This morning, I logged in early and removed all my toons from the Guild I’ve been a part of since Vanilla. The decision to do this really should have happened years ago, after I tried (as GM) to relaunch the Guild as something inspirational, which pissed off a bunch of people who disagreed with a collective decision by myself and the Officers. I don’t want to rehash the past any more, and what should have happened at the time is what’s been done now. So, here I am in what has been a Vanity Guild for a few years. It gives me 21,000 rep to grind, no Guild chat to concern myself with and a much needed fresh slate on which to work on.
The people I truly care about are no longer playing, on a break or gone for good. As a result, there are really no ties left to my old life, and as I was actively avoiding logging in because I didn’t want to talk to people… This is probably a sign it is time to move on. I work on the theory that if people are upset they’ll tell me (that’s certainly been the case in the past) and I’ll simply deal with this as and when it happens. For everybody else? It’s not like you can’t find me. I’ve been here for seven years, after all. As has been established I’m not upping sticks and stopping playing. I’m well aware other people are doing exactly the same elsewhere, so I may as well stop worrying about offending people and just do what makes me happy.
Here I am, doing just that.
The relief at shifting myself forward is palpable.
What happens next, of course, is not entirely certain. I’ll need some time to sort myself out, but as we’re off on a mini break starting on Thursday, that won’t actually happen for a while. However, what I can do before I go away is grind some resources for the Mobile app, clear up bags and start planning on what happens going forward. As a firmly casual player, there are some aspirations: fishing artefact, mounts, finally finishing my recipe collections. Once that’s done, I suspect I’ll start the process of levelling alts and waiting for the next Expansion.
There’ll also be a lot of screen capping, playing with transmog and general faffing, which has been missing since an incident earlier in the year when someone in my Guild really upset me rather a lot and I finally realised I didn’t feel comfortable remaining there. Now that is resolved in my own mind, it is time to move forward.
I hope you’ll consider joining me on my new adventure.