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My Other Addiction

I have several….but the addition I want to talk about is my addition to playing World of Warcraft.  There I said it.  I understand that is half the battle….admitting you have a problem.  Well, not really a problem, but it does cut into my knitting time!  Oh noes!

I love to play World of Warcraft.  Better known as WoW.  I love it.  I never thought I’d get that excited about playing a video game.  Looking at me, you wouldn’t immediately think nerd, at least I don’t think so.  But I am.  I got started one long holiday weekend.  My hubby had been playing for a while and kept telling me that he thought I’d like this game.  I would say…sure honey, look at his computer screen and then head back to the couch to knit.

So one weekend, I figured what the heck.  Let’s try it.  The learning curve for me was a little steep since I had never played video games and had no concept about the world I was entering.  I created my first character…which we call toons…and began my adventure in Elwynn Forest.  I soon learned how to navigate  my character through the world, learned how to quest and level up and started to learn about stats on my gear and weapons.

I kept playing and really started to understand the game and my role in it.  I was also, surprisingly, making friends inside the game!  Now before you think I’m really going off the deep-end, I made friends with other real life people who are also playing WoW.  You can play the game totally alone and only interact with computer generated characters, or you can group up with other real-life players who are doing the same quests as you.  You help each other meet the objectives and you work side-by-side to conquer the challenging monsters you encounter.   I met people from all over the world.  I met stay-at-home-moms playing a few hours before their kids got home from school.  I met college students getting in an hour before a class started, and I met men just like my husband who had gotten their wives to play and we would all go out on quests together on a Friday night “date” night.

So now, 3 years later, I’m still playing.  I raid 4 nights a week.  Meaning I’m in a raiding guild that is doing end-game content and slowly but surely defeating the most challenging monsters.  I’ve met so many wonderful people playing this game.  I’ve also met wonderful people right here in Orlando who play WoW.  I started a WoW meetup group 3 years ago and it’s been A LOT of fun.  We meet once a month and just talk about playing WoW.  We have new players and old-timers.  Everyone is welcome and we talk about our characters and how to play the game better.  If you are interested in joining us, please feel free to join the group HERE.

Ok, back to that sweater I’m working on….

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