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World of Warcraft

It's time I admitted the sad truth. We started playing World of Warcraft again. I bought the game that comes with a month's subscription. We'll see if we go for more.

With everything that's going on, real life just feels very overwhelming and killing monsters and fulfilling quests gives C and I feeling of satisfaction that the rest of our life sadly isn't offering right now. I mean we're happy that Little T isn't on BP meds and that we have another nanny. But we also just embarked on another RL quest that will take considerable time and effort. It's all quite frustrating. A lot of two steps forward, one step back. And the stakes are so high. Medical stuff or tons of money. I want to run away and hide sometimes. I haven't felt that way in ages. So I escape in World of Warcraft aka WoW.

When you screw up and die in WoW, nothing much happens. I really really like that. In a lot of role playing games, you lose experience points, it's a big deal. I hate that. I prefer the Quake model. Except that I never really like playing a soldier. Too realistic for me. I prefer my killing to be cartoonish. Rotting dead that make silly undead noises. They got the noises right in this game. Somehow these game makers figured out how to make a game that appeals to me. I tried some other games that were cheaper, but they didn't satisfy as well.

The UI also seems pretty intuitive and easy, so C and I could jump right in and play. We messed up in failing to put on armor, but otherwise we just knew what to do without a tutorial. That's rare in a game. I hate tutorials. The quick tips help without being annoying.

I haven't really gotten into the 'other people' aspect of this game yet. C has partied --killed monsters a few times with people and I did once with whymommy and a character named 'Undies'. Like any of these online games right now, you have to choose a server. WoW also doesn't have a robust mechanism for switching your character over to another server, so most of the time you just can't. It's incredibly annoying, because it makes it difficult to play with your friends. I didn't quite realise the importance of this nor did we think we'd play for long so we didn't inquire where anyone was and picked a random server. Well we picked three different servers, because we started playing over Christmas and there were randomly long queues on the servers we had picked earlier. With a low level character it makes sense to start over. As you get higher up of course, starting over gets more problematic.

whymommy's server Dalran is closed to new characters, so I can't create a new character there. It's supposed to be open later this week, but who knows? In the meantime we're playing Alliance(SpecialK, Mathne) and Horde (Wickham/Warlock) on Eldre'Thalas though less now in favor of the Horde(Gorsha) on Sen'Jin, because whymommy kindly created a character there.

If anyone has a server that they're playing on that is open and would like to play with me, please speak up. If I know you, I'm likely to join right now because I want to try the social aspect. I might even join you later if I want to try a new character or something. I'm not sure how long we'll play. Judging by how much I wrote about it, it sounds like I'm on my way to becoming addicted, but it also seems to be something I enjoy in times of high stress. When things calmed down, we let our trial subscription lapse and didn't play WoW for two weeks. But we had no social network either. However you have been warned. :^)


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Jan. 25th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
purchasemonkey and a number of other folks recently started a guild on some server. You can probably find it in his LJ posts, he doesn't post often. He is good people, as is his fiance, and I would, if I were playing, probably join his group =)
Jan. 26th, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I joined his guild.
Jan. 25th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
I know exactly what you mean. Normally I prefer my computer games to be more story-driven, but some days all I want is a nice therapeutic dungeon crawl. There's something very satisfying about mindlessly beating up monsters when life gets to be too much.

Don't be ashamed. We all need to kill a few rotting zombies from time to time. :)
Jan. 26th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you understand. :^) Ugh ugh ugh (my version of rotting zombie noises)
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