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?


Anonymous said...

A couple sets of my friends leveled together, but also had their own toons that they worked on when the other wasn't playing - the ones who made it work picked complimentory toons - Healer/tank variation, the ones who didn't picked two clothies and he respec'd my friends toon that much that my friend no longer felt it was her character and lost interest in wow.

Cynra said...

You're back, you're back! Happiness!

The boyfriend and I play the game together (and even raid together), but rarely the same class or even role. And I enjoy the fact that he plays some of the same classes that I do because it gives me a soundboard for a lot of theorycrafting ideas and thoughts -- though I'm perpetually disappointed that he doesn't seem to like the numbers part as much as I do. He's sweet enough to let me ramble, however.

We do occasionally have competitions of our own. When I happen to be on my huntress and he on his comparatively geared mage, we like seeing who is able to do more damage. We never take into account group composition or buffs or anything: it's a pure damage race and whoever is on top at the end wins. Winner gets points to be cashed in for a variety of different things.