WoW_Ladies: Girl Gamers of World of Warcraft


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sidheside wrote in wow_ladies
Hello! I've been a member of this community on and off for years. I recently decided to clean out my past online life and deleted my old journals. I don't really have anything to say in particular. But my account's been shut off for awhile because I'm dirt poor and I'm missing the game more and more. I'd just gotten a new WoW account in November but life hit me hard last month and between losing my job, having to move in with someone I'd known for 2 days at a festival, and getting used to living in a town I know no one in PLUS starting school online... it was chaos. Not even counting the holidays.

I miss WoW so much. I have been reading and drawing a lot lately to pass my free time but with the new patch and stuff... I'm starting to lose interest in those things as the desire for WoW grows. I miss talking in vent, questing, leveling, etc.

How do you ladies handle not having WoW when life gets in the way?

I've kept in touch with friends I made in the guild I was in. It has helped, but it doesn't replace the burning nostalgia I feel regularly when I think about the game. I just don't have the time or the money to return to it, either... Maybe someday when things settle down. I feel you on this one; chin up and good luck.

Well, for a while I tried other MMOs, but for me none of them were as much fun. Your mileage might vary, though! Also, I tried out new hobbies especially creative ones.

Do you play other computer games, especially single-player crpgs?

Likewise, there's a LOT of freeware games available for the broke gamer. WoW is still my favourite, but I enjoyed trying Lord of the Rings Online, the try-before-you-buy limited version of Rift, Dungeons and Dragons, Star Trek Online... and there are a BAZILLION other free to play MMOs.

The one trouble with another MMO is that if you don't click the same way, playing it might just remind you of what you're missing. Playing something completely different from WoW might help keep you from making comparisons; there are lots of freeware adventure games, visual novels, interactive fiction games, puzzle games, shooters...

The other thing is just to get out of your house so you aren't looking at your computer and feeling sad about the things you can't do on it. See what kind of volunteer groups and clubs are around. Check out the public library and ask about any scheduled free events. Once you get involved with something that keeps you afk, then it stops being "I can't play WoW because I'm broke" and becomes "I can't play WoW because I'm out at the community centre painting sets for the local amateur theatre group" or something, which is WAY less depressing.

Oh I can understand-- I left wow for a year; no work for a year, severe illness and then rehab, and a load of financial issues made it a necessity. I kept a hand in by reading forums I enjoyed, and making notes so that, should a time come when I COULD come back, I'd kinda of know what to do with my toon.

I was lucky-- a very dear friend came into a small amount of money and bought me Pandaria and a game card, and until the time runs out I'm having a field day.

You have to remember always that money comes and goes-- and you're talking to someone who can be homeless at any time, and whose health is relatively not under Doctor's care *because* I can't afford it... so take your joy when and where you can. If reading about wow hurts when you can't play, just don't do it...

Azeroth will be there when you can come back-- and until then, I send you love, and hope for a better time to come.

I spend time with my boyfriend, read, play other games, and talk WoW sometimes with other friends. I also read blogs and keep up on things. Yeah, it makes me miss the game more, but it also makes me excited for when I can come back to the game.

A bit less than halfway through Wrath (August 2009), my full-time job went away, and I couldn't even get unemployment (I was junior management, and they offered me the job I'd had before my promotion into management, which my RSI made impossible; unfortunately, the state employment agency sided with them). At the time, I'd already been in school part-time for three semesters, and I'd already registered up for a full-time schedule, with a year left to finish my long-delayed bachelor's degree. Between my final paycheck and a few other things coming in, that left me with enough time and money to continue playing up until the semester started up. After that, though, I had to let my subscription lapse; I lacked either the time, the spare cash, or both, for the next year, to pick the game back up. Between a full-time senior-level course load and the two part-time jobs I picked up to help with keeping a roof over our heads and food in the pantry, I had no time when classes were in session to play, and during school breaks money would get thin enough that even the subscription fee was more than I could spare. (If it hadn't been for the generosity of a kind relative, there's a good probability we would have wound up homeless during the summer between when I finished my undergrad degree and when I started grad school.) I did play for the free week they offered me around the anniversary, managing to get Pilgrim since it was around that time.

I started back up when patch 4.0.1 dropped. I created a trial account to see if the laptop I'd picked up a few months earlier, for school, could run the client adequately well, and was pleasantly surprised. (I figured it would, since Blizzard does try to keep their game functional on underpowered hardware, but it actually ran better than I'd hoped, by a fair margin.) Since I had a bit more time flexibility and money, I re-upped, which gave me enough time to figure out how to play the game before Cataclysm dropped.

In the time between, I kept up with WoW news blogs, and I kept in touch with my guild by way of the forum through which we all know each other. (The guild is made up of regulars at a particular forum, along with their friends and family, although we've been around on the server for long enough, and been stable and drama-free enough, that we've wound up with a few members that came from other guilds and that we got to know through running with them.) I knew it was just a hiatus, and I fully intended to return when time and money permitted. Also, I had school, and a good bit of it, which gave me plenty to do. I also spent time playing other games, reading, a bit of writing here and there. My aunt started playing the game, independently of me, a few months after I went on hiatus, and it was also kind of fun watching her take her own journey of discovery.

Edited at 2013-01-18 03:38 pm (UTC)

My daughter originally, when she was at home, started playing on my account since she and I tended to play at different hours. When she was out of state visiting her boyfriend at the time and was bored and lost while he was raiding, she grabbed the free starter version and putzed around with that. It was kind of surreal starting completely over, with no way of anyone helping out, but at the same time it was challenging fun to see how far she could get with it. I don't know if that technique would be useful for you, but it IS a viable option to get a wow fix in. All it takes is hitting up battle net and downloading the trial client, though to do that I think you need to register a new account with an alternate email address. I think she used her yahoo for that, come to think of it.

You can create a trial account under the same Battle.net account, same email address and everything. I know, because I've done it.

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