I never expected to be one honestly. When you decide to play online, you assume you’ll make friends, group up and have a good time together. Back in the day, it was exactly that, and it was a blast! I couldn’t wait to get home, log on and do all sorts of crazy fun things with my friends in a fantasy world. A world where we were rich, powerful and we could explore the world, meet strange new threats and obliterate them with high powered particle effects. Or have a ball trying to figure it out while dying in hilarious mishaps. Either way, it was fun as hell.
Then as they say, “All good things must come to an end.”. That they did. Of course in my frustration, I made a huge mistake by closing my original World of Warcraft account on the EU servers and starting a new one on the US servers. It was a whole new world… of warcraft. The world itself looked the same and the game play was the same. I had no friends on the US servers to play with. I tried different guilds, and I see the typical US bullshit in chat. Gay bashing, politics and trolls galore. The world was completely different when it came to the quality of the players. I just can’t find anyone to get along with. I even tried changing factions. That didn’t help and the Horde are just straight up ugly fucks.
Then I started exercising more, getting away from the computer more. Still, I love to log on and do things. I just found ways to do things alone. I craft, I solo lower level dungeons and a couple raids that don’t require anyone else to complete. It’s not like I don’t want to make friends. However, now I don’t feel the need to commit the time required to play in a group. As a soloist, I have the prerogative to play when I want, for how long I want and I don’t feel obligated to stay on to help the collective whole. Hell, I started my own guild again and it’s now level 9. I did it all on my own. The extra storage for goods is awesome. If I ever find my dream geek girlfriend, perhaps she and I can turn it into a duo guild 🙂
I’ve been able to collect a bunch of mounts, achievements and rerun my favorite dungeons. Granted, I can’t gear up as well without doing dungeons and raids with players of my own level. I am pretty much restricted to Lich King dungeons and below. Still I manage to have fun.
Though I sometimes wish I wasn’t so invested in the US account I have, or I’d go back to playing the EU servers. I love the friendliness and miss my friends there. Who knows, maybe I will if I get enough encouragement 😉