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World of Warcraft – 10 Years 10 Questions August 11, 2014

Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, EverQuest II, World of Warcraft.
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Over at ALT:ernative chat there is a survey request centered around the impending World of Warcraft ten year anniversary.  Since bloggers do it for an audience, I will answer the questions in the form of a blog post (as bloggers were encouraged to do.)  You are encouraged to respond as well.  Please go to the site linked for recommended response methods.

Victory over VanCleef

Victory over VanCleef 2006

1.Why did you start playing Warcraft?

Back in the day a number of people I knew from EverQuest started cajoling me to come over and take a look at WoW.  They had left EverQuest, spent a month or so in EverQuest II, then hopped to WoW, never to return to either SOE title in any serious way.  Meanwhile, Gaff and I and a pack of TorilMUD players stuck with EQII.  In March of 2005 I gave in to the calls to come try WoW, as EQII was having problems and Vanguard wasn’t ready yet.

I did not like WoW all that much on my first venture, leaving after two months.  A few months after that our EQII guild pretty much abandoned the game and came to WoW.  That was fun, but we were a bit of a group without a rudder.  It wasn’t until late 2006, just after I started this blog, that the regular instance group got together and began its journey through Azeroth (and a few other games).

2. What was the first ever character you rolled?

I rolled up a dwarven paladin on the Hyjal server, and that character was part of the reason that WoW did not stick with me initially.  I didn’t like the dwarven character models (I’ve since grown used to them), I didn’t like the dwarven starter area (snowy zones are all just bland white), and I didn’t like the Paladin (this was the age of no ranged pull for paladins, so a lot of running to mobs only to have some mage zap it before you got there).  That character has long since been deleted.

3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?

Faction choice was entirely dictated by what my friends were playing.  I have since played characters on both factions, but everybody I knew was playing alliance when I started.

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

When our standing five person group killed Archaedas in Uldaman for the first time back in 2007.  It was our third run, it was after midnight, we had wiped already, and we won just by the skin of our teeth.

The Moment of Victory

The Moment of Victory

I found that I was shouting loud enough after the fight that I woke up my wife in the other room.

There have been lots of other memorable times, but for some reason that particular fight stands out even seven years later.

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

The five person group content, the single group dungeon crawl.  We have a standing group that has been doing that content off and on since 2006.  That is the structure around which the game revolves for me.  I do lots of other things in game, but that is the baseline.

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

Not really.  I used to have a very same-ish leveling path for characters back in the day, but Cataclysm and other changes to WoW have killed that off.  Now I am all over the place.

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

I have been playing off and on since March 2005, but over too many characters on half a dozen servers such that I am not going to go add them all up.  (Plus that might be a very scary number.)  In that time there have been about 20 months where I have not been subscribed, most of that coming after Cataclysm.

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

About 60% of the time I only look the objectives, which sometimes gets me in trouble.  I always seem to not pick up the magic dingus next to the quest giver that you need to finish the quest at the far end.  You fail to read, you pay the price.  If a quest is clearly related to the story being told in the zone, I usually stop and read it.

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

Nothing significant.  There are always plenty of, “I wish I knew this before I set out…” sorts of moments, but that goes for anything and they sometimes lead to the more memorable situations.  Failure is often more interesting that success.

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

WoW itself?  Not a lot in general, as I was playing online games for nearly 20 years before it came along.  I do play with my daughter and my mother, so there is something of an out-of-game bonding that comes along with the shared experience of the game, which is great.  My daughter and I can go on for hours in the car talking about WoW, though that does drive my wife mad at times.  And there are lots of fine memories.  I even did a video at one point about the first year of our regular instance group.

All in all, a fine game.  Four and a half stars, would play again.

You can find a listing of other blog, video, and podcast responses to these questions here.

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1. John - August 11, 2014

1) A friend of mine played it and persuade me to start

2) Mage

3) My friend already playing in Alliance but also I liked alliance the most.

