What's significant about this?
OK. It's the end of my Dock where the World of Warcraft icon normally lives. And it's not there.
That's because I haven't logged in for over a fortnight. And the reasons why are rather complicated.
It's not as simple as being bored pre-expansion, though. There are, in fact, things I'd like to get done pre-expansion. No, it's a combination of factors. For one, the guild drama of a few weeks ago really soured things for me. Having a guild of people you perceive as you friends turn rotten on you like that takes some coming back from. But it's more than just that.
I need the time. I've a lot on my plate in my personal life right now, and I am in a situation where every hour is precious. I'm reclaiming something like 8 to 15 hours a week. That's pretty significant to me for the next few weeks. But it's more than that.
Truth be told, WoW had become a bit of a job. I'm a fully armed and operational healage tree, and in a guild that was perennially short of healers, I was alternating between running Kara, often when I didn't really want to, and working to make sure I was up to guild gear scratch. And it did bleed the fun out of the game more than I realised. In the end, I thing I enjoy the levelling and the 5 mans more than any other part of the game. Raiding's fun at first, but the doing it againâ¦ and againâ¦ and againâ¦ pales after a while. So, really, what I needed was a holiday.
So, that's what I'm on. A WoW holiday. I imagine me complete holiday from the game will be over within a week, and then I'll have an extended holiday period of playing on my new server. And then we'll see. I'd certainly like to be back with the Ravens by the expansion, but frankly, I can't even face resubscribing to the mailing list right now.
Yes, the virtual equivalent of sitting on the beach sipping piÃ±a coladas is exactly what I need right now.