I just wanted to toss out a quick note here, with a longer post to follow somewhere down the road…I have server transferred Linedan, the titular Panzercow of this blog and the smiling (?) face you see in the banner above, from his 7 1/2-year home of Feathermoon-US over to another roleplay server, Sentinels-US. There he will be joining Portent Alliance to tank in whatever 10-man adventures they may face in the upcoming WoW expansion, My Little Panda: Friendship is Overrated.
All the rest of my myriad characters will be staying on Feathermoon. Beltar is still going to be killing things at a distance and getting into trouble along with the other “legitimate businessmen” of the Wildfire Riders, and my other three 85s have their own stories to tell and adventures to write. But as for Lin, well, I had an opportunity to shake things up and raid with some folks that I know from Twitter and have met in meatspace a couple of times and hit it off with, and decided to go for it.
So come tomorrow when the Mists of Pandaria finally part, the Panzercow will have a new group of compatriots to beat things up with. He leaves behind on Feathermoon 6+ years of awesome raid memories in Dissonant’s Softcore Raiders, The Anvil, and Doom and Blet, and hopefully will be creating new ones to add to that formidable stack.
So…uh, hi. Miss me?
Yep, I abandoned the blog for a while. There’s reasons behind it, good ones, but they’re too complicated to go into right now.
The short version is, I’ve been dealing with Stuff. That Stuff includes health issues, a severe case of WoW burnout, and the realization that I am probably a lot more mentally fucked up than I thought I was. I am, near as I can tell, fighting depression that has taken a heavy toll on my mentally-intensive recreational activities, and that includes blogging, especially blogging about WoW. I actually took over a month off from tanking for my current 10-man raid, Doom and Blet, because of that burnout. I’m back, and we’re now 6/7 normal Firelands and beating our heads against Ragnaros, but I pretty much only log in to raid these days. The spark, the Warcrack addiction, the all-consuming gotta-have-it, is largely, if not completely, gone. These days, I like talking about WoW more than playing it. (Although, in a good sign for my WoW enjoyment, I did log in this weekend to do Firelands dailies, because Linedan is only about six or seven days’ worth away from getting the fiery hippogryph mount. And the dailies are dead easy when I do them on him in Fury spec.)
So after dawdling and thinking on it for a while, here’s what’s going to happen going forward. Achtung Panzercow is not going away. But it will become a more general gaming blog and not be 100% WoW, all the time. I have a wide variety of gaming interests besides logging in two nights a week to slap the denizens of the Firelands around and take their lunch money. Currently I’m dabbling, to various degrees, in Lord of the Rings Online, Rift, EVE Online, and my newest addiction, the online racing sim iRacing. And looming on the horizon like the Death Star is the Big Kahuna, the 800-pound Wookiee that’s going to turn me into a shut-in and has made me damn glad I’ve got the entire last week of the year off…Star Wars: The Old Republic. I have been in the beta for several months now, and since the NDA is lifted I can say this much: It’s a good game. Very good.
In the meantime, in lieu of actual, y’know, content, I’m going to be revising the tags and categories on existing posts to allow for non-World of Warcraft posting. And trying to think of good posting ideas. That’s always the hard part, even harder than finding the time to write good content. Hopefully, I can come up with enough to get this here blog thang back off the ground, because I do love writing when I feel like I’ve got something good to say. Here’s hoping I can get back to doing that on a regular basis.