Warcraft Nostalgia: 10 Years, 10 Questions

ten With the 10 year anniversary of World of Warcraft, our community’s dear Godmother has put towards us these 10 questions to commemorate our game. She wants all types of players’ answers so as an ex-player with warmly fond memories of the game, I had to jump in with my answers. After all, this very blog began its’ life as a Warcraft blog.

1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?

At the time, I considered myself a “non-gamer”. I dabbled in The Sims from time-to-time and grew up with Lemmings and Sabrina PC games but otherwise, I was clueless to this other world of entertainment. My boyfriend at the time played a lot with his friend and they were always going on about it.. and I saw him playing a couple of times when I was visiting but had homework to do. I’d sit on the bed writing an essay and he’d be, well.. the two first things I saw were him ganking people from the rooftops of Gadgetsan (I still can’t spell that after all these years) and running around Orgrimmar on his purple skeletal horse mount. The colours and visuals were the first thing to grab my attention. That fun, cartoony style World of Warcraft is famous for, and some of the lighting in the part of Orgrimmar where the Warlock trainer and entrance to Ragefire Chasm always was back then in vanilla. I started asking him questions. Firstly, “What are you doing?” in Gadget. Then the next time, “Where’s that?” “Is that your horse?” “So this character, you can make them look however you want?” “Can I have a go?” Soon, we were in his brother’s room making me a baby Gnome Warlock on (I think) Earthern Ring which was called Ennis because he advised me to name characters after things I see and adapt the name. His brother was big into tennis. I ran around a little bit and then we went through that first cave where I got to kill a few things and another Gnome fella came along, calling me “Dark Lady” as it was an RP server, after all, and gave me some water. It was a small act of kindness, but from there I had to play this game. Soon I had my own copy and I was making my own character on my own account on my own PC.

2. What was the first ever character you rolled?

See, I liked the idea of having a pet. I was told pets would make playing a little easier, but I also wanted to wield magic. So I could have easily been a Hunter, or a Mage, maybe even a Shaman, but of course, I was a Warlock. A part of me liked the idea behind being able to fill any role, tank, healer, or dps, but Druids had to be those cow-things and they looked weird, and Paladins couldn’t be Horde. I think I would have been a Paladin otherwise.

3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?

Purely where my then-boyfriend and his friend played. It was vanilla, so there were only Undead, Troll, Orc, and Tauren on Horde-side and Alliance had Humans and Night Elves that looked okay to me. I liked Elves from my Lord of the Rings obsession, you see, and they could be Hunters and Druids. The humans at least looked normal. But I didn’t want to play alone because I was so very clueless so I went with my boyfriend where I had to be Horde because it was a PvP server so I couldn’t have both factions at that time and rolled the only race I could stand at that point: Undead. I didn’t like it much, but I wasn’t alone, and they looked kind of normal, and their starting zone was kinda cool.

4. What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?

Easily the night this weirdo in my guild told me he liked me. We’ve been together for 7 years. Thus however distanced I become from World of Warcraft, it has to have a firm place in my heart for this very reason.

5. What is your favourite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?

Ooh.. toughie.. I think these days it’d have to be the minipets. I could still happily play for the collecting and battling of minipets but we all know that would get old very quick. And yes, I have always loved them, and I still do in other games (heck I’m working hard in RIFT to get them all and am very proud of my ‘Mistress of the Menagerie’ title).. but I think initially it was the immersion. Creating your character to your own ideals and being a part of this world, and eventually it grew into the social aspect and competitive PvE. I loved gearing up to be awesome in raids. And I was for a while there.

6. Do you have an area in game that you always return to?

Transmog is still very new to me considering how long ago I started playing, but these days, that would be it. I always love to make my characters look good. Always. It’s my first and last priority in a game and I thoroughly enjoy it. Eventually I turn to light PvE, pet battles, a few achievements, collecting mounts and pets, that kind of thing. And of course, social nights. The Friday Fun Runs were always great and I met some amazing people in joining those, people that I still talk to more than a year on! And we liked to run old content for achievements, rep, transmog items, mounts, and most of all – fun. :) These are the areas that I most enjoy in any game. Alongside friends.

