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Hi, remember me? Probably not. I sometimes live here.

Anyways… I did enjoy the Cataclysm expansion. They added a lot of cool features. The new zones and the reconfigured zones were both very well done. I now have more characters at max level than I ever have before (3, up from 2.) But, as with a lot of the “end game” stuff, I get bored quickly. I don't raid, too much trouble. I play, what most would consider, casually. I pop on for a few hours a week and do mostly solo stuff. I do enjoy PvP on occasion, but one can only do Tol Barad and Firelands dailies enough times. Losing Tol Barad over and over is no fun, either. Earlier this week I cancelled my WoW account (again) like I do when I get a little bored of it. I can almost guarantee I'll be back, just not using it enough to cover the cost right now.

Though, I jumped into the game last year after it became “Free-to-Play,” I've been playing Lord of the Rings Online more now. I stopped since Cataclysm came out, but now I'm back in it. Syrana's dad is also playing, which gives me someone to play along with. It helps a lot. I don't feel obligate to play since it's free at the moment, though I can buy add-ons or other things whenever I wish using their in-game store. I think they did a good job with their transition. The game is deep enough to play completely free, but they give you options to have more, but only if you want. You also can gain points playing the game which can be used to buy items. The option to pay monthly is done well enough that it's tempting, but you can try a lot of it before you buy.

It's nice to have that feeling that everything is new and exciting, again. I haven't had that feeling in WoW in a long time. I do like the comfortable feeling of WoW, knowing where everything is and how it works, but sometimes I like to not know what's going on. I like to learn. I am currently doing that and really enjoying it.

For anyone else out there playing LotRO, I'm currently playing a Warden on server Firefoot. That character's name is Luminthia, though I also have a Hobbit named Gertbee.

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We are a family of gamers. Mom (Darcy/Syrana) and Dad (Brian/Sideshow) have been gaming for as long as they can remember back when you only had a joystick to use and saved your games to cassette tapes.

They've been gaming together since they met in 2002. Sometime after 2006, they both started playing World of Warcraft and did that for many years. They started this blog, originally called Sideshow & Syrana which has now transitioned to the new Stay-At-Home Gamers site, while keeping all of the original content.

Starting in 2010, two more gamers came along (now known as Princess Boo and Mr. X) and they are now old enough where they both enjoy playing games and watching others play games. They are both excited to have others to watch them play their favorite games. Come along with us and let's enjoy these games together!