Angry is one of those guilds where people tend to hang around. The group of players hasn’t changed much in the past 7 years since I stopped raiding on their schedule. At the start of every expansion a lot of people, myself included, return to dip their toes back in the WOW waters and see how the game feels. Since my guild was done playing through the raid for the week I asked to tag along to the Angry raid and get some more practice on some of the bosses that my guild was stuck on and also practice my arcane rotation.
As the raid group began to fill I saw so many names that I remembered and started to reminisce about Throne of the Four Winds and Firelands some of my fondest memories in WOW. I remembered our group playing with a quiet intensity pushing ourselves to complete boss encounters and raid achievements. This was also my first year going to Blizzcon where several of my guildmates met up to see all of the new announcements for our game. Being a member of this guild was a commitment which formed a bond between us that has persisted through the years.
The Guild Master of Angry is someone that I will always remember for grilling me via in game whispers for 4 hours before he would consider giving me a shot in his guild. He had his doubts that I would stick around, rightfully so since my husband (boyfriend at the time) was in a competing guild on the same server. I spent a lot of time convincing this guild that my intentions were sincere and that I had no interest in playing in my boyfriends guild due to how they treated the women that played there. It took a while but I think I showed that I was in it for my guild and ended up playing with them for a year and a half through two tiers of raids.
The raid started and I jumped right in having much more confidence in my abilities than I did 8 years ago when I first joined Angry. There was the familiar banter over our voice chat and the calm coordination that was typical for this group. I chatted with a few people that I remembered about some current game related things and tried my best to tone down my raid leader muscles and let them run their team the way that they did. I did my best to pay attention and play my role in this group. I offered some insights since my guild had spent some time on the same bosses the night before. I took note of what they did better and how they communicated and assigned tasks. It was a well oiled machine of players that were comfortable with each other and trusted in each other’s ability something that I strive to build in my own guild. We worked on two fights and were able to kill them successfully.
Once we were done for the night the high spirited chatter in our voice chat surged. Everyone’s voices were a little bit clearer than I remembered, probably due in part to my muffled memory of that time and also due to advances in voice over IP technology. I was hit with a wave of nostalgia remembering all of the good times as we chatted about who were the oldest members in the guild and how they came to be members, that time when someone left the guild only to return 18 hours later, and who had the most epic failures when it came to devastating mechanics. I could have stayed up and listened to the stories all night. Of course the reason that I don’t play with them now is a difference in schedules. They end their night at about 1am my time which is a bit too late if I want to be able to function at work the next day.
I remember explaining the relationships that I formed in MMOs and how I wasn’t playing with strangers every night, I had grown to know these people over the years and we had built friendships with our common hobby being the anchor point that held us together. This was of course back when the internet was a scary place, at least in the eyes of most parents, with predators lurking in every chat room. It was a hard concept to grasp if you hadn’t experienced it but these people that I played games with and only ever spoke to over the internet were my friends! We would spend hours together every night fighting monsters and exploring caves. I’ve made some amazing friendships over the years and there are not many places that are steadfast but Angry is one of those places that will always feel like home.