World of Warcraft, 10 YEARS :: 10 QUESTIONS

1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?

Neverwinter Nights on the AOL got me started with online gaming. Warcraft on the LAN got me interested in the Warcraft universe. When EQII and World of Warcraft came out at about the same time I picked WoW because I was familiar with Warcraft. I tried EQII and the graphics didn’t appeal to me. I’d been WoWicized.


2. What was the first ever character you rolled?

I’m sure I rolled a couple. My first character that became anything of note was a Night Elf Hunter I’d named Kinless. A couple server transfers later he became Arcarius. He leveled up to level 80, , and I deleted him to make way for some Worgen and Goblins.

Arcarius dings 80

3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?

I still haven’t picked a faction of choice. I’ve got high and low level characters in both factions. My Molten Core raider was horde. A group of Alliance friends decided to reroll Horde on a new PvP server. We started from scratch and got into 40-man raiding for a while.

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

Downing Ragnaros was a big deal. We’d been working at that for a long, long, time, and there was a bunch of us involved. 40 people in voice chat overjoyed. We’d made it.

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

Ease of play. The wife enjoys the game, and has accompanied me to 90, and with all our little couples too.

new threads

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

It’s ever a journey. Recently we got to quest in Teldrassil again and we thought the trees there looked great.

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

I’ve been playing since December 2004. I did try to take a break at one point, that lasted a few months. Another break found me deployed to Afghanistan. And here we are, still questing towards 90, still rolling new characters, waiting for the next expansion to start.

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

I want to.

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

I wish I was a better player. You know: Staying out of the fire. Getting my stats right to maximize DPS. I enjoyed raiding in Molten Core, but the game pulled ahead of me. I’m glad there’s plenty else to do, and pvp, ironically, is pretty forgiving.

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

Heh. I’ve had a little bit less of it, for sure. ūüôā

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Covering All Bases

So many games, so little time.

We play Wildstar for the sci-fi scenario and the popping graphics.¬† (The wife thinks World of Warcraft’s are crisper?)¬† I’m not so sure about that.¬† The green vegetation is awesome.¬† And the game mechanics are very unlike World of Warcraft, requiring a lot of user movement to project and avoid “telegraph” abilities.

But, I must admit, going back to World of Warcraft too, for the “fantasy” fix, is a guilty pleasure.¬† And 9 1/2 years on, it’s a pleasure I’m still happy to endulge in.¬† (Three 90s, two 88’s,¬†not even playing all that often, more long-term characters moving slowly towards Outlands, Northrend,¬†Twilight Highlands, and Pandaria, more deleted levels than I care to admit,¬†and my new characters, with¬†partners¬†supplied from the wife’s stable of characters,¬†are testament to that.)¬† I ground¬†out some more¬†argent tournament tokens and supplied my second monk with his own dual heirloom weapons.¬† My two monks have dual maces and dual swords respectively, and a warrior has dual arcanite reapers.¬† And I’ve got the cloth, leather, mail, and plate armor sets as well.¬† (Two piece, alas.¬†¬†We’re, the wife and I, a small guild, and the perks we get are little bonuses, not gear.)

The wife and I also¬†both build places in Landmark.¬† It’s amusing to build things, and mess around with building tweaks,¬†and gives us an idea of what Everquest:Next might look like should that ever materialize.¬† (Answer: Not bad at all.)

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What I’d like my office view to be

Landmark Portal View 2My latest creation in Landmark.

Somebody let their claim expire, right next to the portal, and who was walking past?  I was.


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Wildstar Character Selfies

Worthy.140616.233818Worthy, Dominion Cassian Spellslinger. Cloth wearing gunslinger. ¬†He’s currently questing in a savannah environment.

Virillustris.140616.233328Virillustris (in full Eldar costume), Exile Mordesh Stalker. ¬†I picked the green coloration before I got the Eldar getup. ¬†I also like how the disease has so wasted him away that sections of him are contained in glass. ¬†Like his abdomen, shoulders, one leg, and you can see his internal workings. ¬†He’s currently questing in a forest environment.

BillyBeau.140616.234020BillyBeau, Exile Human Esper. ¬†They protray the Human Exiles as kind of hillbillies. ¬†So, here’s Billy Beau with a good double name. ¬†(My son, born in Georgia, resembles that remark! ¬†ūüôā ) ¬†He’s currently questing in a frozen environment.

Adze.140616.231932Adze, Exile Granok Warrior. ¬†See, he’s got a blade mohawk for a head. ¬†He’s currently questing in a rocky area.

All of these are about the same level (5-10) so you can see the variation available in beginning areas.

Not shown: Analyst, Dominion Mechari Engineer and Monomachos, Dominion Draken Warrior.

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Wildstar Crafting & More First Impressions

My Gunslinger reached Level 10.¬† Since I’m not playing with end-game raiding in mind I figure a crafting skillset to take care of myself would be good.

I picked tailoring (and since like WoW tailoring doesn’t require a gathering skill) I took relic hunting.

