World of Warcraft: My ten years, my ten questions

A birthday bash in World of Warcraft with Alliance and Horde characters having cake and beer

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I saw these tweets in my Twitter feed letting people know about ALT : ernative’s “10 Years, 10 Questions” theme for World of Warcraft players and I figured I would give it a shot since it’s the thing that my blogging peers are doing now and let’s face it, I don’t want to be a stick in the mud! On with the list!

1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?

Screenshot of Warcraft with Orcs invading a Human settlement

A human settlement being attacked by the Orcs in Warcraft: Orcs and Humans

I started playing playing Warcraft: Orcs and Humans back in 1995 and was hooked. Blizzard still holds true to a lot of their games’ true identities with little things like clicking someone repeatedly will annoy them, humorous quest text and pop-culture references. The graphics, along with the sound effects and music was state of the art, and there really wasn’t a lot of competition for a fantasy RTS unless you liked Dune or Warlords.
Later came Warcraft II which was a bigger success with my friends than me because I still loved the first Warcraft more than I ever liked Warcraft II. I was so happy when Warcraft III was released! Warcraft III had more detail than ever of Azeroth and such a compelling storyline spanning across four different factions! To this day, I still believe Warcraft III is a work of art and I hope for a Warcraft IV some day.

As for World of Warcraft, I started playing it in the faraway time of 2006. I only started playing it because I was so impressed with the way the physics and graphics looked while my friend reluctantly played it. Compared to my past Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs) like Star Wars: Galaxies and Everquest II.

It felt almost like World of Warcraft’s graphics had First Person Shooter type fluidity, plus the use of addons had me hooked. I love modifications and addons, especially World of Warcraft’s Auctioneer Mod.
I can’t live without it.

Other MMORPGs really need to look at Auctioneer Mod and have that mod as stock for their response to auction houses. I flipping love that thing and I’m hooked, and really awesome at making gold on the Auction house.

2. What was the first ever character you rolled?

Night Elf Hunter in Burning Crusade

My first character: Narlash Shadowmoon.

The first World of Warcraft character I had was a Night Elf Hunter named Narlash. I only play World of Warcraft with my wife and she plays the same Night Elf druid that she made to go with my Night Elf Hunter. Naturally (see what I did there?) I played hunter when hunters sucked and stopped playing hunter when they got buffed and in need of nerfing. Hah!

This picture to the left is an actual picture of Narlash (now known as Sequorian) which I pulled from MySpace. Yes, I made a MySpace page back in the day for all my World of Warcraft characters. Others did too! I’m not weird, shut up!

3. Which factors determined your faction choice in-game?

Undead Female picking Peacebloom Flower

An Undead female picking peacebloom with a Night Elf Druid having a WTF moment. Image credit: Erin Mundell

At the time when I started playing, The Horde didn’t have their hygenic fancy Blood Elves.

Let’s put it this way: The Horde didn’t look like they knew what soap was. Female characters were limited to Orcs, Tauren, Trolls and Undead. With nothing like soap in-between those choices. So my wife wanted to only play Alliance. Being the true gentleman, I honored my wife’s decision and took off adventuring as a Night Elf with the protection of the Alliance.

In all seriousness, once the Blood Elves swung by Azeroth in the Burning Crusade, my wife and I created some horde characters and we enjoyed playing them. I probably liked it more than Azsahle did, but we’re not people to limit ourselves to only one character and one faction. We’re total Altoholics my wife and I with probably up towards 40 characters between the two of us.

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

The most memorable moments in World of Warcraft has been the times I’ve played with Azsahle (my wife) I know that sounds a bit sappy but it’s true. As we play on a Role Play-Player Versus Player (RP-PVP) server/realm, we spend a lot of time in RP guilds and especially on our Gnome characters Lixee and Ciminim.