4) Started a group in Ironforge for Scarlet Monastery. We traveled by foot all the way from Ironforge to Scarlet Monastery, got ganged outside of Undercity and then continued to Scarlet Monastery. The whole epic journey/adventure for me was awesome…I was going to a very difficult place and when near there someone in group say “Guys, we are outside of Undercity, the Undeads city, watch out!” Cannot even describe the immersion of the moment and the whole journey.

5) 5 man dungeons and yes, it was always the case and still is.

6) Teldrasil!!! I just love the music and the environment. My heart is going to break when there. Memories of my childhood, sad/epic music and Elf scenery… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXMguMnsyak

7) Well, I am play since Vanilla and mostly continues with little breaks. Sadly, I spent the hours to so many characters and some of them have been deleted for server space..so cannot have the /played of all.

8) I have only read the quest text for the quest in eastern Plaguelands with Pamela and this on my 5th+ character because I somehow knew it was very good storyline and it was..

9) I wish I could stick with 1-2 characters but I am altoholic and I never had a character that was top.

10) Hm..luckily I already finished school and had a good job when started playing so nothing significant on my life except so many times I lied to friends and stayed home to play instead of go out for a beer.

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2. Wilhelm Arcturus - August 11, 2014

@John – Heh, I meant respond in some way that would be likely to be seen by the person running the survey. She doesn’t read my blog (it isn’t all WoW, all the time) so I doubt she will see it. I was pretty ambiguous on the how to respond front I guess. Let me see if I can fix that.

But thanks for the response. If you want to push that into the Google survey or whatever, check the link at the top of the post.

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3. bhagpuss - August 11, 2014

Or John could go to Alt:ernative chat and post a comment there saying he’s responded in this comment thread. Someone else did that.

Interesting to hear that you didn’t really take to WoW at first. I waited ages to play it but when I did I liked it right off the bat. I also liked the chunky dwarf models and the snowy dwarf starting area.

I wish my old WoW log-in worked. I’m about nostalgaed up enough right now to re-sub for a month just to see my old characters. I’m fairly sure they’ve long been hacked though – the password I have written down wasn’t recognized last time I tried it.

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4. Gripper - August 11, 2014

@bhagpuss

Try this link – I think you are EU…

https://eu.battle.net/account/support/login-support.html

I am having a great time in wow right now, it seems I play when the xpac comes out then break for a few months then back…

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5. Hemvar - August 11, 2014

I only played WoW for about a week, then I was done with it.

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6. bhagpuss - August 11, 2014

@Gripper

Thanks for that! After 40 minutes of fiddling about I managed to

a) find my free trial account details
b) create a new BattleNet account by mistake (I’m sure it’ll come in handy for something)
c) find my original account details and verify they still work

I am now in a position to re-subscribe for a month, which I will when I think I have enough free time coming up to make it worth doing.

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7. Wilhelm Arcturus - August 11, 2014

@Bhagpuss – “Interesting to hear that you didn’t really take to WoW at first.”

I thought I’d been down that road in a past post, but I can’t remember when.

A lot of it was based on context. I mentioned how a lot of our EQII guild was very invested in the idea of Vanguard. Well, the flip side of that was resentment against WoW, which launched just a few weeks after EQII and which was clearly, even then, eating EQII’s lunch. So it was frequently denigrated as an easy-mode, cartoon game for whatever people called filthy casuals back in the day. If EQII wasn’t hardcore enough for them after EQ, then WoW looked like a step further in the wrong direction.

So I went in with a poisoned mind.

Then add in the fact that I rolled in at about the point when the game was at its peak of being out of Blizzard’s control due to its overwhelming popularity. The game was absolutely slammed with players, so there was always an hour queue to get in. The updater process was a complete mess. I installed the game on a Friday afternoon thinking I would be able to play that evening, only to find the torrent patching process would take more than 24 hours to get the game up to date. Things were broken, zones were overrun with masses of players, and I was getting disconnnected rather often. (But the client never crashed on me, I will say that.)

