A long, long time ago, a friend of mine got me into WoW. He rolled a mage, and so I followed suit. Originally, we had intended to play together, but he already had something like a 20 level head start on me.
I was supposed to quickly close this gap, instead I fell in love with PvP and spent months at 29, 39, 49, etc, rather than leveling.
We occasionally would try out alts, again with the intention of playing together, but those never lasted for one reason or another. Either playing a warrior was too boring for one of us, or the other would “accidentally” level ten times; so on and so forth.
We never got a chance to avidly play together until we hit end-game. Which didn’t last long, as aforementioned friend quit the game.
He’s back, now. Thanks to Death Knights starting at 55 and me possessing 5 alts within the 59-70 range, we played together. Freakin’ all the time. Nearly every day since February we’ve spent something like 2-8 hours doing stuff in WoW together.
To an unknowing outsider, we probably look like a gay married couple that never argues for no adequately explained reason.
Problem is, neither of us are really capable of playing at all on our own anymore.
Neither of us can actually play WoW for much longer than about 10-20 minutes without the other being there.
This has had a rather strange effect.
The actual time I’ve spent playing WoW and being obsessed with it has dropped off dramatically. I have only a passing interest in the game now… at least until my friend logs in, in which case there is no part of the game I don’t want to do.
Molten Core? I’m there! Onyxia? Let’s do it! Hunting eggs on our ridiculously low level alts? Done and done! Arenas? You bet! Grinding Sporeggar rep? Just lemme grab the portal to Shattrath.
Sadly, a waning interest in the game means a waning interest in blogging about the game, and also a smaller pool of stuff to draw from in order to actually make posts.
Hence the slow-down in posts these last few weeks.
Honestly, I highly doubt this situation will change.
My interest in WoW, in and of itself, has all but evaporated. I am, at this point, only really interested in playing with friends. Friends that have been with me for years, both inside and outside of WoW.
Logging in when he’s at work/asleep/whatever is a sad affair. I log in, do a couple dailies, Wintergrasp, check auctions, then try and do either some serious dailies, or play an alt. Within ten minutes, I end up standing somewhere, idling, thinking to myself “damn, I’m bored”.
Then I log off and do something else.
Whatever remnants of the hardcore that was left in me has been surgically removed.
And yet, I think, in the time I actually do play, I’m enjoying myself far more than I ever did alone. Even getting roflstomped in arenas is more enjoyable than nearly everything I can think of to do alone.
So, there. Now you know.
I’m going to keep blogging for as long as it remains fun for me, it’s just I play less now, and by correlation play a mage less now, so the posting is less now.
Less now totally needs to become a single word. Lesnow. Oh wait, nevermind, that’s a porno.