If you read MMO blogs, it will come as no surprise to you that the denizens of WAR are restless, and many of them have already hung up their swords. WAR is a fun game, but a fragile game. It’s population sensitive, activity sensitive, and it’s machine sensitive. That adds up to people getting unsatisfying play sessions more often than they should. It’s not helpful that Blizzard timed the Wrath expansion to launch 3 days before most WAR players had to decide on whether or not to resub for another month. It’s led to a mass exodus off of the servers to the point where Casualties and their allied guilds are getting a fraction of the usual player numbers we were used to. At the start, it wasn’t unusual for CoW to run with a full warband or better, now it’s hard to fill one even with our allies.
WAR could come back. I’ve never seen a live team work and react so quickly to changes that need to be made. I’m encouraged by the effort and results they have been getting. But it’s not enough. I think WAR is going to have to struggle a little and people are going to have to leave and try other things, then come back, before WAR starts to gain ground again.
A lot of my Casualties guild mates are still playing and enjoying WAR, and I’m glad they are. But we (Casualties founders) came to a realization last week that the majority of our membership was NOT playing WAR. We had always talked about making CoW a multi-game organization, and this realization was a mandate for us to get busy starting that. Most of the members that I know who had left WAR had returned to WoW. So we took a poll and WoW was voted the most logical next-step for us as a guild.
You may have also read here and in other places that I was over WoW. And truthfully I was, at least the way I used to play it. I had really quit not long after BC came out. I had been in a casual raiding guild that was working it’s way through the 40-man progression. BC shattered the guild, as people left to start new smaller guilds or play new characters. Raiding stopped. I tried to get into the content in BC on a solo basis while I waited for a guild to throw back in with, but I never could, and Tark and I eventually called it a career. We rerolled on Earthen Ring to join Alea Acta Est, a HUGE guild there, but the huge guild experience wasn’t for us either and we eventually retired. Through beta and into live and all that I described above, we played Horde. Never even thought about Alliance.
When this time came up with CoW looking to expand into another game, and WoW being chosen, Tark and I decided to give the Alliance a try. Enough people from the guild said they wanted to throw in with the re-roll experience and so we are going to give that a try. It’s all brand new to Tark and I, having never played this content. Now we’ll get to play with CoW as we progress through the content in WoW.
CoW is going to give it a go on the Rexxar server as a loosely-managed progression guild. We’re not going to transfer over any characters (yet) and so we’re going to make a go of it with only our WoW general knowledge as an advantage. I’m actually pretty excited about it. We all have started this week from level one, and it will be interesting to see how well this works out and how far we get.
As a result of this, we’re throwing recruiting back open. Both the WAR and WoW guilds will be taking new members through the application proces at http://casualtiesguild.com/forums. Drop by and visit, and if you aren’t a member already, we’d love to see an application from you.