Ok. For my other all-time-consuming hobby I play in the SCA (The Society for Creative Anachronism). It’s a medieval recreation group that studies and recreates the middle ages (from 600-1600 AD). I cook and sew. Fiancee fights and makes armor (This is heavy marshal combat where they wear medieval armor for protection and use rattan weapons). Together we camp in a medieval-like manner and occasionally go to “war”. An SCA war is when several large groups get together to fight on the battle field.. and then drink and carouse together afterwards. Oh.. there’s also some really great class.. and shopping.
Pictured is the Pennsic battlefield. Pennsic is the largest SCA war. The event lasts for two weeks. I was only able to go for “War Week”, the second week. This picture shows only a slice of the encampments. There were ~10,000 people in attendance. Think of Pennsic as a medievally themed Burning Man.. only without the caustic alkoli desert that will strip your flesh off your bones. Oh.. and with more medieval classes and shopping. Did I mention the shopping? (I so totally blew my budget)
It was -terribly- fun. If you ever get a chance, I -highly- recommend it.
While at war I spent exactly 10 minutes thinking about the game. Transcript follows:
OMG! What if all the new recruits quit the guild and I come back to a gutted and empty ghost guild made up of only 2-3 “regulars” and their alts who drift along doing Karazhan and leveling even more alts until Wrath comes out.
Hmm.. I guess that wouldn’t be so bad.
Oh, hey look, they have Gyros for sale in Merchants Row. Yum!
I got back home early Monday morning (2am) and had Monday off.. so after I’d caught up on my sleep I was able to play for a while.
The game looks.. different after a break.. things are more interesting.. and have more details when you come back to it.. you also notice the oddest things:
– Draenei have blue blood. When they’re in melee and are being hit.. blue (or possibly green) droplets fly off of them.
– Tatia’s lips are black. I mean I noticed them before.. but I thought they were dark red.. nope.. they’re black.
I expect this expanded perspective will wear off in a day or so. Too bad.
We did actually have one new recruit who left the guild. From talking to others it seems he didn’t feel he was getting enough help/being acknowledged. I’m bothered by this.. but I’m not going to dwell on it.
I also came back to about 3-4 more new recruits. Fun fun fun.
And yesterday I -finally- got Exalted with Kurenai with Tatia. So finally she’s riding a cobalt Talbuk. About damn time.