Obviously, I should weigh in... As the player who has won the MOST Skotms here on RSBandB, which has been no easy task, and the previous champion if anyone cared, was Sorenson, I am going to sneak in here with a little bit of information about what has motivated me.
So, unfortunately, I won't be looking for any huge streaks because - largely thanks to these competitions- I am locked out of multiple skills by having 200m XP in several skills. Next Month will be fishing, which I have 200m in- and that's the fun of the gamble. It gives others a chance to try, and hopefully make some friends and have a blast. And, I put the COMPETITION in competitions. Agility had super weird timing for me this last round, and I really truly thought Pyrn was going to take it, but I gave it my best and it worked.
Bonds are greatly appreciated by players like me. I mean, yeah I definitely have some prestigiously expensive Xp milestones, but I'm actually a super broke player- tending to avoid PVM, and never having good gear because I just dumped my GP on whatever was the SKOTM. Now, last year, I lost some pretty close races to players who bought keys, and that's not my playstyle, but I also know it's possible someone could drop $100+ on a competition and win. I don't have that kind of cash flow. I'm married, with a 17 month old, and I work a lot of hours - infact months like April I'll have more varied xp, but months like this last one- March, my xp is basically whatever the skotm was, plus Arch.
Ever since my first "Pink Title", I have never wanted to lose it. And when it goes away, it's more motivating to try to get it back. I also enjoy how we count up the competitions and name a "Skiller of the Year" from the wins. Okay sure, I can't fish next month - but I made some great progress this year! But it's still anyone's game!
I've always been a very focused player. I found RSBandB when my clanmates stopped competing 'because Jamandy always wins". We forget, it IS a competition, and I love finding new people who enjoy skills like me. I've usually got a couple of you guys that I am rooting for, and it feels really good to have a good competition going.
In my perfect world of competitions, I would like to see all the skills used once per year with no repeats. At 2 per month we were actually going to make that almost possible. I like the length being more than a week, and I don't mind 10 days or 2 weeks. I also truly enjoyed Skill of the Month, being an actual month.
I love the signatures. I love the title. Because of my busy life, I don't have much time on Discord or the Clan Chat when others are around. I really like the competitions almost perfectly as they are.
I do wish some players wouldn't come off like they don't even want to try, because we never know what's going to happen!
I can say this, now that I know I won't be competing in April's - but I'm having a major surgery in April, so this is going to be someone's great month to win- just not mine.
With the 200ms I do have, I do like seeing multiple skills in a month. I can be disappointed I can't do 1 skill, but I can also try for another. I like that they are random, because I might be 200m and someone else isn't or vice versa.
Honestly, SKOTM also keeps me motivated and playing. I always sign up, even if I'm 200m so I can watch how others are doing, and hopefully it shows 'interest'. I definitely do not want SKOTM to ever go away. I love competing, and my whole family always teases me "Did you win yet?" And some people are harder to beat then others. I am also disappointed some of the hardest people to beat have not been doing much. I live for the thrill of a good challenge, and some names with some big past wins excite me to see sign up.
I remember being a mid lvl player and dedicating a whole month to just 1 skill and finally taking home a win against a higher lvl always made me feel good.
I wish also that we didn't lock the sign up threads til the competitions ended. I'd kind of like to see everyone posting about what's going on and how are doing. I have almost bumped a thread that seemed to be universal, but it's been so long since a new post, I've been unsure if I should or not.
I know I'm more of a lurker except for these competitions. It comes with having a new baby, and a spouse who sleeps in the same room as the computer, so I don't voice chat, or even type much when he's asleep so I don't wake him, but these competitions are definitely my passion.
Anyway, thanks for letting me brag a little and share some experience(s). I make my best friends through skilling, so I hope you all keep going, too!
P.S. - I've gotten more pets from SKOTM than when I've gone skilling to find them, LOL!
Until the next one- good luck! May the EXP be in your favor.
And, I'll be back for my Pink Title again.