Common situation..had it last weekend. Two friends/calling stations sitting straight to my right and just giving hordes of money away to a drunk LAG hitting everything (raising dark). Some of the better players got involved and got drawn out on, it was a blood bath.
The whole time I'm getting dealt a massive run of cold cards and can't get involved. I end up making a raise with Q8s one off the button, miss the flop and get LAG to fold because my image was so tight. Thats how bad my cards were, that making a move with Q8s against calling stations and a drunk LAG looked good. I got lucky, but should have never done it.
Anyway, you should adjust your play to the table. I tend to loosen up when a table is passive preflop, but aggressive post flop. Lots of limping, but then tons of action. It allows me to get in cheap and try to hit a monster knowing the action will come. If a table is aggressive preflop, I tighten up and look for the opportunity to push back.
So to answer your question, if you were given the opportunity to limp or get in relatively cheap in position then you should have started to loosen up your range.