+drat19 Posted March 13, 2006 Share Posted March 13, 2006 Reading and participating in the Remember When? and Finally Playing How I Want threads today got me thinking about this, and I wonder if anyone else changed how they play the game for similar reasons, or if it's "just me" on this one: When I hit 1000 caches found back in late '03, as I recall I was in the top-100 worldwide at the time...it was a real accomplishment back then. I was a certified Numbers Ho in those days, and although I had no hope of catching CCCA or any of the cachers in high-density areas such as middle TN and other regions, I still got a fair bit of ego grat at the time out of being in that top-100, and of being the top-number cacher in the deep Dixie region (LA/MS/AL). Since I was (am) also a cacher who travels to many other regions to cache, I became somewhat well-known in other areas as well, and again this was a nice ego grat, I have to admit. Well, as I've expressed in some other threads, around mid-'04 after a few too many cache runs to areas such as Mobile, New Orleans, and elsewhere that were strewn with meaningless, non-thoughtfully-placed micros, I became officially "burned out" from "micro spew". I cut back tremendously on my caching the next several months after that, and since that was also right around the time that just about every region of the country was becoming saturated with caches placed "just for the numbers", and with more and more Numbers Ho cachers coming to the fore, it wasn't long before I was getting passed up in stats by cachers all over the country, and even in my own region, which I previously "owned". I also found that while I was still fairly well-known among many "old timers", among the "newer breed" I was just another 1000+ find cacher...whoopity doo. I looked at my situation, and decided at that time that I was going to have to give up being a Numbers Ho and settle for being a cacher who caches just when/where I feel like it, numbers be darned. While it's true that "micro spew burnout" was the major factor, it's also true that the other major factor for me was that I realized that the only way I could keep up with the new breed of Numbers Ho, I would have to continue to slam my stats on a majority of uninspired caches, and I wasn't (and still am not) willing to do that. So, I guess you could say that I also gave up because I'm a competitive person by nature, and I realized I could no longer compete, not with the way the game has changed. Has anyone else looked at what I call the "new breed of stat-mongers" among us and realized that it's "conform to the new norm" or else play the game another way? (Note: I realize that my rambling above introduces a lot of topics that could lead to some of the usual angst-ridden debates. If y'all would, please try to keep responses on point regarding whether or not the evolution of the "stat game" has contributed to changes in how you now choose to play the game. Thanks.) -Dave R. in Biloxi, MS Quote Link to comment
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