1. I Didn't Sleep For Months
How long did this take? Anywhere from 10 hours to 87 days. There is a particular entry on the list that I was part of. #14, Morogrim Tidewalker was one of my guilds claims to fame. It took 32 days to beat it, and I mean 32 mother fucking days. I’m talking almost 20 hours a day of sitting at my computer and rolling my face across the keyboard. We would begin raiding at 8am, and finish at 2am the following morning.
2. The Majority of Problems You Face Are Out Of Your Control
3. There's Not Always A Financial Incentive
There was also a bonus for early kills of bosses from our sponsors, and presumably the same for other guilds too. If we managed to kill a boss for the first time on a live feed, we had extra cash and extra gaming gear sent to us. But if someone else got it first, we got jack shit.
4. You Can Be Irrelevant Within A Day
This is what it feels like to be a top raider on the day release of a new expansion. The level cap is raised another 5 levels and everyone is reset back to zero. Newbies who type entirely in caps can have better gear than you simply by finding a piece of gear you haven’t. It’s frustrating as hell, and can mean your raid streams could be a pile of dog shit. Why would people watch you when they easily obtain just as good gear as you have? They might as well raid themselves?
5. It Can Physically Fuck With You
One time I was chatting to a member of Ensidia on MSN Messenger, because it was still a thing back then. We were mostly discussing current raids and tactics, but he slipped in that his raiding lifestyle had made him addicted to Pro-Plus Caffeine Tablets. This was in addition to junk food, cigarettes and Dr Pepper, although these things are considered normal.
6. It Can Mentally Fuck With You
Our guildmaster was an obsessive player. He was the best at everything in game. He was online 24/7. He was a great person, but he was deeply troubled. World of Warcraft was the only thing he had in his life. He had lied to his parents and told them that he was studying at university, when in actual fact he had dropped out years before. He was accumulating debt from unpaid rent, fees and loans. One day we were competing with another top guild for the world first on a boss named Algalon. We didn’t get it, because the guys in that video did. After that day, I never saw our guildmaster again.
Our guildmaster is very much missed. After his death, his parents sent me a figurine from his collection for me to remember him by. I still keep it on my shelf to this day, because if nothing it reminds me to leave the house once in a while.
Joe is one of the many writers we have at Foul Entertainment, known for Plenty Of Catfish. He is a main stay on the voice cast for Disagreevances. He's also responsible for the artistic design in our games.