I dabble in WoW.
I live with a bucket of chronic illnesses that hugely hampers my daily life. I use Azeroth as somewhere to go when I'm feeling ok, my hands are functioning and I just want to do something.
I’ve never counted my diseases individually but I have a few. The two biggies being Rheumatoid Arthritis & Fibromyalgia. I also deal with depression, S.A.D. [Seasonal Affective Disorder], IBS, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Restless Leg Syndrome, Hypothyroidism, and some sleep issues from 25 years of round-the-clock rotating shiftwork. There are a few other, mostly side effects from meds or main diseases, that are too boring to list and I try not to think about them too much.
[I'm not providing links to anything 'cause focusing on my illnesses is not a good use of my time and Google is Your Friend]
The end result is I've been housebound since 2003, I have hand, mobility, cognitive, and memory issues. This means I'm too slow both physically with my hand manipulating my mouse and cognitively with processing information to be an effective Dungeon or Raid Team member.
I do enjoy professions, pet battling, world events, achievements, collecting, and generally just exploring. I am very easily distracted so I might log on to do one specific thing and six hours later find myself just flying around and exposing unexplored areas on an Alt's World Map.
This morning I spent a few hours setting up two 2-page spreads in my WoW Bullet Journal to track my Alts progress in all the expansion's professions and designating who is going to be responsible for grinding which reputation. Now that Flying is opened up in both Draenor and Legion zones, I can finish up some things that have been collecting dust for a while.
I've also started to do more WoW Blogging since joining Brann's List Discord. Most recently, participating in the Glow Up! contest and coming in second place and with this post, participating in Just Geeking By's Weekly "Lead Up to Shadowlands" Challenge.
Our Glow Up photos and main goals.
Jewelcrafting the Jeweled Onyx Panther twice. Once for me and once for Lilpipnik.
The newest member of our team. She's working on levelling her Blacksmithing from scratch and generally prepping for Shadowlands. Sareen was started not too long ago, strictly to gain the Gilnean Raven Pet. I chose Death Knight just because it is a class I hadn't played yet, not knowing that DK's were going to be a big part of the Shadowlands Story. w00t!
Su was our very first alt. She was created just because our first boost was burning a hole in Vier's pocket! Vier couldn't stand the thought of me having a boost and not using it so convinced me to make a hunter and boost her to 90 so Vier could take us on a tour of Pandaria. Sushel is a dwarf because at the time female dwarves were the least played race in the game. We like her down-to-earth no-nonsense badassness. Sushel likes drinking beer and eating sausages in a nod to my peasant German heritage. My Dad's family were sausage makers in the Old Country and continued the family business when they immigrated to Canada in the 1920s.
Seely's main task is generating Living Steel for Sushel's Engineering plans. She also keeps us in Water Breathing potions. Seely is very elegant and lady-like. She was created when we discovered that as a plate armor wearer, Noritam couldn't easily wear all the lovely dresses she was collecting in-game.
Sal's main job is keeping Sushel stocked up with Sumptuous Fur to make Hexweave Bags. She'll be heading to Legion Dalaran now that she can fly in Legion, and making us a Moose Mount!
Soo was our first bank alt and was never supposed to be levelling, thus the weird name. She's currently based in Northrend working on the Argent Tournament.
Ser is our Banker with his own guild, The Canadian Bankers. He is learning how to operate the Auction House profitably and make us some gold. On a side note, he is currently levelling to 30 to get flying 'cause he's fed up with riding his horse all around Stormwind.
Sazzil came to be because in the middle of the night one night, our guild was toying with the idea of making a sister guild on the Horde side of the house. Saz was a charter member of "Dark Side of The Sun" before it disbanded. Now she's parked in Hillsbrad Foothills killing everything in sight, waiting for the Black Tabby Cat pet to drop. For the record, she loathes Undercity.
Styxxi came about due to another middle of the night conversation. My WoW Friend Babybug was contemplating a new character for the new server for her guild. Voila!
Styxxi & Lilpipnik
Currently levelling in Cata.
Question: How many alts do you have to have before you are deemed an Altoholic?