Well, it's time for us to WRUP it up again. For some of us, the weekend might feel like it's half over. For the rest of us? We're just now starting to fire it up!
Something about the high speed of life these days make it seem like weeks just fly by. With that in mind, we present our bonus question: what do you do to try and savor those finest moments of summer?
Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) Probably spending the weekend working. I know right now, I'm kind of wondering where the heck the week went exactly. As for the bonus question - I mostly spend the summer indoors. Out of sight of the evil daystar. Where it is safe, there is AC, and I can avoid wildfires.
Chase Hasbrouck (@alarondruid, @alaronmonk) Closing in on 400 unique pets, so the "gotta catch em' all" is starting to fade somewhat (especially after you realize that you have 17 varieties of snake). I might try to finish off Brawler's Guild before the new ranks show up in 5.3; reached Rank 8 last week, so just have the four "toughies" left.
As for the bonus, I live in Texas. Summer's finest moments are best spent indoors.
Dan Desmond (@Antigen_) I might spend some time in 1999 mode in BioShock Infinite, but having already beaten the game I will likely lose steam. Otherwise I really need to do some LFR (I still have some ilvl 483 pieces, yuck) and work on my prot set. If only I knew someone who played a prot paladin...
As for summer, I'm with Anne. The daystar is a cruel mistress, it's best to avoid it.
Daniel Whitcomb (@danielwhitcomb) My hunter has the item level to run ToT raid finder now, so I will probably be running at least a couple wings. Barbecues are a highlight of the summer for me, so I do want to try to fire up the grill a few times. That said, other than barbecues I'm like Lisa. I like to stay inside where it's cool.
Elizabeth Wachowski (@leeatwaterlives) I just started a new play through of Dragon Age Origins, and I'm still playing Mass Effect 3 and Skyrim, so those should occupy my time for the foreseeable future. Summers in North Carolina are just awful, so I try to savor moments at the beach in Emerald Isle and time spent in movie theaters.
Joe Perez (@lodurzj) More Monaco multiplayer, that game is seriously fun. Still trying to level some alts, I just have such a hard time with 50-70 even now. I have no idea why but I hit that level 50 mark and I just despise leveling right until I hit 70, then I'm fine again.
This summer I have a house finally, which means I have yards to tend to! I have a garden to bring back to life and I have a brand new charcoal grill and slow smoker that needs some breaking in. So friends, some cold brews some BBQ and some awesome yardage to enjoy. Oh, you guys are totally welcome to swing by for some BBQ.
Kristin Marshall (@kristin) Not quite sure how much I'll play this weekend! I'm moving, so I need to finish packing. Wish me luck!
As for the bonus, I'm moving back to Seattle where there's a lot to do during the summer! I get outside when it's not too hot. I like to sip bubble tea and head down to the waterfront to people watch.
Lisa Poisso (@lisapoisso) No gaming for me this weekend -- looks like I'm installing a new OS. Bonus question: As Chase mentioned, some of us do not merely savor summer. We scamper madly through spring until it's too hot to move further; then we remain pinned inside in the air conditioning for the next six months.
Matt "Matticus" Low (@matticus) Leveling my Monk! On the cusp of reaching 85 where the guy will sit and wait until patch 5.3 (with the reduced experience requirements). Then I can level the rest of my alts to 90 where they'll be chaining heroics and the raid finder.
As for summer, all of it. Being in the northwest means it rains practically 10 months out of the whole year. We don't get sun very often at all. I'm going to make sure I set aside some time to play some grass volleyball (and maybe a little beach).
Matthew Rossi (@MatthewWRossi) They were selling Kingdoms of Amalur cheap on Xbox so I bought it (I rented it the first time I played it) and have been enjoying the experience. It's basically WoW, though. But it's a fun single player version of WoW. I make my own weapons and everything. One of the things it does that I like is it lets you NAME the weapons you make. Man, I wish WoW had that.
I don't care about Summer. I like Spring (which we didn't get up here this year, not at all) and Autumn.
Matt Walsh (@Rhidach) In anticipating for Brave New World, I've found myself smitten with Civilization 5 again. So, likely that. Maybe some alting too, if my questing partners and I can sync up our schedules.
This summer I have two goals: one is to never stop grilling, and the other is to finally teach my young dog how to fetch. She thinks we're giving her the ball each time, but it's time for her to learn that it was just a loan.
Megan O'Neill (@slowpoker) Staring at World of Logs for posting and personal reasons, trying out demonology (again), and probably some pet battles and solo retro raids. My IRL work weeks actually start on Fridays, and this is the last work week before summer, so I'm packing in as many hours as I can, which leaves little time for social gaming. :(
As for summer, I love summer. I plan to walk outside more, and with less students crowding campus in the summer, I might even try to learn to ride a bike (no seriously, I've never learned). Being active outside makes the day seem more worth it, to me.
Olivia Grace (@oliviadgrace) All the WoW! And probably some League of Legends too, I'm still very much a noob, but I'm learning with some help from friends.
As far as savouring summer goes, I just like being near to big bodies of water. The sea, a lake, a particularly large puddle, you name it. There's a place near where I live called Mersea Island, it's a cute, old-fashioned bit of coast, with an emphasis on sailing, and it's one of my most beloved places the very second the sun is shining. Miserable in the rain, though.
Sarah Pine (@ilaniel) I'm not sure what I'll play this weekend! My paladin is a hair's breadth from level 80, I should get on that and get him leveled. It would be nice to have two max level toons at last!
One township over from us, there's a really fun little bar right near the water with a lovely outdoor deck. When we can, my husband and I like to spend a warm summer evening there eating burgers and watching the sun set behind the Olympic Mountains while the ferry shuffles people back and forth across Puget Sound.
The weekend is the perfect time to kick back, relax and enjoy some game time. Are you an achievement junkie? Can't get enough raiding? Rolling a new alt? Considering taking the leap into roleplaying? Whatever your favorite way to play World of Warcraft, let us know in the comments what you're playing this weekend!
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