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It didn’t take long to get from Thunder Bluff to the Echo Isles – Ankona took advantage of a wyvern so she could think and plan before getting to her destination. She had information to confirm with the spirits – was Gromnor dead? Was he really in the northern part of the Eastern Kingdoms, somewhere […]

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comment 9 Written by on July 29, 2010 – 10:01 am

“It looks as though I’m getting nowehere,” yawned Milo, becoming very drowsy and dull. “I hope I haven’t taken a wrong turn.”

Mile after
mile after
mile after
mile, and everything became grayer and more monotonous.

Finally the car just stopped altogether, and, hard as he tried, it wouldn’t budge another inch.

“I wonder where I am,” said Milo in a very worried tone.

“You’re . . . in . . . the . . . Dol . . . drums,” wailed a voice that sounded very far away.

He looked around quickly to see who had spoken. No one was there, and it was as quiet and still as one could imagine.

“Yes . . . the . . . Dol . . drums,” yawned another voice, but still he saw no one.

“WHAT ARE THE DOLDRUMS?” he cried loudly, and tried very hard to see who would answer this time.

“The Doldrums, my young friend, are where nothing ever happens and nothing ever changes.”

– Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

Attitude is a funny thing.

I’ve got three active RP characters, plus three that I’m still developing. A freshly 80 Hunter, who’s now finally reaching her gear threshold to be able to hold her own in a 10 man raid. A fully geared ICC25 paladin, with two fantastic sets of gear. A level 70 druid, a level 22 rogue.

By all accounts, I have /lots/ to do in game.

I also have a Cataclysm Beta account. I’m sure you won’t be surprised to know that I’m not doing any of the actual quests, just exploring zones (and submitting terrain bug reports and such). My screenshot folder is fat and happy, but I haven’t really felt inclined to log in that often.

Even with all of that, I am, as it were, stuck in the doldrums.

Usually, with WoW, I have an abundance of things to write about. There’s always RP going on and stories to take care of. I’ve got Aftermath going here already – but I can’t seem to force myself to work on it. It’s a bit like pulling teeth really. The whole Arthas thing was, for a number of reasons (and not all of them game related) hugely anti-climactic for me, so even though I know it’s a major issue for the /character/ I have trouble getting the writer invested enough to actually do anything about it.

Yes, that story has a lot of awesomeness potential. I love the idea of the story. I love where it’s going, and how it’s going to end. I just… don’t love writing it.

I guess that’s the story of WoW for me right now – I love the idea of my Rogue, and her personality. I love the potential she has for RP… I just don’t love leveling her, and there’s other stuff going on that keeps me from bringing her to RP night. Not least of which is that just about everyone seems to be hanging out in the Doldrums with me, so RP nights have been thinly attended and forced.

Maybe the Doldrums are contagious. I hear a lot about them lately, and though I usually don’t have trouble keeping myself interested in game (see: lots of alts!), it’s been harder for me with this go around.

Maybe the Doldrums are raid related. TRI is winding down for this expansion, having killed Arthas, gotten a handful of hardmodes, and killed Halion. We’ve “won”, as it were.

Maybe the Doldrums are a symptom of real life stuff. I’ve got lots of other hobbies, and some of them are kicking into full swing (or will be soon, and I’m getting ready for that).

Maybe it’s all three, or some other reason.

Either way, I’m there.

Are you?


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9 Responses to “Doldrums”

  1. Yeah, I’m there too. For me, it’s a couple things. On the RP side, I’m just doing a lot of out of game, IRC based RP, and feeling very disconnected from my guilds (rather hoping I can find a way to fix that soon).

    On the actual game side, I think it’s impending Cata, really. Because -so much- is going to change, I’m feeling like it’s not worth learning to play my rogue right now, and I don’t want to start leveling my new RP character until it’s in the new Old World.

    I may also be waiting for something to dazzle me out of my “grrr real id grrr” mood remnants. They need something really awesome to make us forget that, imo.

    By Shad on Jul 29, 2010 | Reply
  2. I’m currently in a holding pattern with the doldrums. Right now, my main is involved in an absolutely thrilling RP plotline that has me more enthused about the game than I have been in months, so things are good… for the moment. On the other hand, my other characters are all sort of… meh. And I have almost no interest in any sort of PvE anything right now. Cataclysm looks really awesome, but there’s also an element of… I’m not sure what you’d call it, really, but since everything’s still so up in the air (both the expansion itself as it goes through beta and the state of my characters in RP that could really change things between now and release), I really can’t get excited about anything in specific yet.

