Yesterday morning, I checked the Facebook group that my town has. We are a small town of around 15,000. The town slogan is “Where Community Thrives” We have had a Halloween parade for 60+ years. So when I saw posted at 7am that a 3 year old was missing I took notice. The fact the he lived 8 houses down the street from me was irrelevant. I quickly got ahold of my wife. She left work and went home to check our yard, under our deck, behind the garage, any place that a small child could possibly get into. Dozens of my neighbors were searching the area. Sadly 2 hours later he was found near the river, 8 blocks from his home. How he got there is still under investigation. Our Facebook group was filled with pictures of lit candles last night, a go fundme page has been set up for the mother to help with the unimaginable.
It has raised near $10,000 in less than a day, has been shared over 2700 times. It is a true reflection on our town, and how much community matters to us.
So yesterday I was not in the best of moods to deal with reading all of the I found Pepe postings, and tuned it out as best I could. Today they released the upcoming patch notes, and that the Moose mount that has a great deal of meaning for me would be offered as a limited time reward for doing Heroic Archimonde really struck a nerve. You see my dad died from cancer when I was 23. His nickname in High School was Moose. I get a moose Christmas ornament every year. I was going to buy the mount from the store the day they added it. Or was going to get the collectors edition Legion of i had to. Seeing it put up as a drop from content I will never see current was a shock. Seeing this comment from Holinka just rubbed salt into an open wound.
Pretty much hey we put a cool mount we all know you want in game, just go pay for a carry and it’s yours. Maybe he was being sarcastic, maybe not. I know it has been a part of the game as long as I have been playing. Looking back on the Siege mount for Ahead of the Curve, all of my friends that pugged for weeks at the end trying to get it, only to have time run out. And here we are again. Do I have 100,000 gold to pay a guild for a run? Sure I do. I am sure quite a few do. Will I? Even with all of the personal meaning having this mount means to me? No.
I am not going to speculate on what all of the other changes being added back in to the game may mean. I just know that the majority of them mean nothing to me. My computer is on it’s last legs, I no longer raid, I can barely run a Heroic dungeon at the lowest settings, and feel like a detriment to the group I am running with. LFR seems to be something they wish would just go away, regardless of my idea to help try to save it.
I told Holinka, don’t mind me, I am nobody in game. And in the grand scheme, I’m not. I am just someone that has played as much of the game as I possibly could for over 6 years. I run one of the largest guilds on a combined server. I have made so many friends in game, and through Twitter, long before Blizzard got the idea to link tweets to game achievements. I am sure if I were to leave, there may be a few that would hate to see me go, but the game would go on.
So I apologize to any that read this, if I make any statements that offend. I am just not in the best of moods right now.