Everquest 2 Drain

Let me state up front that I am having such a wonderful time back into Everquest II again.  I have three sets of guys (I two box in the game) and am eagerly waiting each night where I can play several hours with each set.

The problem is, of course, that I have no time for anything else.  I don’t know how some people can play the game and do anything other than keep themselves clean and be “forced” into going to work.  I am like the person who just can’t have 1 beer or 1 glass of wine, but rather will drink the case or bottle dry — is there some other point than to consume it all?  I think perhaps you can see my dilemma now more clearly.

Like with most things in life, I don’t see the glass half empty or half full, but rather how can I pour half more into it or drain the last half.

As with Everquest II I am thinking about it constantly.  Each of my characters are running through my mind at work, driving back and forth, and even while I numbly eat my supper — all the while thinking of them.  It is both an incredible feeling but also a very scary one.

I have no put a limit to my Everquest II fun.  As of February 15th I am ending my accounts, no matter where I am in the game or how I am doing.  I imagine that I might be able to play for a bit longer, seeing how the subscriptions work, but after that I will be done for another 3 to 6 months.

Then I can return to my writing — my goal is to write another novel this year and four short stories. I am still looking for a publisher on my first story, and will need to spend allot more time searching and editing it here soon.

There may be some people saying, “just write and just play the game — have some self-control for goodness!”

Sadly, I must admit I have none!



1 Comment

  1. Agreed! Some people can swing it, but for me personally, writing and MMORPGs are hard to balance. Both appeal to my love of dabbling in imaginary worlds and escapism, but I think at the end of the day, writing is definitely more fulfilling (and much more challenging).

    I recently started playing LoTRO again (I have a lifetime sub) with Mines of Moria and find myself sucked back into the MMORPG headspace. While I enjoy this a lot, I’m constantly thinking about the final edits that need to go into the book I’ve been working on for the past year and a half. And how if I hadn’t been so easily distracted by LoTRO, Vanguard, WoW, AoC, and WAR, I’d probably be shopping it around to lit agents by now.

    At the same time, it’s much easier for me to park myself in front of the comp and game after a tiring day of work then to tackle a writing project though at the end of the day, I KNOW the creative process will be a heck of a lot more gratifying.

    I’m not trying to put down gaming or vilify it like those religious nuts in the 80s who though D&D was a work of Satan. It’s more my personality that is at fault. I too throw myself head-first into things, and if it’s gaming, my writing inevitably suffers–and vice versa.

    I wish I had a balanced solution, but I tend to go a few months gaming, then cold turkey with a few months’ worth of writing, then back again. Argh!

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