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Part-Core Gaming Strikes Again: Chicago Edition

April 4, 2011

Dear Reader,

It has been a grueling few days, and little looks to change.  I’m all decked out to start raiding (with only one more trinket to worry about), but I’ve been unable to make time to play since last Wednesday due to real life busyness.

Suffice it to say that working four part-time jobs comes with an order of benefits and drawbacks, hold the benefits.  I also planned my semester at my community college somewhat poorly, having two graded assignments due in a single week without realizing that very weekend I would be out of town (which honestly I couldn’t have known). Additionally, I have a huge project coming due in mid-April that has me learning to do things that I’ve never done before (specifically, edit movies).  All of these things coming down at once have sucked all free time from my life.  Even now, I’m writing this from work.

My weekend trip was to Chicago (and somewhat to Wisconsin), and it was, well, it was.  Let’s leave it at that.

That’s not to complain, though.  The work’s been manageable; I just haven’t had much time to play.  Absence makes the heart grow fonder, they say, and we’ll see.  All last week I’m sure you noticed our correspondences starting with “Onward and Upward,” which has been my attitude coming out of the WoW trough I had dipped into, and I’m looking forward to playing and raiding soon.

I expect to get back on my normal schedule of letters to you, dear reader, but I admit they may be posted later in the day than usual, as my hours now nearly forbid any time in the middle of the day.

All that said, I’ve been thinking hard about trying Rift out, too.  I have a tendency to think a lot about playing a game before I play it, as does my buddy, so I don’t know if or when we’ll do that, but it’s out there.  That may annoy some of you, and for that I apologize, but in the end this blog has been as much about the psychology and life surrounding MMOs as about WoW in specific, or even mages.  I note that I’m often put under “mage blogs” when categorized, which confuses me; I have a tauren posted as my image, so clearly he’s not a mage.  Stubborn is, in fact, a druid (but of course), but I’ve been playing a mage most recently.

That’s not to sound ungrateful.  Let me be clear: any and every blog that has ever linked, mentioned, or blogrolled me I appreciate and am grateful for.  Nor am I looking for anyone to change my category; if people read my blog solely for mage information, they’ll soon learn to look elsewhere.  It’s just put a wry smile on my face from time to time when I’ve seen that.  I don’t know what category I’d put my blog in.  It’s a WoW blog, I guess.  I’m not sure I could delve deeper than that.  It’s a Part-Core gaming blog, a title I nearly chose (The Part Core Gamer), but abandoned since it was too reminiscent of “hard core” and “parts” and I didn’t want to confuse anyone.

Plus, Sheep the Diamond somehow just works.

At any rate, I’ll be sitting down tonight with a bottle of water at my computer and giving it a whirl.  While I doubt I’ll have any time to raid this week until Friday, I’ll at least get to log on and see what’s what.  Unless, of course, a Part-core life comes at me from an unexpected angle.

Sincerely,

Stubborn (who’s unsure about Rift)

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