Thursday, September 3, 2009

morning brew achievement

Despite earlier protestations to the contrary, I logged on to Wara this morning while I finished my morning Diet Coke. In my mailbox was the last new brew of the year:

still alive

Wow. I haven't written in...what? A month? Fail.

I'm still playing WoW, but far less obsessively than I did a year ago. Or six months ago, for that matter. I no longer feel that burning need to log in before work and run a few dailies, so that the evening is free for more "serious" adventuring. I'm in a great guild, full of people who are fun to hang out with, but my /afk schedule has been so hectic that I haven't been able to raid on a regular basis and am feeling rather left out. And I'm seriously tired of just doing dailies every day, for my entire play session, so Wara just doesn't get played.

I'm still leveling alts, and enjoying being able to pop in for an hour or so and make progress. My death knight is at 80 and is just sitting, for many of the reasons mentioned above. The former poxic warlock has been getting most of my time these days; she hit 70 last week and is pushing through Borean Tundra. The pally and hunter are both in the low 40s, questing in Stranglethorn, which has been hella-confusing at times. I keep forgetting which toon has done which part of which quests and, as they're both blood elf females, there's a lot of deja vu.

I think I'm having the most fun with my mage in the static group. The group is very much in the old poxic tradition, where these characters are essentially only played together. Also, as with the purple poxers, we're leveling almost exclusively through dungeons. Passing through Uldaman and Zul'Farrak was fun but distinctly bittersweet. Seeing Maraudon for the first time was a blast and completing the Sunken Temple was very satisfying. We're about to hit a series of dungeons I haven't run much, if at all, and I'm looking forward to each of them.

All that said, I'm getting a strong case of wanderlust. I've joined Beau and the gang at MMO Voices, where there's a nice community developing, including a rotating "Game of the Site". When I joined, the game was Runes of Magic, so I have that sitting on the laptop for exploration this weekend. The current game is Ikariam, a browser game that I'm actually familiar with. Come say hello to Waradwen, on the Iota server!