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.
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.
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.