Due to an overwhelming amount of e-mails and some pestering friends, I decided to do something a little bit out of the ordinary and hopefully answer some of the questions people have had. As such, I present to you “JD’s interview…with himself.”
Let’s get straight to it. You left WoW about a month ago without notice to anyone, even the Mrs. Why?
There were a couple of ways to look at it. My time and how I use it has changed a fair bit lately, and that resulted in less World of Warcraft. Even since I stopped playing I haven’t even really fired up Guild Wars 2. It’s just not in my schedule right now. But getting back to WoW, I think for some time when I posted about things I wanted to do…I don’t know necessarily if it was “want” or “excuse.”
But you left without saying a word to anyone until after the fact. Why?
I love my friends. I know them well enough that many would have tried to talk me out of it had I discussed it beforehand. Some would go so far as to offer to pay for my subscription (again). That they were awesome enough to give me the Mists expansion told me that deep down, they wouldn’t let me leave necessarily. I think it would have been “here, it’s there for whenever you are.” But I knew I wouldn’t be around and to me that’s a waste of money, whether their choice or not.
Is there anything you miss?
Honestly, I just saw the post on WoWInsider about the Thunderhoof Clan. The all-Tauren guild would have been fun. Though, I think I would’ve lost out on my “vache” based names. In terms of the game itself, so far I don’t miss WoW in the slightest though. I saw Patch 5.2 and really didn’t care for it. The only thing I really miss is the people I experienced the game with. That’s honestly all.
Are you going to continue writing Posthumous even though you aren’t playing the game anymore?
I’ve said that I will continue it. I haven’t written anything because I honestly feel a bit of a disconnection at the moment. Part of it could be the time of year, or just that my attention is elsewhere, but when I look at it I’m just not “feeling it” and if that’s the case the writing isn’t what I want it to be and I won’t release something half-assed just so that it’s out there.
What about the Laid Back Raids page? It hasn’t updated in a bit.
Well, Repgrind and Healblade are definitely still carrying on the legacy so to speak. I gather that attendance has been hit and miss and wasn’t sure if they wanted me to keep posting it or if they’re just going to take it week by week. Truth be told, I personally felt like LBR had served its purpose. I liked it alot, but there was only ever a handful of folks attending. Prior to Mists, people were coming out of the woodwork to go. It was to the point where I could rarely schedule 10-man events. But, as a credit to Blizzard and all the things the current expansion offers, I think people just had too many other things to do in-game. Some were raiding, some were pet battling, some I honestly have no idea…they simply stopped even messaging me. So what I consider “in the end,” there was a small contingency of us that headed out week in and week out. But even then the numbers were low. Of course, if Rep and HB ask me to schedule more dungeons I will be happy to (even though I failed to post one when HB last asked).
You mentioned the WoWInsider article. Are you still keeping up with WoW blogs?
A few, but even then it’s somewhat sporadic. I don’t click every link like I used to, but I do try to check in here and there just to see what my friends are up to. At the same time, it’s a bit difficult to read the content sometimes not because of sentmentality or anything like that, just that I’m literally disconnected from the content.
Since you’ve been without World of Warcraft for a month now, what have you been up to?
Other hobbies when my time allows. I’ve just started a new pencil and paper RPG campaign with some folks, so I’ve been working on that as best I can. All the scatterbrain ideas I have are finally coming to life. I’ve even brought the Tauren with me, lol. I’m being a dad more than ever, and because it’s the spring I feel like I have a giant box (as in, the whole house) of stuff to go through and clean up. I’d love to offer up something more exciting (okay, I did go see P!nk in Toronto, and that was Illidan level awesome), but such isn’t really the case.
I guess the last question people might want to know is have you quit for good?
Never say never. I mean, in the last week I actually joined Facebook. I swore I would never do that, and part of me still has no idea why I did, lol. I can honestly say that I would probably come back at least once to clean up my banks and give some pets to friends (they’ll get more use than I will obviously). Also, I can see my account being activated for the purpose of a Scroll of Resurrection for someone.
Well, I suppose that covers all the pertinent stuff that people have asked me about in the past few weeks. I know leaving the way I did had a lot of folks wondering just exactly what was going on or what happened and it certainly wasn’t the kindest way to treat any of you. But I hope you understand that I had to do it that way for myself. I do miss all of you, but I feel great about stepping away.