So there was a call to arms from the girlfriend… she’d found a World of Warcraft based survey and we just had to fill it out, also, what a great time to do some WordPress blogging that she’d started getting interested in. Having the web space, I got the WordPress set up duties so I thought I’d have a pop too. So here it is, a quick 10 question WoW survey, for those nice folks over at alt:ernative chat.
1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?
In 2005 the girlfriend I was living with at the time decided she’d be sickly for a week and spend her days slacking in hospital. Things were needed to pass the time while alone and there’s only so much “internet” you can look at before feeling queasy so I grabbed a copy of that game my younger brother was spending all his time on… “it’ll pass the week until she’s out again at least” I mused. Ah.
2. What was the first ever character you rolled?
Paladin. Well, the aforementioned brother would go on about how paladins were over powered god characters so obviously I thought it a great place to start. Yeah, so erm, what I didn’t realise was that he was playing on something called the Horde who didn’t have paladins and his opinion was probably slightly biased. My visions of pwnage were dampened slightly as I went about hitting these silly creatures with candles slightly softer than a three year old wielding a newspaper.
3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?
Yup, OP Paladin made the choice easy. I’d roll Alliance and get to ruling this puny planet!
4. What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?
Sat around in Iron Forge at level 60, chatting in guild when I get a whisper from someone that had helped me and a friend complete a quest at level 40. “Do you have any healing gear, mate?” he asked. “Yeah” I replied, slightly confused. “Cool, can you link it and would you like to come to Molten Core?”. Woohoo! Raiding, I’d heard of it but being part of a bunch of noobs guild I’d never tried it. Links were sent and I suddenly found myself deep in a cave looking up at only freaking Ragnaros! First raid and I’m there killing Raggy.
Of course, by killing I mean sitting in the same group as the tank so he had fire resistance aura but damn I felt like the hero.
5. What is your favourite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?
Raiding. After having the taste in the early days I found that this organised chaos found in large groups was rather fun. Strange banter on teamspeak or discussing sexual preference in class chat was too much fun.
6. Do you have an area in game that you always return to?
Stormwind, usually on a roof since they introduced the flying to Azeroth. I guess it was the first big place I’d seen after running around the trees of Elwynn for a week without knowing there was this magical castle just up the path.
7. How long have you /played and has that been continuous?
/played for too long to write down without wondering where the time went. Played since mid 2005, never unsubbed and currently running two accounts, to my shame
8. Admit it: do you read quest text or not?
In the beginning, I read it all. At around level 25 I found a friendly paladin that I quested with who told me I could speed up the text so it didn’t scroll in so slowly. Then, as the game got older I took to rushing to the end. Finally, having realised I was probably missing out on things I changed tack. First character blew threw the quests, getting to the end quick sharp while a second followed, reading quests and taking it easy. Best of both worlds
9. Are there any regrets from your time in game?
None really though if pressed I’d say I regret not trying a bit harder to get in to end game fun times earlier. Or possibly not running to form a new guild sooner and bringing all those people that were making things fun and leaving those that were making me want to scream.
10. What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside gaming?
For one its left me living with my former paladin class leader after she won my heart and wallet. Made some good friends and have plenty of guild meet up type affairs, the last one being a week long cottage sharing extravaganza.