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Ten Year Reunion

Hey.

Hey guys.

Pictured here is the first post I ever made on this blog.  The date?  August 9, 2007.

This blog is ten years old.

Needless to say a LOT has changed in those ten years.  I have seen many, MANY bloggers come and go.  Many games have come and gone.  I saw this blog go from being just a personal place for me to store my thoughts to a whopping 1200 subscribers and over 1000 unique daily hits at its peak in 2009, and then as I went on hiatus and WordPress blogs sort of started to die out in favor of various other discussion formats, I saw this blog kind of fall by the wayside, too.

And yet.  Here I am.  I actually, uh… if you’d told me this ten years ago I probably would have laughed, but I actually have an active WoW subscription right now.

No, really.

I took this screenshot a couple of days ago.

What’s that?  Pike still plays… a Beast Master hunter? STOP THE PRESSES.

Granted, I’m… not exactly doing anything.  I’m not raiding.  I’m not even doing heroics.  I am collecting mounts, and playing the goldmaking game for no other reason than I like watching the shiny number in the corner of my backpack rise.

Actually, this post and ten year anniversary day is really good timing because today I managed to cross this little finish line:

SO YEAH, that’s what’s up with me.

What’s up with you guys?  Are any of the old guard still around?  Come on out of the woodwork and say hi and tell me what you’re up to!

As for me, well, I’d love to return to blogging again but I don’t know if I have anything worth saying (unless you all really want to hear about my Farming Adventures) and I feel like most of my old readers have long since moved on to greener pastures anyway.  I am still writing, of course, just… elsewhere.  I do NaNoWriMo (and win it) every single year, which I am pleased to say I was originally encouraged to do by the WoW blogging community in the first place.  I’ve also been writing, uh, *coughs* fanfiction.  A lot of it. Oh, and I’m on tumblr a lot, although you should probably only look into that if you really like the Dragon Age series because that’s my current obsession.

So, where will I be in ten more years?  I mean, a part of me wants to say I’ll finally be free of Blizzard’s grasp and this blog won’t even exist anymore, but honestly I thought that would be the case ten years ago, so I’m not going to put anything past my future self anymore.

And come on, let’s face it.  I’ll never be free of Blizzard’s grasp.  I’ve already pre-ordered Starcraft Remastered.  Like, I did that the second it was up for pre-sale.

Anyways, that’s really all that’s going on with me!  I know it’s not very exciting, but I couldn’t let this day go by without making a little post about it.

/hugs and waves to all! *pops cork on champagne bottle*

Methinks She Doth Blog Too Much

Kind of a meta post here!

Ever since I started blogging again earlier this year, I made it a little goal of mine to blog every day.  I figured I had a lot of missed years to catch up on, and also I thought it would encourage me to keep it up.  And it has!

Now those of you from the early days remember that I wasn’t always a daily blogger.  I blogged a lot, of course.  Probably 4-5 times a week.  But not daily.  And that was okay.  I still wouldn’t have a problem with that but at this point of kind of don’t want to “break the chain”.

The problem is, I worry that my posts aren’t particularly interesting or exciting at times, because I’m often reaching to find an interesting topic to talk about.  Especially since I’m really just a casual player these days.

So I might cut down back to just blogging every other day or so.  Or I might not.  I’m not sure yet.

If you have any thoughts on this issue, lemme know!  (I don’t mind continuing to chatter away about nothing, of course. )

How My Approach to My WoW Sub Has Changed Over the Years

I remember, many years ago, thinking that if I quit WoW it would be a big deal.  It would be hanging up the hat.  It would be turning around and leaving without looking back. I figured that when I quit, it would be like Forrest Gump.  One day I’d think “I’ve played for three years, two months, fourteen days and sixteen hours” and then I’d stop, turn to my blog readers, and say “I’m pretty tired of playing.  I think I’ll do something else now.”  And that would be it.

forest-gump1To an extent, that’s kind of what happened.  One day back in late Wrath I woke up, realized I was kind of tired of running along the raid treadmill, and I hung up my hat.

What I didn’t anticipate, however, is that I would be back running again.  But this time, only bits at a time.

When I first quit WoW, I had been continuously subbed for about, oh, two and a half years, I think.  Since then I have occasionally returned to WoW, but it’s never been with a subscription.  For a while it was with game cards, because that way I could play for a few months and then quit for a year (or two).  Now that WoW Tokens are a thing, I’m using those instead.  My days of a long-lasting subscription are, I think, over.  As are my days of focusing on one game for years on end.  Instead, I play WoW here and there, sometimes for a few months, but rarely exclusively, and usually with frequent breaks.  According to Blizzard, most people play that way now, which is supposedly one of the reasons for the great subscription number decline of ’15.

So now here I am, just paying month by month, and pretty happy about it.

AmtzGq9What about you guys?  Do you still go the subscription route?

Fire And Rain: aka a Look at the Future

My WoW life yesterday started out pretty well – I beat Blackhand (and I did it in style – top of Recount, baby!) and I was feeling pretty good about the future, about 6.2, about my alts, and so on.

