Blizzard is currently celebrating the 13 year anniversary of World of Warcraft. I started playing the game soon after the original launch and started posting on the Druid forums shortly after. Over the years, I have written guides, taught people how to play druids, and contributed to theorycrafting class designs. My longest running guide is the leveling guide that I took over at the start of WOW’s first expansion, Burning Crusade. I’ve been a blogger and MVP for a number of years. So, I don’t take this lightly when I say that the end of an important era of my life is now coming to an end.
Over the last few months, I have been working on a career change and am leaving academia. In early December, I start a new industry job. This relocation and career change has caused me to need to leave the Blizzard MVP program and close Restokin. That’s right, I won’t be working on supporting the community as you launch into Battle for Azeroth testing. Next week, movers will come and pick up all my belongings and I start a week long road trip to my new home and career. I will still play WOW and other video games, but I need to have a less active role in the community so that I can focus on my new career.
Over the years, I have made many great friends in the gaming community. I plan to still have a presence on my Twitter account (@restokin). I feel good about leaving the Druid community in the hands of the very large Discord server, Dreamgrove, where there is an active and helpful theorycrafting community. They can do more as a group than I can do as an individual. If you have questions about druids, I suggest you go ask Dreamgrove (and not me). For me, this game has always been about community. It has been an honor to see the druid community grow over the years and I am happy to leave the community in good hands.
I wanted to thank all of my readers and fans over the years as you all have made this adventure incredible. I also wanted to thank my guest posters who helped this blog grow and flourish over the years. I want to thank everyone at Blizzard who has read my posts, talked to me at Blizzcon, and supported me in the MVP program. I also want to thank all the other theroycrafters, guide writers, and fansite creators who help to made the World of Warcraft community feel like home for so many years. I am sad to close the door on my past and excited to see what the future holds.
“Don’t adventures ever have an end? I suppose not. Someone else always has to carry on the story.”― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
Update: I started in December as a User Experience Researcher at Daybreak games!