10 Years, 10 Questions


I’m a little late to the party, but this initiative was started by The “Queen of Faff,” author of the Alt:ernative Chat blog. I don’t talk about it much, but I did spend a number of months with World of Warcraft over the years, and have even toyed with the idea of giving it a whirl again, though I couldn’t tell you what my old account info is. That would mean starting from scratch, and though that’s not a big deal, since I played before the world was semi-remade with Cataclysm, it would still be a larger undertaking than picking up where I left off. I’m really tempted since it seems to be the only game that everyone seems to agree on. Or at least a larger portion of the MMO population. Alternatively, the Mystical Mesmer decided to do the same sort of post, but for Guild Wars 2, and you can check that one out here. Lastly, the original author has put together a list of participants in the questionnaire, which can be viewed here. So without further delay, here are my answers to the questions:

1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?

I started my MMO career with Everquest and was fully invested in Everquest II while World of Warcraft was steadily growing. I was a naysayer, thinking that the game wouldn’t ever be the beast it eventually became. I swore I wouldn’t play it. My friends who did play it tried to convince me of its quality and I ignored them, and still played other games. I avoided it for a really long time, and then I started a new job, and was assigned the same duty as an avid WoW player. We worked in close proximity for six months, and it took him about two months to convince me to give WoW a try. This was during Wrath of the Lich King, and I didn’t quite make it to cap before I moved on to something else.

2. What was the first ever character you rolled?

My first character was an Undead Warlock named Gnart. I loved the Warlock. Pet classes are always great for learning a game because it is more forgiving, and you always have a partner (or meatshield).

3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?

I have always had an affinity for “evil” factions. In most cases, evil is a loose term, because in the end faction doesn’t really matter (unless it’s a PvP server). But as a result I chose Horde. I always preferred playing the Orcs in early Warcraft games as well, and loved the Undead in WC3 as well.

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

I can’t really say. There isn’t a singular awesome moment that stands out. I have fond memories of soloing, playing in dungeon finder, and running around with the friend who got me into the game.

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

My favorite aspect of the game is the fact that you can’t play Any race/class combination. I like the fact that there are restrictions, it’s something that reminds me of the good old days before homogenization of the genre. I also enjoy dungeon finder, as this was the first game to have a queue system, and I’ve grown accustomed to it. Yes, this has always been the case.

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

This isn’t really applicable to me, because I haven’t seen much of the new world to want to go back to the old world.

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

My play time was probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 4-5 months. I haven’t touched the game since 2010. As I mentioned, I am contemplating trying it out again.

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

I don’t. I rarely do in MMOs, save for SWTOR. I do read it all in single player RPGs though.

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

My only regret is that I didn’t see end game. I only played through to Burning Crusade content (though I did make a Death Knight and see that starting bit). I also wish I would have given the game more of a chance back before then, as that’s what most people point to as being the best time to play the game.

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

My time with Warcraft came after I had already had an MMO love affair and a terrible break up. Those years also saw me spend way too much time with MMOs to the point of causing issues with my girlfriend. I’ve spoken of all that before so I won’t go into it again. By the time I played WoW I hadn’t played an MMO in a while, and so I did get into pretty heavily to start, but when I saw the signs with another girlfriend, I slowed down. Other personal issues pulled me from the game entirely. I semi-intended to go back at some point and never did.

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