Tuesday, August 12, 2014

10 Years 10 Questions: My Life

Alrighty then... ^^

It seems only right and proper, as I am asking so many of you 10 Questions, that I come up with the goods myself. Remember, if you've not yet done so, you can fill in the Survey form here or at the top of my Blog. Anyway, without further ado, here are my

10 Years :: 10 Questions

1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?

Rubbish graphics since goodness knows when ^^

My daughter was born on March 5th, 2005. I'd spent a lot of time whilst pregnant with her brother playing Diablo and Diablo 2, and when she was born I found myself looking for something to use as a diversion between breastfeeding and sleepless nights. A friend (at the time) suggested this kickass MMO that he was playing and I decided to take a look. The rest, as they say, was History.

That friend and I fell out over a loan he gave me for my first Mount and have lost touch since. I've tried my utmost NEVER to borrow money from anyone else in game as a result. Thank you Stewart for making me learn the value of making gold in game.

2. What was the first ever character you rolled?

This is my first ever Hunter, race and name changed.

Believe it or not, it was a Druid. Teldrassil immediately annoyed me: FAR too purple and simply just not a place I felt at ease in (sort yourselves out, Druids :P) I'd spent a lot of time in Diablo standing at the back, playing an Amazon, and so this seemed like a reasonably decent fallback, and so I finally bit the bullet and rolled a Hunter. Dwarves became my first love... and frankly I've never looked back since. As an aside for reference porpoises: Pherian is my longest serving toon and I've played her since I moved from a PvP server to PvE when my husband started taking an interest in proceedings. Shadowsong/Azsune is where the majority of my characters now reside.

3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?

Ogres for Playable race! Or summat ^^

You know, this is interesting. I never considered Horde because, when I first joined the game everyone I knew was Alliance and it just made more sense. It took me a very long time to even find the Horde side on my server (I now have two 90's) but when I did it was to complete the questing side of things and not to go raid or anything like that. I am quite the loner a lot of the time, I suspect as the flipside to being a Guild Mistress for as long as I was. It was never a big deal, and in all the years I've played I've never really found the need to push the factional pride of my character. In fact, if given the choice, I'd happily declare myself Neutral and work for both sides without conscience.

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

Honestly, there are just too many and I can never answer this question easily. The game is packed full of stand out incidents and probably the easiest thing is to just list the lot, bullet point style. These are the ones that spring immediately to mind, that have stuck with me in 10 years and (in most cases) can be found described in one form or another in the pages of this Blog:

  • The Wrathgate Cinematic for the first time that reduced me to tears. Still does.
  • Travelling to Feathermoon Stronghold by boat.
  • The first time I saw the Caverns of Time.
  • The Guild's first Gruul kill.
  • Farming Badlands for Elemental Earth with my mate Duncan.
  • AQ20 with a full Guild Group for the first time.
  • Finally killing Arthas.
  • Weaning myself off the arrow keys for character movement.
  • The Scepter of the Shifting Sands questline (see above.)
  • Keeping a Guild together though four Expansions.
  • Getting Loremaster *the first time*
  • My first six hour Alterac Valley.
  • Seeing the inside of Blackwing Lair when it was current.
  • 200 Mounts.
  • Learning how to Joust properly.
  • Hitting half a million page views with my Warcraft Blog.

I could list tons more, that's the thing about this game. I can't reduce it to a simple moment of awesome. It is a constant journey with new challenges and adventures to discover with every new day. So, expect this list to just keep on growing.

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


I love to faff, I really do: just muck about with things, play about in the World: farm, grind, Achieve, collect stuff, find Battle Pets, Raid, PvP, fish... you name it, I will have done it at one point or another and the understanding now is implicit: it doesn't matter what it is, just as long as I can do it at my own pace and in my own way. That's the fabulous thing about Warcraft to begin with. I've done pressure and competitive. I've pushed for progress kills. I've competed against other people and frankly it makes me feel sad and a bit dirty that being first is such a big issue in this game, that there is even the need to stand and shake your achievements at others and that this makes you somehow better than others.

So, what I do now is try and be a good role model, and nothing else.

In the end, I *always* come back to the faff :D

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

Feathermoon is where I'll finally log off when the servers go down for the last time.

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

That's Pherian's /played. Please don't ask about anyone else's ^^

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

Not only do I read it, I write blog posts about it ^^ WEST WING REFERENCE FTW.

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

Oh Elune's Handbag, where do I start?

To all the people I pissed off as GM: it wasn't a power trip or a way to make me feel superior, I really just did what I thought was best. I didn't deliberately ignore you though a ton of you were, really and truthfully, utterly thoughtless, selfish bastards. The guy who thought I had a mental disorder because I failed to take you on a raid? You're on your own there, pal (as is your missus.) To the original GM who founded our Guild as a way to meet the opposite sex and finally married someone he met in just that way: I hope you're happy now but really, that's no foundation for anything in the Real World. I'm glad you finally went and did the right thing, as living inside a game really isn't a substitute for an actual life.

But this game isn't all about regrets, let's be honest, and I feel I ought to stick the positive in with the negative because, in all things, it is about the balance.

Yes, I also learnt that gaming is not a substitute for a life, but not the hard way. The game was a liberation and a first step on a better path. It also utterly sucks as therapy.

To Mr Alt for being a constant source of inspiration, and the kids for making me realise I didn't totally screw everything up.

To Duncan, and Rob, to Andy and Zoe and Tams and Zuz and Magnus, to Peri and his long suffering missus, to Lindsay and her incredible design skills, to Ferry and Kinga for coming back, to Gen and his leet goldmaking skillz, to Erin and Lyli, to the Girls Gone Wow team, the Bears, Mr and Mrs Mups, Norl and Doxy and Issy and everyone else... thank you for being decent about everything. I *really* appreciate it.

To J and V: I'm really sorry, but I've always just done what I thought was right. That's all I can say.

I miss Elene a lot, and all the other good people I lost touch with over the years. I said hello to Icefang as well, just the other day, he's back on the Server after all these years. I never forget how rude Chonar was to me either, because those impressions matter. In the end, I remember a great deal of good and bad things over the last decade, because that is how a life is measured.

This has been a very interesting online life indeed, and to answer the question: I have as many regrets as high points, but I choose just to remember the latter, because life is far more fun that way.

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

No, REALLY... ^^

Go read the last five years worth of posts. Look me up on Twitter. As how many other people are part of #TEAMFAFF. Check out the responses to this Survey, and then go listen to this song, because there's one word that describes the effect this game has had on me outside of logging on, and that's Joy.

To every single person who touches me and continues to do so and makes this not about pixels and more about flesh and blood:


1 comment:

Just Me said...

I was just checking your previous post with the 10 questions links and I can't believe the response you have gotten. I'm proud of you and I'm not even involved. Big GRATS.

I have to admit that one of my favorites is also the Wrathgate clip (it helps that my favorite race are the forsaken).

Anyway, just wanted to give you a pat on the back for your 10 questions, good job.