Fantastic thread all - and thank you Jules and Rem for making this available!!
I really appreciated Brewnadin's breakdown of WoW commitments and their varying impact. Although I am not married, nor do I have children - my girlfriend and I recently moved in together and I've tried my hardest to make our communication as clear as possible so that our time together and my personal game time don't ever become a source of contention.
So far it has worked very well, but only when we sit down once a week and literally plan out each day; I make sure to book time for raid nights and then usually do dailies in the early AM before work. But I'm not so confident yet to say that it's a surefire system - I'd like to pose this to the group and see if you think I'm headed for any pitfalls and how to avoid them.
My biggest problem (as I currently see it) is that my girlfriend simply has no desire for personal time or space, so when I carve out time for myself, she really has nothing that she'd like to do more than spend time with me. I do my best to respect that, as I love her very much and don't want her to feel under appreciated... but it makes me feel guilty for even setting aside a evenings a week knowing that she's going to be twiddling her thumbs, wishing I was available.
Plus, I've noticed that I often end up staying up late after she goes to bed just so I can have some extra time to valor cap, etc, which is definitely not a sustainable practice for me.
Anyway - great to meet you all!! I hope we can have some great discussion!!