A couple of things have happened.

For one, there is this:

Some of you may recognize that immediately. And, of course, turn green with envy. Or, at least I’d like to imagine that you would.

For the rest of you (those with lives), that is the Paladin Epic Mount.

Mounts in World of Warcraft turn out to be a really big deal. Since you spend a huge amount of time walking from place to place (just like in real life!), getting yourself a more efficient mode of transportation makes things much more pleasant. It reminds us of what it must have been like for our distant ancestors, before the invention of alternative forms of locomotion. Yes, it’s true: playing World of Warcraft reminds you of history. Yep.

Not really. But it does suck to not have a horse. Which is the case until level 40, where you are able to purchase your mount, and suddenly your world becomes 60% faster. Yaaaay!

But, of course, this is an MMORPG, and so that 200+ hour investment is just the beginning.

[ Quick aside: I’m playing as I type this, and out of curiosty, I typed “/played”, which tells you how long you have spent playing as the current character. Mine says “32 days, 21 hours, 25 minutes, 37 seconds”. Help me. ]

There is a second mount available to you at level 60. The Epic Mount. For most players, this is just extremely expensive (1000g, or the equivalent of most of your free time for a month). For Paladins, however, it’s extremely expensive (~600g) and time consuming: you have to quest for it.

Or, I should say, you get to quest for it. It’s really fun. 🙂

So, after months of procrastinating and struggling and hewing my way through various challenges, it’s over. I have my horsie. My world is now 100% faster.

So, that’s cool. But that’s just bragging.

Let’s brag some more. Let’s brag about Molten Core.

Several months ago I landed in this really cool guild. Nice people, kinda chill. So, just recently, my (rather ambitious) guildmaster got our whole guild merged into another, larger guild, that is doing Molten Core runs.

Again, it is rude of me to assume that any of you know what the fuck I am talking about. “Molten what??” you are saying to yourself. Let me es’plain.

No. There is too much. Let me sum up.

Molten Core is just that: a lava-filled hole in the ground. It also happens to be full of nasty, monstrous, and very angry boss monsters. Boss monsters that kill me, over and over. Boss monsters that also drop loot. Epic loot. By which I mean rare and powerful armor and weapons. All of which end up going to other people in the group. Sigh.

I have more to say on this topic, but it suffices to say that I am no longer playing this game. No, friends. I am now engaged in a pursuit.