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The beginning of the end

November 9, 2009

For the last month or so, while I’ve been leveling my various alts, I’ve had a weird sensation.  Like I had to hurry.  I am a decently quick leveler by nature, of course, but I felt like I needed to work that much harder to level faster, to get to 80 sooner.  No, this wasn’t the hurry to raid that I wrote about already.  I wasn’t sure exactly what it was, but I had an idea.  Reading Much Ado About Nothing over at Altadin gave me the words I was looking for.

The beginning of the end.

This isn’t the first time that it’s been written or mentioned – it has been every time Blizz makes a change that people don’t like, but there were quite a few “beginning of the end” grumblings after Wrath ceased being new and shiny.  I disregarded it, of course, but that was the first time it occurred to me that World of Warcraft can’t go on forever.  Before that, I was happily playing, looking forward to more playing and had no reason to think that World of Warcraft won’t be there in another year for me to play as well.  But… now, for some reason, I feel like since I’ve got a late start with my alt(s), that I’ll be missing out somehow, that I’ll be “too late”.  For what,  I don’t know.

Cataclysm won’t be out for another year at the least, so I know I have time to catch up.  I’ll get 80, I’ll work on the rep meta game, I’ll find time to work on Loremaster[1. I WILL have a Loremaster title if it kills me], I’ll raid.  I know I’ll have that before Cataclysm.  But I have this ridiculous fear that tomorrow (or the day after or the day after) will be the last day and I’ll not have a chance to get there.

Am I the only one with this irrational fear?  Or is everyone content where they are, not a care in the world?


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The beginning of the end

November 9, 2009

For the last month or so, while I’ve been leveling my various alts, I’ve had a weird sensation.  Like I had to hurry.  I am a decently quick leveler by nature, of course, but I felt like I needed to work that much harder to level faster, to get to 80 sooner.  No, this wasn’t the hurry to raid that I wrote about already.  I wasn’t sure exactly what it was, but I had an idea.  Reading Much Ado About Nothing over at Altadin gave me the words I was looking for.

The beginning of the end.

This isn’t the first time that it’s been written or mentioned – it has been every time Blizz makes a change that people don’t like, but there were quite a few “beginning of the end” grumblings after Wrath ceased being new and shiny.  I disregarded it, of course, but that was the first time it occurred to me that World of Warcraft can’t go on forever.  Before that, I was happily playing, looking forward to more playing and had no reason to think that World of Warcraft won’t be there in another year for me to play as well.  But… now, for some reason, I feel like since I’ve got a late start with my alt(s), that I’ll be missing out somehow, that I’ll be “too late”.  For what,  I don’t know.

Cataclysm won’t be out for another year at the least, so I know I have time to catch up.  I’ll get 80, I’ll work on the rep meta game, I’ll find time to work on Loremaster[1. I WILL have a Loremaster title if it kills me], I’ll raid.  I know I’ll have that before Cataclysm.  But I have this ridiculous fear that tomorrow (or the day after or the day after) will be the last day and I’ll not have a chance to get there.

Am I the only one with this irrational fear?  Or is everyone content where they are, not a care in the world?


11 Comments leave one →
  1. Adlib permalink
    November 9, 2009 9:47 PM

    This is just a tiny bit related to your post, but I’m always surprised at the number of Loremasters I see on my server. I want it too, but every time I look at how far I am from the requirements, my eyes bug out. I’ve played the same toon since Vanilla, and I still feel like I’m further away from it than I should be with no heirloom items to help me out or anything.

  2. November 9, 2009 9:51 PM

    I agree with tahas as per the timing of Cataclysm, and for the same reasons. Blizzard averages ~4 months per major Raid patch, I don’t see that changing. If 4.0 is out later than June, I’ll honestly be surprised..-= Jov´s last blog ..<a href="http://snarkcraft.wordpress.com/2009/11/06/brief-note/“ rel=”nofollow”>Brief note =-.

  3. November 9, 2009 9:52 PM

    For me, it’s knowing that the Arthas storyline is coming to an end (at least as far as we know). That story is so amazingly crucial to my WoW experience, both from WCIII and from WoW, that I have trouble imagining a game without it. A WoW without Illidan, though odd, doesn’t have the same impact (to me) as an Azeroth without Arthas, especially given that my main is a Paladin from Lordaeron. I have a little bit of that “beginning of the end” feeling as well – even though I’m sure it will continue, for me, into Cataclysm.

