The Faffmistress over at Alternative Chat has a grand, fun project in the works right now in which she’s collecting responses from as many players as possible about their experience playing World of Warcraft and what the game has meant to them. And while I’m one of those (gasp! hiss!) casual players, I still wanted to participate because it looks like a fun thing to be part of.
So, without further ado, here are my thoughts about Azeroth.
1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?
I started playing World of Warcraft because my husband played and kept mentioning that I’d probably like it. Eventually, I conceded, saying I’d give it a try. I was hooked almost immediately.
2. What was the first ever character you rolled?
The first character I ever rolled was a human hunter named Bronte. I got her to level 17 before I became afflicted with alt-itis and she sits at level 17 to this day.
3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?
I chose Alliance initially because I believed (knowing nothing at the time of course) that the Alliance were the “good guys” in the game. I’ve continued to play Alliance characters because I just seem to identify more easily with the Ally lore and characters. I feel more distant from the few Horde characters I have. There’s probably a whole psychological study one could do about this, isn’t there?
4. What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?
I don’t know that there has been a “most memorable” moment exactly. I don’t do raids or anything like that, so there hasn’t been an “oh holy crap we beat (boss)” moment. Seeing Pandaria for the first time was crazy. And I kind of fell in love with both Shattrath City and Dalaran at first sight. So maybe those are my memorable moments: the first time I see a new-to-me place and feel like a sightseer in Azeroth.
5. What is your favourite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?
Traveling and exploring the world are my favorite parts. I play PVE, and I do it my own way which usually means I’m following the quest chains but I also am making up this story in my head along the way as to what my character’s motivations are and what she’s thinking and things like that. This means that I usually don’t interact with many other players in-game, which I know is the highlight of the game for many people. I think the great thing about Warcraft is that you really can play it however you want.
6. Do you have an area in game that you always return to?
The Exodar. It’s a mess and I hate navigating it and I almost always get lost trying to find my way back out of it, but I love it. It’s magical and kind of tragic at the same time.
7. How long have you /played and has that been continuous?
I started playing in 2008. I’ve taken time off here and there, and I tend not to play when I’m working on a book because otherwise it’s really easy to lose too many hours in which I should have been writing.
8. Admit it: do you read quest text or not?
I do. Reading the quest text enhances my gaming experience, especially the way I play in which my character’s own story is just as much a part of the game as the in-game text and lore. I like knowing as much as possible about the situation so I can put my character’s spin on things.
9. Are there any regrets from your time in game?
Not that I can think of.
10. What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside gaming?
Warcraft has been a wonderful outlet for my irritation after getting a bad review or having a crappy writing day. Killing giant spiders or dragons or orcs for a little while is a great stress reducer. I have a story I’m writing about my warlock and her felguard, which is mostly my writing warm-up on days when I’m having a hard time getting started. Aside from that, I’ve made several online friends who play the game as well, and one of them (hi Jayna!!) was one of my very first readers for my HIDDEN series, and she’s become one of my beta readers, and a friend as well, and I never would have met her had we not followed one another on Twitter thanks to a mutual love of Warcraft!
So, there are my thoughts about my time in Azeroth. Want to learn more about Alternative Chat’s project? See more over at the Alternative Chat blog!