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.