2 comments on “Finding the Time

  1. I started the day the game was released in late Nov. of 2004. I had just turned 30, and had a 6 and a 7 year old. The game took up a lot of my time (far too much, esp. during the Vanilla / TBC years) as I struggled with the complexities of guild leadership–I’m in the process of retelling that story now on my blog.

    When WotLK was released, I re-structured both my life and “the game”, delegating more tasks to officership and sticking to a more rigid schedule that allowed for life-related activities to coincide with my guild leading / raid running. I was able to keep that same schedule from mid-SSC until the start of Dragon Soul, which is when my 25m collapsed under the weight of 10/25 locks and the additional burden of LFR.

    I took some time away from “the game” in order to reflect back on those years and felt that, had things not gone *quite* the way they had in Cataclysm, I would’ve been able to continue this schedule quite likely until the end of WoW, which is being predicted at the conclusion of the *next* expansion (the one which will follow MoP), and the schedule worked extremely well. 5 days of the week I was able to get everyone done, from a family perspective, that needed being done, and had two dedicated raid nights to push content.

    Today, I do not raid (at least, not yet), but I enjoy MoP at a casual pace, along with my son, who is now 14 (my 15 year old daughter has no interest in WoW, short of playing with character creation). The stresses of 25m management are now gone, and with that, a huge weight has been lifted, and I’ve been able to devote even more time to things I’ve put off: an excess of games I skipped over the last 8 years, learning to play the guitar, more reading of books, and a new found interest in business management (after having done guild management).

    I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to raid like I did, but not due to life management or scheduling; at our peak, we were competing against hardcore guilds doing 2x our time–and we kept a good pace, and perhaps when the final expansion is released, I’ll make an 11th hour bid to re-build an all-star team from my previous generations, so that we can stick a fork in Sargeras once and for all.

    …he has it coming, after all.

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