Friday, 14 June 2013

Pandas? Why'd It Have To Be Pandas?

Trivia question for ex-WoW addicts reading: what dungeon achievement is my post title a pun on?

Anyway, a lot has happened since I last blogged. Pandaria, more so than anything else! Did anyone feel compelled to go back and level up to 90? I certainly did, and then some. Almost 5 fricking alts at level 90! What a monumental waste of time! If you're still going cold turkey (and good for you) then you might not know that the experience needed to get from 85 to 90 is like the entire Vanilla experience from 0-max level in terms of time. It's as slow as a grandaddy turtle on an escort quest.

Worse still, the quests are completely linear (I thought they were stopping that after Cata?) so you just repeat the same quests with every alt. Yet for some reason this didn't put me off. I must be deeply psychologically disturbed. Or perhaps a glutton for punishment.

Anyway, after levelling my 2 mains, 3 alts and yet another hunter from scratch, I got incredibly bored with my hunter by the time I got to Northrend. I also achieved the Loremaster title and just suddenly thought: "Loremaster! What else is there left to do?"

This time around quitting was strangely anti-climatic. I haven't even cancelled my subscription yet, I just don't feel the *need* to play any more, it's the strangest thing. I really am completely, utterly at saturation point with WoW now. Who knows, maybe in a few months when the memories have faded, I might feel like going back again. Until then, I'm trying to keep busy with making and selling jewellery (Time for a shameless plug? Not the place? Aww, ok then, maybe next time), watching films, reading, that type of thing.

Things I have discovered outside of WoW in the last year:

Seriously, how good is The Walking Dead?
Married life is pretty sweet (real life ding for me, June 2nd last year)
It's a lot more satisfying eating a real life cake that you have made than doing those damn cooking dailies hoping for the "delicious chocolate cake" recipe to drop

Thanks for reading!


  1. Just discovered your blog. I have flirted with the idea of quitting WoW many times. However, with a gf that plays, it's always been a little hard to give up. Now that she's gotten pissed off and is not playing(for how long, who knows?), I'm suddenly not either. I guess I am going through a little withdrawal because it ended quickly, and wasn't my decision. I've been asked not to log on so as to avoid becoming embroiled in the feud that's still simmering there. I don't really want to play it so much as just peek. Weird. But, I know exactly the feeling you described about quitting this time. I leveled a main to 90, then alt after alt. Of course, raiding and gearing, and everything associated is enough to consume all play time on behalf of one toon. My priest got every hour of play to max his valor while the rest of the freshly-made-90 alts wait their turns to see the inside of MV, HOF, ToES, and eventually ToT. But who has the time?

    Btw, the Walking Dead has been amazing... so is Madmen, another great discovery. Looking forward to being married again. Last one sucked, and WoW stepped in when she

    Well, good luck. I don't know how long we'll stay away ultimately, but it seems like it gets longer each time. Maybe WoW is just filling a spot that needs to be filled with something else and eventually we find it. I'm hopeful, anyway. Sorry to rant, just nice to see someone who feels the same way. Best of luck to you.

  2. Thanks for commenting! It's always nice when someone comes across my little blog and shares some similar experiences with quitting. You mentioned a simmering feud that led to you and your GF quitting, let me guess, guild drama eh? Who needs it? There are so many more important things in life.

    Anyway, good luck to you too, let me know how things go!

  3. I happened across your blog and find it pretty interesting. I've been playing wow on and off since 2009, and have quit 3 or 4 times. I have never had a problem quitting cold turkey, but I do tend to get carried away when I am playing. Thought I was done for good but my wife got me back into it, gearing up and achievement hunting all over again! I guess its not so bad since its something we both love to do. I hope you find that balance, and tell me if you do and how you did it, because I'm still looking!