In honor of World of Warcraft’s ten year anniversay (I feel ancient), Alternative Chat is gathering answers to a survey for a special documentary. I am probably not the target audience for the survey given my long, long time away from World of Warcraft, but hey, I did it anyway. Since I saw others sharing their answers and I rarely post about World of Warcraft specifically, I thought I would share mine too.
Why did you start playing World of Warcraft?
A few months after my friends jumped ship on EverQuest II and I got tired of the game myself. I’d say middle Vanilla.
What was the first ever character you rolled?
I rolled a Troll Rogue on Maelstrom RP-PVP (USA). I don’t think I even had an alt. I played that one character for years, off and on leveling others, but never fully switching off until much later.
Which factors determined your faction choice in game?
Factions are an icky mechanic to me since the biggest factor will always be social dynamics. My friends at the time were all pretty committed to the Horde, so that’s where I went.
It worked out well because I really enjoyed roleplaying a Troll, mon!
What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?
Downing Kael’thas for my first server first that really felt like it mattered. As a guild, we kept our raid schedule to Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday, but after a couple weeks of practice, we almost had Kael down on a Sunday.
It was close enough that we all agreed to come back the next day for a couple of attempts. Given how hard it could be to get people together on scheduled days, it made that moment of victory a lot more special when we each had to go out of our way to get there.
I still love that fight.
What is your favourite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?
Raiding and no. For most of Vanilla, I did Battlegrounds nonstop. After The Burning Crusade, my career as a WoW player quickly wound down to nothing.
During The Burning Crusade though, raiding was king, and that carried me through almost the entire expansion.
Do you have an area in game that you always return to?
I really like the old Barrens a lot. Especially early in the game’s life, most characters spent a ton of time there having adventures. It’s not the same since Cataclysm, but I did boot up an emulated server to revisit not that terribly long ago. Still gorgeous.
How long have you /played and has that been continuous?
I don’t play anymore, so I no longer have access to that data. I know it was a lot. Like many people, the game took over my entire life for several years, and it ended up being my primary source of both entertainment and socialization. Standing around Org just chatting tends to run up the meter a lot.
Admit it: do you read quest text or not?
Almost never, with the only exception being anything troll-based. For whatever reason, I have always considered Blizzard lore to be a bit too cheesy and derivative for my tastes. I have never overcome that bias outside of Trolls.
I really love those bastards!
Are there any regrets from your time in game?
That’s a tough one. I sometimes wish I had kept more in touch with my first guild. They were a rag tag bunch of roleplayers, but really nice people. I ended leaving them early in TBC to join a raiding guild with a few other people I knew. I did my best, but priorities changed and there just wasn’t enough time in the day for both worlds.
What effects has Warcraft had on your life outside gaming?
Friendships, mostly, and a ton of experience to further draw on for blogging. One of my guild mates from my raiding days is now one of my closer friends, and it has been over five years. That’s just incredible to me!
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