We’re in a mainly Gnome guild on Emerald Dream called “GnomeTech” [Armory Link], it’s a guild with themes like a university/technical institute. We have field trips to Orgrimmar, Tauren Burger Cookouts, Laser Physics, Proms and Formals. Anything from history to physics. Headmistress Zappie covers all of the areas important for science! I’ve been involuntarily away from World of Warcraft for about one and a half year, I really, really miss those gnomes.

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

World of Warcraft Wallpaper Gnome on top of Large Bog Beast

I love fishing in World of Warcraft!

World of Warcraft packs so incredibly much in so seemingly little. As I mentioned earlier, I love the Auction House. I really do. I also love the little things that probably not many other mainstream World of Warcraft players care about like Fishing and Cooking. I love just getting on my mount whether it’s my Mechanostrider or Mekgineer’s Chopper and just driving cross-country. I love the PvP combat, although I wish there were more developed aspects for World PvP, it just feels like too much of gank or be ganked.

Little things like The Deeprun Tram between Ironforge and Stormwind City were aspects of World of Warcraft that just drew me in and have always fascinated me. I wish World of Warcraft would do more Deeprun Trams, even once that aren’t necessarily an instanced tram, but a tram that actually goes outside like a high-speed monorail?
Speaking of transportation, I love flying those flipping Gryphons around. I don’t care that it takes 5 minutes to get to my destination, sit your whiny ass down and enjoy the flipping ride!

I also love the Looking for Raid (or LFR abbreviated) feature, it opens up the game’s all instances to everyone instead of just the minority who got all the gear traditionally.

I could go on and on about my favorite aspects of World of Warcraft for the whole post, and I just might add more to this paragraph later down the line.

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

Ashenvale World of Warcraft

Ashenvale, I love this place!

Definitely, I love Booty Bay. It’s like party central, well I wish it was. It’s usually just me and a handful of nooblets grinding up their newbie skills, not at all interested in the RPing that Draenei chick is doing.

I’m also a sucker for Ashenvale and Gilneas City (get gabbin’ or get going). I love sneaking into the Undercity and spy on the Hordies, even though I can’t understand a word they are saying, it’s still fun.

I still love going to Karazhan because of the quirky eerie mad house feel to it. It was my favorite raid in The Burning Crusade and it still is one of the top ones in my list. Hey that’s an idea for another post.

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

GAH! I hate not being able answer a question, I really wish I could give you the exact amount of World of Warcraft played time, however I do have a Raptr profile with 7,559 hours logged, I really wish I could be more specific but that’s the best I can do. I’ve taken 3 or 4 breaks from World of Warcraft, maybe one or two of those have been intended. So that is definitely not continuous.

Gnome priest in the Deep Run Tram

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

The first time I ever do the quest I try to read most of it, I tend to skim the more I play and if it’s on an alt I just click accept unless I know it’s a fun quest description. Blizzard has put a ton of effort into each and every single quest. The quests tend to get very monotonous and stale if you don’t read the quest text.

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

I really regret not being able to play World of Warcraft with my friend Firwold who sadly took his own in December of 2011. I don’t want to turn this post into a “oh poor me” post, but I really, really miss him a lot. My advice to people out there in Internet Land is to play with their friends as much as you can because you never know when they won’t be around.

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

Only being away from gaming have I learned the true importance of Social Media and the benefits it can have for you when you are following your peers or people you actually enjoy interact with you. My time away from World of Warcraft has made me become social with players of World of Warcraft both on Google+, Twitter and Instagram. I no longer need to play World of Warcraft to enjoy it, but it’s good enough to watch other people play it on Twitch or hear them tweet about it.

If you need a good source of World of Warcraft people to follow check out The Official Noob Network’s Twitter List and Google+ circle of awesome World of Warcraft people! These are tweeps totally approved by us and full of awesomeness.

World of Warcraft Draenei Female Lying Down alliance

I’m a sucker for Draenei, so here’s one thrown in at the end for good measure.

Those are my answers and I really loved the questions, many thanks to ALT : ernative for them!
I hope my answers mean something to someone!

As always, let me know what you think in the comments below ^-^
Thanks for reading!