Posted 16 November 2005 - 02:31 PM
Right now, the most casual thing for casual players are the BGs. Otherwise the endgame just isn't made for anyone who can't set aside a planned chunk of time. Personally, I have no problem with endgame so far. But then, I'm in a unique guild that is both big AND caters to all player types (hardcore and casual), and I don't fret over not having gotten all my devout set yet, or having not gotten attuned to MC in five min after getting the quest, etc. Instead I just go on raids with my guild and enjoy the ride. To me, it's the online equivalent of going to a comic book shop on a friday or saturday night to play MTG, Marvel Hero Clix, etc. You get to know everyone, and it's always a nice way to kickback after the week is over. My guild hasn't gotten to MC yet, but we've been to ZG a few times with the help of another allied guild, and I have been in a group that's taken down the snake boss. I know another run that I was no on managed to beat the bat lady. Sure we're not uber like some of the other guilds on our server are, but we've been making progress. Those small incremental steps are what really make the big difference in the endgame.
With WoW's current social setup, highend raids are not meant to be PuGed. It's just too easy for someone who gets mad at the raid leader to leave the raid and wipe the group by training mobs on them. Or for someone to ninja loot something if Master Looter isn't being used.
Speaking of high end raids, ZG was called "casual" in the sense that:
1.You don't need a key or attunement or anything to get into it (unlike MC)
2.It's a 20 person raid instance instead of 40
3.It has a shorter lockout time than MC
4.Once familar with the instance, the entire thing can be completed in 2-3 hours. This was what I read from Tyren or Caydiem on the official forums. My guild has yet to complete the instance but we learn more and get closer every time we're in there.
Overall, the difference between levels 1-59 and 60 is just the big step in how you need to plan out and allocate your time accordingly. If your schedule is such that you can't do that, then other than leveling alts or playing in the BGs for the PvP reward gear, there admitedly isn't much to do at level 60. That's just the way the cookie crumbles I guess. No game is ever perfect in every single regard, but I think WoW comes off pretty nice at what it does so far. The improvements that they're making to it are always nice to see, and I am definitely looking forward to the expansion.