A Child of Warsong Gulch

The other week, after finishing up the run through the Deadmines with my mother and my daughter, I was about done with World of Warcraft for the day.  Corralling an eager 7 year old over Skype can be a chore.  My mom was also done for a while.

My daughter, however, was still keyed up to do something in Azeroth.

She wanted to do something fun.

Since she had already hit level 20, I decided to let her try out Warsong Gulch.

She plays a hunter, which is one of the classes that can get away with being at the low end of the level curve in battlegrounds in my opinion, so I figured she wouldn’t get completely pounded.  Being the level 20 in the 20-29 group means that people often make a bee-line straight for you, but if you can hang back and snipe, you can do okay.

I showed her how to get to Stormwind Keep and which NPC to speak to in order to join the queue.  And, rather surprisingly to me, the wait time for WSG was pretty short.  She was in a match in a about a minute.

I left her there with instructions to “kill the people with the red names” and then went off to watch a TV show with my wife about twelve paces away.

The match started and I could tell she was having a good time.  She was cheering and obviously felt like she was doing well.  When the match was over she took off her headset and ran over and bounced around while telling us that her side had won the match.  This was something new and exciting for her, this online team sport.

Her side won the next match.  More cheering!

Then, in the next match, her team lost.

She came over and complained about how the other team had more people and they were all higher level and they ganged up on people and it wasn’t fair!

I got an angry look when I laughed.  All she missed was claiming they were using hacks.  If she had said that I would have declared her ready for Counter-Strike.

I told her that you can’t win every time, a phrase that cut no ice with her.  She is not a good loser, something she does not get from me.

She went back to play another match and was mollified by victory, that which salves all wounds.

At the end of the evening I took a screen shot of her achievements.  She had a couple none of my characters ever got.  Plus, it seemed that she went off and tried Arathi Basin as well.  I did not even know that was available at level 20.


Last weekend gave us a nice stormy Sunday afternoon to play on the computer.  I was mucking about in EVE Online, but she wanted to go back to the battlegrounds.  She brought my mom along as well, who at least had gotten her character up to 27 and so could hold her own in the scrum.

I heard her giving my mom lots of advice while they played, some of it of rather dubious value, but several quite insightful bits.  But after she was done for the day I checked her achievements again.

She may officially now be better than me in WoW Battlegrounds.

I think she just needs the typing skills to harague people in raid chat (Don’t just stand there!  Got get the flag!  We don’t need so many on defense!) and she’ll be an expert.

Spelling skills are, of course, not required.

14 thoughts on “A Child of Warsong Gulch

  1. bluelinebasher

    At times I suspected I lost to a 7 year old online. Thanks for the confirmation. Have you started an Eve pirate for her yet?


  2. Green Armadillo

    I joined a wintergrasp raid a few weeks back, and someone typed a bunch of utter gibberish into raid chat. I was prepared to believe that someone had a case of cat on keyboard, but quipped “look out, is practicing their face-on-keyboard technique!”. I got a tell from another raid member apologizing on behalf of his four(!) year old. Apparently the little one enjoys running with the pack and attempting to kill anything that moves, so the child’s mother decided that she might as well let someone else do the honor grind for her.

    Who knew that WoW PVP actually is for the under-10 crowd? :)


  3. saylah

    That is priceless and hilarious. People who poo-poo gaming don’t realize the fun and bonding that takes place when families play together. It’s no different than board games except that it’s actually more work because other players are there too. With thoughtful gaming parents she’ll pick up some social skills, dealing with adversity, losing, being a team player, self-sufficiency, etc. I think family MMOing is a win.

    That’s too adorable. I miss them being that age but glad they ain’t!


  4. UFTimmy

    Wow. That’s completely awesome. I let my four year old fish the other day, but she deemed that boring and wanted to play her video games.


  5. Jesa FMG

    Maybe if I didn’t have to watch Mega-Man so often, I’d of been a more avid gamer:( Kudos to your little one!


  6. syncaine

    And this, once and for all, settles the ‘skills to PvP in WoW’ debate.

    Get her to 80 and see how she does in the arena, just be sure to roll whatever the fotm is for insta-wins :)

    Easy bashing aside, that is actually rather cool, especially since she was playing a low level character. Would be interesting to see what would happen if you got her a twinked 29.


  7. PTD

    Well, she officially has more honorable kills than me and I’ve been playing since Beta. I really should try to run Battlegrounds some time. I just wonder if my Druid and Warrior are “pushovers” or “FOTM.”


  8. Kilanna

    My brother and his partner are expecting their first baby in about 2 months …. I am already planning what toon to roll up for him *giggles*

    Totally awesome.


  9. Bob

    I think that’s completely awesome she is rocking the BGs at such a young age, but the time constraint achievements (Let’s get This Done, Warsong Expedience, Quick Cap) are an even more amazing feat!


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