Playing World of Warcraft as a new dad

Hey Everyone,

I wonder if anyone still reads this blog?  Anyway here is a quick post I made a few months after I became a dad.  It was sitting in my recent drafts since October 2012.  I did fix it up some.

Here is a short list of what I was able to do when my son was a newborn and some of the things I get to do now, next month he will be 1 years old.  Being a dad, working full time, and taking care of my son have deeply cut in to my World of Warcraft time, but playing WoW does not beat hearing my son laugh and watching him learn new things like kissing girls romantically, crawling or learning to stand while holding on to something. I do wish the reputation grinds were a little faster.

I do 5 mans when baby and mommy are sleeping. The new 5 mans take about 30 mins to complete and also give reputation with a faction you choose. You will need a good chunk of uninterrupted time to complete them.Weekday nights after I bathe baby and eat dinner. My cut off time is usually 8:30 pm but some nights I stay up later and get 6 hours of sleep. Remember sometimes your wife will want you to wake up at 2 am and change a diaper or help baby go back to sleep.

Questing and farming when they are awake. That way you can be interrupted without leaving stranded four other players. More importantly you don’t leave your baby’s mom stranded when she calls for help. I usually do this on the weekends.

Auctioneering you can do pretty much in between feedings. Doesn’t take too much time.

When baby naps. Take turns with your baby’s mother.  Let mom do something fun while you watch baby, especially if you are the type of parents that don’t want to leave baby alone. It’s your turn to rest, or watch Netflix on your phone, or read digital comics, or read books, you know all that quiet stuff you can do in front of a sleeping baby.

At 90 there is a lot of stuff to do. I recommend leveling alts to 89 if you want them holiday mounts.

If you are having trouble keeping up to date with gearing methods here are a couple of guides that I use:

WoW Insider’s Guide to gearing up alts in MoP

Blizzard’s take on Catching up to 5.3 and 5.3 Escalation Round-up

Reputation grinds are still slow for a guy like me who does not get to play much.  Even Ghostcrawler mentioned that MoP was an expansion not meant for alts.  I do recommend sticking to one character(your main) for gearing and experiencing new content. For alts I recommend only leveling reputations that are needed for professions.  Patch 5.3 does introduce a new title that will only be available for a short time.  The title only gets unlocked on that toon so if you want them on your alts please do so.

While I still do enjoy the game, and value all the friendships and relations this WoW community has provided me, I have learned that priorities have shifted and somethings can be put off for a little while… except them holiday mounts.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan