Brackish Waters

how my gaming and life coalesce.

Running on empty

Fuel_GuageI think for the past 6 years I have been sleeping on average about 5 hours a night.

I know that you are supposed to get something like 8 hours of sleep a night to be a fully functional human being but lets face it, I’m a gamer. We are powerhouses and store our stamina to sit for long periods of time in small recesses of our ass that most people do not have. Okay, thats gross but sometimes I question how long I can actually sit in a chair. Is my ass forming into some semblance of a cheap Staples chair pattern? Do I have biscuit buns at 30?

Some weekends I sleep in and get a good 9 or 10 hours if the wife is in a good mood and we aren’t out of town or at a friends house. This brings the tank back up to full and even drops in a little of that 3$ engine clean-out stuff. More often than not I tend to go right back into my routine of non-sleep the next day and with head down and running as fast as I can, I blast to the end of the work week. Its probably a normal thing in the gaming community and I might even be a mild case. However, when it gets to a point where it can affect your work, re-evaluations must be made. I quit my job.

Ha, that would be great wouldn’t it?

So, I’m going to bed earlier and with much regret I have limited my play time on weekdays to 11pm. This is really hard. Really, really hard. EQ2 isn’t the best for helping me stick to this goal and I found myself jumping out of a great guild group the other night while we were in the middle of the Hadden’s Earing and the Mask Heritage Quest. Definitely discouraging as I am not sure when I will be able to get a group together to return to that quest line.

What is shining here for me now is Tabula Rasa. I’m not going to get into what other people think about this game as I only care what it is doing for me right now. It offers me a chance to get in game for just an hour and participate in some very action packed battles. The rewards are decent and the goals simple but its the gameplay that keeps me going here. I can sit in this game by myself for a night and have a great time just helping NPCs or camping an outpost and not feel upset about leaving at 11.

My goal is to continue to log into EQ2 every weeknight and pick one quest to finish up before logging out. In EQ terms that could mean 30 minutes or two hours but I am going to have to really pick my battles here and rely on my friends and the EQ2i wiki to help me out. This also means that I’m not going to get any serious progression in either game until weekends.  Sacrifices must be made for the greater good and that greater good right now is the god of mortgages and bills.

If anyone knows what this deity takes for offerings (besides cash) please let me know.  My neighbor has some chickens I think.


November 7, 2007 - Posted by | EQ2, RL, Tabula Rasa


  1. Just wait… it gets worse. I forget when exactly the change happens, but I believe it was around 34 or 35.

    Back in college, I could exist for days on end without sleep. In my case, it was actually necessary as I was working 4 jobs all through college. 1 of those jobs was a graveyard shift, so I would literally go from school to work to another job to another job back to school.

    When I began playing EQ back in ’99, I would often play until 2 or 3 in the morning and go off to work without any problems. Weekends, the stance I took was “sleep is for the weak.”

    A few years ago, I started having to cut my log off time back to midnight. Then, it was 11. Now, I am offline by 9:30 every night. No matter how tired I am, I can’t sleep a wink unless I read for an hour every night, but if I am not sound asleep by 11, I am worthless the next day. So, my cut-off time for gaming comes at 9:30. Weekends, I’ll rarely be online past 10 or 11 anymore.

    Right around my 36th birthday, I started spotting some gray hairs on top of my head. I think that was the real beginning of the end to the late nights. As I am careening towards my 37th birthday, I have to wonder what changes will be in store.

    lol. Well, they can make me grow old, but they can’t make me grow up.

    Comment by rao | November 7, 2007 | Reply

  2. Exactly Rao, and I never plan to.

    Comment by brackishwater | November 7, 2007 | Reply

  3. Oh good. I thought something was wrong with me… besides getting old that is. I used to play Diablo until 3 or 4 in the morning, sleep for a few hours and be in to work by 8:30am. No way I could do that now.

    Comment by Link | November 8, 2007 | Reply

  4. Last night my 4 year old was proud of the collective gaming abilities of my wife and I. We managed to get through the Haunted House in the Amusement Park level of Scooby Doo: Unmasked for the PS2.

    He was starting to tell us where to go next when my wife asked him, “Have you seen this part before?” Apparently, the sitter’s youngest son (who is about 7 or 8) played the game and got past those levels that had me stumped for a few months.

    I can remember the day when I was that 7 year old doing things in games that older folks couldn’t do.

    How’s that for reinforcing the fact that you’re getting old?

    Hadden’s Earring and the Guise of the Deceiver were really easy quests to do. Both involved Nektropos Castle which was my favorite dungeon in EQ2 (aside from the Temple of Solusek Ro – the burnt glass bridges hundreds of feet above flowing lava simply blew my mind).

    If my gang catches up to you or reach the point where we’re going to do those quests I’ll send you a tell (mentoring is always good). Who do I send a tell to?

    Comment by SmakenDahed | November 8, 2007 | Reply

  5. LOL – its nothing like getting put in your place by a 7 year old. Thats hilarious. I look forward to that day, honestly.

    Yeah we are actually around level 40 right now and just knocking out a few HQ’s during the week. That temple sounds awesome and I’ll have to check that out.

    I’m still spending a lot of time in Nek because of the Bloodline Chronicles so /t me at Brackishwater. I’ll be happy to form up for a night.

    Comment by brackishwater | November 8, 2007 | Reply

  6. I’ve always been able to go on 6-7 hours of sleep a night. I can go weeks at a time on 5 hours, although sooner or later it catches up with me. Branyanu doesn’t have such a flexible sleep schedule, though. For me that is good. If I see her crashing I know that it’s probably time for me to hit the sack.

    We do pull the occasional gaming all-nighter, although at my age it catches up with me pretty bad.

    Gaming is usually > sleep for me though.

    Comment by grouchygamer | November 8, 2007 | Reply

  7. Ah k. Bloodline Chronicles were neat, a must for Druids so they can get that mana regen spell from there.

    You should be about the right level for Solusek Ro, it’s off the Lavastorm mountains. You’ll need to visit it for meeting up with Nagafen. I’m not sure if I ever really saw the entire dungeon…

    Comment by SmakenDahed | November 8, 2007 | Reply

  8. Thats exactly how I used to be Genda and believe me, if I could make this work at my weekday job, I would. Its hard walking away during the middle of a Heritage quest or other commitments but maybe its just a routine I need to get into. Who knows, maybe it will make me appreciate the time I do spend in game more and refine what I want to actually do there.

    Comment by brackishwater | November 8, 2007 | Reply

  9. Fear NoT!! I am 35 ans still stay up until 2 am, go to work feeling knackered every day…but dammit…it’s worth it, LOL.

    Just for info Morriana and Buckleton still need to finish Haddens earring and A Missing Mask HQ’s. I could mentor down if you are interested… Mebbe this weekend? I will send you and ‘In game’ mail.

    Comment by revenants | November 14, 2007 | Reply

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