It was 8PM, local time for me, when I got home. An hour's drive in traffic. I hop on the computer, intent on working out the stress of the day in some PvP matches, but there seems to be a 400 player queue to log on to my realm - that's another half hour. Well, okay - I can go find something for dinner and it will be done by the time I'm back. All I want is to run a few Warsong Gulch games, and hopefully get my new priest up to friendly with the Warsong Outriders - humble enough goals, right? But, wait - now that I'm logged on, there seems to be an hour's queue to get in to Warsong at all. Hmm, I suppose I do have a good book I've been meaning to read. But, honestly, I have to wonder - when did I start to spend more time waiting than I did playing? Because this new waiting game is not nearly as fun as the game I used to play.
Of course there's hope - new servers and hardware improvements, as well as the possibility of cross-realm battlegrounds will both cut into this waiting game - but, until then, all there is to look forward to is more of the same. I know I'm not the only one out in Azeroth who's hit this wall - what do the rest of you do when all you want to do is play, but the game is, for one reason or another, out of your reach?