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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.

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The Good, The Bad, The Mundane

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.

Be good.

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.