So, a couple of days ago, there were lots of pink slips handed out on my account.
Having finally reached the end of my rope, I went on what I’m sure could be termed a rampage, if you were character on my account. I deleted characters.
No, this wasn’t the tame deleting of low level alts that often occurs on my account (doubtlessly on some of your accounts – you start an alt on some server with an acquaintance… you play for a night or two, but you never played the character again and it’s been going on 10 months now?) and I was sick of seeing all these characters that I had rolled, invested any amount of time in (from sub-10s to several in their 60s and 70s) and then never played again, for any or no reason.
It started small, with the random sub-10 alts I had on a ton of servers. If I knew people on the servers, I vendored everything and gold was sent to them to repay them for the gold and bags that they had bought me to start out with. If it was on a server where I knew no one, they were ruthlessly deleted without even kindly donating gold to a random character I saw around in Ironforge.
It was more of a process with the characters I had on my home server, Exodar. (I call it my home server, but I actually haven’t played seriously on it in over two years.) I went through each and every character on it, since my home server was my only “full” server as well, and painstakingly sent anything useful to Anea, any trade goods that could be auctioned, or interesting bits that I’d picked up here or there, so that she could still have them. Though I will say that finding the Haunted Memento on my 70 hunter made me a little nostalgic and rather sad to delete her Jeweled Fishing Pole (that is the only fishing pole I’ve ever gotten from the fishing daily in Dalaran, over a large number of characters. Anea never got it.)
The only characters that are left standing are Anea and Sin (who was my first 70), one lone dorf priest on my manager’s server who may or may not make it through the week, plus three characters on Naithin‘s server, but only because I didn’t have the patience to deal with all the tradegoods on those characters. Probably tomorrow I’ll be deleting the DK and the low level shaman and sending everything to my 67 shaman there, but it isn’t really as if she’ll be played again.
This leaves me feeling as if I’ve truly cleaned house – as if I have a clean slate. Like I can start again, without all these stalled and abandoned characters left hanging over my head. Whether or not this will help anything, I’m not really sure. I didn’t do it with the conviction that it would, but it was something I didn’t feel bad doing and I don’t regret it now, so I don’t see it as a bad thing. It’s lifted a bit of guilt that I had (that any number of you who I talk to in game will tell me I shouldn’t even have anyway) and perhaps that will help me enjoy the game more.