There’s a lot of reflecting going on in the World of Warcraft community, from the things we love about WoW to this massive project from Alt:ernative Chat: 10 Years, 10 Questions.
10 years, has it really been that long? 8 years for me, now–hard to believe that one game can hold collective attention for this long. I guess asking “why” is a natural step!
1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?
Because it was epic. I watched my then-boyfriend raiding Molten Core and listened to him explain how he was playing with other actual people, each person with a different role; a different task. I thought that was incredible, and I wanted in.
2. What was the first ever character you rolled?
The same character I main today and have mained since day 1: Ambermist,, druid. I started out as resto, leveled some as feral, resto-raided through BC (if you can call it that, I was pretty awful), and then switched to moonkin, which I’ve been doing since Wrath.
It’s funny, I get a lot of crap when I forget to buff stats, and that’s been an issue since the inception–I remember my husband saying, “Wait. You have one of the strongest buffs in the game and you aren’t even using it?”
Some things don’t change.
3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?
I wish I could say there was some thought involved, but there wasn’t. I picked the faction my husband played; that said, I’ve never been unhappy being Alliance!
4. What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?
8 years of memorable moments and I can only pick one? I don’t think I can do that!
My first guild raid–Gruul’s Lair. I remember seeing the invite popping up on my screen and having a mini freakout, followed by a whisper from the healing lead, “Heal the tank and don’t panic.”
Every memorable moment–raiding through BC, those achievements I just had to have, my legendary staff, shenanigans with guildies, becoming an officer, the last half of heroic Siege, even Challenge Modes–started with that invite.
5. What is your favourite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?
At this point, I must sound like a broken record, because every time this comes up it’s the same answer: raiding.
And yes, it has always been the case. I got sucked into WoW because raiding looked like the most fun thing I could imagine in a video game, and that hasn’t changed. I play to raid.
6. Do you have an area in game that you always return to?
It changes, there’s never one place that I’ve stayed since the beginning. The bank area in Dalaran, the clock tower in Stormwind, the tallest hill near Halfhill, my perch or the stoop in Shrine–each of these areas has been a place for me to park.
7. How long have you /played and has that been continuous?
Oh dear. Hang on.
The calculator tells me that’s about 588 days on my level 90s. Holy crap!
I have played since September 2006 with a 9 month break in 2011.
8. Admit it: do you read quest text or not?
Yes, I definitely do, at least the first time through a zone.
9. Are there any regrets from your time in game?
All of my regrets are related to people in the game, not the game itself. Times when a miscommunication or misunderstanding led to a parting of the ways or when friends ended up being not the friends I thought they were, those are the things I regret.
10. What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside gaming?
At different points in time, it has had different effects. I had to back out for almost a year to get some stuff in my life together, for instance; but there are a lot of things I’ve learned about myself, people, and communication as well.
Besides, at the end of the day, it’s just a good time. ;-)