A bunch of other bloggers noticed this post at the wow forums, and it blew my mind. Read it. GO NOW.
It’s all important but here is what struck me:
People hate the sense that a reward dangled right in front of them will be lost permanently if they fail to act. The Garrison chores are a perfect example of this… Not doing the task to get the reward makes you feel like you’re stupidly giving up a gain.
Granted, I don’t have much time to play, but when I log in, I first do my garrison stuff. There are a bunch of dots on the map and blinky things telling me that my idiots are done. And it’s right there, so I should stop being lazy and just get it.
No no no! This is not what I want my limited game time to become.
Garrison, it’s not you, it’s me. I need a break.
If I feel a compulsion to gather rewards right in front of me, and I do feel that compulsion, the trick is to make the rewards not be in front of me. This week, I will log out of the game in Ashran. When I log back in, I will not be there to see the dots of unpicked resources taunting me. I will find other ways to amuse myself.
But not fishing. Fishing sucks.