Turarts, just saw you on The Converted podcast. Never got around to answering but saw that you’re still looking for responses so here goes…
I started playing August 2006. I hit 60 late December and BC launched a couple weeks later. I started raiding in Karazhan. I loved the guild I was in and raided throughout BC and Wrath. It got frustrating because our GM wanted to focus on 25s but we never had quite enough people. Eventually a group of us split off to form a 10 man strict guild (back when 10 and 25 raids had different gear drops). Sadly, just as we got Lich King, various people dropped due to RL conflicts. The guild dissolved.
My main had been Alliance but I had a Horde priest (for those times I actually wanted to win at pvp
) I began to raid on her. I enjoyed the guild, mainly because of the GM. Unfortunately, her schedule changed so we were rarely on at the same time.
I switched back to focusing on my Alliance toons, found another guild and began raiding with them through Cata and early MoP. Gradually, many of the officers left due to other commitments and/or burn out. We tried raiding in ToT but just couldn’t get it together. After an embarrassing number of attempts on Horridon, several of the better players left to form a raid team in a new guild. I was getting really bored with WoW (for the first time after playing almost daily for over seven years!) I quit playing except for alts and occasional LFRs. I missed the camaraderie that comes from raiding with a guild, but didn’t really want to start over in a new guild this close to the end of the expansion.
This past April, while chatting with the raid leader from my old guild, he mentioned that I might like Convert to Raid on Aerie Peak. I went to the website and watched the Town Hall meeting. It sounded perfect. Through my various moves, I had ended up with two Alliance shamans on the same server so I transferred one to Aerie Peak and joined CTR. I am really enjoying it. I’ve joined a raid team and am working on getting geared up. (Unfortunately my bad luck with gear has followed me here) I’ve also met some great people running scenarios and Timeless Isle groups. I’ve put my Aerie Peak alts in the guild because I missed the CTR guild chat when I play them.
I have now gotten hooked on the CTR podcast and am listening to the old shows. I love how the show starts with “Welcome Home Raiders” because I really feel that’s true.