I remember a time when I thought I would never run out of things I wanted to do in WoW. I envisioned being able to play it for years and years without ever running out of characters to level or professions to be maxxed out or new skills to master. I thought I would be playing until they turned off the last server and decided for me that it was all over.
These days, I don’t have the same mindset at all. I’m starting to analyze the signs and wonder what they all point to. Or, more accurately, when they all point to my eventually quitting the game.
There are still ties that keep me around, no doubt. Part of it is centered around this blog and the blogging community I’ve come to know and love. Yet, Twitter has paled for me lately (quit talking politics, would you?) and the part of me that knows I am not very good at forming meaningful friendships is whispering to me that I have as many close friends as I am likely to walk away with.
I’ve tried rolling alts on other servers, usually to say hey to bits and pieces of the community. But part of me certainly feels very much like what I can’t help but be: an outsider looking in. Alas 2.0 is 85 and I still don’t feel comfortable talking to anyone in that guild outside of five or so people!
On my own home server, my alts are largely abandoned because I can’t bring myself to level through that same abbreviated content again and what good will it do me anyway? I have always leveled alts with an eye towards being very self-sufficient for raiding, but this expansion has changed things. My druid farms on occasion, gathering up herbs and ore. The herbs go to the guild bank so the raiding portion of the guild can have cauldrons. The ore goes to Rhii’s alt more often than not, so I can have gems cut for Alas. I’ve also shipped enough ore in At’s direction to make him feel he owes me some trade in enchanting mats. But with guild perks being what they are, the bank can easily afford to pay for raider’s enchants.
The point of all that being, I don’t need or enjoy my alts anymore. And what little they can bring to the table isn’t worth it anymore.
Achievement hunting has paled. I can’t be arsed to chase points for the sake of points. I went for the flame bird thing in a completely lackadaisical fashion, but having got that, I haven’t touched the MF dailies except to lend firepower to At, who is still working through them even more slowly than I did.
I know no one cares about this shit, but to me, it’s all indicative of how little I can bring myself to care about the things I used to in WoW. My eye is starting to stray towards other MMO’s, though with very little conviction for most of them. I still have no interest in Rift.
The tl;dr is thus (eff all the things):
I am growing tired of WoW and wonder what other people do when they need a big step back. And, as a follow up question, raiders, is getting through Firelands noteworthy for you or are you just punching the clock before the next patch?
And, goddamn it, how many other people think they will more than likely quit in disgust if the next expansion has even one thing to do with Pandaria?