Well, the cat's out of the bag, I'm playing World of Warcraft again and I was able to pick up with Gomur right where I left off one year ago. I'm happy to say that since I've been away Blizzard has evened the game out considerably, making it easier and somewhat less time-consuming to play for an upper-level character. Happily, even though my guild had thrown me out (bastards!) I found a new guild almost immediately of casual 30-something players who are there for fun and not to turn it into a gigantic nerdo pissing contest.
On the other hand, the game is still just as fun as always, and this time around I've remembered to snap a screenshot occasionally. I was sort of at a loss for the Xbox Live account expiring and rather than pony up $60 in a relatively tight money month, I figured I'd spend the $15 to re-activate WoW, and if I was busy at night when I got home I could still play it at work on my lunch break. Of course Beth will tell you there have been a couple of 3AM nights in the last couple of weeks, but overall I've managed to not let my obsession with this game socially cripple me like it did last time. In an effort to find balance, I've been forcing myself to do chores around the house compulsively for the last few weeks. Laundry, dishes, vacuuming, making the bed nearly every day... etc. It's working so far, and I'm sure you can imagine my happiness at being able to play my favorite video game of all time.