The weekend that was ended up being a weekend of raiding -casually, of course. The Mrs. and I were faffing about on the TImeless Isle (man is that place easier for a Priest when you have someone with you). I managed to figure out the pillar Treasure Chest and get to it before a Troll Priest. We also chased Evermaw half way around the island…in the water, and to no avail. But Tome came on and in striking up a conversation with her she wondered why I wasn’t there with them. Well, I didn’t really know where “there” was and who “them” referred to. Turns out it was Old Ladies’ raid night. Moments later, the Amateurs were in Dragon Soul.
This was my first Laid Back Raid since I stopped doing Laid Back Raids when I stopped playing last winter. More than anything, it was nice to see some old friends (many of which were there with new faces to play with). We enjoyed ourselves collectively and got as far as Ultraxion before it was called off. I believe that to be the case as we weren’t in vent and the group disbanded rather suddenly.
Last night was Gaudy Sweater night and with many people prepping for New Year’s or still catching up with family over the holidays (or perhaps last night’s football game too), it ended up being a quiet run of myself, the Mrs; and Helke. The latter had her Mage, Mrs. her Druid, and me my Hunter. With three of us, that meant Karazhan was our destination and we tore through the place with the greatest of ease. Tome, be happy to know Cat’s not the only Druid thinking “animal form means they won’t notice I have no sweater.”
If you’ve read the blog for any length of time you know Kara remains my favourite instances in the game. It was great to go through it again (no mount) and remember why. It’s also like the dungeon itself missed me. I out-rolled the Mrs. and snagged the Fiendish Imp (it ended up being the lone pet to drop), and that was after The Curator finally dropped the Dragon-Quake Shoulderpads. I farmed those for the longest time after Transmogrification was introduced as I had designed an outfit around them for Liouxpold. Of course, I’ve long since moved on but will have to go back and put something together for him.
Between the two nights it was great to lean back with some friends and bounce through the two raids. When you leave the game for any length of time and try other MMO’s the first thing you tend to notice is things are drastically different if you lose the social aspect of it. Yes, there are thousands or millions of other players, but it can take you a millennium to build up a circle and odds are you’re not going to know them as well as your WoW “crew.” Plus for some, randomly becoming buddy-buddy with people just isn’t going to happen. Being gone I missed the folks I knew and this weekend was a lovely reminder about part of the reason for that.