Well, it looks like life has conspired against me.
I have to give a great big Shout Out to Dwarven Battle Medic. Thanks for mentioning me as one of the “new bloggers. I’m not exactly new; but I had let the blog go dormant for a bit. I’ve since started it back up. I have to admit, that DBM has to be one of my favorite bloggers; right behind BBB and Ratters.
I’ve also started following Hello Tauren.
She is doing the 20 days of wow thingy; and has inspired me to do the same. So, here it goes!
Day 1, Introduce Yourself!
Hi. I’m Zwingli.
I’m a Nelf-Huntard.
Ok, I’m actually a human being. White, male, late 30s, married with a couple of kids.
Are you afraid yet?
Wait, it gets better.
I’m also a minister. Yeah, that’s right, I work in a church.
Are you still reading? I can hear people running for the door.
That’s ok, I understand.
Actually, that is the main reason I’m keeping this blog semi-anonymous. A few people know who I am. Most don’t however. Simply put, I would prefer to not put up with the drama that can come along with being a member of the clergy, that also plays a Fantasy MMO. You can’t imagine the grief a minister can catch within the walls of a church. There isn’t a forum troll alive that can compare to it.
It is a matter of identity. Every where I go, it is Brother this, and Brother that. That is the thing with this type of vocation, you’re never off the clock. Every person in town knows I’m the pastor of so-and-so church. But, when I log onto WoW, I’m just one of the many players online at that moment.
I find a great release of stress by leveling characters and doing dailies. While my RL job has very few concrete points of completion, rarely is a job over, much less “well done.” I find reaching “Exalted” with a faction rather satisfying. In a job that has LOTS of solo time in it, lots of alone time (especially since people really don’t want to get to know you beyond the professional facade); participating in an Guild Achievements, Instance or Raid can be hugely gratifying. Helping a group achieve a set difficult goal is just wonderful!
So, this is me. I shall continue to use the name Zwingli (named after Ulrich Zwingli, a Protestant Reformer). I’m the guy playing WoW, after the stress of funeral, hospital visits, wedding, or one of those really nasty committee meetings that we end up finding ourselves in at times.
One thing I will always remember: WoW is just a game. Whether we are leveling, instancing or raiding; it just isn’t that important. In real life; the monsters are bigger, hit harder, and have much longer lasting consequences for a wipe.
Hi, I’m Zwingli. I’m a Nelf-Huntard.