Of this little Rogue putting up with me.
Happy Anniversary, Baby.
I love you.
So we finally managed to get a whopping five guildies online simultaneously over the weekend. Yeah, five. We’re up to six active players. Yes, Dear Reader, that is a big deal.
Vyc, Paeya, and Jaz made their way back into the fold to join Eck, Cheesi, and me. We goofed off in guild chat, shared what knowledge we had with one another to try to get up to speed on the changes that have happened in-game (Vyc and Paeya haven’t been around since TBC, so I’m sure this is overwhelming for them), and immediately rediscovered the chemistry that made our old guild work so well to begin with…back before the raiding, drama, and general nonsense that causes people to quit altogether.
It’s back to the basics, really. We all have a lot to learn (and we’re learning it mostly from Eck, at the moment). These, however, are some of the smartest and most capable players with whom I have ever played. They’re not afraid to do a little homework to figure out what they need to know to get what they want from the game.
We’re sticking to our “no commitment” mantra and I couldn’t be happier about that. That’s not to say that we won’t ever raid or PvP as a guild, but the point is that the expectations aren’t there. That makes a huge difference for people who have families, jobs, and other responsibilities that place demands on our time and energy. When WoW becomes a task on our list that we need to check off, that’s when the grown-ups get burnt out. At least that’s what happened to me.
So, for now, it’s all about fun. Sooner rather than later, I’m sure we’ll all be at max level and we’ll get ourselves into a heroic or a raid and see what kind of trouble we can cause, but maintaining the “we’re busy people and this is supposed to be fun” mindset is the key, I think, to making this work.
We really want this to work.
We’re all over the country and we’ve never met in real life, but we consider ourselves friends. After we all stopped playing, we hardly communicated except to check on one another via Facebook if we noticed that somebody was sick or going through something tough. This guild reunion is an opportunity to get back to interacting regularly and, once in a while, accomplishing something…even if that something is as silly as killing a digital dragon or helping to get digital materials together to make somebody a digital motorcycle/helmet/sword/whatever.
It’s just as important to a relationship to share the mundane and unimportant moments of our lives as it is to provide a shoulder for the hard times. As ridiculous as it seems, it doesn’t make it any less true that WoW facilitates that kind of interaction and, subsequently, truly and legitimately facilitates real friendships.
We’re starting over, and this game is fun again.
(Please note this is my first ever mobile post, so forgive the lack of screenshots and epically fancy formatting.)
Last Saturday, while I was spending the day freezing at a softball tournament, I got an email that injected 1 bazillion cc of awesome into my renewed WoW experience.
Vycodin, Pally healer extraordinaire and one of the coolest human beings I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing, sent word off to Cheesi, me, and some of the old crew, Jaz and Fai, saying that he and his lovely wife Paeya were planning on getting back into the game. Jaz, who had been playing Rift but was missing the “good ol’ days,” and Fai were in, and off we went.
After lamenting the lack of EoF activity in my last post, all of a sudden the old crew is getting back together.
We have no grand aspirations outside of getting online when our real lives will allow it and having as much fun as humanly possible with people we actually (gasp) like. What a frickin’ concept that is in an online game.
We’ve been trading emails since, just getting everybody up to speed on some of the basic changes and new stuff Blizzard chucked our way. We’ve also gotta figure out if our Vent server has been pirated by an old PuG or hipsters who think Skype is too mainstream (Related: Cheesi and I need new gaming headsets because, apparently, preteen/teenage girls get their kicks completely demolishing them. Honestly, these are the problems I deal with).
Bottom line: This is gonna be fun.
In the event that you don’t follow me on Twitter, or you’re not hooked up with me on Real ID, allow me to announce my less-than-triumphal return to WoW.
I woke up a few Saturdays ago with Cheesi sitting up in bed playing WoW on her laptop. Neither of us had been online in months, and I honestly had no intention of starting to play again. Furthermore, I wasn’t excited about the prospect of going through the process of installing Cataclysm on my computer and waiting for the patches to download. She had already installed it shortly after it was released, but hadn’t touched it since. That morning, however, she woke up, patched, and started playing.
All it took was an hour or so of watching her for me to make the fateful decision. By that afternoon I was swimming around killing stuff and mining Obsidium.
All of our former guildies are basically gone. Our buddy Eck still has a character in EoF, so we catch him online once in a while, but when we’re online, we’re generally the only people online.
