Looking for a reason to log in

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Earlier this week Blizzard Watch posted a breakfast topic called When’s it time to walk away from a game? which made me think a lot about how little I’ve played WoW recently. Right now I don’t remember when I last logged in, it might have been a week ago or maybe more. The last thing I did was to buy a WoW Token for gold and cancel my subscription because I don’t want to pay real money anymore when I so much gold.

I think there are several reasons to why I don’t play WoW that much anymore. One reason is that I don’t have a guild. The guild I was a social member in stopped raiding so almost everyone left and it went to quiet, there were rarely anyone online. My boyfriend and I went looking for a new guild and we found one but it doesn’t seem like a lot’s going on there either. We were online a lot at first when we joined but there were never more than five or so online and it didn’t look like they got any raids together. We haven’t been online in a while now so I’m not sure how it’s now and I don’t feel like we’ve given them a good chance.

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Another reason to why I don’t play so much is that I don’t think there is a lot of fun things to do in-game anymore. I got tired of looking for a rated battleground team in Looking For Group every time I wanted to do some rated battlegrounds and I finished my Nemesis quests in Ashran only to discover that I had totally forgotten about the Highmaul Coliseum which you have to do to get 100 kills or a win if you are to get the Warlord of Draenor title which I wanted. I haven’t played the coliseum yet but I watched my boyfriend do it and I didn’t like how you’re in a raid with everyone there and they can put up mage portals before the match start so you accidentally click them and get ported out from the match, talk to each other before the match starts or how people can group up if they know each other, use some kind of voice chat and easily just kill those not in the team and then let one of their players win. I guess I’ll go back and do it sooner or later, but not right now.

I think Warlords of Draenor is a good expansion and I’ve had a lot of fun leveling my characters, doing everything there is to do in my garrison, exploring, learning about the lore, battling in Ashran and battlegrounds it’s just that I don’t find it that fun anymore and I can’t find anything I really want to do. But there are plenty of things I could do that I haven’t done yet in Draenor or even more things I could go back to previous expansions and do. Like collect new pets, go fishing, finally finish the celestial tournament, kill bosses for mounts, get some new transmog gear or take my first step into Blackrock Foundry. But I just don’t feel like doing any of those things so I don’t want to do it just to do it, just to do something, I want to wait until I really want to and then do it.

It feels like it’s time for a small break, not like I’m going to quit and don’t know when I’m coming back, but just do as I do right now, play less, log in when I want to and play other games as well. I think it would help a lot if I had a guild to play with, that’s what I miss the most.

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I installed Diablo III last week. Haven’t played it since last fall before the release of Warlords of Draenor but I played a lot before that. I read up on seasons and created my first seasonal character, a wizard which is level 70 now. I already have a normal wizard at level 70 but I wanted to start from the beginning and relearn it, and I’ll do the same with a demon hunter which is my second favorite class. My boyfriend started playing again as well, so we play together which is really fun because it’s been a while since we played anything together.

I think I’ll just continue to play Diablo for a while and maybe some old games, maybe look for a guild and wait for the day I really want to play again and find a reason to login.

Do you still play WoW regularly or are you struggling to find a reason to log in?

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Screenshots from Draenor

Draenor is a beautiful place with many different zones which all have something unique you want to capture a picture of either it be the fall colored trees in Talador, windswept and snow-covered fields in Frostfire Ridge, the galactic sky in Shadowmoon Valley or the moons which are visible in every zone. I have taken around 1000 screenshots in Draenor and here are some of my favorites.

Which zone or area in Draenor is your favorite?

Hidden in Mount Volwrath

It was merely a coincidence that I discovered this small easter egg hidden high up in Mount Volwrath in Talador.

I was exploring the area around Tanaan Jungle when I thought I’d use Aviana’s Feather to climb some mountains on the border of Talador and Tanaan Jungle so I could get a nice overlook of the zones. It took a while to get up to the top as the cooldown on Aviana’s Feather is 10 minutes. I was on my way down again when I saw something on a ledge below and I jumped down to it.

There I found a painting easel with a framed canvas which looks unfinished, a paint brush and a box of water on a small table, a bag with the Horde symbol on it and an American football.

I have no idea what it means but I read here that there is a leveling designer named Colin Volrath and this mountain is called Mount Volwrath. The Horde general in Ashran, High Warlord Volrath, is named after Colin so maybe this mountain is too, but I don’t know.

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I went around on the other side of Mount Volwrath and found this orb object floating in the sky. I have no idea what it is and why it’s there, might just be misplaced and forgotten.

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Have you found any easter eggs or other less known places or items in Draenor?

A busy month of WoD and IRL

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November was a busy month with BlizzCon, the launch of Warlords of Draenor, my 25th birthday and a visit from Sweden. At first we spend a lot of time fixing the apartment we have lived in for four months now. There were still some things to do and stuff to buy, but it’s about finished now after a few trips to IKEA and some other stores. We had to prepare for both the expansion launch and my birthday including two birthday parties so the fridge and storage were filled with all kinds of goodies.

Our plan was to play as much as we could that week and weekend in between work and birthday parties, but it didn’t work out that well because of the latency and queue problems on our realm. So it took much longer than we thought to level up and the first levels took the longest. We decided to just wait for it all to get better and spent more time doing other things like do the first quests on our alts to get them to the garrison, complete missions, level professions and sell stuff at the auction house. My druid is a scribe and got all the new glyphs pretty quick so I sold all of them and earned a good amount of gold the first week.

We had a visitor from Sweden the weekend after so we spent the whole weekend showing her the city, visiting family and eating amazing food. Went to Pepperkakebyen which is the largest gingerbread town in the world, enjoyed the view of the city from Fløyen and ate Norwegian Christmas dinner.

It didn’t take long to hit level 100 when we finally had time to play. Now we’re trying to gear up for raids by doing heroic dungeons and we might try out some challenge modes soon. I’m also planning to level up my shaman very soon, she’s already level 92 but she’s stuck in her garrison doing missions and profession stuff. I think and hope we will have more time to play in the future, but there is a lot to do this month as well with Christmas coming up soon. We’re not going anywhere but we have some presents to buy, then there is work, family visits and meetings with friends.

How has your first month of Warlords of Draenor been?