Talking with a tech from my ISP about recent and absurd issues I've been having with my connection, the topic of World of Warcraft somehow came up. I envisioned a room, much like the cold gray one he described himself sitting in, filled with cubicles and talking tech heads, all playing Warcraft as they "helped" their customers with net-related issues. It happens, apparently, far too often. "WoW is corrupting the minds of our youth and tech-savvy," he said. "We come to work to play WoW... how pathetic is that?" Been there, done that.
But the solid, incredibly fierce grip that this game has had on me has waned a bit. I find myself gasping for a breath of real life far more often lately. When I login to play, which is about as often as I punch myself in the nuts (yes, a couple times a day, apparently), I find myself with little to do. I am not actively doing anything with the guild anymore, and more and more, it feels like I am at a very bland party, sitting slumpishly in a corner all by myself, by choice, and desperately waiting for the opportunity to make at the door, unnoticed. These are good people though, and if I were to leave the guild they so kindly ninja-invited me to out of respect, I would at least owe them the honor of a reason and an apology, no matter how tempted I am to just walk away...
I am not enjoying this game, a trend that has seemed to drag on like a *insert random Alex Horde guild name here* raid, and recently, I decided it was time for a change. I headed over to my current server's Alliance and rolled a Human Warlock, who looks uncannily like Olympian Apollo Anton Ono. Unfortunately, he doesn't have Apollo's speed skating skills, and his leveling has been very slow going. I simply lack the time and the stamina that Jade has, for example, and I lack the luxury of having an established core of very close friends to run instances with as well, so I cannot see that toon hitting 70 anytime soon as a result. I've optimistically set Christmas as my target date, but we'll see what happens.
Not content with that simple change of scenery, I took it a step further and stepped outside of my emo-drama-ridden server. I rolled a Warlock (hey, it's all I really care to play, stfu) on Illidan to get some world PvP on, and to see exactly what the intelligent Zy and Six are always fussing and gushing about. I'm not sure that this specific toon will be leveled -- I'm not a huge fan of the Illidan server or the a-holes it consciously nurtures. I also haven't decided if I want the toon to be a member of the Alliance or Horde. My first, if not somewhat brash reaction was to roll an Undead 'lock for the sweetness that is Will of the Forsaken. But then I also thought about how I shouldn't choose a faction based on racials alone, and that I need to look at many more important variables before deciding what to roll and where to settle.
I'm new to this whole re-rolling thing, and since I never once thought that I would ever set aside the 'lock that has been my main for the past 1.6 years, I am completely in the dark about how to go about this, if not just a little dumbfounded. I'm not sure what to look for, how to approach it, or even how it will work out. It'll definitely be a learning experience, and tech support (read, you guys with experience doing this) will definitely come in handy. If I come away with anything useful, I'll be sure to let you guys know, in case some of you who haven't ventured elsewhere ever choose to make the journey yourselves.
Wish me luck. ;)
Six and Zy. Your thoughts?