This morning I was doing some thinking…
You can stop laughing any time, honest.
As I was saying, I was doing a bit of thinking today about this wonderful game we all play.
Be advised, this post is largely the ramblings of a tired and somewhat cranky individual. Feel free to mark as read and move along.
I, along with many others from what I have been reading, am suffering from a bit of a funk within the game. As I sat here this morning thinking about the book I am attempting to write for NaNoWriMo something hit me.
A similarity between the two.
This month I took something I love to do for fun, writing, and by placing goals and check points on it essentially turned it into a job. I am discovering a lot about myself by doing the project, and that is the real goal. However, I am paying very close attention to my attitude towards writing.
If I get to the point where I don’t want to sit down and create anymore, if it starts to feel more like taking out the trash than a relaxing thing I do for fun, I am pulling the plug.
How is that in any way similar to Wow you ask?
I have limited playtime, so what I have been doing is basically a priority list.
- Check my banker / AH toons to see if it’s time to scan or craft more glyphs. If it is, then scan, craft, and post.
- Check cooldowns on Inscription reasearch and Alchemy transmutes, use if they are up.
- Do the Jewelcrafting daily if not done yet.
- Farm Mageweave. (EDIT: It occured to me that some might take this the wrong way. I am farming Mageweave, and later Netherweave, to level tailoring on my priest once 3.3 goes live. The Mageweave I have farmed up for the Raid for the Cure event is completely seperate from this.)
- Check time on Wintergrasp, do it for the stonekeeper shards once a week per level 80. (for the gearing of my upcoming Worgen Druid with BOA’s, should be done in 2-3 more weeks)
- Run a heroic if I have the time (and a group just happens to be forming)
- Stand in Dalaran and chat with guildies.
- If all else fails level fishing/cooking on yet another character.
It used to be that I would simply hop on an alt and happily level it up. Now I find myself playing a waiting game.
Waiting for Blizz to put forth the features they mentioned.
The new LFG tool will be excellent for those times I have just enough time to run something but there is not a group forming at the moment. I am looking forward to that.
As soon as they announced the future ability to send BOA’s cross faction I immediately lost all interest in leveling my Horde side Hunter until I can send him a Tome of Cold Weather Flight. There he sits in Dalaran patiently letting the Auction House pay him to level Inscription. After all, he will sit there for a while I think.
Alliance side I am down to one alt that needs some more leveling before getting parked until Cataclysm. My level 19 Shaman will get to 20, and then wait for the rest of the group. Myself, my mother in law, and two of my kids, are going to level a group solo to 20. We will then level up those alts only through instances, and only with each other.
I already have my Priest, Hunter, and Death Knight to 80. They are done gearing up outside of instances.
My Shaman, as I said, is waiting for the rest to catch up. Since at least two of them will be rolling Worgen that plan is on hold.
With one character simply holding a name for my upcoming Druid and three others being Banker or AH toons I have no plans to level any of them.
It boils down to this: Wow, at least for me, is in a holding pattern.
What does that have to do with writing you ask?
Logging in to Wow is starting to feel more and more like taking out the trash. More a list of chores to do than something I log in and do for the fun of it.
Lately I have been more about preparing for the future and less about having fun now.
I do have one character slot still open, perhaps it’s time to lose myself in an alt for a while.
I would have to start a new one.
I wonder what I should roll.