Anyway, another character, on hitting level 10, was given a cookie crumb trail quest sending me to the zone’s nearest crafting trainer.¬† My Gunslinger, though, not so lucky.¬† He managed to have easy access via Taxi to Illium so he went there and learned his trades.

First order of business, with the required materials, and the purchase of some thread, was to craft a set of blue level 10 gloves.¬† Nice.¬† Next up was a set of boots.¬† (I bought thread enough for 2 items.)¬† But it wouldn’t let me leave the glove schematic without warning me that I’d be losing all progress.¬† Huh?¬† I hate warnings so I crafted another set of gloves, which turned out green, and I salvaged those.¬† Then I bought some more thread and crafted a pair of green boots.¬† Both upgrades, and so tailoring, from the get go, has been good to me.

And then I trained Cooking, and with some meat I had stored in my bags wound up making Jerkey, and then some Spicy Jerky.

I think this crafting will take some getting used to in terms of getting out the items I’m specifically after, but, that said, it appears to be a fun diversion, and a bit of a mini-game itself.

The wife was very amused when she deleted her first character.¬† She didn’t care for the class (Warrior) or the looks so set about recreating a character.¬† She laughed when the character came up on screen crying as you delete them.

Taxis.  Very amusing.  Not sure why Dominion and Exiles are served by the same cab company, but the cabbies are talkative and the cab graphics are excellent.  From the front grill to the bumper stickers.

There is a lot of refinement here in a game that’s figuratively fresh out of the box.¬† There’s features here that other games needed expansions to get to.

Grouping.¬† I was originally thinking “Aw, c’mon.¬† Not this again.”¬† Because when my wife logged in, I knew she and I were at the same location, but she was invisible.¬† I invited her to party and she moved to my instance (with an apparently easy to see button on her screen).¬† Poof.¬† There she was.¬† Nice.¬† (ESO forced me to the nearest waystation and then ride back to her¬†should I wish to join my wife in her instance there.)¬† And I haven’t explored this further, there was an option for me to “mentor” her.¬† I was all of level 5 on that character, and she level 3.¬† Once I decided to mentor my level was reduced to 3.¬† I assume that gets me the benefit of earning xp appropriately.¬† I didn’t see what that did for my health, or abilities, but I’m thinking, hoping, that I can outlevel her, and yet still meaningfully group with her too.¬† The best of both worlds.

I only wish I could more easily take screenshots.¬† Supposedly the PrtSc/SysRq button does it, but keybindings is silent on that key, and pressing it doesn’t put screenshots into the screenshots folder.¬† I have to go to window mode and some combination of alt- or ctrl- or shift- (maybe?) produced the screenshot.¬† I need to figure this out so I can post more screenshots too.

Bottom line, the game feels very mature and refined for being only two weeks out of release.

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Wildstar Beginning Experience

Which one?

I’ve now played through two intro zones.¬† (Well, the 2nd intro zone¬†after the 1st intro zone.)

One with the wife employed several new techniques.  Gather up some critters, release them someplace safe.

The other, without her, was a¬†more old-style “shoot-em up.”¬† Go get ’em.

I was surprised how different questing in those two zones felt.

And I’ve yet to start crafting, housing, riding, dungeons.

Which is, cupcakes, a good thing.

And the colors.  My gosh, the colors.  Whew.  It was such a relief to be past the dominions slash-and-burn and into the cool colors of New Haven.

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Oh, it’s been a while, hasn’t it?

My last post was Christmas Eve 2012. ¬†And then I spent 2013 on Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. ¬†That’s done and I’m back.

We’ve pre-ordered Warlords of Draenor. ¬†I’ve got three 90s (one was boosted with tradeskills from 60) the other two done “old school.” ¬†The wife has her one level 90 character. ¬†(Her boosted Warlock boosted from 60. ¬†(60 is the magic level to get the tradeskill boost to max too.)) ¬†We’ve got two more characters each that are in their 87s. ¬†A couple of Alliance Druids, and a Horde Shaman/Warrior combo. ¬†We’ll have options when WoD hits.

And speaking of options, her Night Elf Warrior is with my Nelf Rogue and we’re starting Northrend now.

Then there was the attempt at ESO.  Someone described the mood in ESO as grim-grim.  There was that feel in LotRO and Rift as well.

You want to know what’s fun? ¬†Real fun? ¬†Wildstar.

C’mon. ¬†Cowboys in space with squirrel kids¬†and chihuahuas? ¬†We don’t play those. ¬†Two humans, an android, an undead, a dragon guy. ¬†All of them toting big guns, or wolverine claws, and it’s really fun. ¬†The colors pop. ¬†The technology buzzes. ¬†Some say it’s like WoW? ¬†It isn’t. ¬†If Durotar looked that good we’d be playing WoW 2.0. ¬†It’s really, really good and with the WoW style that I apparently really enjoy.


I’m also in Landmark enjoying the construction aspect of the game. ¬†Supposedly it’ll lead to EverQuest: Next some day, but that day is down the road a ways from what I can tell.

Anyway, maybe I’ll see you on Nexus, cupcakes.

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