Then, after I logged out for the day, Blizzard dropped the bombshell which I’m sure most of you have heard about by now: We’re getting no flying for the rest of this expansion, and don’t get your hopes up about it being a thing in future expansions, either.

I probably should have seen this coming, but it still felt to me like a punch in the gut.  Partially because it seems like such a weird step backwards in regards to content accessibility.  Partially because the announcement came right after I was feeling really good about the game.  And partially because of the fact that this was all apparently first mentioned offhandedly in some interview with a third party site rather than, I dunno, on the WoW forums or something.  It all just came out of nowhere and felt weird.

On to the topic itself – I have written before about why I wanted to see flying in the future, so I won’t recount all of my reasons here.  Suffice to say that flight was one of the big things I was looking forward to seeing in the future.  I was looking forward to exploring Draenor in a whole new way.  I was looking forward to doing archaeology properly rather than starting a dig, looking at a big mountain, and promptly changing my mind.  And I was really looking forward to being able to finish those Treasure Contract garrison quests, which I’ve done ten million times by now, in five minutes instead of twenty.

But now it looks like none of this is going to happen, and, silly or not, it put a big damper on my mood last night.  And I say this as one of the most hopelessly optimistic video game bloggers you’ll probably ever meet.

flightIt got me wondering about my future with the game and my motivations for playing it.  For the most part I have been a staunch supporter of Warlords of Draenor and of garrisons (beyond a few annoyances), and it was weird to feel negative about it for the first time.  I wondered – and still wonder – how long the feeling will last.  I wonder if I’m being melodramatic.  But I also wonder if I’m not.

That said, I still have a blog to write (and I am having a blast being back, by the way), and as of writing I still have something like two and a half months of game time left thanks to WoW token.  So I suppose for now the best I can do is continue to play until then, and then see how things are and how I feel about them.

We’ll just have to see!

On MMOs

As a returning blogger after a long hiatus I have opted to participate in a lovely program called the Newbie Blogger Initiative this year.  I do feel slightly, uh, awkward being involved as a newbie when this blog is almost eight years old, but I digress.

The Newbie Blogger Initiative is aimed towards video game bloggers, and most of the ones I’ve seen are blogs about MMOs.  Most of which are not WoW.  What I find interesting is that MMOs, as a genre, have such a following.  Many people proudly call themselves MMO gamers.  Not me.  I’m just a gamer.  (Or, to use my preferred term, a “video game enthusiast.”)

ENTHUSIASM!
ENTHUSIASM!

Many people can clearly remember the first game they played.  Not me.  I was born alongside the Atari 2600, the Nintendo Entertainment System, and the Commodore 64 and I grew up with my tiny little paws wrapped around a joystick.  There has not been a time in my three decades of life that I cannot recall games as being a major part of my existence.  When I began playing WoW oh so many years ago, it was not because it was an MMO – it was because it was another video game (and one set in a world I was already familiar with, since I’d been obsessing over Blizzard games for many years already.)

To this day, I don’t really play any other MMOs.  I don’t really have anything against them.  But between all of the other games I regularly play the heck out of, I suppose I feel like I only have time for one MMO.  And that MMO happens to be my first true love in the genre – one World of Warcraft.

Quel'Thalas is the greatest of the nations in lore.  Fact.
Quel’Thalas is the greatest of the nations in lore. Fact.

So yes.  To any curious newcomers to my blog:  That is my story, and I’m stickin’ to it.

…there might be time for FFXIV though.  Maybe.  Maybe.

Stuck On You

The last time I had a subscription for an entire WoW expansion, with no breaks, was for The Burning Crusade.

I took one or two short breaks towards the end of WotLK, I took a very long break during Cataclysm, and I only played the first couple of months of MoP.  That last break there was the longest, clocking in at two years and some change.  In fact, I’d actually convinced myself that I wouldn’t be coming back.  The game was different now and I’d moved on to plenty of other games – heck, there were plenty of other games I was pouring hundreds of hours into, just as I had with WoW.  My gaming life was good.  WoW was a memory.

And yet, like a loyal dog, WoW waited for me to come back.  And like a sap, I did.

The Warcraft section of my gaming display shelf.  Did I mention I have a gaming display shelf?  I do.  It's big.
The Warcraft section of my gaming display shelf. Did I mention I have a gaming display shelf? I do. It’s big.  Not pictured: Warcraft I, because I have that too.

I think I’m starting to accept now that I’ll never quite go away entirely.  And you know what?  That’s fine.  I’ve reached a comfortable equilibrium knowing that I can play for as long as I want and then drop it for as long as I want, and it’ll still be there.  Different, perhaps – probably a lot different, in fact – but there.

So brace yourselves, Internet – cause this dumb blog is probably never quite going away. >:D

Anxiety, WoW, and Me Part Two: Electric Boogaloo

Wow!  I got a fantastic response on my last post.  All sorts of people came out of the woodwork to comment on the post or talk to me on Twitter about their own gaming anxieties.  Some people even went through it all at the same time or with the same expacs I did.

