Today I’m going to write about World of Warcraft. Fair warning, for those who want to tune out… and for those who want to tune in, hah. I’m also going to talk a bit more about Ohana. I have no doubt that you’ll see the occasional thing about PH, WoW, etc. It’s a pretty big part of my life. 🙂 Also… posting at 2 minutes to midnight. Woo! Just in time 🙂
For those who don’t know, I’ve been playing World of Warcraft since the closed beta in August 2004. That’s a long time to be committed to anything, especially a video game. Hell, I’ve been playing WoW longer than I’ve been married!
I’ve had a guild in the game since Wrath of the Lich King (WotLK)… we call ourselves Premature Heroism. As a guild, we’ve been together since February 2010… that’s almost 7 years now. I’ve known many of the players longer, having had met one of them back in 2005 (Hey Rags!) and a few more of them back in 2007. And of course, Matt’s been playing as long as me.
We’ve been playing so long, for World of Warcraft’s 10th anniversary we got statues. Yeahhhh.
Every year, we traipse over to Melbourne for PAX Australia to meet up with our guildmates. It’s a weekend that we look forward to as soon as we board the plane to come back to Perth… it’s our time to spend with our other family, the family we choose. Our OTHER Ohana. Our Family Reunion with the Family We Choose. (Yes, I started crying my damned eyes out when I saw this banner at PAX.)
Ohana isn’t something that’s inbuilt. Sure, you have your blood family, that’s Ohana. (Not always, but sometimes it is). You’ve got your friends that you’ve spent years and years with. They become your Ohana because you make it so. And Premature Heroism, my guys and girls, that’s my Ohana.
I started to list all the guildies here and write individual bits and blurbs about them but the more I did that, the more I realized I’d be here forever. I’m so blessed to have my guild as apart of my family, my Ohana. They truly have been a silver lining during all this rough time (and they have been in the past!)
They used to say friendships and relationships that were built online weren’t true ones, but I beg to differ. I believe that in some cases they are just as true, if not more so. You learn to deal with these people across a completely new medium (and let’s be honest, text doesn’t always convey things the way we want it to). You learn to interpret voice only, and you learn to find ways to talk and to entertain yourselves.
I have a standing date Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with this crew, from 6pm to 8pm WAST and you know what? I wouldn’t trade that for anything. Sometimes, we don’t go off and kill internet dragons – especially if there’s a lull between expansion packs. But even when we do, we may not be the best around, or the fastest or the most pro of gamers. Some of us (Beni…) may be way too good for us but stick around because we get each other. Other ones of us (no names, I promise :P) may not be that great, but you know what? We love each other and the spending the time together is way more important than anything.
Like any family we have our ups and downs, and there’s infighting and squabbles. I’ve learned the value of great and mature friendships because of the people in Premature Heroism. I’ve learned what it’s like to have people who have your back pretty much NO MATTER WHAT and who aren’t afraid to tell you to stop being a bitch. People who love and respect each other based off personalities, and even when there’s a clash it’s ok. It can be worked out in a mature manner, rather than being snippy and stupid about it and holding grudges.
I’ve seen these people through some brilliant times, and some dark times. And they have been a rock for me during these past five weeks when I’ve needed friendship. I may not have always been in touch with them as I’ve had to focus around Matt’s family recently but I’ve come home at night, popped onto Vent, and they’ve listened to me cry and vent and rage at the world. They’ve listened to me discuss funeral plans and they’ve distracted me from the abject misery by talking to me about the latest dungeons they’ve been running and tentatively creating plans to run more dungeons.
And I value our raid nights. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays… 6pm to 8pm WAST!
I love my guys in Premature Heroism. You are my family as well, and I just wanted to write about it and let you all know how much I love you all, and how much I appreciate each and every one of you. ❤