Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Playing (wow) with your Partner?

As I think I mentioned in my original post, my partner and I originally met on WoW, and so the game will always be an important part of our lives. However as our relationship developed we were no longer able to play wow together. Admittedly this is probably a lot to do with my attitude towards the game, I take it to seriously and always want to be the best…. But it was also because we both played priests, and both had our own styles, theories etc etc…

I still think our best times were when I was playing my warrior, we (I) weren’t competing with each other for gear and things (again, I take all this stuff to seriously).

So, just before we bought a place together, my better half switched back to our old server, where she now resides with her main toons. For the most part this is a good idea, we don’t fight about wow as much and we have the opportunity to socialise with other people whilst both enjoying the game.

However, I really miss levelling with her. Sure we can go to a server and start to level alts again, but you always want to get back to your main (and main alts) to do instances etc and I find that you never really get past lvl 20 or so. I’d really love to go back to our old server before WOTLK so we can level to 80 together, but I worry that the same old problems will arise.

I know a few couples on WoW and for the most part they seem to manage their RL/in-game relationships fine. Is there anyone else out there who plays with their partner, or do you have to play on separate servers? How to you manage the strain of having a real life and ingame relationship? How does it affect the way you play wow?

Last minute dot com

Again, not been much blogging of late, but ive been super busy…. The more warcraft I play the less time I have to post!!

Since my last update ive completed another Kara run…. No healing loot to speak of this time, but some off spec gear that will come in handy for grinding!

Other than that I haven’t really played the priest much, haven’t really had the available time to do any instance runs either so ive been mainly dipping in and out of my hunter for the last week or so.

Im just shy of level 54 now, so im still looking good to get to 70 pre-wotlk, although get my mage and lock to the same level seems doubtful!

Really enjoying the hunter, although I forgot what it was like to do everything in under par greens. It certainly doesn’t make levelling it harder, but it would be nice to carry some decent gear… even something that matches my level would be nice!

Tay (warrior) is now exalted with SSO!!! And I cant really be bothered to carry on doing the dailies there, so my gold is starting to dry up a little! Im not overly concerned as once I get to outlands on Masa the gold will start to flow again!

I almost forgot….. The reason for the header to this blog!!

Im going on holiday for a week! We only actually decided on Friday Night that we wanted to go away, booked it Saturday, and then we fly out tonight… talk about a speed run!!

Despite how quickly its all come together I really need a break at the moment. Im feeling a little run down and the last thing I wanted was a long summer stuck in the office! Plus my Girlfriend has just finished some exams and it will be nice for her to take her mind off things!!

So until my return… happy hunting one and all!!

Thursday, 5 June 2008

The unseen Flaw (in my plan)

Following yesterdays blog, I had no intentions of going home and sitting in front of the pc screen to play WoW. However what I had stupidly forgotten was the allure of Warcraft, the addiction that needs to be fed.

See, some warcraft players will tell you that they’re not addicted, that they can quit at any time, and that they only play because they enjoy it, not because they need it. Other players will openly admit they cant go one single day without thinking, living and playing the game!!!

I, at the moment, fall into the second category, and have done for large proportions of time since its initial launch. See, for all the will in the world I wanted to go home last night, do house work, watch tv and NOT play WoW, but instead, I did no house work, watched no tv, and focused on my pc screen all night.

Subsequent to my post yesterday I aired some of my views to my guild, told them, in a round about way, that I was unhappy in being left out of Kara (rightly or wrongly), whilst not questioning the authority to do so.

(as a point of reference, I used to be an officer, I know what a hard job it is, and I know from experience how little respect people can have for the difficult decisions that are made by those officers. Therefore despite any difference I may have with people, I will always respect the role they play in the guild, even though I may not respect them)

Anyway, after all my bitching and whining last night and due to other people dropping out, I got to go to Kara. Again I think I did ok, nothing spectacular, but many thanks to Yit who provided me with valuable advice throughout. I know I have lots to learn.

I still want to try and take a step back, but I really don’t think I can! With WOTLK around the corner, should I really be bothering with Kara, should I be concentrating more on damage gear for the new expansion? Lots of choices and decisions to make!

For now, I’ll stay holy and enjoy what im doing, but also make an effort to get some “off-spec” gear rather than see it being sharded!!

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Best Intentions

I started this blog with the best intentions, I was really enthusiastic just to write about WoW and get so many of my thoughts on paper. Unfortunately, as with most best intentions, things don’t always go as planned. Im not updating the blog half as much as I should or wanted to, and WoW is just getting me down in general. It constantly feels like one step forward, 2 steps back.

My guild take me to Kara, and then recruit 4 new healers…. Now I cant get onto either of two Kara runs!!! Therefore I cant progress and will never have the gear to achieve my goal of full time raiding again!

I started playing my hunter, but she’s so small and I just get bored after 10 or so quests (I’ll be fine once I hit 60…. I really like the outlands quests!)

I tried to pvp with a holy priest…. Not one of my brighter ideas it has to be said! There is some really nice pvp gear that I wanted for Cav, but if its going to take as long as I suspect and be as painful as last night, I think I’ll just cut my losses.

I’m going to take a few weeks away from WoW and away from blogging and reassess what I want to do.

Monday, 2 June 2008

Cavalla does Kara!

Friday was a good night, I got invited to take Cav into her first Kara run, and in fact my first ever Kara Run.

The guild had taken down the bosses up to the curator the night before, but that still left lots to kill.

Admittedly I was really nervous to start with, the guild had been clearing kara for months now and coming in with no experience and having to heal it was quite daunting for me. Fortunately I had some good support healing which took a lot of the pressure off.

We had a couple of wipes as there were a couple of us who hadn’t done Kara before, so understanding some of the boss fights took a while. Other than that it was a very successful run.
We one shotted, Aran, Illhoof and the Prince, which I thought was really impressive.

Cav got a new necklace, which I have now realised will be replaced this week when I get exalted with SSO, but I got all excited in the moment!!

Following this massive balls up on my part I have now done a Kara “wish-list” and wont bid on anything outside that list…. Hopefully

Looking forward to hopefully getting in on this weeks run too, and spending the rest of the week working on my hunter (now lvl 47)