Some days, even the most stoic Guild Leaders (either Guild Masters, or the Officer team) need time off from responsibility. Though we grumble sometimes when someone wants to bring a fourth alt into a raid to gear it up, we do understand. Sometimes we do this in guild (like my second druid) or like so:
That would be Kurby’s Goblin, my Blood Elf Mage and also his Tauren. Though our real ID friends knew where we were playing, it is nice sometimes to just log off and go elsewhere. This is really important if you like to play a lot, but feel like you can’t have your own time to do what you feel like doing.
I don’t have this problem so much now as I used to, but I used to level altslike crazy (seriously I have 7 Characters at level 85, and 8 Characters that are above level 60, as of this writing!), because if I were online in the guild, people expected me to heal for them. It doesn’t matter that I needed to farm herbs for my raiding flasks! This was prior to the formation of my current guild, and is no reflection of my current guild mates! Many times I would level in secret until someone figured out my alt, then join the guild on it. Eluna was actually an escape character on a different server than my mains for a while.
About the only time Alternate Characters become an issue is when you spend more time working on them, while letting your main character show up to raids unprepared. That is a big no-no, whether you are in a leadership position or if you are just an altoholic like me, you should always make sure your raiding character is raid ready so that you aren’t handicapping the group! What do you like to do to get away from it all in game?