A bank alt is a World of Warcraft (WoW) term for a character that, to put it simply, does the organising required for the other characters to function. WoW itself is huge online computer game (technically a massively multiplayer online role-playing game) with 11.5 million subscribers. There are many realms, which are also called servers, that provide a parallel universe for a few thousand players and on each realm you may have up to ten characters. Characters have a lot of items and need to store some items, buy and sell others and organise the whole lot. That’s what the bank alt does. Alt, in this case, means alternative character; player means the human at the computer; and character is the human’s representation within the virtual WoW universe.
My analogy seems to be pretty clumsy to explain but it makes sense to me. I have a lot of things going on in my life and I would like to keep tract of these things better. That’s what my bank alt in WoW does and that’s what this blog will hopefully do for me in real life.