I should have sat down and wrote this long before the final 24 hours, but details are details. While this sounds like a to do list, understand there are a number of other things I could add to the list but it comes down to each individual’s situation and subsequent plans.
First off, determine if you’re taking a break, no longer playing, or severing your ties with the game completely. This probably doesn’t sound like much but in the grand scheme of things it actually is. If for whatever reason you unequivocally will not ever play the game again, then you have some options.
- Log out, delete all toons and uninstall the game. It isn’t meant to sound dramatic, just there’s no point even having it around to tempt you if a permanent vacation is what you definitively seek to achieve.
- Go out with a bang. If you’re on an RP server, you could have a tonne of fun with this. Really, any server. But, the RP one could allow some fun as your character says farewell.
- What to do with all that loot? You could sell off all your belongings, via vendor and auction house, and either contribute it to your guild or a means of giving it away to people. The latter could be a tonne of fun based on your creativity.
If you think you’re quitting, be honest with yourself. If there’s the slightest chance you’ll come back, then I wouldn’t go quite to the extremes of the first scenario. I certainly wouldn’t delete characters. Seriously, you will kick yourself if you come back. Heck, I’ve seen it firsthand. On the other hand, if you feel the need to remove any temptation to return to the game, then by all means just go with the first idea and ignore everything else I’ve said.
In your final hours, don’t put anything in the auction house that might expire after you do. What’s the point? You won’t see the money. In my case, I’ve debated putting up some 12 hour auctions later today, but I doubt that will happen. I’ll be content with the 24 hour ones I threw up yesterday before work. Everything else will get banked/stored.
With that, clean up your characters. It probably sounds silly if you’re leaving the game, but I’m rolling on the mindset you might come back. If you do then you are going to want to hit the ground running so to speak. You don’t want the first thing upon your return to be cleaning up your bags. Granted, some items lose their usefulness over time (I’m looking at you, wretched Coilfang Armaments) but you can’t predict that. You can toss the grey animal parts that have gathered in your bags while you worked on your skinning.
Don’t make a bucket list. Regardless of what your plans are, do not make a list of things to do before your subscription is up (unless you’re planning months to a year in advance). It’s ok to have one or two things you would like to do (in my case, killing Arthas) but do not make a list. The end result is you will do your best to achieve all these things and you might succeed. The more likely result is you won’t in the time you have left and you’ll subsequently stick around “just a little bit longer.” Some people have the self control to still walk away. Many do not.
Give your friends a little kickback if you can. I don’t mean creating a will and testament of everything you have that isn’t soulbound. But if you’ve got bank alts like me, this is a great chance to provide for those who are going to continue to play the game while, or long after, you’re gone. They’re your friends. It wouldn’t hurt to give them a little love on the way out the door (#notlikethat). In my case, among other things, I’m going to see if Mrs. Amateur has an alt, or space for one, that can join my bank alt’s guild. I may even buy another bank tab for it today just so she has that much more space to work with.
Visit your favourite spots. Whether it’s just for nostalgia sake or perhaps to take some final screenshots for the digital photo album, just go. Put on some music, or turn up the in-game music, and just go for a final tour by yourself. See the things throughout the game. Remember the fun you had, or even that feeling when you first saw them. Just a nice and peaceful way to wind down.