A Long Hiatus…

Due to an extremely busy schedule of work, filmmaking, and a wedding (yes, mine), I haven’t touched World of Warcraft in three weeks. I always knew I’d be taking time off, but not for this long. And sure enough, the itch has come back, and I’m ready to jump back in.

However, before I run back to my guild and realm, I’m extremely nervous about being “behind”. Everyone knows that the virtual world moves much faster, and my guildmates are most probably another raid dungeon ahead of me. We had 5 full-time mages running raids, all attempting to gear up. I was already #3 in the pecking order. Where am I now? What if they recruited more mages? Hell, some guilds would kick someone out for three weeks of inactivity.

With only one piece of epic loot, it’s a very good possibility that i’ve cost myself more than just three weeks of raids. Has anyone ever had a situation like this? What was your solution? My biggest fear is that I have lost my spot in the guild entirely, or at least as a member of the “Top 40”. When this happens, am I pretty much looking at a new guild, or hours and hours of grinding in the hopes of earning my place back?

Advice is appreciated.

7 Comments so far

  1. Santo (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 1:34 pm

    Hopefully, you guild is not very severe when it comes to your “game attendance”. If anything, youve let the rest of the Mages gear up, so catching up can be faster, as the others already have the loot you need.

    If your guild uses the DKP system as mine does, chances are you will stay near your original place, since everyone else should have been using up their DKP points (depending on drops). The point is, you are probably ok.

  2. Jason (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 2:30 pm

    I agree with Santo, and on top of that, any guild that kicks you out because you took time off to get married is not a guild that I’d recommend. :)

  3. pierce1215 (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 5:17 pm

    just remember – it’s not a job. we have those, we play this because it’s fun.

  4. milkfilk (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 6:31 pm

    You need to chant this: “they will not miss me”. WoW goes on. You take breaks, don’t worry. Put it down. You’re going to have to quit one day.

  5. Burnside of Kargath (unregistered) on May 26th, 2006 @ 5:37 am

    I think you are incorrect in saying “they will not miss me”. Several of my guildmates have left WoW for weeks or longer at a time, and I am always glad to have them back. They may not have their position in our “A” team when they return, but they are welcomed and brought along on all the raids. And they usually get geared up quickly since nobody else needs stuff that they need. I watched a mage get 4 pieces of Arcanist in one MC run, since we usually shard it.

  6. Darren (unregistered) on May 26th, 2006 @ 8:50 am

    On the brightside, if you haven’t been kicked for 3 weeks of inactivity, hopefully all the other mages would have gotten some gear while you’ve been gone… so that means that if that gear drops, congrats, cheap epics for you :)

  7. James Foreman (unregistered) on May 26th, 2006 @ 2:34 pm

    Do what I do: make another alt.

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