At first, Shaw enlisted ex-members to help guide him, but that often didn't work out because they had to be in the mood to do it. Then, last year, Shaw met another player online, a fellow Scotsman named Owen. The two clicked right away.
To assist Ben, Owen functions as an in-game guide dog, giving verbal instructions and encouragement through the open-source voice chat software for gamers, Mumble. Ben also has macros for the game, including a follow function that allows him to stick with Owen, and participate fully. An add-on called GTFO tells Owen when they're dying and need to move on.
"Where people were seeing it as a challenge, I see it as a delight to have somebody as committed as Ben to raid beside," Owen told WoW Insider.
The two players haven't met in person yet, but they might soon. "We have spoken about everyone getting together and meeting at some point this year, which would be an awesome adventure," Owen said in the interview. Right on, raiders. Right on.
Image: A screenshot of guildmates Ben (left) and Owen (right) in World of Warcraft. Credit: WoW Insider.