Return of the WoW Fling
Even though I promised myself I wouldn’t, I’ve resumed playing World of Warcraft again. When I started at Atlassian I was introduced to our WoW guild and it didn’t take long before they convinced me to return.
I played for one and a half years from the start of 2005 to mid-2006, where the friend who got me into it created an enormous guild who would do multiple MC runs every week and had quite a presence on the server. Eventually it became too much upkeep and the guild dissolved some months after I left. Besides the enormous time-suck, it was an amazing experience coordinating with up to 40 people at a time to accomplish tough goals.
The work guild is much more casual and therefore not as much of a time-suck. The return was filled with nostalgia, but since there has been two expansion packs there’s a lot of new game content to explore (which I will probably never get through completely!). They have also improved the game to remove a lot of the annoyances and pointless time-wasting things to help reduce frustration.