10 years, 10 questions…

So the mistress scribe and podcaster of  ALT:ernative Chat has started a project asking players about their whole experience with WoW.  Not needing much of an excuse to ramble on,  let’s get to her questions…

Why did you start playing Warcraft?

Back in the days of LAN parties,  my friends and I had battled through Warcraft Orcs vs Humans, as well as it’s sequel. By the time Warcraft 3 had rolled around,  they had moved away, and Warcraft 3 just didn’t have the same appeal playing by myself,  so I hung that up.  Prior to all this I had played Dungeons and Dragons in college, and really enjoyed that experience.

But I resisted Warcraft for quite a while, as I didn’t know anyone playing it, and was a bit expecting not to be able to do much without friends in the game.

But, one day I was at Fry’s Electronics..  and they had the simple CDs for Warcraft on sale (back in late Vanilla) and the temptation was too great..  and thus this journey began.

What was the first ever character that you rolled?

My main character back in Dungeons and Dragons was a paladin,  so  it was an easy familiar choice to create Halabar, the dwarf paladin.

Which factors determined your faction choice in game?

That goes back to Dungeons and Dragons again.  I had always played lawful or chaotic good, so the Alliance was the easy choice,  especially since there were not horde paladins at the time.  Paladins were what I knew,  and humans or dwarfs were what I played.

What has been your most memorable moment in game and why?

Like many,  I can’t pick just one.  And that is probably the beauty and longevity of this game for me.   Other games that were a mere grind didn’t have the small victories to sustain you.  Still other games that were really single battles each time were meaningless without friends to enjoy them with.

But Warcraft’s real strength is the string of small victories mixed with big ones that you can achieve with friends and on your own.  There are special moments to be found in questing, in raids, in pvp, and even in the auction house.  There is a lot to do.

Thinking on this a bit more,  back in early BC,  before I started down the ways of the hunter, I did the epic mount quest for my paladin.  That was truly a special adventure.  It involved farming, doing a lot of dungeons with this guild I had just found, and a lot of challenging solo content (and spending more gold that I ever had conceived having in game before!)

Then there was the time I found the first of my three Time Lost Proto-Drakes…

But still,  the strength of Warcraft is those small victories that you can have on any given day.

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

My favorite area of the game has always been based on exploring, in combination with playing a hunter, as the game has rolled through different ways of managing and finding hunter pets.

In Burning Crusade,  it was the care and feeding of pets.  Having to go out and tame new pets to learn new abilities and then to teach them to my pets was a rewarding challenge.

In Wrath, my hunter was the king of taming rares.  By that time I had two hunters,  and they day the first hunter completed the taming of all the rares from Northrend was a real accomplishment.

Again in Cata there was a whole new set of rares to tame,  but I also really came into my own with professions and the auction house.  Cata was the expansion where my alts multiplied, and my auction house prowess was honed.

Finally in Mists,  the challenge of taming rares diminished, but soloing became the thing.

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

Sholozar and Storm Peaks, without question.  Every new hunter that I roll has a right of passage that he or she needs to pass in the taming of the rares in those zones.

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

I started in late Vanilla,  and I’ve unsubbed twice for very short periods after guild meltdowns.  Other than those two times..  I’ve always been in game..

Admit it, do you read quest text or not?

Not usually.  I’m focused on the objectives.

Are there any regrets from your time in game?

Perhaps I haven’t paid as much attention to people outside of game as I should have, but that has been counterbalanced by the friends that I have in game.  Are a bunch of people you only see at a ballgame or the bar any different than people you only see in game?

What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside gaming?

I think the biggest thing is that it’s taught me how to work with groups of people that I may not know that well.   But  perhaps even bigger than that is it’s given me a good diversion from the RL grind that in many ways is more healthy than the vices that others may have.

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