A crime it was never used for what it was intended. Allegorical!
Again and again, since Pandaria launched, I've come back to the same problem with my gameplay: time, or the lack of it.
When Blizzard linked all achievements to Battle.net accounts, it seemed like a blessing in disguise. All your pets and mounts shared across characters was undoubtedly the biggest benefit. The massive drawback however, which has only become clear to me as the Expansion has played out, is the effect that has had on my alt play. There is a world of difference after all between not wanting to do something and not needing to: emphasis has shifted to P as my 'designated main' because, in the playtime I have, there is simply no other option. She's the best geared, I can play her better than anyone else, and she's able to deal with the increase in content difficulty, because that has also become a 'thing.' The quicker I can kill stuff, the more gets done. That means lower geared alts will always be at a disadvantage until I can spare the hours needed to equip them to an acceptable standard. As the man says above, I only have myself to blame.
Back in Cataclysm, levelling alts wasn't nearly as time consuming an option, because I had more of it. This expansion those classes have, for better or worse, simply become professions mules. I feel sad about this because when I had the time to mog them and play with them they were an important part of what I did and what I had become as a player. Yes, I'm alluding to my characters like a child would her dolls, and before someone sits down and cheerfully informs me of the issues that raises in a 46 year old mother of two I'd like to state that, for the record, my life overall is in a far better and more satisfactory place as a result of NOT having the time to play dress-up. However, with one eye on the fact that within the next year that the level cap will probably increase to 95, I understand some work will need to be done. What bothers me most therefore at this stage are the time-scales Blizzard are currently employing to provide content, and (in effect) how long I'll have left to max level everyone in the family.
I'm already out of time, how will I cope when the clock ticks down towards the Expansion?
I've committed myself to levelling the Lock for the five jewelcrafting mounts this will give me access to (again, achievement-based satisfaction.) The mage needs to be pushed to exalted with the Celestials for bags (one eye on storage issues, always to the fore.) After that, I suspect, it will be an 'as and when' until I arrive at a point where P has gathered the achievements/pets/mounts I want to finish Pandaria with. This inevitably means making some quiet time before Summer Holidays begin for the kids, sitting down somewhere and creating the definitive list of 'Things to Do before the Next Expansion.' My problem, up until this moment, has been how I defined such a list, but it occurs to me that I need to look back to the centralised Achievement window as my jumping-off point. Everything begins and ends there, and has done since the entire shebang was introduced. I'm deluding myself otherwise.
That means, once and for all, deciding what I can realistically do alone, what I know I'm going to need some support for and then *gasp* ACTUALLY ASKING FOR HELP. This is the worst part, because I don't ever do this: I always feel like a fraud, especially when its something that I am sure other people probably solo (on a regular basis) Needless to say, if you're on my Battle.net Friends list, I may well come to you over the Summer, cap in hand, and do some full-on, unabashed begging. Don't say I didn't warn you... I suspect it won't just be for current content either, there are a number of old-style Achieves that persist on my 'You Really Need To Ask For Support On This One' category. Naxx 25 continues to mock me, for instance. The mount from ICC locked up in that last component of the Meta. All this and more, but until I make the list, nothing happens. Again, time beats me.
Time to stop procrastinating and get writing!