I’ve had a few pleasant surprises over the last few days. The first of them was the nice responses I got to my guild search. I heard both on Twitter and via our correspondence of a few opportunities, all of which I plan to look into.
I want to clarify first, partially because of a suggestion I got and partially because, upon reflection, I know I wasn’t perfectly clear about an important point:
While it would be acceptable to me to step into a guild and begin raiding almost immediately (upon reaching gearing level), I’m not looking explicitly for that. I’m more than happy to sit the bench while I get to know people in the guild and vice versa.
I don’t begin to imagine I’m ready to jump into end-game stuff right away, neither from my gear level nor from my play, which is likely grossly out of practice. So if you read my post and thought, “Well, he seems like he’d be a great fit, but we don’t have a spot for him, so I guess we’re (or he’s) out of luck,” please go ahead and send me your information; I’m more than willing to wait.
It was also suggested I link my character’s armory information, which I’m happy to do. My level 90, Iambic (A), is the closest to “raid ready,” but I’m well aware her gearing is too low. My other characters, Paladi (A) and Stubborn (H), have the relevant achievements I mentioned in my raiding resumé. My other characters, only as proof they exist, are (horde side) Palmetto, Pious, Darthfarb, Greendel, and DavyOrckett, and (alliance) Magnificient and Lycandra. I haven’t really raided on Iambic (by which I mean I haven’t raided outside of LFR at all, and I think only once in LFR since I was still a bit opposed to it. Now, I think my “stronger” feelings have mellowed).
I realize wherever I end up I’ll need to both prove my dedication and capability, so if my initial post came off too strongly, I didn’t mean it to; I’m just very gung-ho to get started again. I suspect I’ll wait until this weekend, when my wife goes out of town, and then really start pouring over the suggestions sent to me and hop on a few servers for some cold conversations, which are by far the hardest part of this process.
The second pleasant surprise had to do with the Steam Sale (and so many pleasant surprises do). I purchased Sang-froid, a game on the surface about killing wolves. I’d heard some good things from a few of you, and it had piqued my interest because it was the first game I remember in the greenlight process that I voted for (I’m mean; I vote a vast majority of them down. I only vote up things I know I’d buy). When its price fell, I snatched it up.
Keep in mind alongside Sang-froid I purchased Monaco, Dishonored, To the Moon, Dungeons of Dredmore, and The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing, so when I tell you that I’ve already finished Sang-froid, I want you to know that it means not only that it’s good but that it kept my easily-distracted gaming attention away from all the other games in the meantime.
It was excellent. The story was intriguing, the gameplay was fun, and the vast opportunity for problem solving with so many moving parts was a blast. I have no complaints at all about the game, and as you know, dear reader, that’s a rarity.
I’ve played most of the other games in the list by now, except Dishonored, which I’m keeping for the future. Each one has been excellent in its own regard, and despite my lukewarm feelings towards Diablo 2-style games, Van Helsing has really impressed me in a lot of ways. You’ll get a more full report on that in a separate correspondence, though, but likely not until I’ve finished it. Let it be known, though, that it has several obvious innovations that, now that they’re here, it seems bizarre no one else has provided them.
More on that another time.
Stubborn (and preparing)