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  •  Newbie update ... (11+ / 0-)

    Well I managed to level up my first toon to 10 and officially join the Wreck list this week. Woohooo!

    Now that I'm getting the hang of this I've got 3 other toons in line at 8+ ready to make the leap over the great divide.

    In the process I've had several interesting insights, all related to the real world. First of all, I'm having a hard time accepting the unconditional guild gifts: both the original "welcome wagon" stuff and now items I could use from the vault. Standing in front of the vault, I find myself thinking "I could use that but I can't afford it". Feeling like a moocher, a taker.

    When I finally manage to take something I feel guilty because I haven't figured out how to reciprocate. Taking that into the real world, I wonder how many of us have deep issues about "receiving" without reciprocating? I'm sure I'm not alone and that it's more deeply embedded in our culture than we realize.

    Another big insight had to do with the realization that I don't like to ask for help. The flip side of that is that I love to read, do research and learn on my own. These 2 issues are related. I'm pretty sure that I think that one is the shadow side of the other. However, maybe my propensity to work things out on my own is just my own joy of learning and not a negative at all. Sheesh. That's all so psychological.

    Finally, I realize that in the real world I need a gathering profession to keep the home fires burning. The work that I do in the world is a relatively expensive offering - probably equivalent to high level enchanting - and the money isn't flowing right now so I really need to find some farming equivalents. Looking around, I realize that our culture doesn't offer much of that but I've got my thinking cap on.

    I am still not comfortable telling my friends and family that I've dropped into the WOW, so thanks for listening. I look forward to growing into this.

    Peace.

    "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

    by annan on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 08:50:04 PM PDT

    •  oh, honey (7+ / 0-)

      As you'll figure out eventually, most of the stuff in the guild vault that you want will be things that people have gotten through using, or gathered while on their way to something else.  You return the favor by paying it forward.

      We've been playing the game for a while, and often you forget the sheer coolness of discovering something for the first time.  Share with us the things that you find that are cool.

      This is a huge game, none of us know EVERYTHING in it that's really awesome, and odds are you'll stumble across something that we didn't know about.

      I really look forward to hearing about what you discover.

    •  Please do NOT feel guilty about the Guild Vault (3+ / 0-)
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      geordie, annan, Moody Loner

      It's all in there to be used. Eventually you will be dumping stuff in there, too. Guildies put stuff in the vault to help out their guild mates. And do ask for stuff you need.

      This is why "Socialism" is so cool. WowInsider did a profile of the Wreck List a couple years ago. There were a number of comments from incredulous readers who couldn't fathom how a guild based on socialism could work. But when you consider that almost all you ever hear about guild is how they fell apart, about an officer who clean out the guild vault and then left, about endless drama and favoritism and as on, it seems that our model works really well. So take what you need, ask for crafted items that would be useful, and then send stuff you don't need to Suluca to be sold for the guild.

      A working man robs a bank and it's a federal manhunt. A banker robs a working man and gets a bailout.

      by Grassroots Mom on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 11:25:20 AM PDT

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      •  This is awesome. (3+ / 0-)
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        geordie, Moody Loner, Grassroots Mom

        I was telling my nephew about the Wreck List at lunch today, some of my personal insights as well as the ongoing social experiment via Daily Kos. He's 25 and found the whole conversation about his old aunt's big adventure quite entertaining.

        This weekend I plan to head over to the Guild Forum to learn more about using the vault. I'll also do a search to see if I can find the WowInsider article about the Wreck List.

        Delighted to be a part of this. I plan to keep writing about my experiences because I see some pretty deep parallels to life in the real world.

        Cheers!

        "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

        by annan on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 12:55:46 PM PDT

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