My brother-in-law, Willy, started playing WoW before I did. I knew he was into MMOs (Asheron’s Call was his vice for ages), so I mentioned I was considering playing Warcraft. He told me that he was already playing and that I should start up a character on Bloodhoof so we could play together.
Willy was the GM of Call of Fate, the guild out of which Echo of Fate was born. CoF was originally a guild he and our family friend Tassh created in Asheron’s call, so they brought it over to WoW. The birth of Echo of Fate is another story for another day, but Willy’s main characters came over to my new guild along with Tassh, Willy and Cheesi’s dad, and a number of other very good friends we had met along the way.
That’s all just back story, though.
I started playing in the TBC days. I made my way to 70, Call of Fate started raiding (which I don’t think any of us expected would have ever happened), and we put a ton of effort into it during the last year of TBC.
A couple of months before Wrath dropped, we slowed down and decided take a break from our fairly intense (for a casual guild) raiding schedule to get our ducks in a row for Wrath. One day, during that lull, I was talking to Willy on the phone and he asked me if I had any goals that I wanted to accomplish before the expansion. I forgot what I told him, honestly, but that memory popped into my head a couple of days ago because I’m in a similar spot now.
I probably won’t be doing any raiding between now and Cataclysm if I’m completely honest with myself, so that really frees me up to focus on getting some things done before I dive back into leveling, working on professions, etc.
So, with that in mind, I think I can identify at least a couple of goals that I want to accomplish before the expansion:
- Get a Chopper: I’ve got the schematic. Titansteel is absolutely no issue now that the cooldown’s gone. My only hurdle is getting enough money to acquire the other mats. Raiding, when you don’t really have much time to do anything else in-game (namely, those activities that generate gold), can be devastatingly expensive. I certainly felt the pain in my wallet while raiding earlier this year, and when I logged on a couple of weeks ago I was reminded how ridiculously broke I was. However, I figure if I’m semi-diligent about doing dailies and bringing my real-world financial sense to the AH I can manage to pull this off without having my female bank character dance naked on a mailbox.
- Get a Proto-Drake: I don’t even care which one. My main issue with achieving this goal is that, as I mentioned, I very likely will not be raiding. That, unfortunately, leaves luck..which is a difficult thing to have to rely on when you have something you want to accomplish. Maybe the next time I buy an egg I can request the one that looks big enough to have a freakin’ dragon inside. There’s got to be a noticeable visual difference between a tickbird egg and a big-enough-to-ride-on dragon egg, right?
- Get a Second 80: The prime candidate is my level 73 Death Knight, Mactire. I’ve never had two max-level characters at one time, but I think I’d like some options in the event that I start getting somewhere in the Cataclysm endgame. Big Mac is a maxed-out Herbalist and a fairly high-level Scribe, so he can help generate income, too.
- Have Fun: I mean, this is supposed to be fun, right? Being a GM can feel like a job. Raiding can feel like a job. Doing both exponentially increases the odds of it feeling like a job. The fact is, I have a job…two jobs, actually…and I don’t need another one. If I stop having fun playing WoW, I honestly fail to see the purpose of paying the monthly fee.
So there’s my list of pre-Cataclysm goals…at least the ones I can think of this early on a Friday. If progress happens, I’ll be posting about it.