I’ve always said that one of the great things about World of Warcraft was the social aspect. I’ve been playing the game for about seven years now, and over the years I’ve met a lot of people – some bad, some good, and some truly exceptional, the latter being ones that I consider very real friends and are borderline family. Nay, we ARE family, as we’ve been together for years in the same guild, moving from game to game. There are not many people that fall into the “exceptional” category, but the few who do are worth their weight in gold and when they’re gone, it is truly devastating.
Sadly, someone that falls into the exceptional category died this week. His family and friends out in the real world knew him as Joe, but to us (The Ruin family) he was Mog.
I don’t remember when Mog came to us, but it must have been sometime during The Burning Crusade, which was released about four years ago. He fit in well with our tight knight group, and it was always a pleasure to spend our gaming time together, as his attitude was always ridiculously optimistic.
Mog was one of the most selfless people I’ve ever met – he was always around when we needed him, even if it was inconvenient to him. Through raids running late into the night, to working on strategies, to working with the rest of the guild in the role of an officer, he was always there. Besides that, he was an honest and wonderful friend who would listen to my rants without taking it personally, and he was a truly nice guy in a sea of assholes that is the gaming world. I rarely heard Mog say a bad word about anyone but when he did, he was always very apologetic about it.
It’s difficult to think about the future of Ruin without him being a part of it, especially since we had been discussing plans in regards to the upcoming expansion pack only a few days ago. It’s hard to imagine moving through this virtual world without our friend and main tank, and I deeply regret not telling him that I appreciated him more often.
Lok’tar, brother. Thank you for coming into our lives for a short time – we will miss you.