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Blogging Challenge Day 1: Introduction

So, I've been out of it the past two weeks - sick practically the entire time with two different bugs.  I caught a pretty bad cold when helping a friend move, and that put me out almost a whole week.  Then when I finally felt better, tired of being cooped up for a week,  I went out with another friend and caught a nasty brought into the household by his 3-year-old germ incubator. That one took me out for another week (5 days of which was with no solid food).

And when I return, what do I see? Tikari and Jack (among others) have started this 20 Days of Blogging Challenge. Well I can't let these Alliance whores... erm... these members of the opposing faction get the better of me can I? At first I thought to my self, "Trocar, why would you want to do this? You don't know any of these people on a personal level." But then I figured, what better way to get to know others and for others to get to knwo me. So without further ado, I present...

Day 1 - Introduce Yourself

Hi, my name is Trocar, and I like long walks on the beach, stabbing n00bs with pointy things. Let's see... walking... stabbing... yea, that pretty much covers it. Oh, you want more?

I've been playing WoW since Classic (I never cared for the term "Vanilla") about three weeks after initial release. I got the game as a "Christmas Gift" from my old roommate. It was one of those, "Hey man, thanks for World of Warcraft for Christmas" gift exchanges where we both went out and bought the game. I started out on a RP server, Argent Dawn, because that was where my friends were all starting with their guild from Dark Age of Camelot. My rogue is my first character, and barring a dark period in my life during WotLK when I played a DK, it is the only character I really play. Since I began playing, I've taken a couple of extended breaks, once toward the middle of Burning Crusade until Wrath of the Lich King was released, and once between Naxxramas and Ulduar during WotLK.

When I first started playing, it was a fun game to kill some time. I enjoyed raiding, but never really got too into the social aspect of the game until my father had his stroke. When that happened, my father had to move in with me, and I left my job to provide 24-hour care. It was then, that WoW became a much more social tool for me. I wasn't able to go out with friends anymore, so all of my social interaction was limited to being online. This living situation lasted for a bit over a year, and while I made many friendships during that period, when my father was once again well enough to live on his own, I immediately resumed my "real world" social life. That was my first extended WoW break.

I came back with the release of WotLK to play with some new friends. But here was that dark period... I rolled a new Death Knight. It was fun playing again, and I was eager to jump back into Naxx. I remembered many of the fights from Naxx40, and led a a raid team from my new guild in there. I enjoyed my time with them, but the reality was, I was a fan of progression raiding, and these folk were anything but progression raiders. I ended up burning out quickly with this guild, and decided to stop playing again.

A couple of months later, I ran into a former co-worker of mine who was previously a Guild Wars player. She told me that she finally switched to WoW and how her guild was progression oriented and looking for DPS. I promptly re-activated my account and was raiding again. I raided with this guild for several months, but there was always some drama or BS going on with them. When my grandfather passed away, I abruptly stopped showing for raid without any notice, and disappeared for a couple of weeks taking care of family issues. Because of this I was dropped from the roster, since I didn't tell anyone anything about my reasons for departure or even that I was to be gone for an extended period of time.

When I returned from dealing with the personal events, I was re-invited to the guild, but all the same BS and drama was still going on. Then my little sister died and I just couldn't take the in-game bullshit anymore. WoW is a game, an escape, and I realized it was adding more stress to my already stressed out life. It was then that I secretly began leveling my rogue again... and I haven't looked back.

So, there's a somewhat long-winded introduction about my background and "WoW history." I promise to not be so wordy in every post...

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