Misneach is currently a level 81. I’m working on Mactire simultaneously, because he’s still in Northrend and Ink of the Sea is making me a metric crap-ton of gold on the AH. I’m hoping that, at long last, I can manage to have two characters at max level simultaneously.
I also rolled a Worgen Rogue named Ciunas (name borrowed from my old Rogue, who was unceremoniously deleted due to lack of interest).
Regarding the Worgen experience: Love the starting area. Love the storyline. Love the hat.
I doubt EoF will ever set foot into a raid again, unless we can get some of the old band back together. Most of them are happy in their new guilds or are simply not playing anymore, so I don’t expect that will happen any time soon.
I’m not going to twist any arms or throw any fits, though. I mostly just want to have fun. That’s been my goal with this game since I first logged in back in 2007 and it’s still my goal today.
So there you have it. The shield’s been dusted off and the drake’s been fed and watered.
Mount up. Let’s do it.
Didn’t really have anything “blogworthy” happen during the last week. I managed to get some playtime, but I spent a couple of days in a medicated haze thanks to an allergy issue. As a result, I figured I’d roll up my boring week into one equally boring post.
Most of my time online was spent doing dailies and farming. Still saving up for Goal #1, after all. I got lucky one night and happened upon The Razza in the Dire Maul PvP area, which led to a couple of 50s blues that sold rather well at auction. I also threw some Overcharged Capacitors on the AH, which are currently selling for about 15-16g on my server as people go through the bi-annual process of furiously leveling alts before the expansion drops. Topper McNabb could afford the mats for those things.
Mactire’s Inscription has been sitting in the 430s for ages, so I decided to put an end to that. Got him over the hump to 440 so he can finally make some Runescrolls of Fortitude which, like the Capacitors, are easy on mats and easy to sell. Dropped a little bit of gold to get him there, but I made some Darkmoon Cards of the North along the way which will undoubtedly recoup the costs.
I did a couple of Wintergrasps and an AV, which is rare for me these days, using the honor to pick up my third faction PvP mount, the Black War Ram. For a long time, I’ve had a minor goal of getting all five, and now that they’re available for honor points that should be pretty easy.
Both WGs were completely one-sided. The first, which I did earlier in the week, was a roflstomping where we just circled the map at will killing and capturing everything. Last night, though, the Horde made fools of us. I flew into the zone to farm, not realizing the battle had started, and decided to just go ahead and join only to discover that we had, at the time, a grand total of seven defenders…seven. More came along later, but it didn’t make much of a difference. Too little, too late.
My WoW time recently has been exceptionally laid-back, and I can’t say that I mind one bit. Things have been hectic outside of Azeroth, so being able to log in and just relax for a couple of hours is a fantastic opportunity. That’s a big part of Goal #4, by the way.
On the real-life front, Cheesi and I took Baby Tank to see The Wiggles on Saturday. We all had a blast, and seeing her face light up is one of the greatest feelings in the world.
And finally, if you haven’t read this post over at Righteous Orbs you absolutely have to. Hilarity.
I’m the same guy who used to live over here. If you’re new to the party and have absolutely no idea who I am or why I’m invading your internet, let me get you up to speed.
I’m Misneach, a Human Protection Warrior on the Bloodhoof (US) server. I’m the GM of Echo of Fate, a guild that, due to some issues during my hiatus, is currently on life support, but we haven’t pulled the plug yet.
I’ve been playing WoW since 2007. Back in TBC, I tanked Kara roughly 1.8 million times. In Wrath, I managed to tank all the way to ICC and part of the way through it. Real life called, I had to take a break, and the guild kind of dissolved. Can’t say I blame anybody who left. No hard feelings here…I would’ve done the same thing.
My wife, Cheesi, is a Gnome Rogue who pretty much single-handedly inspired me to take up Engineering. She’s currently easing her way back into the game as well.
So why am I back? Well, one of our guildies got hacked. The d-bag who hacked him decided to almost completely empty our guild bank. All was recovered, and Blizz sent me the bank items via in-game mail. When I logged in to put the stuff back a couple of Saturdays ago, I ended up sitting at the computer for about five hours doing dailies and putting up auctions.
I decided that day that I really did miss WoW, and even though I will likely never be able to play as much as I have in the past (which is not exactly a bad thing), there’s no problem with getting in touch with the things that I’ve loved about the game from the very beginning.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy my new place here. Make yourself at home and please pardon the dust…there will be a ton of remodeling.
It’s good to be back.