I find it remarkable just how casual I’ve become.
I used to be so thoroughly engrossed with this game! I remember when I would be in the shower, or driving to work, or whatever, but not really, because really I was thinking about my character Mawry. Same with work – I would be at work but really I was just wishing I was home playing. I couldn’t wait for the weekend because I’d be playing non-stop, Friday night through Sunday night.
I would sneak in an hour of play before work, every day. Sometimes I’d be late to work so I could finish whatever I was doing. And I was okay with that.
Sometimes I would take a sick day just to get in more play time, and I was okay with that too.
I had 19 characters on Sarlona, a handful of characters on other servers, and I played them all. 25+ characters, all getting regular playing time.
Yeah, well. That was then and this is now. And now I have a pathetically tiny amount of DDO time:
- Monday nights: six to eight of us play Gnomes we built after update 30. Usually it is an hour or two, but last night was barely 45 minutes.
- Tuesday nights: six to ten of us who range from levels 20-30 gather and run one or two things. Usually there are more than six of us and we run a raid. Two hours.
- Friday nights: four to eight of us attack Temple of the Deathwyrm – or Fire on Thunder Peak and something else. Lately the something else has been Mark of Death. Two-three hours.
And that is that.
No grinding the Night Revels for an augment, no farming Slavers gear, no Shrouding for legendary green steel.
Three or four hours a week.
Part of me thinks this is sad, I miss being so enveloped in the game. But most of me thinks this is good, that my life now is richer, not poorer, and that having more interests is healthy.
But I do miss having decent gear.
🙂 😀 🙂