Great leaders will always set a pace that the most inexperienced rider can follow safely. In the game it is the same thing, a pace needs to be set and it is the responsibility of the players to follow.

The moment you start going to fast and not checking to make sure others around you are doing with the pace, the experience stops being fun and it starts getting dangerous.

7 comments on “Raiding and motorcycle riding

  1. Very cool. As a new motorcycle owner/rider, i look forward to doing some group riding soon.

    Thanks for the post!

  2. I haven’t participated in a “raid” yet (and my character is level 68!) mainly because of the chaos that seems to follow players who are so much younger than me. When you’re a (gasp!) older gamer such as myself (that is, an original one. One of the ones that started playing video games like Asteroids and Pac Man when they first came out) it’s difficult to relate to the gaming styles of younger kids.

    That said, it’s difficult to complete all the WoW tasks, even the lower-level group tasks, without biting the bullet and joining one. I think I’m going to have to eventually.

  3. wow, a great article!
    thanks sir.
    – L

    btw – i’ve hung up my gaming boots until Diablo-3 comes out, then I’ll be back with a vengeance =)

  4. Nice post Logtar!

    I have never ridden a motorcycle, altho I have been fascinated by them for a long time. As a kid, I wasn’t even allowed on the back of my uncles bike because my Mother was so against them.

    I think the comparisons are apt tho, and can be applied to many other examples. I know in boot camp team work was an emphasis, and we were only as strong as our weakest member. I could go on, but am basically lazy…

    As for WoW raids, the higher you get the harder the content. A failure in leadership (or any key position) has worse consequences for your team. I understand where you are coming from Barry (almost 40 here) but he only way to learn your part in raids is doing them. If you wanna play with some older farts, you will be welcome with us !

  5. Nice post d00d. I’ve never rode more than a few times and that was in the 80’s…. my family has a bad history of accidents with motorcycles so I don’t ride. Pugs (Pick Up Groups) do suck but some do work out, you have to have low expectations is all and you’ll do fine…lol

    Depending on who I am with my tolerance level for non-listeners is almost zero. Time being the worlds most precious commodity I don’t waste it on the Leeroy Jenkins of the world. I kick or leave, you’ll find that those among you in your group are the same way they just need a push/reason.

    That being said, when you do find a good group of people add them as friends, tell them you liked the group and you should do it again. Savor those good Pugs.

    I, too am calling the next 18 months the BLIZZARD’PALOOZA.

    It’s going to be amazing for gamers like me ;

    Lich King expansion for WoW
    StarCraft 2
    Diablo 3

    (btw to all those haters of WoW…you wouldn’t have Diablo 3 or StarCraft 2 without WoW being so successful.)

  6. I found that FFXI did an excellent job of encouraging good teamwork simply by being damned-near-impossible without it. For a while, it was pretty easy to tell if somebody was a good team player: he was over level 15. At some point the linkshells (the FFXI equivalent of clans and guilds) got their acts together, powerleveling folks that really didn’t know what they were up to, which lead to a lot of the nonsense that resulted in my moving on from that title.

    WoW never really showed me that they had any intention of encouraging players to work well together, it was basically too easy to roam around solo. Anyhow, Starcraft 2 would have happened WoW or no Wow. Brood Wars is a professional sport in South Korea, after all.

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