Saga has a good post over at Spellbound in which she talks about feeling Torn. She is referring to the general feeling I think many of us can sympathize with where we have friends or relatives on other servers that we'd love to play with, but we can't ditch our "home," so to speak. I've been relatively fortunate over the years to be involved enough in my guilds that people have come to me to join up.
Still, I do have a cousin on another server that helps run a guild as well, and we are always sharing raiding stories at family gatherings. We've rolled toons on each other's server, but rarely get over there. We have active guilds and generally not a lot of "free" gaming time; we're always working toward some goal or another.
Also, I can't count on two hands the number of bloggers I would like to play with from time to time. There have been several blogger guilds that have sprung up over the last half-decade, and we've generally tried to at least pop in. They've always been a blast, but short-lived. I think a lot of that is because people have a hard time being away from "home" for any sort of extended period, no matter how fun the company.
Alleviating this is, I believe, a big reason for the whole Real ID invite option. I've read some about it, but I've not had an opportunity to try it yet. It appears to be installed, I think. When chatting with my cousin once, I was able to right-click her Real ID name and shoot her an invite. She was busy with a group in a rated BG at the moment, so she couldn't accept. Thus, we really didn't get to try, but it seemed to be there and functional.
Is there anyone out there that uses this function on a regular basis? Have you discovered any caveats? It works with raids, dungeons, and BGs, right? I've only had a passing curiosity about it, but am looking for some practical experience. I can't help but think that if the function is smooth and effective, it should do quite a bit to alleviate feeling Torn. You should be able to have your cake and eat it too. Unless the cake is a lie because I'm missing something here. Let me know.
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