    So right now, I’m just really hoping that the totally exhilarating RP sustains itself over the next however many months ’til Cataclysm comes out, or at least until something else gets me this excited about playing. Otherwise, I’m fairly certain I’ll be feeling the shadow of the doldrums looming over me before the expansion hits.

    By Corise on Jul 29, 2010 | Reply
  3. For me, RL is just kicking my tail right now. And there’s also the fact that RP has been a bit low, like Anna pointed out. Altho leveling alts is keeping me, if not happy, at least reasonably entertained. And planning new alts for Cata. And planning which of my current alts will become ‘mains’ in Cata, and which will be ‘tinker with when I’m really really bored’ alts. And planning my hunters’ expanded stables. And… I’m sure you get the point.

  4. Same here: raids are cooling down, people are working more on stuff they want to finish before Cata hits (achievements mostly), some have left for Beta, some have left for Starcraft or other games, the rest is in “sunshine/beach/vacation” mode and not even online at all. Add to that the occasional “busy in RL working/trying to find work/trying to keep work” and our guildchat is often only populated by crickets.
    I took the turn to New Alt-city before hiting the doldrums, but it’s bad this year. You can only spend so much time planning out the Cata-alts, updating your current character info-sheets, or gathering stuff/cleaning out inventory for Cata.

    By Tsani on Jul 30, 2010 | Reply
  5. Yes, absolutely. I’m more of an occasional RPer, which basically means RP snippets, but no real storyline, so nothing’s bringing me to the game in that way, and our raid has been stuck on Arthas for probably close to 2 months, which is phenomenally frustrating (we’ve extended lockout several times, only reset once since first hitting Arthas, plus we’re constantly teaching one new person, because we haven’t found anyone to permanently fill our 10th spot). Real-life craziness (work, volunteering, cooking, and a tabletop RP group) keeps me busy, so lately I’ve really just been on for raid and that’s it. I finally got on my current leveling alt (38 spriest) and got her a couple levels, but I hadn’t been on her in probably 3-4 months; my tree is still in Naxx gear for as much as I’ve played her; and my tank (my main since day 1) is working toward a couple major achievements, which is slow going. Loremaster is rough, especially in Kalimdor (I need about 80 more quests and have scoured most of the continent already). Hopefully Outland will be better – if I get there.

    In short, yes, I’m on major burnout mode. Maybe a couple major achievements will help boost my playing time and confidence, but that requires getting on to -get- the achievements in the first place…

    By Karith on Jul 30, 2010 | Reply
  6. Off-topic, I guess, but you WIN SO MUCH for quoting The Phantom Tollbooth.

    So many people I know have never even heard of this amazing book, let alone read it, and it really /is/ amazing. In fact, this reminds me to see if my son is approaching the age to read it (I’m a terrible judge at these things, having been reading things like Tolkein at about 8. My son is 9, but is NOT a comfortable reader due to some issues.)

    As for WoW, yup, totally in the doldrums. It’s all I can do to log in most weeks, and I look for every chance to miss a raid I can get. Which admittedly hasn’t been hard with RL chaos, but.

    By Tzivya on Aug 8, 2010 | Reply
  7. @Tzivya – I read The Phantom Tollbooth for the first time in, I think, 4th grade – it was a class book, but I was in a magnet school, so it’s hard to say.

    Either way? Probably my favorite book of all time. I hope your son loves it, and I’m glad someone else got the quote 😀

  8. I only just found your blog through Google reader’s explore feature, but that entry alone ensured adding you. =) I don’t recall exactly when I read it; it was in a stack of books I got from my stepmother when I was quite young, but I still have that same, well-worn copy and read it once every year or two at the least.

    His issue is more that he’s not neurotypical and has some issues like dysgraphia, so doesn’t /enjoy/ reading at this point. But he does enjoy /books/ a lot. And now it occurs to me to find him an audiobook, because he loves those, or else make my own, cause what parent wouldn’t want to record a book for their kids? 🙂

    By Tzivya on Aug 8, 2010 | Reply
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