In nearly 5 years of playing this game, I’ve gone through many different stages. There have been times when I’ve come home after school/work and played WoW until nearly bed time every day. Then there are the times when I’ll go two weeks without playing and not even notice. Most of the last few months has been somewhere in between: I’d log on to my main for most raid nights, and then on days when I find a few spare hours I’ll level an alt.
I realized I was no longer Brajana, the Troll Hunter. I was a group of alts of various faction and level. (As evidenced by my ever growing blog banner)
There’s nothing wrong with that, but I wanted to figure out what changed and to go back to being a Hunter full time. Unfortunately, I also haven’t been able to commit to raid times lately. Some days I find the time to log in, but with my hectic student life, I don’t know when I’ll be able to log in most days until it’s time to raid.
So I began logging into my Hunter, day after day, but not at raid times. I opened my social tab to see which guildies were on, and it was empty. Almost every time. So I ran circles in Dalaran, and then logged off and switched to playing on a server where I have friends to talk to.
Unemployed has been my home for two and a half years. I’ve been an officer most of that time, and I’ve even organized a guild trip to Las Vegas! You make great, lasting friends playing a game with people for such a long time. That’s why I couldn’t leave.
But then it hit me – out of all the people I feel I’ve made lasting, meaningful friendships with… only a handful still log in on a regular basis. Of those, they are almost only online from 6:30-10:00, raid time. However, they’re all available and easy to get in touch with through things like Facebook or Twitter.
And that’s how I realized they aren’t my guildies anymore, they’re my friends. Sure, the guild is how I met them… but I don’t need to be in the guild to keep them as my friends (hopefully, at least).
And so when I was approached by some former guildies and friends eager to start a new 10-man raiding guild with a relaxed, flexible schedule, I got quite excited. It was something new. They wanted my help to organize it and get it up and running, and that seemed like a really exciting prospect for me. So I jumped on it.
And the moment I made the choice, I felt myself drawn back to my Hunter, almost as if I’d just hit the level cap again and realized there is so much for me to do! I began running dailies again! Finishing up achievements! Getting my leatherworking those last 6 points! RUNNING BATTLEGROUNDS! (Ah, how I’ve missed the BGs!)
It’s a whole new world for me, and I hope the feeling lasts. I will miss my guild, but I don’t feel as if I’ve truly left it. It’ll always be a part of me, and I’ll always picture that flaming badger burning brightly across my chest!
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