“Hi March! I believe we’ve met many times before. I’m doing well, and you? Oh? You’re thinking it’s time for another break from online gaming? I was thinking the same thing considering how incredibly behind on my console gaming I am. You’re right, I have effectively given Blizzard $30 for logging into WoW a handful of times during the past 2 months. Again, you’re right (as usual) … taking some time off will also give STO some time to rectify the many faults it has. Okay, take care! I’ll see you again next year.”

As you can probably surmise from my humorous and imaginative conversation with the month of March, it’s time for my seemingly annual break from online gaming. Breaks help me avoid from completely burning out and gives me the opportunity to catch up with my consoles. It also has the added benefit of giving the finances a small break as well. At least, that is, if I don’t go out on gaming benders and pick up a ton of games. ^^;

What does this break mean for my blog? Well, if you’ve been following my blog over the past 5’sh years you’re familiar with this annual ritual and know what to expect. If you’re a newer follower of my blog here’s the run-down: chances are that WoW/STO related entries will disappear for awhile, but I will continue to blog about my console gaming exploits during my online hiatus.

I definitely won’t be at a loss for gaming to blog about for at least a couple weeks; I’m currently working on Mass Effect 2 and Final Fantasy XIII comes out next week. Then there’s my backlog … mostly of PS2 games, oids. Persona 3, Rogue Galaxy, Magna Carta, Grandia III & Xtreme, Dragon Quest VIII … ugh, the list goes on. I’ve started most of them, but somewhere along the line, WoW got in the way I never finished them up.

I guess I'm going on a vacation in the Gamma quadrant?

There will probably be one last STO entry since my subscription is active until the 4th. I would like to reach Commander, pick up my shiny new cruiser and give it a go around the galaxy. There should also be the occasional WoW/STO entry as warranted by breaking news even though I’ve not been one to blog my reactions/opinions to the news; not, at least, unless it is a MEGATON piece of news that I can’t help but blog about.

So fear not, the blog will continue to live on as it always has. Ciao!


I’m going to break one of my “rules” and post a meme that I was tagged in (thanks Rilandune!). What is a meme anyways? And how do you pronounce it? Me-me? Meem? Anyways, here we go …

What did you do in the World of Warcraft in 2009 that you’d never done before?

Considering that I’ve been playing WoW pretty much since launch, there isn’t much that I haven’t done in WoW. At least in terms of dungeons, professions, alts, pvp, pve, raids. So trying to answer this question with something other than “I can’t think of anything” was difficult until I realized that I’ve never had more than one max-level toon. I’ve also never had a toon decked out in purple in every slot ever as well. Sure WotLK has made getting epic gear in every slot fairly standard, but I’ve never been as well geared as I am now.

What was your favorite new place that you visited?

This is also somewhat of a difficult question to answer since I’ve explored virtually everywhere in Azeroth. I do, however, have an answer though: Sholozar Basin. Sure I explored the zone during my quest to 80 on my rogue back in 2008, but I never realized how beautiful the music in the zone was. The music of Sholozar Basin is easily my favorite in all of Warcraft as it reminds me of Final Fantasy.

What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

More time to play WoW? I rolled a DK on Jubei’Thos and I really wish I would spend more time over there to play with my friends in the Pants on Head guild. If it weren’t for the fact that Awry is such an awesome guild to be in, I’d transfer my mains over to Jubei’Thos in a heartbeat.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

This is an easy question for me: getting my wife to play WoW. She might not play as frequently as I do, but it has been an incredible experience to share WoW with my wife and have her level a warlock up to 61.

What was your biggest failure?

Taking for granted the timeline I had to get to know a dear friend, teammate, and guildmate. I know it isn’t quite fair to feel guilty over not getting to know someone better, but I really regret not spending more time with my friend Killdawabbit before his untimely passing.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?

This will probably be a really common response, but the announcement of Cataclysm is just too huge to not answer this question with.

What do you wish you’d done less of?

This is another difficult question to answer, but I think I have an answer: play less WoW. As much as I love WoW, it is a huge distraction from working on projects that mean a lot to me. Fortunately this is not as much as a problem right now since I’ve found myself working on projects revolving around WoW and not spending as much time in WoW.

What was your favorite WoW blog or podcast?

I can’t answer this question with just one podcast. Bind on Equip, Ctrl Alt Wow and The Addicted have made quite an impression on me. If you do listen to WoW podcasts and don’t listen to these three, you really should do yourself a favor and subscribe to these fine podcasts.

Tell us a valuable WoW lesson you learned in 2009.

I  don’t want to get heavy on everyone, but the most valuable lesson that I learned is to never ever take your virtual friendships for granted. Virtual friends ARE friends and you never know what could happen. If you value someone’s friendship in game, get to know them. They might get taken from you and you may regret not getting to know them better.

Okay, there we go. I’ve broken a rule. I think I’m supposed to tag people to give their own answers, but that is a rule that I won’t break. If you want to answer this meme feel free to do so. Should you do so, head over to Blog Azeroth and link your post in the shared topic.