7. How long have you /played and has that been continuous?

I couldn’t tell you now. My Priest had a hundred, maybe two, days. But I did reroll a few times to Paladin, back to Priest, then to Hunter, and back to Priest, a Death Knight and then a new Hunter, and back to the first Hunter and then Priest again, but then Hunter again, and a new Death Knight, then the old Death Knight and back to Priest… ;) You get the idea. And I took breaks. I even quit for 2 or 3 months back in early 2011 but that didn’t last. Of course, now, I haven’t played since last September so it’s looking more likely that I have quit – though I am thinking about taking a free 7 days for the 10 year anniversary bits and bobs. My poor Hunter is dead on that silly island they added still. I don’t like that. I’d like to give her a graceful log out.

8. Admit it: do you read quest text or not?

I go through phases… Originally, no. Sometimes I skim, sometimes I follow a mod, others I do read. Though my memory sucks so hard I couldn’t tell you what any of it says. Context is always nice but when I forget that context 10 to 20 minutes later, I feel like I’ve wasted my time reading.

9. Are there any regrets from your time in game?

A few I’d rather keep to myself. Also wish I’d kept to one class as a main through my “raiding career” for reputation and achievement purposes. Though that doesn’t matter so much now.

10. What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside gaming?

Too much to really go into! Obviously it has changed my life. I moved 230 miles away from home to live by the sea in Wales with my other half who I met in the game, and I’ve met different people and had different experiences. It got me interested in the MMO genre which caused me to try other games where I met yet more people I adore, and throughout this time, these experiences and relationships, I have changed and grown as a person and learned a lot about life and such. World of Warcraft, for me, is a fond memory and a catalyst. Thank you, Warcraft.

Blaugust? I’m Not Very Good At This

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It is the 5th August and I still haven’t posted anything on any one of my five blogs, much to my own dismay. I’ve been desperately wanting to join in with Blaugust (because I love community events and Belghast) but recently just haven’t had the drive and motivation to sit down and write anything more than around 140 characters long.

I checked Bel‘s prompts and nothing really clicked. I pondered what I’ve been up to, and while I’ve been enjoying myself, I haven’t had much to say short of, “These things I’ve been up to are good. I like them. Bye.” And even my draft posts are a stream of things I’ve meant to post and never quite gotten around to, including, but not limited to:

  • 30th June: Steam Summer Sale 2014
  • 23rd June: My snail-paced levelling in WildStar and why I’m so self conscious about it. (I have since cancelled my subscription, same day as Missy, coincedentally.)
  • 17th June: Rowsdowser Rabble
  • 29th May: The Tyrian Tourist
  • 25th May: Blizzard, We Have to Talk
  • 14th April: RIFT’s Wonderful Menagerie

I had plans for these drafts, some of them are even written up just needing a few images and some TLC but are no longer relevant. Some I could pick back up, perhaps. I just don’t seem to have the drive right now and forcing myself to write when I have nothing to say and no desire to just puts me in a bad mood for some reason.

Any ideas, folk? I’m not necessarily trying for daily posts and I’m happy to stretch my legs and write about non-gaming topics. I want to pick my book blog back up, also. How can I stir up the passion and motivation once again? What kind of schedule could I try for?

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Norn Jaedia’s Makeover

I’ve been trying to get my hands on a Total Makeover Kit for my Norn in Guild Wars 2 for way too long! I found I just couldn’t connect with her how she was.. she was awesome, don’t get me wrong, just a bit too much of a badass Warrior chick for me. I don’t connect with “badass”. So tonight, I finally got the gems together for a makeover kit and now she looks like this.

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I love the custom styles and colours in these makeover kits, and love that there are even faces and eye colours in them.

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And here she is shyly chilling with Freyja in Hoelbrak waiting on the start of guild missions tonight.

Basically, I had a lovely week with my dad and he went home today, leaving me feeling sad and homesick in smelly old Wales, so I logged into Guild Wars 2 to play for the first time in quite a while to comfort myself a bit. I’d been feeling a bit burned out on WildStar, Rift still isn’t quite doing it for me, but Guild Wars 2 is always there. :) And I think it’s about time I did something endgame-like, don’t you?

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Night Off in Hellscapes

Tonight I decided to take a little break from WildStar. I’ve got a few new games on Steam, plus Simmy has an active guest pass for The Secret World so I’d said I would keep her company one evening so tonight I did. A break never did anybody any harm anyway.. *twitch*

I’d popped in a couple of days ago to say ‘ello to Malbec and remind myself how the heck to play my Secret World character, and it seems I’d got through Kingsmouth and onwards to The Savage Coast. So here I was, at the Overlook Motel, rummaging around with actually-quite-scary hellspawned demon things and trying to close rifts and…

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Random door. The Secret World players of you are probably giggling at my amusement over this lone door in the middle of room 13 at the motel, and yes I know exactly what it is, but still.. random door. And I noticed music emanating from it? *shrug* Weird door!

