I’m not an overly prolific poster, but I do try to post fairly regularly. This past week though was tough! We moved to a larger place, which was nice as we were living in a tiny 692 sq. ft. one bedroom unit. But along with all the moving, comes a HUGE time commitment…and oh god, the boxes. Please, no more boxes!
Why am I posting about this here? For two reasons, so that the handful of you that happen to follow me know that I’ve not died and gone to tree heaven, and to give some tips on how to stay connected while doing something like moving!
We picked up our keys on Thursday night, and we turned in our old keys on Sunday. Not only was I able to move, I was able to complete my Children’s week achievements and maintain our guild’s raid schedule without a hiccup as a result of our change.
Now, some people would say “Beru…you crazy! Why worry about the game when you have such a big event occurring in your life!”. And my response would be that the game, and my guild is very important to me. I work hard to make sure that we function like a well oiled machine, and I don’t want to be the wrench caught in the cog that causes the clock to stop. If there is a way to achieve both things, I want to try to accomplish that!
Here are my tips on how to move and stay connected at the same time:
Set up your internet installation as soon as you know you are going to move; and follow up with your provider the week of the move. Appointments are often booked out in advance, so the more notice you give your provider, the better off you are going to be. I had an internet connection at my new residence at 10:00 am on Friday morning.
Remember to troubleshoot your router! A lot of times when any small thing changes with your internet connection, you have to tell your router to catch up! This means that you either need to call your tech friend, or get on the horn with your router’s tech support to get it squared away. If you are like me, and don’t know all of the technicalities, which are probably simple for many people, it is much more time efficient to just pick up the phone and dial the tech help line. They can get you straightened out in roughly 10 minutes of their time…which is significantly better than struggling and stressing to figure it out on your own.
Prioritize your unpacking so that your gaming rigs are set up and ready to go early. Throwing everything together an hour before your raid will just add additional stress. Also as a tip, do not let your movers move your PCs. While they are gentle and do a good job, they are still trying to be efficient and probably won’t give your PC the care and attention that it needs. All it takes is one bad bump to throw everything out of whack. Ideally, you probably want to transport your machine via your own vehicle.
Don’t wait until the last minute to make sure your connections are all working. If you have a problem, it is better to know it is there early so that you have time to troubleshoot it.
If you play very regularly and are online all the time, even on off nights, be sure to let your guild know what is going on. Many people, including myself, have active imaginations and a change in habit gets the conspiracy theorists churning. A simple “hey guys, we are moving this week and won’t be on much except raid time” goes a long way.
Prioritize in game tasks during your move, and decide if they are things that can be reasonably accomplished. I had three goals for myself: Get the PvP portion of Children’s week done; get my daily quest done each day for Children’s week (which turned out to be a non-issue); be in a position to raid on Sunday. Anything else involving the game was just not a priority.
In the end, everything went fairly smoothly…although the Linksys technician did get a bit of an earful, not all of which he deserved (curse my Irish temper :(). I was able to get all of my moving done thanks to Steve’s Moving of Redmond (nicest guy you will ever meet, who can do amazing things with treadmills and tiny doorways!); Brade’s parents (who are amazing people and the best cleaners and fixer uppers I know); and a little bit of my own elbow grease (parts of my body ache that I didn’t even know existed!). I was also able to get all of my Children’s week achievements completed, go see Wolverine, and raid on Sunday (we got Mimiron with just one night’s worth of work! yay!).