For the past few years, I’ve been unemployed more often than not — and when I have been employed, it’s only been part-time. This hasn’t really been a problem for us because BTH has a good solid job that he enjoys that pays well enough for us to live comfortably on just his income. With intermittent employment and no children (yet), I’ve had a lot of free time, much of which I’ve spent either playing or blogging about WoW. What a fantasy life, eh? Being in limbo hasn’t really been as fun as it may sound, though. The longer it went on, the more shallow and unfulfilling such a lifestyle became for me. But no longer.
That job that I interviewed for a couple of weeks ago? I got it.
By mid-August, my spare time in which to play, think, and blog about WoW will have dwindled away to the same few hours as all the rest of you who already have full-time jobs. With that in mind, here’s an updated version of my pre-Warlords/summertime To Do list. Items that have been completed are struck out and items that I am dropping from the list are greyed out.
Alts still needing to reach 90
Pet Battling Monk (currently
Human Mage (currently 87)
Male Tauren Warrior (currently 22) to 60+, will then be boosted to 90
Get shinies for Transmogrification from Mists LFR with each of the healing classes:
Shaman, Paladin, Priest (in-progress), Monk, Druid
Complete Kamalia’s Pandaren, Mogu (9/20), and Mantid (1/8) archaeology museums
Fish for Flying Tiger Gourami, Alpha Spinefish, Mimic Octopus with Kamalia until she becomes Best Friends with Nat Pagle (currently Pal)
Farm Skyshards and capture Alani (7/10)
Run each level 90 normal Scenario at least once
Start Warlock on Green Fire quest chain
Level enough pets of each family to be able to obtain the Tamer title and the safari hat and do the Celestial Tournament.
Level Male Tauren Warrior’s Engineering at least high enough to specialize as Gnomish and acquire necessary recipes & mats for specialization quest before using free boost to 90
I do still want to do most of these greyed-out things — I just won’t be trying to do them by the end of the summer or even particularly before Warlords launches anymore.
I have increasingly had the feeling that Warlords may end up being my last expansion of playing WoW. This exciting new job is a full-time, tenure-track academic faculty position. Even though it’s only at a two-year school and I’ll be focusing on teaching rather than on research, I anticipate that I will be working my tail off many nights and weekends in addition to my normal work week hours. In addition to the disappearance of my free time, there’s also that no-flying thing (I appreciate the reasons for disallowing it, but I will dearly miss the convenience!), the uncertainty about how alt-friendly & leveling-with-a-buddy-friendly Garrisons will be thing, and, most crushingly for me, the no-Tier-in-LFR thing. I’ve always thought that I’d like to keep playing World of Warcraft at least until Kamalia reached level 100, and when Warlords finally arrives, Kamalia will certainly level to 100 and develop her Garrison and do as much other level 100 stuff as I feel like I have time for. I don’t know that I can (or should) make any predictions about how much I’ll be able to do on Draenor with my current high-level alts. The probability that I will eventually throw gobs of money at Blizzard to boost my junior (currently level 60-ish or under) Mages and Tauren has significantly increased — I want to Mog with most of those characters more than I really want to play with them, though I will still be leveling each of them to 60+ prior to boosting because Professions. We shall have to wait and see, however, where my career takes me and how I feel about Warlords when I am actually playing the game.