Great article. I have loved playing WoW for many years. Also, "Non-gamers don’t always understand." this couldn't be more true, haha. You should totally check out the newest game of GM Showcase if you haven't already. I run a game set in a World of Warcraft setting gmshowcase.podbean.com/
It definitely leaves a lasting impression. My first guild was called Exitium, which obviously stuck with me as my DM namesake. I still wonder what Casey the GM and his wife are doing these days. My online friends were better friends than anyone I had irl at the time. I ran a guild in WotLk and got 3 bosses down in ICC before it disbanded. I read all the books and heard Joatmoniac is DMing a 3.5 campaign in the WOW setting. Must resist, prior addiction to MMOs...
"Some that die deserve life and some that live deserve death. Can you give it to them players? Then be not to eager to mete out death in judgement! Even the very wise cannot see all ends..."
I have had very much the same experience, but in Lord of the Rings Online. There was a group I joined about halfway through my time in that game, and the Leader and I became very good friends. We would clear fights that no Loremaster and Burglar should have been able to clear, but we did. There was also a fight to take down the Lt. of Dol Guldur in Mirkwood, and at the beginning of the Raid was something we called "The Gauntlet", I was the main tank for most raids and something about me leading a group of 12 people into a horde of orcs and goblins was something I will always miss. We would start off my playing Motley Crue's "Kickstart my heart" and then leading up to ACDC's "Shoot to thrill" to pump us all up, and those two songs were just the right duration to finish the gauntlet in time. I miss those days.
I love the bonds in world of warcraft that I have created, some I still have to this day. I love your posts and comments, my only regret is that I am not as active on the forums, but I have been solely busy with my own stuff too! Thanks guys for commenting, I truly loved your comments