Einstein has been famously attributed with having defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Today, I’ll provide evidence for my future mental incompetency trial by showing that I have, apparently, gone crazy.
How, you ask? Well, I’m not answering that question yet. Instead, I’m going to talk about why. The same sickness, the same mental defect that can lift up the lowest spirit or be used by evildoers to break the strongest has bitten me again: hope. Hope for something better. I’m hoping that this time, these new characters I’ve rolled on this new server (there’s your how), will provide me with the experience I’ve been missing, part-core raiding.
I didn’t just roll blindly this time like I did during my Burning Blade mistake (characters stranded there: 2, a mage and a DK). This time, I’m finally trying to join up with another real-life friend who I play in my Vampire game with. She’s been raiding with portions of this guild for a long time, much longer than the Vampire campaign has existed, and has been politely offering to recruit us all along as she’s heard stories of the many travesties to raiding we’ve experienced. Finally, I’ve regrown enough hope to take her up on her offer.
So my wife and I rolled two pandas: her, a monk, me, a priest (I would have gone druid, but pandas can’t be druids, those chumps). We’ll be tanking and healing our way through leveling dungeons on our way to 90. Since my wife’s play time is significantly less than my own, I also started a DK, the champions of leveling shortcuts. I began queueing (5 vowels in a row FTW) as soon as I got out of the starter zone, and man is it hard to tank pre-heart strike and death ‘n’ decay (actually, it’s not. Just spam blood boil). It was weird, though, until I got those “signature” tanking abilities.
Why didn’t I just pay for a transfer, you ask? You’re right. I calculated the likely time it’ll take for me to get to 90 – I’m guessing somewhere between 25 and 50 hours, and figured that Blizz’s 25 dollar transfer deal is actually a steal. I’ll be “paying” myself about 50 cents an hour, about what I made as a new teacher in South Carolina a decade ago, but far less than I’m “worth” now. However, I’ve given Blizz probably $1000 dollars in transfer money already (since it’s often been faction + server for both my wife and I), and I just don’t want to any more. Rift allows free transfers every so often. TSW made servers irrelevant. And servers are already irrelevant in WoW for everything except end-game raiding (and maybe PvP?). I just won’t do it any more. I’ve said it before: I’m not called Stubborn for nothing.
Speaking of Stubborn, the name was already taken for my panda priest, but the word that Google told me was phonetically equivalent to stubborn in Chinese -Wangu – was not. I’m not sure I like the “wang-u” connotation of it, but “wan-gu,” which I expect is the correct pronunciation, is fine. I’m just worried about “Wang-u, Wang-me!” style jokes.
So we begin again anew. I’m going to try not to rush it and burn out like I did with the 10×85 (only 5 levels short, damnit!), but I don’t want to drag my feet, either, or the hopeling (level 1 rare quality pet) I’m trying to cultivate may waste away.