In addition to various stresses from a variety of sources, I found out that a friend of mine has died.
I originally got into playing MMO's due to a group of friends in Brisbane. We had a weekly games night every Wednesday night for many years (it started off as Poker, and eventually transitioned into board games and the like after a time), and when Star Wars Galaxies (SWG) was release we (myself, Will, Byron and Kevin) started playing it as another means to catch up regularly.
SWG had a lot of potential that it didn't live up to, and the lot of us transferred over to World of Warcraft (WoW) when it was released in November 2004.
Byron and Will, two of my Brisbane friends, had been members of an ongoing MUD for many years, and a large number of their friends from the MUD also started play WoW, so within the first day of playing the game we had created our own Guild, "The Wanderers" (on Uther). That's when I first met Jinxie.
He played a Rogue (Troll, I think), and was bloody good at it. He was one of the old MUD players, and had known Will and Byron for a very long time (from their Uni days I think). He travelled a bit for work at times, and tried to make sure that if he was sent to Brisbane he'd make sure he was able to spend some time catching up with Will and Byron, so he was at Wednesday night games every now and then.
Due to politics the Guild moved servers (to Khaz'goroth, one of the then new Oceanic servers) but we kept in touch. Eventually Will, Byron and Jinxie stopped playing WoW, as they had done everything there was to do in the game.
After I moved down to Melbourne three years ago, his home town, I caught up with him a number of times, and called him a friend.
Tuesday night I get a phone call from Kevin, telling me that he had been found dead. It seems he had been cleaning his bathroom some time Monday, and slipped in the bath, knocked himself unconscious and lapsed into a coma, and his body was found Tuesday afternoon.
He was a great guy, and will be missed.
I knew him as Jinxie, and even after finding out his real name I tended to call him that, but his real name was Thomas Dunn.
As far as I know the funeral will be sometime next week. Will is going to try and get down here for it, and I'm hoping Byron will as well.