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7-04-2011 @ 12:59AM
My "how I started playing WoW" story goes like this:WoW was only about eight months old at the time. I was on vacation in another state, visiting a friend who had been my BFF all through high school and college, but had gotten married and moved away shortly after graduation. She said her husband was spending all this time lately playing WoW and doing something called "farming gold." I tried to imagine what that could be... (Mining? Prospecting? Growing magical gold seeds?)My friend played a little, too, but all her characters were low level (under 20). Her main character was a human, who looked normal, and her dwarf alt looked normal, too (for a dwarf), but then she showed me something called a Night Elf, and I thought it was creepy! Those glowy eyes with no pupils, and those weird ears...yuck. By the end of my visit I had watched my friend and her husband play a few times and they encouraged me to try the game. I resisted. They had previously invited me to play EQ with them but I refused, knowing I'd get addicted to a game like that. I already spent way too much time playing Sims, Age of Empires, Zoo Tycoon and other single player games.Somehow they talked me into taking home a 10-day free trial CD, with instructions to roll Alliance on Stormrage so I could play with my friend.A few weeks later I was bored enough, and my friend pestered me enough, that I finally installed it and decided to give it a try. I made a human, of course, since I didn't want to be short and the only other option at the time for Alliance was one of those creepy elves with the blank eyes. I knew enough about these kinds of games that I knew I wanted to be a caster type, and my friend had warned me not to start with a priest because they were harder for a newbie. That left warlock and mage. I didn't want to be evil, and I liked the look of the purple robe, so mage it was.Fast forward five and a half years, and I'm still setting things on fire in Azeroth. Neither my friend nor her husband still play WoW. He was a hardcore raider and an active PVPer at one time, but she never got into any kind of group play. I, on the other hand, ended up dinging 60 while in a guild raid of the brand-new Zul'Gurub, went on to become a class leader and guild officer, Loremaster, raider, and certified WoW nut. Things have scaled back a bit now as I haven't raided much in the last eight months or so, and my original guild sadly went belly-up partway through WotLK, but I still play and love WoW. Oh, and although my main is still that human mage I made the first day, Night Elves are no longer creepy-looking to me; they are in fact my favorite race in the game, lorewise, and I have one of every class at level 30 or higher.
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