OOC – June 4th – Meandering Thoughts

June 4th

This is an OOC post and one that has been running through my mind for quite a while. It all must do with the fact that I have been playing World of Warcraft for 12+ years almost non-stop.  Addiction?  Maybe that’s true, however, I do take breaks from playing the game, however, that doesn’t mean that I will stop thinking about it.

I was sitting here this morning and was thinking about all the fun that I have had playing the game over the years and it wasn’t all rose-colored glasses in my memories.  I know that I love the game enough to have quite a few accounts and a plethora of characters that I merrily change to play on a moment’s notice.   Logging into the game can give me those warm fuzzy feelings or it might give me that sense of dread because I’m in an area of the game that I don’t particularly care for.   Unlike some folks, I don’t rush madly to the game forums and write a rant about how much I dislike the game or even come here to write how much I dislike something.  One of the things that I have learned over the years is that I do have the ability to “not do” something if I find it is something that I don’t like to do.  Sure, I’m still playing Blizzard money for the game, however, you do have to stop to think that you are paying for more than just Legion.

I’m one of those casual older players and I don’t have an issue getting tagged with that brand if people do stop to realize that I have forgotten more about the game than some people have learned currently. Of course, I don’t raid anymore like I used or if, at all, I just don’t join up with a lot of groups because my hand/eye coordination is a bit slower than I would like for it to be.  Hey!  Age catches up with everyone and no one is exempt from that either.  I even have my AARP card and have had it for quite a few years – we won’t go there.

Video gaming is always an escape from reality, however, you must be cognizant of the fact that your RL is a higher priority.    I use my gaming to keep my mind active and to keep my social skills going sometimes because I don’t get out that much these days.  Once upon a time I was pretty out-going and did socialize a lot, however, due to health restrictions and other issues, I have grown more reclusive in my old age.   I would much rather stay where it’s warm when it’s cold outside and I’d much rather stay where it’s cooler when it’s warm out there.  Love talking to the neighbors now and again, however, it’s not something that is a requirement.  We do have some great people in our neighborhood and we’ve watched it change over the years many times.   I will have to admit that I enjoy the kids running around and seeing them having some fun – yes, grandchildren are great and they get to go home with their parents and leave me here with my spouse and cats.

Just My Opinion…

February 15th

During this last week I decided to level one of my 85 DKs to 90 and have made it to 88 so far.  You’re talking to someone that usually plays hunters for hours on end, so, the melee class is a whole change for me.  I think that my head is still spinning and it’s hard to stare at your key board for the keys and keep your character on target – whoa, lots of work.  My hats is definitely off to those of you that play this class. I have actually kind of enjoyed myself way more than I should have, I suppose.

When I first started playing World of Warcraft, I started out on IceCrown, which we lovingly referred to as “IceDown” most of the time,  back in the day.  It was actually one of the main hubs of the game when I first started playing.  I think that I spent a couple of years on that realm before the RP bug bit me and I wanted to make the change.

When Wrymrest Accord first opened its doors, I was there on my very first ever, Death Knight just to check things out before transferring any of my other characters over there.  It was fun back in the day when you had mega hubs of RP, real RP that had storylines that you could join into without much problem.  There were quite a few groups in and around Silvermoon and Stormwind that seemed to have their RP running quite a bit.  Great times and fond memories of the old days, I know. A lot of the old players that were there back then have since left the game or have let their characters fall by the wayside.

I started out with a very active group of players in a guild called Bright Moon Faire – I think that was the name.  We would travel throughout the lands presenting shows in various towns and holding quite a few RP events.  Oh, it was definitely Horde and it was where I learned most of what I know about the RP in WoW, still learning a lot even now, years later.  I think that I stayed in that guild for over a year before I decided to test the waters a bit more on my own.

I was also very much involved with writing blogs and posting them on a website that, at the time, was the main hub for most of the RP on the realm.  I have since moved on from that arena to WordPress which is definitely a much better fit for the type of writing that I do.  No, I’m not a great writer, however, I do enjoy being able to post whatever I choose there.  I did have quite a few years of work on that site and luckily for me, I was intelligent enough to save my work off to a hard drive or CDs because every year or so, the site would go under “new” management or just outright crash and burn.  I know a lot of people lost mountains of work when this would happen. After a period of time the site evolved into something that resembled the back-slapping, at-a-boy attitude and gave recognition to a select few of the players that were close friends with the site moderators.  So, WordPress was definitely a nice escape from the clique.

