Dear Abby,

I’m in a bit of a funk. I’ve been playing this game for a very long time and I’m beginning to feel burnt out. I know the new patch is coming soon, but it only has one new raid, and the expansion isn’t for months and I’m worried I won’t make it. What should I do?

Sincerely,

Funky Frazzled Fred

Dear Funky Frazzled Fred,

First things first, welcome to 2017! I hope it treats you well and I wish you and all my wonderful readers a Happy New Year!

Now to the serious talk. Burnout is inevitable for anything you do a lot, but especially with MMOs like Final Fantasy 14 that have extending time between content. At some point you just run out of things to do. Or, at the very least, things you want to do. I know the frustration that can bring, both to you and to your friends, but there’s hope. There are a few different ways you can recover, and even avoid burnout in the future.

  1. Become more involved in your FC (or join one if you’re a loner).

Now FC’s are not for everyone (and that’s perfectly fine), but if you find yourself burning out, helping others can help you overcome it. Running that dungeon for the 100th time isn’t so bad if you’re helping out a new person. If that doesn’t work, consider starting your own FC event, such as undersized coil or dungeon speed runs. If your FC uses voice chat, these events can be insanely fun, so bring it up with your leader (or go for it if you are one!)

  1. Explore things you haven’t tried before.

If you want to continue playing every day, then this game has plenty to offer. Between a dozen battling classes, tons of crafting and gathering classes, blue scripts, red scripts, ponies to farm, and birds to slave over, there is bound to be something you haven’t done before. If you’re not a raider, consider trying out for a group. Run Palace of the Dead with your friends, anything you haven’t tried before, now is the time to do it!

  1. Become an achievement hunter.

You know all those titles people have? The Unsevered? The Lonely Explorer? Mentor? All of those- as well as exclusive mounts, minions and other prizes, are linked to achievements. Some of them are easy to get, while others will take a lot of work. But for someone that’s trying to find interest in the game again, these can be a simple way to do it. The game even keeps track for you, so you never have to guess how many more fates you need for that pesky Fortunate title, or mentor roulettes for that elusive double pony mount.

  1. Limit your time or take a full break.

If you’re suffering from burn out or feel it’s getting close, considering lowering how much you play the game. If you’re a raider, consider playing just enough to keep up with your raid group and find other things to do outside of raid time and weekly tome grind (if you’re still needing them). If you’re not a raider, the limit yourself to an hour or two every few days. Eventually, one of two things will happen. You’ll miss the game terribly and find more things to do (see point one), or you’ll find a new hobby to occupy your time until the next patch. And that’s okay! If you slow down your play now, you’re more likely to come back in the future.

These are just a few of the many things you can do to avoid burn out. That new patch is coming soon, and Stormblood is just around the corner. Stay strong, fellow Eorzean! And happy adventures!

-Abby

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