  4. November 9, 2009 10:22 PM

    Interesting – I had never noticed a pattern. Thanks for pointing that out :)

  5. November 9, 2009 10:23 PM

    When I looked at how many quests Anea had left to get Loremaster, I got all deflated too. I couldn’t believe that I had only done X-amount of quests. I felt like I had been playing for so long, surely I should be closer! I hate to think that if I had just worked on it little bit by little bit, I would be very close if not done by this point, but I won’t torture myself with that thought…

  6. November 10, 2009 12:04 AM

    I’ve been feeling pretty dejected about the game since.. a few weeks into the release of Ulduar. My guild at the time was raiding 3 times as much a day as usual trying to get server firsts and it killed the fun of Ulduar so fast I couldn’t enjoy it the way other people did :<That's how long I've felt "the beginning of the end" Blogging, alting and achievements keep me going..-= Jaedia´s last blog ..<a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/lazy-sniper/iEkg/~3/dS8UvFhw1dw/“ rel=”nofollow”>For The Horde =-.

  7. November 10, 2009 1:47 AM

    WCI: No Arthas, Thrall, Deathwing, or Old Gods.WCII: No Arthas, Thrall, or Old Gods, and Deathwing was a bit different from how we imagine him today, and Lothar kicks the bucket.I could add more to this, but my point is that previous games in the series did just well without these icons.Warcraft will change, because the world changes over time. For some that will mean the end, for others it will mean a fresh start. Only time will tell if Blizz can keep their numbers up after repeated expansions. If they can’t?/shrugWell, if it gets old for me, I’m sure I’ll find something else to do.

  8. November 10, 2009 2:25 AM

    Don’t think of it as a time constraint, just think of it as knowing the future. ;).-= Tahas´s last blog ..<a href="http://tahasnottatas.wordpress.com/2009/11/09/patching-wait-a-minute/“ rel=”nofollow”>Patching? Wait a minute… =-.

  9. November 10, 2009 3:19 AM

    I’m sure I’ll find something else too. I bet my knitting would progress a lot faster if I spent as much time knitting as I did on Warcraft ;)

  10. November 10, 2009 8:58 AM

    For me, it’s all about perspective. Coming from EverQuest, where it seemed like every four months, they were adding a new expansion (and I’m probably pretty close with that estimate), and the “race to the end” got that much longer with each new release.The difference between EQ and WoW, though, is that EQ had very limited lore. There was little background other than a couple “creation myths” detailing a few wars between the gods, and not much else. The players of EQ were kept busy by introducing just another monster to slay – to me, that is a dying game.WoW’s lore is EXPANSIVE. We already have WC1, 2, and 3 leading us up to WoW, but before that, we also have some fantastic lore behind the Titans, Sargeras, the Twisting Nether, the Draenei (admittedly ret-conned)… There are probably tons of iconic figures and factions that we haven’t even heard of yet. This world we play in has a lot of life left, granted by a bunch of guys and gals who’ve given their creativity and art into a pretty marvelous tapestry, when you take a minute to step back and look at it. The players who enjoy World of Warcraft have so much more than “kill X rabbits” or “I’m going to spend six hours grinding this zone for a bubble of experience, and I won’t learn anything about the world I play in at all.” I don’t know about you, but every quest I’ve ever done, I’ve read it in its entirety. It brings life to the game, knowing the story behind it all.We’ve still got a long way to go, and the end certainly isn’t going to be here tomorrow. If 11 million subscribers is any indication, the end won’t be for a very long time.Walk your path. Choose your pace. Live out your character’s ambitions.You have plenty of time..-= Pixelated Executioner´s last blog ..<a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/PixelatedExecutioner/~3/1YKy5IwgSs8/arms-warrior-elementary-school-q.html“ rel=”nofollow”>Arms Warrior Elementary School, Q & A =-.

  11. Mark permalink
    November 10, 2009 8:58 PM

    I know it was mentioned above but I would also be surprised if it was later than June. I honestly expect Cataclysm to come out in the spring so they can space out it’s release and Starcraft 2 assuming it comes out for the holiday season. Also Blizzard has said repeatedly they want to get closer to the goal of one expansion per year and they felt this one they did a lot better job of getting the time down. If it came out any later than spring it’s pretty much 2 years since lich king so there isn’t any improvement.

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