The landscape of Azeroth in game and outside of it seems to be in a very large state of flux. It’s definitely changing, but I don’t know if it’s for better or worst. I’ve thought about hanging it all up and pursuing returning to my console playing days. However, the thing that has gotten me to stick around is the community that is outside of and inside the world of Azeroth.
I’ll be the first to admit my community within Azeroth (Misha is my server) is small and fragile. I am fully expecting it to face its on Armageddon of sorts. I started playing with co-workers, but one basically quit just before the last expansion came out due to real life priorities, and the others moved on without me after I pushed ahead without them due to their lack of playing at the time. Basically, the latter hardly played, I played, learned more and got geared as best as I could. They came back and just kind of left me on my own road to travel.
There is a very good reason I was left on my own road and I fully know why. I was the Tank for the group. Noirwolf was my main character at the time and he was a great tank for the content we were handling. However, when they dispersed, Nochecazador became my main due to the ability to tackle content solo, and the fun involved in learning the mechanics of the hunter class. When most of the former peeps came back they expected me to Tank. That was a no go by me. “I’m enjoying my hunter, we can pick up a tank if we need one. We have all of the other parts of the team.” FAIL. No Wolf, no grouping.
The other issue was the gear difference since I had taken no time off. Sure, I could run the content they needed to, but it was trivial to me, meaning my gearing took all of the challenge out of things. Plus, there was really no open mindedness about trying things such as using my pet bear as a tank. It was a challenge that was laughed at and never given any real consideration. My mindset became screw it, the road I’m on is narrow and not for everyone.
Then came blogging and Twitter. Both have opened me up to a larger WoW community than I never knew before. I enjoy the Twitter conversations a lot. I’ve met other bloggers and gained a lot of knowledge that I did not have before. I’m still learning too. I have Twitter friends (followers) that I talk more with than I do with people in game. Interesting eh?
This is a rambling post and I apologize. I should be in bed now, but this stuff was heavy on my mind and it feels good to get it out.
Back to where I’m going with this. I don’t know how much longer I’ll be playing WoW to be honest. I’m actually quite bored. There are things here and there within the scope of things that peak my interest enough to keep me going. A good example is creating Atlantica, and tonight I dual specced Monssoen Protection and Fury due to forth coming Rage changes. Noirwolf still needs Epic Flight training, and of course Atlantica will need the same when the time arrives. What happens when all of those things are fulfilled though? Kill another monster, kill some more Horde, pray that Blizzard introduces another regular/heroic level dungeon for the non-raiders. What a crossroads.
Some will say I should raid. That would only be band-aid. Besides, I’ve tested the waters of raiding and I did not like it. Maybe I just had a bad experience, but waiting around for an hour for things to start, master looting without explanation, and lack of listening/cooperation drove me mad and away from it. Plus, hearing the horror stories of everyone is ready to go, but everything is cancelled due to one or two people not being able to attend. No thanks.
Atlantica will be my last character created unless I can create another one like Samsonknight that does not have to start at level one. Five 80s is enough for me. I can only pay the same content some many times. Plus there is a pinch of perfectionist in me that is bothered by not having everyone up to the gear level of Nochecazador, but that would be way to hard and require not ever sleeping.
The poor hunter community is shrinking and seems to be splintered to a degree. Sad, but true. I think things will get better, but fear that there are going to be some personal hurt feelings in the process. Human nature taking its course I suppose.
I asked someone that I respect a lot what keeps them playing. I’ve not gotten an answer. I don’t know if I will get one. Am I deserving of it? Maybe not. I don’t have any world titles to boast of or lay claim to.
I’m not done, but don’t be surprised if sometime in the future I do hang it up.
The Motrin is kicked in finally. Off to lala land I go. I’m gonna need some caffeine at work. Thanks for reading and maybe understanding.