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From Scratch

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.

Putting the Band Back Together

(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.

Stay tuned.

Return

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.

Ciunas

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.

Goals

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.