So, among the many tasty topics in the blogstorming section of BlogAzeroth is a set of “shared topic” ideas – things that we can all tackle and hopefully learn something about each other and from each other. I’ve taken a few days to muse over this one, and read through a lot of the other fabulous posts that people have made regarding balance and warcraft, and I think I might be ready to tackle this one.
Forgive me if I dig into ancient history here, but I started playing this game the summer before my senior year in college. And, for awhile, I did really well with balance. It was summer, I had my jobs but not much else. So I played Angoleth a fair amount, RP’d a fair amount, and generally had a good time. This was before I had a guild, any alts, or classwork to do. That following fall I think was the hardest classwork I had the entire time I was in college, and WoW… didn’t help. I did a pretty fair job of managing things, partially because I was very excited about what I was learning and partially because Angoleth was level 30ish and I didn’t have the all consuming end game to fight through. I managed well enough that I basically took the spring semester out of the game, because of my research thesis and planning my wedding to Dauganimir (his paladin’s name, and an easy way to refer to him). And that’s when things got bad. That summer, I went jobless, thanks to the sucky economy and my not having a permanent place to live, and so I did a lot more gaming than usual. Started raiding Molten Core and BWL. Rolled 4 or 5 alts (a few of whom are still with me) and leveled the priest to 60. And when that last semester started, things got rough.
I was a musician in college – and I have since graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music History/Musicology. And being a musician means practicing. Usually, practicing a lot. (I say “was” because I was a pianist, and I currently do not own and can not afford to buy a piano. This makes me very sad) And that fall, I think I was lucky if I managed to get my arse into a practice room once or twice a week. I was raiding MC/BWL with my hunter and on another day raiding MC with my priest, plus two Zul’Gurub runs every week with the hunter… and my music suffered. I’ve always been a straight A student, and I went into that last semester with a perfect 4.0. I left with a 3.98, because I failed my last performance exam (utterly butchering some beautiful Chopin), and could easily have lost other classes if I’d not done well when it mattered. Now, many of you are probably snerking at me – so what, it’s a 3.98, and it wasn’t even an academic music class. But that kind of hurt.
Fast forward a bit, to last winter when Burning Crusade released and I was a jobless newlywed. I tinkered with my hunter, but she was so burned out from raiding that I ended up leveling only Annalira, who made it to about 68 before I started to burn out on that too. Angoleth was, in fact, so burned out that it’s a year later and I”m finally able to play her again, in small amounts – which is sad, because I love huntering (even if I suck at it).
So one day, on a whim, I rolled a little Draenei shaman.
It didn’t take me long to figure out that I was going to have a long term relationship with this class. Annorah went from level 1 to level 60 in 5 weeks, a record for someone who took a year and a half to get her first character to 60, and then made it to 70 about two weeks after that. I think I played more in those two months than at any other time – and it really made me think about a few things, like balance, and whether or not I’d be happy about having spent so much time on something that, in the end, really gets me very little in terms of long term reward.
Fast forward to now. I’m married, have a part time/seasonal job teaching middle school. I can’t work full time as a sub because not having health insurance SUCKS. My plans for a Ph.D in medieval history are on hold – not for lack of desire, but because my husband works flight support on the shuttle for NASA, and that means living in Houston – a place where there is nowhere for me to do the study that I want to do. I cook dinner most nights, have a clean apartment (though not without clutter – it’s really too small for us), two cats, and a happy life. I’m home in the apartment 2-3 days a week, depending on how much I work, and I am an active member of a medieval/renaissance reenactment group. I knit, spin (yes, like with fleece and a spindle), read, cook, and (sometimes) sew. And I play World of Warcraft. Most days, I log in after Dauganimir gets home from work, because I’ve found that if I log in during the day too much, I start to get wow-blindness and stop doing the other things I love to do in my life. That said, right now WoW is definitely the largest hobby I have, time-wise – several hours on most evenings, and I’m probably not exercising as much as I should. I’m not sure if that’s balanced or not, but in general, I’m pretty happy with how things go.
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