My brief hiatus from Warcraft was a very good thing. I feel refreshed and alert and excited to play again. The game is interesting again, and logging back into Stormwind after 11 days felt like coming home from vacation - you miss the time off, but you're also glad to wrap familiar blankets around yourself.
I immediately picked up the Fishing, Cooking and Jewelcrafting dailies and did them, before guildies logged in and we did a random or two and then some chit-chat later, I logged off. Tuesday and Wednesday we raided, much much much more successfully than the last few weeks when we struggled with easy bosses, we just sort of steamrolled past content that would give us a pause even two weeks ago like Maloriak or Atramedes.
Last night, we even picked up our first kill of Valiona and Theralion after three pulls, once a PuG helped us refine our strat a little bit and we managed to recruit a couple of them into the guild. I don't know why we put the drakes off for so long - such an easy fight. And we're going back in tonight to see if we can wrap up Chimeron once and for all, while getting some time in on Ascendant Council.
Did I mention I haven't played in two weeks, more or less, and a lot of the guild also took much of that time off to just take a break?
Outside of raid, I don't feel pressured to run and do stuff. I logged in to do dailies, or raid, leveled my alt a little bit for 30 minutes or so, worked on the Auction House and then logged while guildies ran dungeons. It feels good to log in and have an active, engaged, involved, self-sufficient group.
Also, during my break, I briefly flirted with the game that starts with the letter "R" and found it to be beautiful, well-designed, polished, just lovely - but it lacked a certain je ne sais quoi that keeps me engaged in WoW. Maybe it's friends. Regardless, it let me know that if the WoW servers ever went away, I'd have someplace to go and be someone awesome to be with a sword and a board.