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Just a bit of casual necromancy-or-something. Your average Monday night.

I went on to die a bunch, as is usual for me in this game because it’s pretty tough, plus I was trying to remember how to effectively play it, and then I got lost. So that was new. Kind of.

I knew I needed to head to New York, but at first I thought maybe there was something around the town I was in… but nope. So then I just ran around aimlessly hoping to remember how to get to “the portal hub place” when I finally remembered I had a port in my inventory the entire time. Then I ran around dumbly trying to work out which portal took me to New York, and I tried running into a portal I hadn’t unlocked yet a lot and.. then I found it and felt a bit stupid..

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But man isn’t it pretty?

Anywho, I ran around New York for a good hour. Half exploring, half aimlessly-trying-to-find-my-quest-sewer-grate. As you do. It was my first time there as I’m a Templar (REPRESENT) and I apparently tried to run into the Illuminati base, which was met with a firm “Nope!” from the invisible doorway, then ran around poking the citizens and trying to find the shops and looking for an appropriate spot for a Sting reference…

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I wanted to get the bridge in there but this pretty much rocks it, in my humble opinion.

Eventually I found my sewer grate, decided the puzzle was meant for another time as it was getting on a bit, and headed off.

All in all, I do love this game. I have a fondness for anything supernatural and the dark fantasy genre is just.. mwah! Love it. Besides that, the combat style, ability wheel (both of which I believe a certain space MMO may have taken a little nod towards), difficulty level, and of course, the story, are all excellent. I just wish the world didn’t feel so empty.. but I would very much like to work my way through the story to get myself to a point wherein I’m able to give the grouped instance content a poke because it sounds wonderfully insane.

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First Dungeon Anxieties and Excitement

Last night, I did my first dungeon in WildStar along with some guildies. The Ruins of Kel Voreth.. purely because three of us were first-timers to WildStar dungeons and our leader figured it would be a gentler introduction to dungeons than Stormtalon’s Lair.

At First I Was Excited

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This was my first foray into the world of WildStar dungeons! I’ve been told they’re challenging and awesome and sometimes drop sweet furniture, but I hadn’t seen it for myself. So I set up my bars to make sure I had my interrupt ready, as interrupting is incredibly important in WildStar, and off we went.

And Then I Was Anxious

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But they weren’t kidding about the challenge. I won’t lie. I am a little rusty in the reflex department. I stopped really giving much of a crap about how well I perform in PvE back during the Ulduar patch of WoW when I became so burnt out on raiding I just backed off completely, and this was about 5 years ago, so in that time I’ve lost some of my co-ordination and focus. So after a couple of wipes in which time I stood in the bad and stood way too far from our poor healer who was having stress-induced heart palpatations, ran fleas around the room trying to work out why they weren’t getting caught in closed traps, failed to interrupt a lot, did poor DPS because of running around like a headless chicken, and dropped into the Void which apparently dropped fleas I didn’t know were heading towards me onto our poor tank.. well.. My poor anxious brain was pretty much telling me to just quit because I’ve gotten way too bad at this for people to put up with me. Oh the workings of an anxious mind!

But Then I Was Just Enjoying Every Second

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Thankfully I ignored myself and continued onwards, I’m getting good at that when it comes to my anxiety, and slowly but surely got used to various boss mechanics and dusted off some of that rust.

It was tough, but ultimately rewarding. These bosses felt more like raid bosses than dungeon bosses, with mechanics to learn and get used to. Yes, we wiped a few times, but by the end we all felt as though we understood WildStar a lot more and had maybe even grown as players a tiny bit.

Under No Impressions..

However, I’m well aware that I have a long way to go to get back to the raider I once was, and I only hope my friends and guildies are willing to have a little patience with me as I learn my way through the game and improve myself piece by piece, because I am absolutely loving the challenging aspect of this game, and I do not want to miss out because my reflexes and focus are a little off. Even if I am a little anxious to put people through my learning process all over again.. you guys will drag me to dungeons and adventures kicking and screaming, right?

An MMORPG sightseer with a particular fondness for mini-pets.