There are Many Ways to Win

The game indi­ca­tor of win­ning in WoW is receiv­ing an epic item. In vanil­la WoW, the vast major­i­ty of epic items came from 40-man raid­ing. I’ll grant that there was an epic hunter quest, a few lim­it­ed craft­ing bits, some world drops, and a top-lev­el pvp set that only a hand­ful of peo­ple could get. But over­all, if you want­ed a reli­able way to get epic gear (and win), you hooked up with a raid guild and start­ed raid­ing… whether you liked raid­ing or not.

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WoW and me

I start­ed off play­ing World of War­craft because my best friend said that he loved it. He’s usu­al­ly a great gauge for what I will like, although I hat­ed Heavy Met­al 2000. (In all fair­ness, it was one of those times where he loved the orig­i­nal Heavy Met­al in his teenage years and was hor­ri­fied upon see­ing the sequel ten years lat­er) He asked me over to his place so I could try it out, and my first ques­tion was “Where’s the run but­ton?” He laughed.

A cou­ple of years lat­er, and I’ve solo’ed to max lev­el, had my wife join me in game (to great joy), grouped up to max lev­el more than once since then. We’ve been in a cou­ple of guilds, and ulti­mate­ly found the guild that became our WoW online home. In this guild, I’ve been: an enthu­si­as­tic mem­ber, a new­bie offi­cer, a raid leader, guild mas­ter, and am now a vet­er­an officer.

My guild is casual/raiding pve, which trans­lates to max-lev­el/­light-endgame. We’re all adults with jobs, we play well when we’re on, but all of us have real lives that we don’t put aside for the game. We’re good friends.

I raid with a heal­ing priest and a tank war­rior (whichev­er as need­ed), and dab­ble with oth­er class­es as time per­mits. My wife raids with a com­bat dag­ger rogue and dab­bles with a druid. We know a lit­tle about bat­tle­grounds and are­na, but not much.

The game is fun; it was my pri­ma­ry hob­by before my daugh­ter was born (less than a month ago). Now I’m a casu­al dad. I play when I can. I help out the oth­er offi­cers in oth­er ways when I can’t be online.

I’ll expand on most of this over time, but this is a decent overview of where I’m com­ing from.

Texan Sayings

In my April 2008 issue of Writer’s Digest, there’s a short arti­cle by G. Kyle White called “Back Up Your Work for Free”. Here’s the first sentence:

There’s a say­ing in Texas: If you don’t like the weath­er, wait a minute and it’ll change.

Ah, Texas. Com­pare this to Mark Twain’s famous quote:

If you don’t like the weath­er in New Eng­land, just wait a few minutes.

I’ll put aside that this is a para­phrase of one of the most famours lit­er­ary fig­ures ever, appear­ing as orig­i­nal in a mag­a­zine on writ­ing, and nobody caught it.

I love the whole Repub­lic of Texas meme, and how this quote shows how Texas weath­er chang­ing is clear­ly… big­ger than New Eng­land’s. Because every­thing’s big­ger in Texas. I can’t help but won­der what oth­er say­ings that Texas has.

  • A stitch in time saves seventy-two.
  • Killing ten birds with one stone.
  • The only thing we have to fear is hes­i­ta­tion itself.

Also, I did­n’t read the rest of the arti­cle because I was laugh­ing too much.