Ash Wednesday is around the corner signifying the beginning of the Lenten season in the Christian liturgical calendar and I've made the difficult decision to give up all things D3 related for this season as my way of observing this time of year. As some of you probably know, I'm a fairly frequent contributor to these forums and so the decision has been a difficult one to make since it is not just the game I am disconnecting from, but even more important to me, this awesome online community that I have grown to love over the past months ever since the release of D3 (believe it or not, I've been playing this game since day 1).
The likely scenario will be that I will be staying away from all things D3 related for most of the week, but will "break" the fast between sundown to sundown between Saturday evening and Sunday evening (as is part of Lent tradition to take Sundays off from the fast, but I have decided to modify it ever so slightly), so it will give me a time to (hopefully) reconnect with many of you folks I play or chat with regularly, keep up with the goings on of the community & game in-game and in forums, and, if 1.0.7 drops within the next ~48 days, time to play here and there to keep me a little fresh.
Honestly, this will be one of the more difficult Lenten seasons to go through, since I probably spend at least 2 - 3 hours a day split between reading / contributing to these forums during the day and some runs in the evenings before I go to bed. Some may even call it an obsession -- as much as it can be when you are a committed husband & father of young children in the home. It will force me to rejig my life and find other things to do with my time (hopefully constructive), but more importantly, allow me to focus/meditate on the central event that defines my faith (and what ultimately gives me hope in life).
I recognize that majority of people out there do not share the same beliefs as I do, and in fact, some people may full-out hate the one that I try my best to live my life according to (and fail more often than I'd like to admit). I also recall some massive religious/political discussion in the forums in the months past that have resulted in some heated discussions. In creating this thread, this is certainly not my intention, nor is it any effort to push my views on others. Rather, it is my way of saying "goodbye-for-now" to all of you and to explain my absence (in case it matters to any of you) -- and to head off any speculation that I am quitting the game that I continue to love playing.
So yes... I'll have another ~36 hours to go before I begin this D3 fast, and will likely be back on "full time" on Easter Sunday, ready to slay demons and engage in thoughtful discussions on these boards once more.
(PS. On a side note, I finally made to 10K Elite Kills on my monk. I thought the day would never come, as my time on this game is fairly limited but happy to finally make it here. Woot woot!)