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World of Warcraft: My Odyssey Ends | Kestrel's Aerie

World of Warcraft: My Odyssey Ends | Kestrel's Aerie

World of Warcraft: My Odyssey Ends


Earlier this week, I made a decision that has been in gestation for a long time. After six and a half years (including beta), I stopped playing World of Warcraft.

As early as last summer, as our guild began to splinter—people not happy with the pace of progression, looking for greener pastures, the occasional bit of drama, et cetera—I began to question my commitment to the game. At the time, I was a guild officer. I was the healing team leader, and the most effective healer in our 25-person raid (and in 10-mans I was in as well). In truth, I simply wasn’t enjoying raiding. Heroics, of course, held no challenge back in the late Wrath days, so I ran as few of those as I could. My favorite pastime in WoW, to be honest, was questing—but I already had five characters at maximum level!

Midsummer came, and our Guild Leader took an extended break (which essentially turned into leaving the game, as she has yet to return), and handed me the keys to the Guild Vault: I became Guild Leader of a guild that was barely visible from May until the release of Cataclysm.

I had a blast leveling a new main character, my enhancement shaman. Then I leveled my rogue. Then my hunter. And another rogue. I ran a few normal instances, and a couple heroics. I loved the new quest lines, and I especially loved how the old world was redone. Between the time of the Cataclysm and release of the expansion, I had as much fun as I’ve had in years, doing new quests in the old world.

I really don’t want to raid, and the 5-person instances didn’t do much for me, either. After all, the gear I had, through questing, professions, and the auction hall, was certainly more than sufficient for anything I’d encounter outside a raid instance.

The only thing that really held me to the game were the two very good friends I’d been playing with—and moving with from guild to guild over the past three-plus years—since the spring of 2005. But even their companionship couldn’t overcome the ennui that enveloped me every time I logged into the game. I thought a three-week hiatus while I was on vacation in New Zealand might recharge my WoW batteries, but what I really missed while away from home was my writing, not my gaming.

So, early this week, I made the decision to quit playing. I cancelled my account (although it will remain active through mid-May), and Wednesday, I told my close friends of my decision. I think they were surprised, but not shocked: More than once, I’d told them they were the real reasons I was still playing. I logged in Wednesday afternoon, mailed off all my profession materials, then logged in for the last time that evening. I sent in-game mail to each of the people who’d hung in the guild with us and had leveled at least one character to 85, transferred the guild leadership, then took my leave.

I have nothing bad to say about Blizzard, Activision, or the game itself. There weren’t any personal issues between any of my guildmates and myself. I don’t hate the game. I don’t even dislike it. Purely and simply, I grew tired of playing. And not just WoW: Another friend tried to interest me in Rift, but I’ve no desire at all to play any game. As I mention in the paragraph immediately above, my main interest is in my writing: I’ve already written more in the past week than I did in the month before I left for New Zealand.

For those of you remaining in the game, I hope you continue to enjoy it for as long as the game remains live.




6 Responses to World of Warcraft: My Odyssey Ends
  1. Tami
    March 5, 2011 | 20:33

    *big hugs*
    Tami recently posted In Which I Dream About ShampooMy Profile

    • Kestrel
      March 5, 2011 | 20:51

      The cool thing is, with Skype I can chat with my friends every night anyway. I just don’t have to listen to worgen snuffling, murlocs mrgling, or Deathwing posturing. ;)

  2. Gwaendar
    March 6, 2011 | 03:58

    Dunno if there’s any set formula yet, but “welcome to the first day of the rest of your post-WoW life” sounds a bit cheesy :)

    I know the feeling. Been there, done that, but there’s no T-Shirt to be had.
    Gwaendar recently posted LotRO- Warden&8217s Heal over Time Duration- First PassMy Profile

    • Kestrel
      March 6, 2011 | 09:34

      Oh, I’ve plenty of t-shirts, so not getting one is okay with me. ;)

  3. Karen
    March 6, 2011 | 08:44

    and if you fall off the wagon.. check out: <—-what to do instead of wow

    and if you want more .. Google "life after WOW"

    • Kestrel
      March 6, 2011 | 09:35

      Hah…you of all people should know I have plenty to keep me busy without WoW: Doing all those things was a major factor in my decision!

      *grin* You make it sound like WoW is a career: I got past that stage years ago. ;)

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