I feel that I am pretty anti-social when it comes to playing MMOs, which does tend to complicate the issue sometimes. In general, I solo because I am more comfortable with it. I enjoy having a few friends online to chat with, but usually we are all doing our own thing.
I’m the same way in real life situations. It takes a good while to get to know me, but once I’m comfortable around you a whole different person starts to show up. I don’t know why, but it often causes problems in big groups. Big groups of strangers? You’ll find me hiding in a corner looking for an exit.
Anyway, I felt like pushing myself into being more social so I rolled up an undead priest in World of Warcraft over the weekend. I’ve gotten to level 12 now. All solo, naturally. I had a few opportunites to group up, including a situation where I signed a guild charter for someone after which they announced we could all go play together, running through quests. Sounded great, so I promptly /gquit.
When faced with a social situation, my natural reaction is to flee. Every time I get in a guild or alliance, any reason to leave I get – I take it. I don’t mean to, I just get all antsy and uncomfortable. I guess I really am a loner.
When I do interact with other people, it often leaves me confused. Take for example the other day. I’m running along all peaceful and such when I get a whisper from a level 12 druid. He asks me if I have “Touch of Weakness” yet. I don’t know what it is so I tell him “No, what is that?” and I get no response. So I had to go look it up and I find it is a spell from a quest for level 10 priests. It appears to affect the caster only, so why did the druid want to know if I had it yet? Is there some quest that is real easy if you have a priest with the spell? It left me confused, still am.
But there are good things too. I was off trying to complete a quest when I came across a warlock struggling to finish his quest, killing some named creature. I said “I’ll keep you healed, go get him.” He bowed, rushed in and thanked me afterwards. It was a small social situation, but I felt good about it.
I’m hoping that as I get up higher in levels, I’ll start taking advantage of the fact that people like to have priests around. One thing is for sure, people seem very friendly towards the class in general. Several high level people have stopped to give me stuff and that has never happened in the past.
If you feel like bugging my anti-social priest, look for “Ethic” the undead priest on Hellscream. Don’t be suprised if I don’t respond. Heh.