I logged onto my old Thaurissan guild site today and contributed to a couple of threads that've been running (shout out to Ellandria, Dudeman and Jameak!!). It was great hearing from these guys and there were a few wall-o-texts around as people caught each other up on news.
So here's the thing - my old guild has not been active for over a year and a half but folks still log in and contribute. Only one of these guys is a friend from RL but I've spent a heap of time with the rest of the team raiding while on vent and I like em - they're nice guys. : )
There's always talk on the WoW forums about how hardcore raiders (and I'd describe Epsilon as hardcore casual - we got a bunch of serious 10-man achieves and titles when they were still hard) are a self-centred, self-promoting, ruthless bunch but that was not my experience.
I don't have the time to raid these days and suspect that the game has moved on in such a way that I wouldn't be too interested anyway. But I remember those times in Ulduar and ICC and they were a lot of fun.
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