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10 years, 10 questions…

August 12th, 2014  /  Category: Ghostlands  / 

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With the current Tier being over a year old, and me not being particularly active lately (sub free for 3 months) i haven’t really posted much. But i figured if i’m going to end the sub drought (300 days of game time winging its way to me curtesy of Tesco Clubcard Boosts!!!) i should end the post drought too…

 

Here’s my take on @AlternativeChat‘s #10years10questions thing! (the “master list” of responses can be found at http://www.alternative-blog.net/2014/08/10-years-10-questions-blown-away.html)

1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?

Though i often tell people i started playing at the launch of Wrath (just before, with the aim of being 70 for launch, so i could level with friends and raid Naxx as quickly after launch as possible… (this didn’t QUITE go to plan, but that’s a whole other story), my first attempt at wow came early in its life (sometime during vanilla). This was ill-fated and i got bored shortly after quests seemingly dried up somewhere in STV (early 40s) and i got sick of grinding water elementals!

my reasons for picking up the game that would become a huge part of my life for years after was equal parts curiosity and peer pressure. Shortly after my first foray, i picked up Guildwars thinking “at least if i don’t have to pay every month so i can play when i like”.

After ploughing through the content (we didn’t PVP) and multiple weekend long leveling races a number of our group picked up WoW. The promise of better content and a compelling endgame made me wonder what i’d missed first time round, so i followed suit… and the rest is history.

2. What was the first ever character you rolled?

Ranna was a Night Elf Rogue, and my first ever character… today he sits abandoned on Magtheridon (EU) with a new name still (i think) in the early 40s. On my second start with the game, i rolled Maktub, a Night Elf Hunter on Ghostlands (EU) and never looked back!

3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?

Friends… i was far too new to MMOs to even know what racial abilities or economy were! My friends liked the “good guys”, so Alliance is where i ended up. Even my defection to horde was mostly driven by my friends collective desire to move to Tarren Mill, for both a Horde biassed realm (we’d figured out racials by then) and better progress!

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

 There are so so many… but in order

A) Killing Deathwing hc – My dragonsoul experience was exactly what i started playing WoW for… a solid group of (mostly) real life friends, logging on a few times a week to smash some pixels! We were efficient, and cleared content despite starting 2 months after most guilds.

B) gquitting BRB mid LK25(hc) wipe fest! – After months of farming Ulduar, and attempting to just brute force encounters in HC ICC… The game had become the exact opposite of what i wanted from my WoW experience

C) Naxx 2.0: my first raid tier… saw me go from 800 dps scrub, to a pretty damn good hunter!

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

 Raiding… there is very little else that i find fun in the game (the social aspect, though for me that too is tied pretty tightly to raiding).

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

Dalaran! – love that AFK/Squirrel stomping!

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

/played i can’t actually check right now given that i’m currently unsubbed… but it’s probably in the region of 300 days (across all toons), with one or 2 sizeable breaks due to rage/inactivity

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

Quest text just delays the race to raid capable (be it level or gear)… of course not!

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

Not getting to defeat the Lich King 25hc encounter whilst it was current… ICC was probably the best i’ve played the game, both in terms of ability and time invested… Despite this, i/we achived far more during DS whilst maintaining a very casual attitude!

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

Most importantly it’s given me a way to interact with a bunch of friends i would have barely seen due to differing life schedules and distance. For that, i’ll always be grateful.

Oh and rage… it’s given me rage! So much rage!

 

– See more at: http://www.alternative-blog.net/#sthash.5bbiAFj7.dpuf

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