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Ebb and Flow
comment 6 Written by on May 18, 2010 – 7:37 am

I recently “celebrated” five years playing this game. (Crazy, huh?) I’m not sure exactly what day I started playing, since I poked around on a trial account before I ended up with my own actual account. Still, the first “patch” I remember downloading was the one that introduced the honor system – which means I started playing before 8 April 2005.

Five years is a long time. Lots of “life” has happened during that time – good things and bad things.

I’ve gone through times when I was super excited about the game and times when my excitement has waned slightly. (Those times are often related to RP and new characters, surprise surprise.)

I’ve met a lot of really cool people – many of whom I now count as real friends and not just game acquaintances.

And really, I can’t say I’ve missed out on life or doing the things I want to do alongside playing WoW. I have lots of hobbies outside of game (that I’m doing a lot more of since I have been unemployed) and a mostly happy personal life too. In fact, I’d say that having WoW as a place to relax and not think about things was incredibly useful while I was finishing my degree – a degree which suffered no negative impact from my video games.

Now, before you all freak out on me – I’m not quitting or anything of the sort.

Just… ruminating on the nature of the game, the fact that I’m in a bit of an enthusiasm downswing (which always happens after the end of major RP arcs), and a bit of a “life” upswing (and a hobby upswing too). So I may not post much this week.  I know I won’t be playing much this week, due to having many things out of game to get done before I do some traveling this weekend (I was out of town last week/end too).

I’m definitely still excited about things in game. Aely and Arrens have stories to tell, Annata is starting to chatter at me, there’s leveling to be done and screenshots to take and all kinds of things I still want to do and enjoy doing. But as many have said before me, RL > WoW, so I’m going to use this busy time as a bit of a “reboot”.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, and all that; I’m already looking forward to when I’ll have time to be back in game (likely Thursday evening for TRI’s raid) and time to go putter around with RP and my own goals (next week).

So I’m curious – how do you guys manage the natural ebb and flow that happens in a video game/MMO? What parts do you miss when you’re away for a time due to real life or other time intensive things?


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6 Responses to “Ebb and Flow”

  1. I was recently away from the game for a few weeks doing some important RL stuff, but didn’t find that I missed it much. I guess it’s that I’m happy playing to my own agenda at the moment instead of working to someone else’s

    In the past I’ve taken breaks from WoW to play other games, such as Lotro and AoC. I’ve founf the biggest thing I’ve missed to be the people – the in-game friends that I’ve always had fun with. I think that’s why Blizzard have been working on RealID, so that when we move to the next-gen MMO we can still stay in contact.

  2. I’ve been playing since beta, and started my current account on Day 1 of release…so I know about doldrums. 🙂

    What I generally do at this point in an expansion is start a new character. For instance, back in March, a friend and I started playing brand-new Draenei Shamans. Last night, with another friend we’ve been playing with since a month or two after release, we hit level 67 on those shammies. (Mine is a level 437 engineer already!)

    Do you have ANY idea of the destructive power of three shammies, 12 totems, 4 ghost wolves and three Earth Elementals?? :-O In a word: “WoW”!

    So yep, we’re having a ball with those characters. Sure, as officers and class leads in our guild, we show up every raid night (which seems to have shrunk to two nights per week lately), but as one of my friends said last night, “So on Wednesday we’ll…[with the shammies].” (Wednesday is, of course, the second night of our weekly raid schedule: We don’t have a lot of faith in a raid happening.)

    (By the way, I’m really disappointed that Worgen can’t be shamans–I’m having as much fun with this character as I’ve ever had with a hunter or rogue!)

  3. I feel you. I also “celebrate” my fifth year in WoW this year and I’ve also gone through ups and downs. At the moment it’s a down, which I’m using to explore alternative playstyles and missed opportunities in the game, veering away from guildmastering and raiding till I feel the spark again. Also exploring the strange freedom in real life after splitting from my ex-fiance. Glad I’m not alone and that Gaz pointed me your way wih his tweet. Will be reading more of your stuff, keep up the good work and fight the good fight :p

  4. My first WoW character, Corise, turned five years old in March, and it’s definitely been an interesting ride. Right now, I’m in a bit of an ebb, RP-wise, so I’m taking the opportunity to work on leveling my (many) alts (I’ve discovered that warlocks are a lot of fun!), and preparing for some major storylines for quite a few of my characters come Cataclysm. Just today, I came up with a brain-bending idea for Corise, and while I’m not sure I’m going to go through with it, it’s opened up a new potential path of interest for my oldest, most fully-developed and best-loved character.

    By Corise on May 18, 2010 | Reply
  5. I absolutely feel you on this one. It’s been a year or so, I think, and I’ve only finally gotten back into WoW.

    What I can say this is: For me, I can never get back in with an old character. Regretably, I can’t see myself picking up Ligradi or Fulthruttle again. This is why I’ll never get to level cap. 😉 But I do have a brand new character, and she’s fun to play now.

    By Sean Riley on May 23, 2010 | Reply
  6. Proud WoW’er since November ’04!
    There’ve been many a downswing since then, and I’m trying now to pull myself out of one (though at least I’m regularly logging in during this one…even if it’s once a week for raiding. >_> ). With me it’s not usually that I’m bored with Warcraft itself, but because I find my attention drawn to other things. The best way to handle that, I figure, is to just enjoy what you feel like. It’s entertainment, entertainment shouldn’t be forced; do something when it’s fun so that it’s REALLY fun, get what I mean? I consider the luckiest part here is there’s still a steady crowd for me to come back to even after all this time.

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