I’ve been blogging a lot lately, I know. I blame the 20 days of blogging for opening that gate! (though I’m not even a little bit sorry for it).
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about WoW and what I want to get out of it. When my raid team fell apart and everyone left I thought what would make me feel better would be getting in to another raid team, so I was miserable not being in one. Then, as you know, the lovely Z came to my rescue and offered me a place in her guild so that I would have people to talk to. And you know what? WoW is awesome for me again – and I’m not raiding.
I was thinking about it a lot over dinner – I was thinking about the post I did earlier today about my favourite WoW memories, and whilst some of them are raiding, it was the experience of playing with other people that I loved more than anything else. Raiding is stressful – there are so much pressures and expectations and rules that dictate how you spend your time in game You need to grind X rep to get X item/profession bonus etc, when all you might want to do is bum around and fish for the afternoon, or level an alt, or farm your next transmog. And while the raiding itself can be fun, it can be terrifying. Especially as a healer.
The whole point of this rambling gibberish is that I’ve decided not to raid anymore. At least not for the rest of this expansion. I’ll probably change my mind somewhere down the line, but until then, I want to enjoy the game. Switching factions has been very eye-opening – there is SO much more to this game! I feel like I’ve only been experiencing half of it (which, really, I have been). What was missing wasn’t the raiding, but the people. And thanks to a kind friend, I’ve got that again. And I’m happy. 🙂