Old Friend and Old Tanks

I popped on last night to continue the rather enjoyable progression up the ladder to some of the new tier 10’s, and immediately got a popped request for a platoon with my dad. He is a trooper in grinding on tanks, having gotten up to tier 8 without a premium account, just with a judicious use of Free XP and a wise investment in a Lowe before their price increase. So we fell to work on our Tier 7’s, which we have in common right now.

Tiger’s, T-29’s, IS’s, and KV-3’s, oh my!

As such, I didn’t realize that I had three clan mates on, all platooned together, two of whom I haven’t talked to in nearly a year.  Both of them are enjoying a return to the tanking world between the ending of their TOR subscriptions and the beginning of GW2.   It was nice to talk with both of them and catch up a little.  Thanks to the advent of all this social media, catching up with old friends IRL is pretty easy.  But catching up with old internet friends can be problematic, especially if they don’t have a Facebook page.  Email addresses and MMO’s are both in fairly easy flux these days, so one never knows when one will have a chance to see or find that person.  Not to mention the pond is a lot bigger.  You may run into an old buddy at the airport one day…but if you ran into your old tank from EQ days in the airport…would you even know it?

Perhaps I was just feeling a bit nostalgic, but I also realized that I will miss my big hulking T30.  I said as much in general chat, only to be laughed off the channel.   Though one helpful person pointed out that the T34 was close enough for his liking.   I can’t deny that.  I have a Mastery badge with the T34, and plenty of kills to brag about in it.   But there is just something about the thump of that 155, and the memory of the first time I killed the bane of my existence, that otherwise seemingly unbeatable IS-7, that will make it hard when it comes time to ramp up to tier 10 on that line.

155mm of destruction on unsuspecting tanks.

So what about it?  How do you keep up with old internet/guild/clan friends?  Or is it just an impossible task?  And for you tankers…any tanks you miss that you want to go back and pick up again, or do you hang on to all your tanks for future endeavors?