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If you are lucky enough to group up with friendly players when unfamiliar with content you are about to tackle, it might be commonplace to find them briefing you on what to expect. This should come as no surprise; these people are typically eager to be helpful so as to alleviate you, and by extension themselves, from frustration. So what happens when a masochist that revels in creating and experiencing chaos joins the group? Comic mischief, ladies and gentlemen!
I understand it takes a certain temperament to afford someone the patience necessary to allow them to learn on their own terms. I've always been happy to offer the opportunity precisely because of how gratifying I find it. Overcoming a difficult situation of one's own ability is exhilarating and I feel I would be remiss to blunt the edge of that high for others.
As much as possible, I want every new experience to be a surprise. I don't want to hear someone explain the beauty of art; let me experience it for myself! In addition, I want to put myself to the test to see if I can adapt quickly enough to prevent a wipe (or potentially, several wipes) through my own observation and skill. I want to become accustomed to facing challenges and the unforeseen with the hope that I will be more adept. A lot of this mindset comes from my unwillingness to refer to guides for gaming; where's the fun of discovering the unknown if you are told what to expect?
Knowing the patience required by those that dare to venture with me on my novice runs, I count myself very lucky to have the friends that I do. The kind of friends that aren't afraid to let me run off and die as many times as necessary to learn a fight and don't mind if I drag them with me.