Hello, everyone. This is just a post to let you know that I’m still alive and well and doing just fine, thank you for asking.
Naturally, there are many things I miss about my life in WoW. I miss my friends and guildies. I miss making my YouTube videos and interacting with subscribers. Heck, at times I miss playing the game itself. It was fun. All of these things contributed to a sense of community that I miss dearly. You guys meant a lot to me and I think about all of you on a daily basis.
To be honest about it, I have to admit that I gave some serious thought to coming back. Aside from all the people and other things that I miss, I’d love to see and experience all of the new zones, quests, raids, and dungeons. I’d even love to take a crack at the new Mythic Plus system. I really miss the thrill of conquering higher-difficulty content. It was always a real charge. Things like that make me want to give it another try.
The thing is, when I think about it some more, nothing has changed. The colossally bad decision about flight still hasn’t been corrected and I loathe being chained to the ground. The overly grindy nature of the world quest system has not changed and I easily tire of busy work. Alt-friendliness is at an all-time low because of the artifact weapon system and I simply can’t tolerate being limited like that. Yes, yes, I know: all of these things will be fixed Soon™ but I tire of promises of the next patch fixing everything. After nearly a decade of broken promises I just don’t believe Blizzard anymore.
Oh, and all of that is without addressing the logistics of returning mid-stream and being behind in the gearing and AP grinding, and having missed out on an entire tier of the raiding experience. As much as it would be great to be able to come back, it just seems like it would be too much effort to make it work, and in the end that’s all it would be; making it work, forcing it to fit. I don’t really want that.
No worries, though, my life is doing just fine without WoW. I’ve channeled my energies into other projects. At the risk of sounding like a braggart, my culinary skills have progressed to a point where I never knew food could taste so good. I’m sure that I still have much to learn, but everything I make rivals the quality you’ll find in local sit-down restaurants, and fast food has kind of been ruined for me (it just doesn’t taste good to me anymore). I’ve also gone back to my long-neglected habit/hobby of writing. I’m in the world-building process right now, but I hope to be into the story-writing stage in time for NaNoWriMo (if not before) and publishing through Kindle by next year. I’m really very excited about the prospects. I probably won’t make more than a few bucks here and there, but hey, you never know, right? Maybe my stuff will catch on.
Anyway, that’s enough about me. If any of you guys are still around, I’d love to hear about you all. I often wonder which achievement Askevar and Venoym are plugging away at now, or what Zank and Kirova are up to, or how George and Tarii are doing, or well, all of you guys: Miri, Grem, Tall, Eth, Dal, Braydenn. Or even my non-guild friends, Lala, Dan, Werf, Rizzy. I feel like I’m forgetting some people, in which case I am sorry. If any of you are still around or know how these folks are doing, please drop me a line.
Until next time, and with warmest regards, Barley.