All Good Things…*
Let’s hypothetically assume Blizzard goes out of business and decides to shut down their servers and WoW for good. You have 5 hours before the server shutdown is permanent. What would you do in 5 hours?
Although it is doubtful that WoW will not outlast my actual interest in the game, it made me pause and rethink my gameplay for a moment. The current people I know were introduced to me by friends who brought me into WoW over the course of the past year. They are very generous and helpful people. They’ve allowed me to use a few things from the guild bank so I could enchant my gear, tanked and DPS’d and healed my PUG instances, helped complete group quests, and did dailies with me. Yesterday, the ultimate act of kindness from one of them was to put together a Zul’Aman group for those who were inexperienced and have never been in there.
If the above hypothetical situation were to happen (and if I were elsewhere), I would return to that guild where these people belong to. I would spend time with them and go with them to do whatever they were doing. I’ve never stayed in contact with people I met through gaming for very long. I may have some of their contact info, but I would rarely talk with them. The only thing I would miss the most is the daily contribution from Blog Azeroth. All the posts and insights and sharing we do through blogging brought this game’s experience to a whole new level for me. It’s the daily readings about accomplishments and setbacks that I will miss.
If I had more time, I would take a whirlwind tour of Azeroth and Outland and fill in those grayed out areas in my maps. Places like the Horde starting zones and pre-BC endgame territories I never had much chance to see. The game was built so extensively for a reason, thus it would be a loss to not see everything there is to offer.
There are several options of where I would leave my character. One of my favorite places in the game is on the balcony of the building which houses the ammunition vendor on Aldor Rise. The view there is just stunning. Another option would be to return to Teldrassil, the roots of my hunter and also where he tamed his first pet. Another would be to leave him flying the skies of Nagrand, where I fell in love with Outland.
Larísa is right about one thing: we are not our armor and weapons. But one bow has always been a part of me. The [Ranger Bow] was one of the reasons I wanted to play a hunter when I was looking into WoW. I would buy another one from the auction house and log out with it.
It would give me the sense that I’ve come back full circle to the reasons why I loved the game in the first place: exploration and excitement.
*Who can identify where the title comes from?