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.