IMO, Garrisons are, by and large, absolutely fantastic. It’s basically player housing except that you’re the quest giver handing out quests to your underlings, and it’s just really, really fun.
And that’s weird.
Because those of us who have been gaming for just about any length of time can recognize the way Blizzard has gamified the entire process of, well… work. Mobile and Facebook games have the art of “waiting” and “upgrading” down to a science, and garrisons are no different. It’s all just Farmville with a fancier skin. And yet, it’s something I can live with. Why?
Because my garrison feels like home.
That sounds cheesy but it’s true. You can customize it (to a degree – of course we’d all love to see more customization), it’s got your pets walking around, and it’s got NPCs and friends that you met along your journey hanging out. It’s your own little place – when you’re tired of dealing with people out in the world, you can go to your garrison and just chill.
And so, once again, I’ve let Blizzard sucker me into something. My mind says “No, Pike, this is just Farmville,” but my heart… my heart sais “No, Pike. This is home.”