When I heard about Alt:ernative Chat’s 10 Years::10 Questions in preparation for WoW’s 10th Anniversary in November, of course I wanted to take part. How could I not? It’s only 10 questions. Easier than taking candy from a murloc.
Er, yeah. On to the questions:
1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?
2. What was the first ever character you rolled?
3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?
4. What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?
5. What is your favourite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?
6. Do you have an area in game that you always return to?
7. How long have you /played and has that been continuous?
8. Admit it: do you read quest text or not?
9. Are there any regrets from your time in game?
10. What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside gaming?
And next the answers. Naturally.
1. I started playing because of friends who played. They seemed so enthusiastic about it, so taken by it, that I had to go see what it was.
2. My first toon (or character) was a female troll shaman.
3. What determined my faction choice was the fact that said friends were playing Horde. It was either roll Horde or play by myself.
4. My most memorable moment? I don’t know. Perhaps it was finally finishing ICC, a full year after it was released. I’ve never gotten to raid much, between a weenie computer and my work schedule, so getting a chance to do a real max-level raid was fantastic. All the leet players had already killed the Lich King, many times over, so it was no big deal. No server first or anything. It took us months to do it, and several restarts. Finally completing the raid was wonderful. The idea that so many people could work together for such a long time, even though we did have a few personnel changes along the way, was great.
5. The lore is my favorite aspect of the game. Without a good story to draw me in, a game is nothing but killing and collecting and dying, over and over again.
6. I always return to Orgrimmar, home of the Horde.
7. I’ve played a little more than 6 years. Not continuously, but I’ve never been gone more than a couple months before I get that urge to come back and see what’s going on with the storylines.
8. I’ve come to prefer leveling by myself so I have time to read the quest text.
9. Regrets from my time in game? I wish I’d been able to raid more. The camaraderie of so many strangers coming together to accomplish something totally unnecessary in life almost restores my faith in humanity.
10. Warcraft has (of course) allowed me to meet more people and have a social life that I’ve never had in real life. I’ve met a lot of great people, funny people, silly geeky people in WoW who have exposed me to a lot of new ideas. (No, I won’t expand on that, lol.) Also the lure of the lore dragged me back into writing. I’ve done a lot of writing because of WoW and also met writers. It’s amazing how much my world has grown, just from playing one little online game.