After writing about birthdays with my characters yesterday I decided to announce to the World that I had a RL birthday yesterday too. Hehe, didn’t even hit a birthday that can be referred to as a “speed limit” anymore until next year, Damnit. Yep, hit the ripe old age of 64 years young and I’m still alive and kicking, playing WoW as well as driving people nuts with my incessant writing – I write for fun and trust me after over three hundred posts, I’m still having fun.
Anyway, nothing special for the birthday other than getting a chance to go out to eat with my spouse at Hooters and gorging myself on chicken wings. Almost got crazy and ordered a beer but I didn’t because I have chronic vertigo that leaves me feeling “drunk” without benefit of booze – pretty cheap drunk, even though I wish that it would stop. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve fallen out of my chair sitting at the keyboard while in a raid – didn’t miss a beat on my dps though – wireless keyboard and knowing your rotation even in your sleep helps there. Even got a nifty tee-shirt that I will wear proudly with my jeans. When you’re retired, you don’t have to dress up every day and that is a major plus in my book.
I’ve had a lot of fun playing alts during the last week because to be very honest, I’m kind of burned out on the grind in Pandaria and decided to go off on my own and play my lowbies. Even if I never make it to end game, I’m still playing the game the way that I want too and enjoying every minute of it.
Tried playing my mage that I had gotten to whooping level 52 before he got put on the back burner after his faction change to Alliance, going from a green little goblin to a Night Elf was very trippy. After romping around on him for an hour or so and discovering that I didn’t know what in the heck I was doing – I rerolled him, put him in full BOA gear and started grinding out those levels until he could “ride” again. Woot! Got him to level 20 in one day, which is a real bonus for me, might do the same thing to my druid since all the nerfing has made him impossible to get back in shape. If I can’t figure it out, I’ve got the time to reroll and start over. Hated to drop a character that I have gotten to level 71 though and not to mention, I’m kind of attached to my big old Tauren.
I also rolled out a couple of Worgen and ran them through the starting area in one day and out into the world. Doesn’t sound like much except that I did them individually and didn’t “box” them together at all. One of the things that I am finding with boxing is that it does play mayhem on the professions and I end up having to go back and farm for those, which kind of sucks sometimes – yeah, so, I have a level 90 out there mining copper ore, ya wanna make something of it, little level 10? I am one of those people that likes to keep my characters level and profession level pretty close together so that they can act independently – I don’t box all of the time because I’m not that proficient at it. Sure, I’ll cheat sometimes and have a level 90 lead a group of my lowbies through dungeons for the achievements- no, I don’t do the randoms, we all trek to the dungeon and jump in for the fun.
Thank heavens for an understanding guild on the Alliance side that knows of my problem of being an altoholic. I even take my alts into RP events and RP them all at the same time which causes some confusion to some folks.
Why do I have so many characters, you might ask? Well, I enjoy playing different characters like some people like to have many different things going on. If I write about a character, they usually exist in-game and, trust me, I do use character immersion with my RP in order for me to present them as their “own person” – it’s all fun to me because I am pretty much housebound and the game is an outlet for me. I like to try out all the different classes to see if I can feel comfortable with them or not – my hunters definitely outnumber the others. I think that I can play a hunter in my sleep now, however, if a new race pops up in-game, I’m gonna roll on a hunter to check it out.
How do I keep it all organized? Well, I have a full three page roster of characters by account and faction as well as making notation as to which have BOA gear and which do not. I haven’t lost any BOA gear yet other than a couple of tabards. I am also in the process of putting together Character Sheets for the ones that I RP using MRP. Since I am usually playing on two different machines, it makes it easier for me to have the character sheets written so that the MRPs are consistent on both – darn sync doesn’t carry over the text in MRP from Curse. Spreadsheets also help to keep track of which character has done a particular instance that counts “weekly” too, although I don’t have much trouble keeping up with that in my head.
World of Warcraft is definitely a hobby of mine and I enjoy it immensely. I’ve enjoyed meeting a lot of people in the game as well as getting to lose myself in the fantasy of the game for hours on end. I’m not much of a television watcher, although I do like to read quite a few books. I didn’t intend for this to be an expose’ of how I play my game but there you have it – confessions of an altoholic.