I’ve not posted in a while. Mostly because I’ve been going through a difficult WoW period. Things have changed – not for the worst, but it’s been tricky. My RL and very good friend departed for Rift. And it felt strange without them, we’d started the guild together, we always adventured together, and I felt sort of lost.
I’m no raid leader, I couldn’t take up the reins. We were short of people for a variety of reasons, raid-wise. Thankfully we have a good set of people who live up to the guild name, so Theanorak took up the challenge, and has stepped in for some damned fine occifering, admin and Sorting Stuff Out. And a wonderful Many-Alts-Person who put Guild A in touch with Guild B which meant filling spaces up with people who want to raid.
I also ended up purchasing Rift, following falling down a fairy well on the Guardian side during a second trial weekend. It amused me, and lots of little things won me over. Long story short, I ended up playing far more Rift than WoW, and realised that for the first time in ages, I was actually playing a game for myself once more. I wasn’t watching out for little issues, I wasn’t keeping an eye on things, I was just getting to play and I’d forgotten what that was like. It felt good. I realised that I’d done the GM thing long enough.
I’d made mistakes – trying to please everyone, for a start. We had our ups and downs, our dramas, and our successes. But it takes its toll on a body. And Enthusiasm’s evolved to meet needs. I’ve done my bit in getting Enthusiasm on its feet at the start, searching daily for recruits, sorting out things, keeping an eye on things. But, for me, it’s time to sit back.
So today I posted the post on the forum.
I’ve asked our guild for nominations for a new GM. I know who I would like to see take the role, and I suspect that my feelings are the same throughout the guild. It’s time Enthu moved forward with new folk at the helm. And with new folk bursting with Enthusiasm themselves – yes, we’re looking for recruits, if you’re interested!
As for me?
I’m not retiring from WoW, I’m having a breather, space for myself. And something symbolised that for me yesterday. I found the dye vendor and dyed my armour red. You see, I used to wear red in LotRO – I was a scholar, and it was pretty much my loremaster’s signature colour. So it was lovely to be back in the red once again. A coming round full circle to a time when I played a game for myself once more.
And that’s what I intend to do.