10 Years, 10 Questions

Alt:ernative Chat has started a survey in which Warcraft players of all shapes and sizes answer ten questions, one for every year the WoW has been out. The questions vary from "who was your first character" to "how has it affected your real life?"

At the end of it, she's going to read all the entrees and create a six episode podcast featuring some of her favorite responses from all the entrees!

Head on over to her 10 Years :: 10 Questions OFFICIAL LAUNCH post if you would like fill out her survey yourself! Huge thanks to Alternative Chat for doing this, it was a lot of fun to dig up all those old memories from early WoW!

1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?

I had a friend, Ross, that used to live across the street from me. He and I were best friends for a very long time, so when he showed me this great game that he played all the time, it was a no-brainer start playing too.

But what's interesting is that I had played Warcraft 3 for years before I ever tried WoW. I can't really say that it was the story or characters that drew me in though, because I was only around 6 years old and never really payed any attention to that.

The predecessor to World of Warcraft.

2. What was the first ever character you rolled?

A few years before Ross re-introduced me to the game, I had started a trial account. All the way back in 2004, I made a Gnome Mage, who's name I have since forgotten. In the ten days I had, I got my tiny little Gnome all the way to level 9!

While that Gnome was technically my first character in WoW, it really never felt like it. In 2006, before the release of the Burning Crusade, Ross finally convinced me to make a real account. After talking with Ross for a long time (me asking what a paladin is, and him telling me that they use hammers) I finally asked him was a hunter was. He told me that hunters get to tame beasts to be their pets at level 10.

I was sold.

3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?

Once Ross got me to create an actual account in WoW, I just chose the faction that he was in. After all these years I've made so many friends and now run an Alliance guild, it's just become nigh impossible to move away. On a few occasions I've tried to make alts on the opposite faction, but without my guild I get rather lonely and they end up abandoned somewhere.

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

I think my most memorable moments would have to be some of my earliest. I remember the first time I hit level 10 and I finally got a pet on my hunter. I ran all the way back to Shadowglen on my Night Elf to tame one of the Spotted Nightsabers there (I named him Blizzerd).

There was also when my friend and I were done leveling our Night Elves and we had to make the infamous journey from Menethil Harbor -through the Wetlands- and reach Ironforge. It was the first time I really thought that this game was more than just game, it was a whole universe, and I hadn't seen any of it yet.

The treacherous journey from Menethil to Ironforge.

And finally we come to the memory that I think dwarfs them all. I don't know how many of you quested in the old Stranglethorn Vale, but Ross and I did. Everything was going great until we reach level 35-ish and pick up the Bloodscalp Ear quest.

As you can imagine, this quest was to collect 15 Bloodscalp Ears. However, the droprate for this quest was so freakishly low, that it took the two of us nearly an hour until Ross had completed the quest, while I only had around 7-8 ears. Ross, who had a level 70 character, got his main to help me finish the quest. Even then, it took us another 20 minutes before I had all my ears. Needless to say, we skipped that quest in the future.

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

My favorite part of the game currently has to be the social aspect. I've recently taken a lot of responsibility within my guild, and became Co-GM. Being everyone's friend and keeping everything running a kind of my job now, and it's the largest factor for why I still log on every day.

Before I found this guild (I've been here for years) I was not much into the social parts of the game. During this time (in WotLK) I hadn't reached the level cap, nor had I even played most of the classes. So the one-word answer here has to be Exploration, because I was still discovering new things on a daily basis.

The long journey to the top of Ironforge was always rewarding!

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

I have a few spots that I really love to go to. Most of the time they're empty, but if they're not then I just move on to another spot. I am very much looking forward to exploring Draenor to find more places to just hangout in guild chat!

Kharanos, gathering place of the WHU.
Top of the Suntouched Pillar, Sholazar Basin. Beautiful view!
A camping location, just opposite of Stormwind!
Ah, Dalaran. Who doesn't love it here?

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

I have roughly 160 days play time (or exactly 13,804,173 seconds as of writing this post), while that may not seems like a whole lot when compared to other people who have 300, 400, or even 500 plus hours of play time, it's been large portion of my life.

Also, keep in mind that I didn't play at all during Cataclysm and I only played 3 months out of every year before that. So most of my in-game time has been spent during just Mists of Pandaria. In fact, just checking the characters that I've made during this expansion, my play time reaches about 101.5 days!

These are numbers, there are many like them,
but these ones are mine!

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

I do and I don't. There are certain locations in the game where I really love the story so I purposefully read the quest text, like in Darrowshire, the Nesingwary Quests, intro quests in Borean Tundra or Howling Fjord, and a couple places.

I also try to read the quest text when it is my first time doing the quest, like in betas or new expansions, I try to get all of the story on my first playthrough. Partially because I like the story and partially because I don't want to have to read it in the future!

I do read it! Sometimes!

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

I do have certain minor regrets. Not going to a raid, being a little too harsh sometimes, or something else I can't think of.

If the question is referring to "do I ever regret spending so much time in WoW?" then no, I don't regret any second of it. WoW has taught me a lot of things that I can't learn in school, that I can't learn from other people, that I can't learn any way other than interacting with people through an online medium. Things like, how to earn the respect of people you've never met, how to maintain a healthy chat room that has 400+ members, or make a lasting impression via the internet.

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

While I strictly believe that World of Warcraft has had a very positive impact on my life, there are times when it has caused me to ignore or miss something more important than playing a video game. There are times that I should have been around friends in person, or go to parties, or be with my family.

Sometimes real life just takes priority. And during some of those times, I didn't give real life the focus that it needed and deserved.

But on the other hand, Warcraft is the only reason I know any of you. I'm on Twitter because of WoW. I know people across the globe because of WoW, I even write a blog about WoW!

In a very real way, the only reason I am who I am today is because I play World of Warcraft!


Well, that's everything! Let me know if you made it through the whole thing!

Again, huge thanks to Alternative Chat for putting the whole thing together, I highly recommend that you go take the survey yourself, it was a lot of fun to put this whole thing together!

As always, be sure to tell me what you think! Do any of your responses match mine? If they do, tell me in the comments! Be sure to check back soon for more articles!

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