Every now and then I have to take a break from the game. Coincidently, the few times that I’ve taken breaks coincided with the birth of children.
I have two Elven Ankle Biters. I swear that they are going to grow up to be rogues.
My first break lasted a couple of months. My second break lasted a little over a month. I played for approximately three years in between breaks.
I’ve noticed a few things in coming back after breaks.
Reincarnation of play
It’s the Relationships
1. Things Change…Fast
First, things change really fast in the world of WoW. People come in and out of the game faster than anticipated. I swear, the only thing that stays the same are the number of Night Elves waiting in line to dance on the mailbox in Goldshire.
People switch guilds, people switch servers, people switch factions, and people switch mains. You leave for two weeks, and the group you’ve been leveling with are twenty levels ahead of you. You realize that the new hangout spot is Stormwind, and you level almost exclusively via daily fishing and cooking quests.
2. Reincarnation of Play
Secondly, there is a good chance that the way you play changes as well. For me, I went from casual a casual RPer/quester/fishing junkie to a casual raider. I say casual, because we were only raiding two nights per week. I now sense a desire to RP more, as well as try out other classes. As it turns out, the game has a lot to offer. We are only limited by our own play style and imagination.
This isn’t a bad thing at all. People change due to circumstance and personal development. It makes sense that our goals, methods, and things that bring us pleasure change as well. Our characters change with us as a virtual extension of our personalities.
3. It’s The Relationships
Lastly, it’s about the relationships. If I miss anything about the game while I’m away, it is the relationships that I’ve built along the way. This is bitter sweet. Remember what I said in the first point?
There is always a good chance that the people you miss may have moved on to other endeavors. But, it still bears out that what keeps me coming back is the relationships. If you are in a good guild, then the $15 monthly charge is peanuts compared to the benefits reaped in playing. The conversations, the group goals achieved, the “doing” of the virtual WoW life is much more satisfying. You may find yourself developing relationships beyond the scope of WoW.
A good friendship is worth it’s weight in gold.
So, why do you find yourself continuing to play through the various incarnations of WoW?