Awesome Casual Folk
This has turned into an experimental complete re-rolling by a handful of Twelvians.
We will be playing on Barthilas, on the Horde side.
We will not be using any heirlooms or gold from our higher level characters.
We will not be a raiding guild, the idea is to slow down and enjoy the game casually.
If this appeals to you, we encourage you to join us.
Casual Champs: Fork, Willy, Docilus, Hanlol, Ethnick, Bain, Hekate, Maleius, Jlab, Beefy (later)
I started this thinking it could be a humorous blog of my adventures, but instead it started off as an introspective look at my life in WoW. Then it turned into quite a wall of text, but I don't really feel like I could cut anything.
I feel like i'm writing it more for my own benefit than yours, though I'm sure many of you can relate to much of it so take from it what you will.
I'll try make future posts less shit for your viewing pleasure.
I thought I'd never go back.
Co-creating the Twelve guild, watching it grow and evolve into something extraordinary has been an amazing experience and has been the source of many great things in my life. I sincerely loved all the time I spent playing, levelling, raiding, grinding and whinging with all of you jerks.
Not only that but I loved the game. Sure it was childish at times, but it also had an unexpected depth to the characters, world, lore and the social community that drew me in.
It drew me in too far, and I was hooked. My relationship wavered when I wanted to level up a rogue dwarf named LandSquid instead of going back to my girlfriends place after being out with mates, along with a string of other stupid decisions. Raiding took that one step further and was a constant strain on life at home as well, how many of you reading had to explain to their parents that you can't come out for dinner because there are 24 or 39 other people relying on you, and you would be at least another 2 hours?
So I quit, and swore off WoW and MMO's in general. I decided it was the persistent world and time constraints that were the killers and avoided most of the new games like that. I'm sure if it wasn't for these forums and its great members, I would have dropped gaming altogether because it just doesn't feel the same playing without your friends.
It's many years later now, and my relationship and life in general are now chugging along happily. I've been working hard both at work but also at home with a freelance iOS developer business and found a good mixture of work and gaming. Lately I've been pushing myself quite hard and need more me time.
I've recently dabbled in MMO games like Diablo 3 and PoE and they have been a personal success, no addiction or dumb decision making because of them.. but they were all missing something.
Every game had been missing something. Be it complexity, scale, lore, polish, replayability, social aspects, storyline or non-linearity, they just never compared to my fond memories of WoW back in the glory days. Then as if by fate I received an email from the lead Blizzard mind reader, stating they'd love me back and Mists of Pandaria is 50% off.
The idea of spending half an hour here and a couple of hours there every now and then in the good old World of Warcraft excited me deep in my loins, so I whipped out the credit card and puchased it without a second thought. I can make it work, i've grown and matured over the years and will be able to keep my shit in check.
This time will be different, and I'm excited.
Journal Entry One
Today's the day!
Over the last few days i've downloaded the stupidly large 20gb game files, booted up the menu screen a dozen times and thought nah.. then just fiddled with graphics settings or looked at the pandas in the background of the login page.
I was haunted by it at work as every time I checked my emails the Scroll of Ressurection from Willy would be staring into my soul.
I'm attributing this slight anxiousness to a mixture of excitement, rose coloured glasses and the fact that i've been looking up pet battling at work which sounds fucking awesome.
Today I had a couple of hours free before I have to go out for dinner and decided that it was time.
After a brief discussion with Willy on the game plan, I booted this baby up and..