So late last night, feeling a fit of digestive upset that could only be cured by a peanut butter and honey sandwich with a tall, icy glass of milk, I fired up World of Warcraft and hit level 80. I've been playing WoW off and on for years, but this is the first time I'd ever reached the game's maximum level. And so, now what?
I was initially reluctant to post about this, because it seems such a petty achievement in the grand scheme of things, but then I was a gamer before I was whatever it is that I am now, so why not? I think it's pretty cool in a very geekish way, and since my wife and I tend to watch television, read, surf the web, and play games in the same room, it hasn't affected my social life. When we don't go out, we're there together with our dogs, and we're both curmudgeons. Wife, dogs, game: all is well with the world. I don't need you people.
But on the topic of "now what?", a few members of the Popehat forum and I have begun a casual leveling guild, named Susan Express, for sessions on Monday nights. We intend to play select characters together, level them together, hit old world dungeons together, and in general use the game as the glorified chat room it's always been. Characters will be, hopefully, appropriately leveled. No "twinks," no level 80s running 4 low level characters through high level dungeons. Though I am pretty generous with my gold.
The guild is based on the Wyrmrest Accord realm, a "role-playing" server chosen because such servers tend to have more adults playing. We are aligned with the Horde faction, because to be honest the Alliance makes my teeth grind.
If you'd like to join us (I know we have a few current and ex-WoW players reading the site), post a comment here or better still in the devoted thread in our forum, or contact me (character name Tusker), in game.