My summer gaming has come to a close–I’m back in class and working long days. In one way this is somewhat of a boon. Instead of having a large chunk of time each day to grind a ‘toon, the opposite is now true. I get an hour, if I’m lucky, when I get home from work. This has made my focus much more narrow, and put a sudden stop to my summer game hopping. From LotRO, to PVP WoW, EQ2, Silent Hunter III, and most recently EVE Online, I flittered between games with sporadic focus at best. Without the luxury of time, I rarely get much more than a start on some real grinding/questing before its time to log and focus on the next work day.
World of Warcraft earned me a brief break this summer, but soon left me feeling the same grind countless bloggers have explored–the narrowness of leveling paths, the ganking, etc. and I moved back to Everquest II. My hiatus from Norrath broken, I found my former raiding guild had reformed as a hard-core raiding force with a stringent attendance policy. In short, any attendance policy is stringent if you teach and coach. I was out of a guild, besides my standby Shades of Twilight triumvirate with Wilhelm and a friend from the MUD days. Fine for getting those status points, but we don’t run instances.
In fact, after rerolling a couple new toons, I am getting a little lonely. The active people we do have in the guild all have raiding toons in other guilds and I am not prepared to commit to a schedule I know I cannot keep. There are no tells coming to Gaff, minus the spam, and while I am normally perfectly content to grind alts, it hasn’t been the case of late. As I look towards RoK, what will I do with my endgame toons? Without a larger group to play with, the vast amount of content is closed to me. My coaching season will end just about the time the expansion is released, and I think I need to find a casual guild that hits some of the group content at least, and raids occasionally at most.
But how to begin the process? Which would be a good fit for me? I can look at the guild search page, but of course that tells me little of what I really want to know–what are the people like? Are they fun? Helpful? Can I participate in some group content with what weekend time I have? Perhaps I should just quit whining and take the plunge! Now, how to get Blintz to go with me…