I’m just popping in to say hey, and sorry for my absenteeism. Actually, “absenteeism” isn’t really a very accurate term either. “Totally and inexcusably lazy slacker” when it comes to anything I should be doing would be more to the point to be completely honest. I’ve had a sickness since, oh, along about Christmas Eve or so. I don’t want to eat or sleep, I haven’t read blogs (since long before that actually), haven’t posted anything myself, my email inbox is crowded with over 100 emails (it’s been down under 30-40 for months up until now), I haven’t done anything remotely related to quilting and think only of XP, gold, spells and quests. I have managed to feed my family the requisite Christmas goodies and meals at least, but other than these two huge must-dos, I have been completely out of touch with reality as it has been for the last few years.
I’ve been infected by a computer game of all things! And here’s where the admission comes in: I’ve been a closet gamer for 20+ years, but haven’t found anything that really captured my interest like this since Dungeons & Dragons role playing games for the PC from 20 years ago. But a couple of days before Christmas, I picked up a copy of World of Warcraft on a whim, thinking I’d just check it out since my mom is a long time player and loves it, and my aunt has played even longer along with my cousin and his girlfriend. I figured I’d take a little break now and then and play a bit, just for something completely different from anything else I do right now, and I’ve definitely been feeling that need grow more insistent since I returned from the States in early November.
Riiiight. All that quickly turned into playing for hours every day, and I took ITMan and LittleOne along for the ride so to speak. ITMan said he’d been wanting to try World of Warcraft for a while, and LittleOne couldn’t wait to try too when she saw how it looked on my screen. Two more copies of the game were duly purchased, and now the three of us adventure together in game, and we’re having the time of our lives!
Sadly, GuitarGirl hasn’t really been into games on the PC after the Game Cube and other consoles came along, and she’s being fairly surly about it all, especially since her ex boyfriend played WoW to the exclusion of all else, including her at times. She probably feels like her house has been invaded by something she really hates, but she’ll just have to live with it, and at some point it may become a “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” thing.
Anyway, I. LOVE. This. Game. LOVE IT. A couple of weeks ago, Alex at Aurifil Threads ran a contest where you had to go into Second Life with an alternate “You”, and place a notecard in a box and he drew a winner. I did it, but I really just didn’t “get” Second Life. Yeah, it’s a virtual world and you can talk to other people in there and you can sit down and sew and lots of other things I’m sure, but it’s just not the same as gaming in World of Warcraft.
WoW is like reading a fantasy novel, except you’re actually in it living it and doing things to make it your own story, and there are quests to do that build your strength and reputation and all that. That’s Valinaeya, one of my characters, on the right there, riding the mount she just earned at level 20 in the game. And this game is so highly detailed: it’s night time where she is because we play on servers that are in the US (Dallas I think) so that we can adventure with my family there, and it’s raining, so it’s really dark. Hard to take a great picture in the dark when it’s raining…
I’m going to go with the flow for a while and play because that’s what I feel like doing. Even if I’m a slacker. I’ll be back … eventually … Toodles!
P.S. Are there any other WoW players out there? If you play, what faction, race and class do you like best? Any experiences to share?