Goodbye, and thanks for all the fish!

Long Post incoming.

I started playing WoW when I was 18 years old in college back in 2005. I will never forget the sense of wonder that this absolutely marvelous game gave me. My first trip into the Undercity was magical. I had never experienced anything quite so grandiose in scale, and I immediately fell in love.

In 2006 I joined the US Army, and was deployed to Iraq almost immediately after Basic Training and AIT. Despite the crappy internet that we had in the ole sandbox, I continued to play WoW. This is when I created my Mage that I would main until this day. Really, playing WoW in what little spare time I had is what got me through.

Not long after returning home, I learned that I had developed PTSD from some of my experiences, and I ended up making quite a few mistakes that put me in a really bad financial situation. I still (probably to my own disadvantage) made a way to pay for WoW time. Without a job, and with no drive to do anything, I became part of a raiding guild, and started experiencing progression for the first time. This was during WotLK, and I ended up downing Yogg, and Sarth 3D while they were both relevant content. In all honesty, I don't know if I could have made it through this time in my life without WoW.

Over time I was able to make it out of this slump, began working and started to build a life. I didn't have the time to dedicate to raiding like I did prior, and I became a casual. LFR was probably my favorite new feature when it came out, because at least I could experience the content around my now busy schedule.

Legion really has been a great and fun experience for me. Me and my last remaining old guildie have shared some amazing times through this expansion. He's a mount collector, and I'm an auction house mogul, but even though our goals were widely different, we found ways to enjoy the game together.

This week, he finally hit his final WoW goal and hit the 300 mount achievement. With this goal finished, he decided it was time to retire from playing the game. So here I sit, 30 years old, and having watched over the last decade every friend that I made during my time as a raider, slowly fade away, one by one.

I'm not going to lie. I grieve the loss of my once close knit group. And the decision, I've made saddens me too. I have decided that it's time for me to retire from the game as well. Is it sad that a 30 year old man is shedding tears over leaving a game? Sadly, it's just time to say goodbye. The past 12 years of play have been amazing, but it is my time to move on.

Thank you, Blizzard, for giving us, the players, such a wonderful experience. You did nothing wrong for me to end our relationship. It's just that with age and time, I need to move on to other ventures, and find other things to sink my time into. I will always look fondly on our time together!

I really didn't know where else to share this, and if you've read all of it, thank you! Even though I probably never interacted with any of you directly, this community is part of what has made this experience such a great one! Thank you for being a part of that.

Goodbye. /wave

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