Over at Alt: erantive Chat there is a wildfire spreading amongst WoW bloggers, 10 Years, 10 Questions. I always up for WoW talk and decided to jump on the bandwagon.
1. Why did you start playing World of Warcraft?
In the past I had always been a console gamer. I had gotten a high end gaming laptop and decided to try my hand PC gaming, mmorpg's in particular because i had never played one.
I started with Guild Wars and through twelve levels I didn't find it much fun at all. When trying to get advice or help from people in game it was like trying to pull a tooth from a t-rex. I then looked to World of Warcraft.
I wasn't keen on having to pay for a game and then having a monthly subscription fee on top of that. I can't remember what finally made pull the trigger. I had already started listening to The Instance and World of Warcast, about two months before jumping into WoW, getting a feel for the game and the community. I started researching lore, read some of the novels and dabbled in Warcraft 3. I was getting hooked before having ever played the game.
2. What was the first ever character you rolled?
Elwhyn, a female Night Elf warrior modeled and named after my first Dungeons & Dragons character from back in the mid 80's. I had seen the Night Elves in Warcraft 3 and thought they were cool and I'm a huge fan of female heroes like Red Sonja, so it was a no brainer from the start.
3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?
I was already predetermined to play a character modeled after my first D & D character. Also, I had been playing fantasy rpg's since 1986, killing orcs, trolls, undead and minotaurs (close enough to tauren) by the hundreds if not thousands. I found absolutely nothing in those races and their lore to interest me enough to try them so I went Alliance.
That doesn't mean I didn't try the Horde side. To this day, i still cannot find anything even remotely interesting on the Horde side of the game to keep me playing a Horde toon. I've tried neraly every race/class combination and can never get one past level 42. I even factioned changed one of my 90's and soon as I could change her back, I did.
The Horde is boring and they stink so bad that you can smell them through your computer.
4. What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?
Two things. I died to some satyr in Teldrassil and when looking for my corpse I fell off of the tree.
My first romp through Warsong Gulch. I had no idea what to do or what I was doing. I got in mid-battle and running through Silverwing Hold and cames across an orc and a troll. We just stood there looking at other. i waved. they waved back. We started dancing then we all seemed to remember at the same time that we were supposed to be killing each other.
5. What is your favorite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?
Exploration. From that first time I logged in, I've been comepletely enamored with exploring the world and finding things I've not seen before or just looked over too quickly. I loved it to a fault, because I was constantly wandering into areas way past my level, aggroing everything in site. this hasn't changed and the only thing coming even remotely close is transmogging.
6. Do you have an area in game that you always return to?
Teldrassil, Darkshore and Ashenvale. I'm still heart broken over the changes to Darkshore and Ashenvale. Also, on a moutain outside of Stormwind there is a cottage with a bunch a sheep. I can't help but blast the mechanical one that makes the gnome run outside and yell at you.
7. How long have you /played and has it been continuous?
About 250 days spread out over twenty some charcaters.. My play time has not been continuous. I take breaks and have fits of boredom with the game from time to time.
8. Admit it: do you read quest text or not?
Only the first time unless it is a classic/epic questline like the Darrowshire stuff back in classic WoW.
9. Are there any regrets from your time in game?
I have a few. Early on I fell into the addiction trap. I have an addictive personality to begin with and even though I did everything I could to avoid it, what time I spent in game was never enough and so I started making time by taking it away from the people that were much more important. Luckily I snapped out of it. I now play only 30 to 60 minutes a day unless I manage to get into a raid. I can go several days without playing and have gone three months or so without logging in at all. However, when I go a long time without playing I still get the urge to binge play.
Not getting into raiding sooner and still being super nervous and scared of raiding. Not trying to tank more. I love melee classes. I love charging right up on a mob or boss and punching it in the crotch, making fun of its mama. I have the mindset for a tank, I'm just scared to death of the responsibility.
10. What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside of the game?
Having friends in game that have become real life friends. It contributed to my desire to become a blogger and podcaster. It gave me a new way to in which to vent and work things out in my daily life. When I have a bad day or just need to work things out in my head, I log into WoW and hit some battlegrounds and run some dungeons.