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Breakfast TopicApr 11, 2016 8:00 am CT

Breakfast Topic: What were you doing ten years ago?

The year is 2006. The Burning Crusade is still nine long months off, and you’re doing something in classic WoW. Today’s Breakfast Topic is a simple question: what were you doing ten years ago?

For me, it was raiding Blackwing Lair, Zul’Gurub, and getting a bit into Ahn’Qiraj. I was in Defender of the Pass at the time, a “hardcore casual” guild. It was basically a bunch of us that thought it’d be cool to be adults (I was 22 at the time, I’m surprised I could even grow a mustache then) and play seriously during the 12-hours per week we dedicated to raiding.

We had raiding strife, melodramatic tanks, and oversensitive healers and hunters. Looking back at it all I certainly was a drama tank. I needed my threat, and I wouldn’t hesitate to let you know it. Of course every other tank was like that too, but at the time it worked out somehow… until we all fought over who should be the raid leader.

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My days were spent browsing WoW Raid and MMO-Champion, reading the forums, and looking up gear on Thottbot and Goblin Workshop. I mapped out my resist gear sets on paper, and tweaked my Windows XP computer to behave perfectly for raid times.

Just typing this makes me feel incredibly old. WoW then was absolutely nothing like it is for me now — a thing that exists and that I play as much as possible, but not nearly enough as I’d like. I’m guildless, have been for years, and likely won’t ever get back into hardcore raiding. It seemed like an entirely different experience ten years ago, and in some ways I was an entirely different person. The game has certainly evolved with me, but it’s great to know that the core of what was fun is still there.

So pull up a chair and feel old with me, Blizzard Watchers. What were you doing ten years ago?

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