Plus the game was, in fact, cartoony, something I never really liked about the Warcraft RTS games, so I wasn’t big on it here, and clearly more casual in its way. And then nearly everybody I knew was spread about over different servers. So I picked one where I knew at least a couple people, only to find myself not really welcome because I was just starting out. So it was playing a class that didn’t solo well solo while getting a whisper from a friend now and again.

In the end, the time was not ripe for me to play. Later, when we moved over as a guild things were better. And when the instance group formed and got some miles together, I was sold.

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8. bhagpuss - August 11, 2014

I definitely haven’t read that account before so either you posted it before I discovered blogging in general and TAGN in particular or I just missed the specific post for some reason.

That gloss makes it even more interesting though. Mrs Bhagpuss and my lead-up to trying WoW would have been very similar to yours, only minus knowing anyone who played and liked it. We’d had five years of hearing mostly bad things about the game and we’d been actively avoiding it.

The big difference is that we took to WoW immediately when we finally tried it five years after launch and I’ve always assumed we would have enjoyed it even more had we played it from the beginning. Certainly everything I’ve read about the true Vanilla version sounds superior to all later versions.

Your account of how it was for you, coming in after launch but well before we did, makes it plain that wouldn’t necessarily have been the case. Yes, we missed a lot of game systems I would have liked to have seen, like the detailed Hunter pet training system, and some of the social milieu like the open world PvP or PvE NPC denial/city invasions. On the other hand we had a completely stable, accessible game that was polished to within an inch of its life.

On balance and with hindsight I wish I’d tried it at launch or soon after, but like you I took a dim view of what WoW would be like when I was still playing EQ2 so that was never going to happen.

A least I got the best out of Vanguard. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything else in MMOs other than EQ itself.

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9. Wilhelm Arcturus - August 12, 2014

@Bhagpuss – That is one of those tales that I think comes through in bits and pieces, but I am not sure I ever put it all down in a single post.

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10. 9 of 10 | Tish Tosh Tesh - August 21, 2014

[…] didn’t realize it until I ran into this latest study/poll making the rounds, thanks to TAGN’s post on the same, but I’ve been kicking around in Azeroth for 9 of the 10years that World of Warcraft has […]

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11. Anonymous - August 27, 2014

1.Why did you start playing Warcraft?
- Loved MMO’s and was playing EQ2. Friend convinced me to at least try WoW. Never went back. Gameplay, Gameplay. Gameplay.

2. What was the first ever character you rolled?
- Mage

3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?
- Same friend had already rolled on a server as Alliance (later we would reroll Horde)

4. What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?
- Hearing about a PvP battle at x-roads. Landing to an EPIC battle and spending the rest of the night trying to help as a lvl 40 something.

5. What is your favorite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?
- Currently it is PvE, but I was heavy into PvP for many years. For MoP, I was just more interested in the PvE side of things PvP just did not feel good anymore (to me)

6. Do you have an area in game that you always return to?
- I always play a little random, casual Battlegrounds as a PvP healer. I always make sure my PvP healer has the newest BG hero honor gear even if I do not Arena anymore.

7. How long have you /played and has that been continuous?
- Will be 10 years about a month after the anniversary. I canceled a couple of times as friends left the game, but enjoyed BGs enough solo to re-up on days when I had free time and no interest in another game.

8. Admit it: do you read quest text or not?
- Almost never.

9. Are there any regrets from your time in game?
- This expansion. 10 man team I played in did not want to play with the leader of the team anymore. I raised my hand and said I would lead it when I should have just left. Did not feel good afterwards, and in the end the team disbanded anyway and I joined a team that I really enjoyed.

10. What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside gaming?
- Good: I have not paid for cable television for about 8 years now.
Bad: Skipped some RL social events, but never took that to an extreme.

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