I have joined a couple of other so-called RP  guilds on Wrymrest in the last few years and definitely found more than I wanted in the way of guild drama and cliques.  I know that I play World of Warcraft to have fun and to be quite blunt, my ass kissing ability is very limited.  I finally got fed up with how things were going that I had no control over and promptly started up my own guild called SafeHaven – which I am happy to report that after two years, is well on its way to becoming a Level 25 guild that has been done primarily alone.  I also have a guild that I started on the Alliance side that is called Haven that is getting up to the Level 10 area, however, it is only a year old and once again, it’s being done primarily solo.  I guess that I must be a snob or something because I am very selective in allowing people into these two guilds.  Due to health reasons, it’s easier for me to keep them “private” due to the fact that I have had a few instances in the last couple of years where I couldn’t play for well past the 90 day mark where the leadership of the guild would fall to another player.

I do have several characters that are active in a guild on the Alliance side called Fools Company.  A great group of players that are extremely good at what they do.  They RP, have story lines that are open to all members of the guild as well as open RP that anyone can join into.  For a guild the size of this one, they actually have quite a few events that are open to anyone that cares to join in. Guild drama is not tolerated and if it does happen, it’s addressed very quickly by our Guild Leader.  I’ve actually been a member of the guild for over a year and they understand that I have my own two guilds that I like to keep leveling up. They know that I am an older player and sometimes am a little slow on the uptake.  We even do some of the dungeons and run some of the LFR things as well, as a group. It’s actually a lot of fun and I do love the people in there.

There was a time that walk-up RP was something that you could expect anywhere and at anytime, however, that was quickly killed off with the advent of CRZ.  I’m finding it very difficult to find any kind of  open RP because most of it is being closed off and held within the guilds or any one walking up to a group to join is quickly dismissed in some cases.  I have gone to a lot of events on the Horde side on my main(s) and have actually gotten more RP from other realms and groups  than I have had in months on my home realm.  It’s kind of sad to see this happening on Wrymrest Accord because that is usually a sign of a death knell tolling on an RP realm.

So, to make a long story short, I have started visiting other realms by rolling new characters and trotting around to see what I can see and see if there still is true RP out there any longer.  Some of the realms that I have visited of late are Sisters of Elune, Feathermoon as well as Argent Dawn.   I am happy to say that it appears as though Sisters of Elune seems to be thriving and there are quite a few areas that I look forward to investigating further. None of my characters are guilded on any of these realms, so, it is definitely a free lance thing.  I’m running both Alliance and Horde characters to test the waters and if people will talk to a level 10+ player, that’s a good sign.  No, I don’t even have my MRP filled out either so that it appears as though I’m a novice player.

Oh, I’ll never leave Wrymrest because it has been my home base for quite a few years now and I have 42 characters over there.  I’m happy to say that it is an even number per faction so that I get the full brunt of anything out there in the way of adventuring.  I have enjoyed being with the people that I know so well on the realm and usually enjoy the ambience and the immersion as I play through, however, it never hurts to go out and test the waters, so to speak.

So, this is what I have been doing for the last week.  Leveling up my oldest character on Wrymrest, searching for RP as I go and starting to visit other realms to see if things are as dead there.  No, this isn’t a rant and isn’t meant to slam the realm or the people on it, it’s just my opinion and observations from my viewpoint.

When Things Break…

January 22nd

I know that I am just kind of sitting here this morning and waiting for our next assault of winter weather here in Colorado.  Luckily for me, I don’t live in the mountains, as such.  Yep, city dweller here and I avoid the mountains like the plague during the winter months anymore.

Oh, back in the day when I was young and foolish, I would be up there with the rest of them skiing down those slopes at my own peril and the danger to others.  I wasn’t very good at the sport and soon gave it up for a nice warm fire and a glass of wine at the lodge. Oh, I’m sure there are people out there that just are dying to be out there in the snow, not me. It looks just wonderful from the inside of the building and not actually being out there trudging about is a wonderful thing to me.

