It all started after reading the 4.1 Mage patch notes.
I realized Fire was getting no love and I can have no love for a game that gives fire no love.
I thought I’d give it a go.
At 1st I maintained balance between WoW and my latest addiction.
This was possible as my new lust wasn’t Rift or another electronic game that required complete attention (or so I thought at first).
It is after all a (fundamentally) pen and paper based roleplaying game, if presented via a webpage.
So I had the luxury of alt tabbing from WoW to the website. If I reduced my browser just enough I could see what was going on in the game, so I was multitasking in my multiplayer RPGs of choice.
Then I noticed that while herbing I would, best case, stray from my route, worst case I would fly off into the sea and die from fatigue.
Soon I realized Gnome was missing polymorph requests. While I could hear the start of battle, I wasn’t reading the chat frame or watching for sheep marks. That didn’t matter too much, I could make up for that with a couple of blown cooldowns and spectacular dps.
Worse was to come though, on Squidly I would alt tab as each fight ended, standing over the sparkling loot. Worse mainly because as the party healer I should be in range of the tank.
Most of the time I made it, Earth Shield doing the initial heals, a Riptide and an instant Greater Heal and I was like I was paying attention the whole time.
But, the reality was I was mentally and physically engrossed in the other game.
No longer am I running late for work each day while I run a quick AH scan. No, now I find myself wanting one more turn, one more turn that ends many turns and many minutes later.
I am living vicariously through someone else’s desktop roleplaying, set in a familiar yet twisted world.
I wonder how BigBearButt would go reading this… my guess is that he, and many other old school roleplayers will relate all too well.
I highly recommend that any old school pen and paper roleplayers take some time out from WoW and engross themselves in this alternate universe, one in which Jar Jar, you’re a genius and R2D2 is annoying.
What’s even better is there are a huge amount of the strips… I chew through these things, so I love it when there is a bottomless supply.
I will be sad when I get to the end and I have to wait anything more than a minute for the next one to load.
Only 371 till I get to there, and return to WoW!
Gnomer and Out!
PS: Maybe I should have hung onto this post for a few more days… but I have always thought that “Quitting posts” on April fools was a bit cruel.
PPS: I just read something that has made me sad, especially considering my silly quitting post. Farewell Larísa, my longest companion on this blogging trail, you wont be missed, as I will badger you in the background (if infrequently as I do anything and everything).
A toast to the finest Mage Blogger of all time!
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