A second chance to carve your skull!
Can you tell I’m a Wrath baby?
After a few short weeks’ break, I have caved to my addiction and renewed my World of Warcraft subscription. I didn’t intend to be gone very long, but I wound up coming back even sooner than I intended. As I get back into the swing of things, I have a few thoughts to share on my break and what lies ahead for me in the game.Anatomy of a WoW withdrawal:
I found myself missing WoW much sooner and more intensely than I expected. What was even more bizarre was that there wasn’t really any particular aspect of the game that I seemed to be missing.
I didn’t miss the rape jokes in Trade. I didn’t miss being rejected by raid PUGs because the leader is the same class as me and doesn’t want competition for loot. I didn’t miss Venoxis screeching about how his blood is venom AND WE WILL BATHE IN THE GLORY OF THE SNAKE GOD. I did miss my guild, but I didn’t miss them that much.
It almost made me start to take seriously the idea of the game being a literal addiction, something I often joke about but rarely give credence to.
The only thing I could think of is what I’ve always known is what keeps me coming back: Azeroth is comfortable. I’ve been playing Warcraft games for roughly sixteen years, and it’s just sort of become my happy place. It relaxes me.
That, and I really did miss the music. More and more I begin to suspect that I just play this game for the music.
Or maybe I am just a hopeless addict…
The road ahead:
My plans for my next few weeks/months in WoW are not too far outside the ordinary. I’m going to try to worry less about my inability to get into raids and hope the Raid Finder fixes everything.
I want to spend a bit more time on my alts, especially my shaman. He’s just hit level 80, and I’m considering turning off his XP, at least temporarily, so I can bask in the awesomeness that is Northrend. I might get back to my warlock a bit, too.I once again feel the urge to try a new class (this happens every couple weeks), but I’ve tried all of them now, so I don’t have much options there. I’m not likely to find a way to enjoy the ones I don’t like. I’d still like to start a priest — something I’ve done twice now — but I’m sure I won’t like it any better this time. It’s a shame, because I think I’d enjoy one at high levels — atonement healing sounds awesome — but I can’t get past the brutally dull early levels.
I’ll work on getting the last few pieces for my rogue’s transmogrification set, and try to start on my shaman’s.
I’m still not happy with the Horde on my server. I’d like to transfer to Moon Guard or another role-playing realm, but I find the cost of character transfers outrageous, so I guess I’m stuck. I’m feeling a little better about my newest Horde guild, so that offers some hope, but we’ll see. My luck to date doesn’t inspire me to great confidence.
In other news:
Weird Worm finally posted another of my articles, Five (Bad) Ways People Behave on the Web. I’m sure every WoW player will recognize at least one or two of the types.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go bathe in the glory of the snake god.