After a rather hectic Christmas, loads of snow and the fact that we are still in the process of moving house, WoW has been the last thing on my mind. However now the dust is slowly starting to settle, we had a long talk about the game and decided that raiding had pretty much turned into a full time job. So from now on we will be only playing casually. Yes, I’ve said that before but raiding one night a week usually bled into two, three, four, five and in vanilla even six or seven nights a week and that’s just not going to happen this time. Going to stay away from raiding guilds like they have the plague.
The plan is to create two little druids and have some fun. We’ve always enjoyed the whole questing, sneaking around STV looking for unwary little orcs having picnics and running low level instances either two man or with random people and its certainly a much more relaxing way to play the game. After all, as Cavafy so wonderfully put it,
Always keep Ithaca in your mind.
To arrive there is your ultimate goal.
But do not hurry the voyage at all.
It is better to let it last for many years;
and to anchor at the island when you are old,
rich with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting that Ithaca will offer you riches.
Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage.
Without her you would have never set out on the road.
She has nothing more to give you.
And if you find her poor, Ithaca has not deceived you.
Wise as you have become, with so much experience,
you must already have understood what Ithacas mean.
I rather think this sums up the whole game at the moment. The journey to endgame has so much more potential than endgame itself. The continual pattern of buffs and nerfs as classes jockey for position and the way in which content is nerfed so fast so everyone has a chance to see it impacts negatively on gameplay. As a baby druid stalking prey through the jungles of Stranglethorn that will be far from my mind and no doubt I’ll have a lot more fun than listening to a bunch of people scream at each other because some warlock just cost us our last try at a particular boss.