This year, World of Warcraft is celebrating its tenth birthday. Colleague blogger Alternative Chat over at Alternative Blog is having a big collab blog/podcast where all people who participate can answer ten questions. More information can be found here. I immediately loved the idea, so I decided to toss in my two cents. I will split up the questions in multiple blog posts, because I like to have some time to really think about my answers. So without further ado: here are my answers to the first four questions.
1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?
Classmates of me were playing World of Warcraft and they have been talking quite a lot about it. I did see the commercials on television when it just got launched, but it never really caught my attention. The people at school invited me to try it, join their guild and gave me a trial code to see how it does or does not work out. It turned out to be really fun, and having people close to you who also play makes it feel less awkward.
2. What was the first ever character you rolled?
I always liked the idea of blasting your opponents with spells and magic, I never really was the player who uses weapons. I am actually still not one of those people, which is also the reasons why I dislike most First-Person Shooters. My first character was an Undead Frost mage on Dunemaul. Afterwards I tried some alts, but I never really bothered to level them all properly.
3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?
The last thing I wanted was to level on my own. It is a massively multi-player online game after all. As my classmates played Horde, I went with Horde as well and not much thought was put into it. Although I mainly play Alliance right now – for the same reasons, I want to play with friends – I kind of miss playing Horde. My current plan is to level at least one character to 90 on Horde, so I have at least one Horde character to play in Warlords of Draenor.
4. What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?
There have been a few, all of which were special in a way to me.
Wrath of the Lich King was in its final patch when I made my first character. I did not really understand a lot back then and I was quite new to about everything. The guild I was in was a guild who would be considered a (I hate the word…) “hardcore” guild these days. They did quite a lot of raiding, but also had tons of dungeon runs back then. The first dungeons I remember were the three dungeons in Icecrown Citadel, namely The Forge of Souls, Pit of Saron and Halls of Reflection. I remember it being my first truly “epic” dungeon experience.
I had a break from Warcraft when Cataclysm hit, and came back during the Dragon Soul patch. Cataclysm never really interested me, but how different things were with Mists of Pandaria. This was the first expansion I would experience from day 1. The opening events in The Jade Forest, with the air raid of a Horde camp felt really amazing.
One of the small pearls of memorable moments in Mists of Pandaria is The Wanderers Festival on Sunday evenings. With a bunch of random people, gathering at the beach in Krasarang Wilds. Waiting for the Pandaren to start singing and an amazing role-play event. This is one of the small things in Mists of Pandaria that I really liked and made me feel humble in a way, if that makes any sense.
Multiple moments that are special or memorable to me, pick your favorite!
This concludes the first part of the #10Years10Questions blog series. I plan to put the second one online on next Saturday and the third one on the Saturday after that. Be sure to visit Alternative Chat’s blog post here! She can also be followed on Twitter at @AlernativeChat.