Things happened this weekend and apparently I am playing World of Warcraft again. Even though this has nothing to do with her directly… I am going to blame Grace for planting the seed in my head that the game is much better once you unlock flight. Next I am going to blame MMO Champion for having a tool at the top of their home page that showed me that I was literally only a reputation grind away from flying in Broken Isles. The power of the thing things combined seemingly turned my “someday” into “do this thing now”. There was a lot of bonus extra credit for folks like Erry and Mort telling me that they missed me, and that I should really show up on raid nights again. As a result I spent my weekend mostly playing World of Warcraft with brief flurries of Destiny and Star Wars the Old Republic. Maybe I just needed some comfort gaming, or maybe things really were the sequence of the events above. Whatever the case I largely enjoyed myself… but not in that “ahhhh… I’m Home” sort of way and more “this is perfectly okay”. I think I would enjoy myself quite a bit more on Alts since really I am too well geared to get much use out of the Broken Isles content.
Probably the highlight of the weekend was raiding with my guild again on Friday. Traditionally Wednesday night is the super serious raiding time, and Friday is the blow off “lets do farm content” night. In truth I don’t so much care about the blow off aspect, and more about the attitude of the two different outings. Raiding stopped being fun for me when everyone got really serious Wednesday nights and stopped having fun. Maybe I just hit a bad patch there, but when the tension in palpable and everyone is super concerned about squeaking that last bit of dps out of their spec… that isn’t really enjoyable for me. What is however is running around like a bunch of nubs and face-rolling content for the fun of it. That is my jam and I have to admit I had an awful lot of fun Friday. I had reached this point where once again I felt like raiding probably “wasn’t for me” but if I can repeat the sort of environment again I could be down with doing this on a weekly basis. I managed to stay alive the entire night… until we got to Gul’dan. My eyes glazed over five minutes into a fifteen minute explanation of the fight and I am sure I died to something stupid and easily avoidable. Regardless I managed to exit the night with a couple of tier pieces, so life was pretty damned peachy.
The other big thing that I did this weekend was play catch up on a ton of content that I had not touched in ages. Withered training was one of those things that I just never really cared about… but I now have a quest to do X number of world quests in Suramar and as a result I am looking for quests to do that are not super annoying. The above haul involved unlocking a bunch of shit that I had never unlocked before, and in theory I will really be able to steamroll the place next time. My biggest frustration with withered training has nothing to do with the training itself… and more to do with the fact that it is still annoying to get Ancient Mana. Sure it is easy enough if you are out running around in Suramar to get it as a drip feed while you do other things… but to purposefully try and seek it out is really freaking annoying. I mean I know there is the Vineyards trick, but every time I go there the lootables seem to be farmed down pretty heavily. The real win of the weekend through is that I am roughly 1600 reputation away from being able to fly. The question is if I will actually stick around after achieving this goal.