When I’m very stressed, whether in game or out, there’s something I frequently do to make myself feel better.
I roll an alt. For some reason, playing through the starting areas is extremely relaxing and soothing to me. I do it pretty frequently, actually. To the point where if I ask my boyfriend to guess what I did today, if I sound remotely upset he guesses “roll an alt?”
More particularly, I roll a hunter.
I have a love-hate relationship with hunters (as opposed to the love-love relationship I have with mage bloggers Solidarity.) I roll one every couple of months at least, but then they always seem to sit abandoned while other characters get played. I don’t really know what it is that turns me off to them, but let me list off the hunters I’ve rolled and deleted since starting to play wow…
Jeymilah -troll hunter of Hyjal (approx level 15)
Jezkeh -troll hunter of Hyjal (12)
Yazkeh -troll hunter of Hyjal (18)
Kaellani -Belf hunter of Blackwater Raiders (18)
Illyia -Draenei hunter of Aerie Peak (pre-pet)
Oriel -Belf hunter of Kel’Thuzad (15)
Oriel -Nelf hunter of Kel’Thuzad (25)
Airona -Belf hunter of Kel’Thuzad (17)
and of course, there’s Brithne, dwarf hunter of SAN, who is currently level 42 and is by far my best experiment at huntering. Sadly she’s more or less collecting dust now, because I hate the 40s. Will she live again? I hope so…
Not to mention there’s Klikzi, currently femorc rogue, but a name-saving placeholder for the goblin hunter I’m planning on rolling come Cataclysm, and for whom I’ve been feverishly hoarding heirlooms for months.
And now I went and did it again!
I was feeling lonely tonight, because my guild was empty (not uncommon late, we’re mostly 9-5ers I think, and need to sleep regular hours) and my boyfriend had already gone to bed too (he works at 6am! ouch) and I was waiting in long queues and doing quests that were boring.
What better compliments lonliness than the open rolling plains of Mulgore, hmm? So I rolled my millionth baby hunter, this time a Tauren named Birkhana, and off I went. Somehow deriving balance and sanity from the slaughtering of furry critters and the taming of beasts. It’s weird, but it works for me.
She’ll probably be deleted soon like all the rest, and I’ll probably do it again next month. Oh hunters, how I love you… and how quickly I bore of you… and then delete you… and then miss you and roll you again…
Anyone else have an irrational ritual of sanity in WoW?