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5-17-2010 @ 12:24PM
Wonderful to hear about AFK resolving his at-home issues. I consider myself really lucky my wife plays too, but still, we had conflict off-and-on for a long time over the fact that it was "taking over" and last year took steps to counter it.1. We don't play on Mondays or Thursdays (Monday is usually TV night and Thursday date night, but sometimes we switch em). Breaks up the week quite nicely. If something comes up we can swap Tuesday for Monday, or Wednesday for Thursday.2. We can play all weekend if we want, provided it's "idle time" - Saturday and Sunday, WoW gets priority over absolutely nothing. Grocery shopping, mowing the lawn, dinner with the in-laws, a cousin's birthday party - if it exists, it's more important. WoW gets the scraps RL leaves behind, not vice versa. But if/when there's nothing going on, we can just nerd out and love it.This arrangement protects our guild's Friday Night Raid (3 years strong and counting), gives us together-time, allows us to see the new tweaks on patch Tuesdays when applicable, and puts social life first when applicable. If you're dealing with real life/game life conflict, the key is just to communicate, draw up a plan, and be ready to tweak it as needed til you have something both parties can live with.
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