10 Years, 10 Questions (WoW)

I am not sure if I will ever go back to playing WoW, but I did play for awhile so I am going to answer the questions.  Its for a worthy cause. Here it is:

1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?

I  had played Diablo and Starcraft so when this came out, I investigated.  It sounded pretty interesting.  I am not really an early adopter so I didn’t actually get into the game until it was well established (but still pre Burning Crusade).

2. What was the first ever character you rolled?

A Dwarf Hunter.  I liked the hunter class, but felt like Night Elf was way too cliché.  I rolled him on a PVE server.  He only made it to about level 30.

 3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?

After playing the hunter for awhile, I got a bit bored and wanted to try something else.  I re-rolled on a PVP server and chose a druid.  The only choices were Night Elf and Tauren, and I wanted to try the other faction.  The Tauren druid was my first level 60 character.

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

The awe of the game at the very beginning.  I remember as a lowly dwarf hunter finishing the starter area and seeing Ironforge for the first time.  My first griffin ride into Ironforge was pretty amazing too.  Playwise, most of my memorable moments were PVP related.  Capping my first flag in Warsong Gulch.  Squeaking out an Arathi Basin win at the last second.  Playing arena for the first time with a friend from work (we were horrible!)

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

So many things!  I loved the huge world and seeing the art design decisions come together for each area.  The classes all had a unique feel to them.  I loved the rhythm of hunter and pet.  I loved the burst damage of an assassin rogue coming out of stealth.  I liked the creative gadgets in Engineering and the various utility spells.  Probably my favorite was the synergy of the early groups for running dungeons.  Back when threat, healing, crowd control and communication all really mattered.  The tank would pick up 2 primary targets and the dps/cc would all disable their targets and then focus fire the primaries.  I really enjoyed that.

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

Not really.  I haven’t played for a couple of years now.  Ironforge will probably always be my favorite city.

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

I played for about 5 years from Vanilla through Wrath of the Lich King.  I played just a bit on and off in Cataclysm and never saw Pandera.

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

Yes.  Most of the time.  I liked quests where reading the text meant something.  If I just needed to kill 10 rats then quest text was kind of a waste.

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

On one hand, I regret playing so much.  I wasted a lot of time doing it.  Also, it pissed my wife off.  On the other, I wish I could have raided more in Burning Crusade.  I was playing mostly with a friend then and he wasn’t into raiding.

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

For awhile it was one of my main hobbies.  But I was too busy overall to commit the required schedule to raid and enjoy all those aspects of raiding.  Other than, I read a lot my blogs now!

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