Frankly, I had no idea that something like this was so widespread.  Oh, I figured a couple of people here and there would know what I was talking about, but the lot of you?  It really took me by surprise.

Since this seems to be a fairly common problem I think I’m going to do more writing about it.  I also think I’ll blog about my efforts to get over my own gaming anxieties.  I know some people are happy with playing solo, and if that’s the case then that’s awesome and keep on doing that.  As for myself, though… I want to tackle the big bad boss at the end of the anxiety raid.  So I think that’s what I’m going to try to do, and anyone else who is trying to do likewise can come commiserate and maybe learn with me!

So… let’s do this.  Ya’ll ready?

[Initiates Ready Check]

Hunter Without A Cause

I hope you’ll all excuse me and pardon our dust as I start this blog anew.  You see, I’m still trying to figure out exactly what I want to blog about.  Any of you long-time readers who were here in the early days (all four or five of you still reading) know that I used to pride myself on teaching what I called “Hunter Kindergarten” (for lower levels) and “Hunter 101” (for freshly dinged max level hunters).  This is because I loved sharing what I knew about the class with others, so they could enjoy playing it as much as I did.  Plus, then I’d feel set to recommend the graduating students head on to other hunter blogs that focused more on raiding.  (A moment of silence to The Hunter’s Mark, BRK, Stabilized Effort Scope, and all the others.)

Now it’s hard for me to feel that much of this is necessary anymore.  Many of the nuances of the class have been streamlined or changed to the point that I actually find it difficult to play a hunter wrong.  Oh sure, in the early days when your first ten levels were spent sans pet and you had a dagger or axe thrust in your hand, then you bet there were all sorts of bad habits I wanted to help new hunters grow out of.  But now there’s no minimum range, you only have a ranged weapon, and you’ve got a pet right from the start.  Similarly, there’s really no need to learn how to chain trap, due to how long traps last.  And modern shot rotations are, for the most part, simple and intuitive, especially compared to a few of the ones from back in the day.

So what is a Pike to do?

i-dont-know-smiley-emoticonA few people have expressed interest that I try writing about hunters anyway, because why not.  Perhaps I do bring a unique spin to things.  Maybe people would rather hear me talk than read a more “sanitized” Icy-Veins or WoWHead guide.  I have no idea why, but hey, who am I to argue with that idea?

TLDR: I’m still not 100% sure what I’m doing with the blog yet, so please bear with me.  And if there’s something you’d like me to write about, do let me know!  I’m desperate for ideas.

Official Aspect of the Hare Relaunch and Restructure!

[Pike bursts in and shoots fireworks from her Wolfslayer Sniper Rifle]

Having given this ol’ blog a test drive over the last week and a half, I feel ready to come back full-time. I have no idea how successful that will be, given that I’m pretty sure most of my original readership has disappeared into the nether, but hey, at least I like doing it, right?

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So here’s the scoop:

First, I’ve set up a new theme!  The old one, Mandigo, served me well for many years, but it no longer updates and is really buggy these days, so sadly it had to go.  It’s been replaced by a default WordPress one, which isn’t terribly exciting, but on the plus side it looks really good on mobile phones which is what all the kids these days use to view blogs with – right?  Anyways take a gander at it and tell me whatcha think.  I wanted to keep the original “feel” as much as I could.

Secondly, let’s discuss the blog’s content.  While I’m sure this will remain a hunter themed blog for at least the near future (seeing as hunters are – yes, still – basically all I play), I can’t guarantee whether I’ll be providing guides and that sort of thing yet.  I’m still returning to this whole WoW thing and I don’t really know if I’m going to dip back into raiding or what.  Who knows!

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And while we’re on the subject of content – there will be non-WoW stuff here.  Not terribly often; once a week or so.  Partially because I do, as a matter of fact, play other games and I like talking about them.  And partially because I think a lot of my older readers no longer play WoW but I want them to have stuff to read too.

Phew, does that cover it?  Let’s say that covers it.  ONWARD TO BLOGGING!

Want me to blog about something in specific?  Leave a comment or tweet me!  I’ll be glad to see what I can do.

By the Way! I’m Back. Sort of.

It’s occurred to me that I’ve announced this pretty much everywhere BUT here, so I thought I’d announce this here in case you’ve missed it and are interested…

*clears throat*

I have a new video game oriented blog, called The Android’s Closet. (Yes, it’s like my fourth or fifth blog. I know, I know.) This is not WoW-centric (or any other game -centric) by any means, but unless I make a truly serious return to WoW in the future, any future WoW rambles will probably be over there and not over here.

Oh, and! The blog is being co-written by me and one Mister Adequate, aka “The New Boy” (long and lovely story, that! But I digress), so be sure to say hello to him if you do decide to swing by!

Anyways, that’s about it! You’re welcome to follow me over there if you’d like to continue watching me filibuster at length about various games– I’d love to see you! If not, thank you for being here and reading and following along with my WoW adventures for all these years. I can’t say whether or not this particular blog will return, but my memories of both the game and this blog are fond ones and won’t be forgotten.

[insert obligatory “Aliens” reference about hypersleep here]