I’m still sitting here giggling about how my day went yesterday.  Here I am getting back into WoW and playing like a fiend trying to get things caught up and getting myself immersed in the lore again and it was maintenance day – the bane of all Tuesdays since the beginning of time with WoW.  Since I hadn’t checked before I went to bed the night before, I was in high hopes that it would just be rolling restarts, nope, no such luck – it was a full blown maintenance although, for the life of me, I can’t see that they did anything other than to “merge” some more realms.   They did get rid of some of the more pronounced lag areas that I had hit prior, so, I guess that I should be thankful for that.  So, no WoW in the morning.

Okay, I thought to myself, since I can’t play WoW, I’ll do some writing. Now, you have to remember that I am an older player and very much the creature of habit so when things aren’t going the way that I like, it makes for a pretty rough day.

The very first thing that I do when I wake up in the morning around six or seven is to stagger out to the kitchen and put on a pot of coffee – the nectar of the gods. So, I staggered out, measured out the coffee and the water and proceeded to set the coffee pot up to deliver that wonderful stuff and toddled on upstairs to my loft – The Sanctum. My husband has his “man cave” in the basement where one has to indeed be a brave soul to enter and I have my loft where all of my books, crafts and computers are kept.

So, sitting up here in the loft and starting to think about which of my poor characters might be visited for the morning, I kept waiting to hear the tell tale three “dings” from the coffee pot that tells me that it has done its job and I can go fill my cup with that wonderful stuff.  Suddenly it dawned on me that it was well past the time where those three dings should have happened and possibly, in my sleepy state, I had forgotten to turn it on.  So, off I trudge, back down the stairs, through the great room to the kitchen.  Hmmm, no glowing light on the coffee pot greets my caffeinated hungry eyes and I started cursing myself for being a bumbling fool and turned on the pot again.

Since I was on that level of the house, I thought that it might be good if I went ahead and took my shower and got dressed for the day before I forgot about it and spent most of the day in my pajamas – this happens more frequently in the winter than any other time of the year.  So, off to the shower I went and feeling good knowing that by the time I got out of the shower the coffee would be ready this time.

You guessed it!  Got out of the shower, got dressed and toddled back into the kitchen only to discover that the coffee pot had its little red light on and there was no coffee in the pot. I quickly checked the water, checked the burner on the coffee pot and it was icy cold.  Ut oh! This could only mean one thing – the coffee pot had expired. So, without further adieu, I promptly walked into the bedroom and announced to my spouse that the coffee pot had given up the ghost and we were going to be without that wonderful nectar until he went to the store and purchased a new one.  I really need to start getting spares in the future.

Anyway, to make a long story short, my husband is one of these people that stays up all night watching television and the Gods only know what else and sleeps the day away for the most part. Since he is the only one that drives at this point (I will soon join the others on the road again), I was at his mercy.  He rolls over and looks at me blearily and states “I have a dentist appointment and I will get one on the way back home.”  Okay, I know that he won’t move out of the bed until sometime after noon and his appointment was probably an hour or two after that. So, I reconciled myself to being without coffee for a few more hours. He is also the self-proclaimed King of the Procrastinators.

I thought about going and visiting neighbors and drinking their coffee, however, I decided that I could work on some chores here in the house and avoid going outside for a while.  Although the weatherman said that it was quite warm out there, I had already ventured out to get the newspaper and almost got carried off by the winds.  Nope, didn’t think it was a good thing to try the neighbors.  I had tea, I had a coke and was still yearning for my coffee.

So, at six o’clock last night, I was actually able to make my coffee and have a couple of cups. Lots of cream and sugar to go with it.  I think that I had signed into the game a couple of times during the day but didn’t get very far because I was very distracted by my fixation of getting coffee. I had been working on one of my little worgen alts and I could totally relate to her snorting and growls, I was starting to sound pretty much the same way.

So, this morning started off a hundred times better, two cups of coffee later and I will admit that I feel like I could conquer the world at this point.  My writing that I planned on doing waited until this morning to happen and I have been happily playing World of Warcraft with wild abandon.  I think that I can safely say without any kind of shame that I am addicted to that morning coffee.

No coffee means, no raiding, no ability to carry on an intelligent conversation and you can just forget RP. Yep, that’s an addiction. Just posting this for giggles and grins.