I started playing World of Warcraft in April 2006, so for me it’s more like 8 years… Nevertheless, I’m glad to be part of something as awesome as WoW and I find alt:ernative’s project a great way to celebrate the anniversary of the greatest MMORPG of all times. So here we go:
1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?
I needed a game for my Easter holidays of 2006… We were about to have 2 weeks at home and we were stocking up on comic books and video games. I thought “why not giving WoW a shot?” After 10 minutes in the game, I knew that it would be different. Not only did the game filled my holidays, it gave me 8 amazing years.
2. What was the first ever character you rolled?
Ok horde friends, don’t be mad at me! It was a Night Elf druid (ouch! Not the face, please). I wanted a character that could do a lot of different things like melee, heal and cast spells. I often played as a paladin in games like Diablo, I wanted something different, something more “nature” than “divine”. But why a Night Elf? In that time druids could only be Tauren or Night Elf,… To be honest, I didn’t give it much of a thought, Taurens seemed too big, that was all.
3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?
Well, as I’ve said Night Elves were the only choice for me as a druid. I didn’t know much about the lore, the other races, their cities,…
4. What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?
Even if I’ve had a lot of awesome moments in WoW: completing the world events together with my wife, my Sunday afternoons with low level Orcs (I had a thing for leveling Orcs on Sunday afternoons), healing during “Ragnaros server first” (vanilla), the one that will always come first is my first hour in WoW. Running in Teldrasil, discovering the landscape, the feeling of depth of the game, it marked me forever. I thought that the game was so huge, imagine my surprise when I found out that we could cross the sea and explore another continent… I will never forget.
5. What is your favorite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?
That’s a difficult one, it’s between healing 5-man dungeons and running after achievements. From a pure fun perspective, I’d say that healing 5-man is my ultimate favorite. I love dungeons, whether it’s in a dark cavern, an Defias hide-out or a dragon lair, I enjoy them all.
6. Do you have an area in game that you always return to?
That’s an easy one: Darkshore.
I’m attached to that place, I’m a sentimental. The colors, the trees, the sea, the quests (damn it Cataclysm: for love eternal, the absent-minded prospector, washed ashore), Darkshore will always have a special place. Now, if I had to chose a place to retire, it would be Winterspring… I would become friend with the Furbolgs and I would protect the Yetis from the careless levelers.
7. How long have you /played and has that been continuous?
I’ve been playing 271 days and 7 hours (omg, that’s 6511 hours o_O’) since april 22, 2006. My most played characters are my druid (70 days) and my hunter (71 days), the rest is shared between a lot of other classes. I haven’t rolled a monk (yet) and I’ve never reached max level with a priest.
There has been pauses, sometimes of a month and even once for 5 months (worst time ever!). It always happened when my main character was geared and I had no reason to go to raids anymore. The first sign was that I started to re-roll and switch classes every day, then every hour until I got mad. But things have changed, other games like Hearthstone and Diablo III are keeping me away from WoW burnouts. Also, I have now two mains now (hunter and shaman), it will take me twice more time to reach that “I have nothing to do anymore” moment.
8. Admit it: do you read quest text or not?
On my first run, I do. I’m a lore fan. I read the comics, I read the books, I read the quests,… I love stories and Blizzard is sooo good at story-telling.
9. Are there any regrets from your time in game?
Yes, I regret that I haven’t remained in one guild from the beginning. I would have loved to make real friends through the game. It almost happened a few times but the guilds disbanded because to GM was quitting WoW. As of today, I’m still looking for a guild where I could stay. Anyone from Draenor-Eu (Horde) reading this, if you’re searching for a funny couple of gamer to put some color in your chat, Sisqi and me are available ;-)
10. What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside gaming?
Passion is what WoW gave me and it changed everything. Before WoW, I didn’t have much in terms of passion, I was drinking and smoking a lot…
Spending more time at home to play WoW made me discover another lifestyle, more cozy. I’ve quit smoking and I don’t drink in the same way as before, now it’s more like going to the pub with my wife once a week to have a few pints like two orcs. Then we go to devour juicy steaks :-)
Also, being a WoW player is being part of a commmunity with events, celebrations, things to be excited for, blogs to read,… The people around me in real life aren’t really gamers (with a few rare exceptions). I always felt sad not to be able to share my passion. WoW changed that, now I have barely enough time to read all the tweets and all the blogs, lol.
Voilà, That’s pretty much my 8 years adventure in a nutshell. If you are interested in this survey, I invite you to read this post on alt:ernative.