Sep 13th 2010 10:06AM I was one of those friends who didn't want to play. The reason I gave was that I'm not good at video games. Which is true, I don't play console games, and when I did it was the "kiddy" type like Mario Land or Spyro the Dragon (the old ps1 games). I was convinced I wouldn't understand it and that because it was complex and I'd be lost that I would instantly hate it.. therefore I wasn't going to pay for something that I wasn't going to like. My friend and her boyfriend were raiders, pvpers, really into their guild and vent and truly enjoyed the game. It just *sounded* hard to understand. I didn't have anything negative to say about gamers or my friend's interest in the game, just that it'd never be for me. The irony, I met said friend on a game site - pogo games- where I always said that these "easy" games were my speed/level of gaming. Fast forward 4 years, another friend, this time a RL friend (well, a friend I knew offline first, as I consider both "real life" friends) discovered the game through her boyfriend and kept bugging me till I downloaded the trial. I did that, and 2 years later I'm still playing. I got a call from the pogo friend, I told her I was playing. She gave me the "told ya soooo!" song for a little while. At the time she was on a wow-break because of work and time and so on, but was planning to come back. Because I was on the Alliance side, where she nearly passed out 'didn' I teach you ANYTHING in your pre-wow days!?' lol, we rolled taurens on a different server. We're just getting into northrend, where for the first time in 70 levels, i'm the 'tour guide' (kinda..) since its content she's never seen but I have (though only once). I still say I'm not "good" at the game as far are good players with 5k+ gear scores that raid 4 times a week go, I'm the casualist of casual players, but it is fun and I do enjoy it. I'm glad I gave it a try. :)
Sep 11th 2010 12:29PM When I first did dungeon runs with friends, I thought that rolling on it meant clicking the dice icon and taking it was clicking on the chip. Luckily these were RL friends of mine, after asking me why I was "takin all the good stuff", and I explained what I thought I was doing, she understood my logic and thought it was funny. I realize I should have been paying attention to the words. Now when I'm doing randoms I try not to need on anything unless I can use it and I am absolutely sure no one else can benefit from it, sometimes I even ask first to make sure no one minds. I'll either greed if it'll be nice, or pass if its of no use at all.
Sep 10th 2010 7:23PM I second that, a mailbox right in the middle by the vendor. Not so much for my miner, although I do tend to go through the IF portal from Shat just so she can smelt bars without having to look for a forge. However, I'm thinking it'd be convenient to the flight path. My dwarf hunter spends a lot of time in IF and I tend to either get mail or notice the mail icon when I'm ready to fly away. Of course I can't just look at that icon, soo I run around to the bank.. get my mail.. run back.
Sep 7th 2010 10:04AM I wouldn't say dodging, because I'm reading about what comes out of the beta by players that are involved, I just never signed up to request a beta key. I'm not a strong enough player in general to provide the kind of feedback that would be useful, numbers and such for spells/abilities and so on, raid encounters, new dungeons, etc. Aside from that, and what seems to be the consensus of others who choose not to try to get involved in the beta, I'd hate to put so much work into a character that will never see a live server. Granted, even if I had started beta day 1 and had access all the way through the last beta day, I probably wouldn't have an 85 worgen or goblin. I don't level quickly, I think it took me over a year to get my main to 80, when I know there are people who do the 1-80 thing in a matter of months.
Of course, like everyone else, as soon as the game is in my hands, I'll be installing it and creating my worgen/goblin just to (hopefully) have the names I've already thought of for each. :)
Sep 6th 2010 12:31PM My main, and first toon, is a balance druid. Started that way with the first talent point because I didn't know about 'specs' or anything like that, I just put the point in the first tab I saw. As I leveled and kept following the balance tree, I liked it. I also liked the healing spells that I was getting because I could heal myself. After I hit 80, just by leveling and the rare (and I do me RARE) dungeon encounter, I dual specced resto because I liked healing (myself... and my friends while we were questing). I wasn't really aware of gear sets, like healy druids needing a different set than balance druids, so I wasn't a "good" healy druid for anything other than for myself or my friends. Of course I never tried to do any randoms or anything, but still.. now that I know I'm working on it. I rolled a Tauren druid alongside a friend who is a Shaman, a friend who has played for years and knows all the stuff about the game and gear and stuff. I went with being a resto druid while she was the dps part of our combo. Although, I've got to say, now that we are entering northrend, the first time she's been there, I'm not sure how good I'm going to be as a healy druid.. certainly gonna try. When I get up the gold, after cold weather flying, I will dual spec balance, just because there are things that I miss - starfall and force of nature namely.
Sep 2nd 2010 8:29AM When I first started playing I never thought I'd make it past the 10 day trial, or have any desire to. RPGs never made much sense to me, I'd watch my boyfriend play final fantasy for hours and not really get it, although (at the time) there was a lot to be said for the FF8 graphics. But, I got hooked on wow right away. It took a little getting used to, learning what each thing did, how to kill things, etc. The friend that got me started was above level 30 at the time, but she helped me if I got stuck. I eventually caught up, and even managed to get to 80 first (of course thats because she spent a couple weeks not playing because of work). Once I hit 80 I started going through achievements and figuring out which I would be able to do. I decided to max all my professions and whatever skills could be maxed. I've gotten world explorer and the ambassador titles, working on some other things. And leveling a hunter and attempting to go back to the DK I left at 70.
I'm not a raider, I'll probably never see end-game content the way it is intended, but I'm having fun. Although I know what gear score is, but not exactly how it relates to anything about how someone plays, I do know that mine is terrible for an 80 druid.. but it doesn't matter. I'm not lining up for an ICCanythings. Maybe someday I'll start something and gear it up "right" and get into a guild that raids and sees the end-game, but for now, I'm having fun.. and can't wait till Cataclysm makes it all new again.
Sep 1st 2010 9:26AM I'm somewhere in the middle I suppose... I hate the general stigma that is attached to nerds, geeks, gamers, etc, but I could care less if someone should attach such terms to me. I talk wow with friends who play wow, I've mentioned in passing to others that I play but I don't bore them with talk I know they aren't interested in. My general interest in computers, technology, and books is no secret to anyone that should stop by to visit. I've got stacks of books (only because I have yet to replace the bookshelf that fell over and broke because there was too much on it), some of which are wow-related (go figure). :)
Aug 31st 2010 8:19AM Its not that I'm tired of Cataclysm talk, I do like reading about what is coming out of the beta. I don't see much talk in-game, though. Its more like I would rather be playing it. The information coming out is great, but there is so much I can't wait to try out or see how its going to effect my current 80, my alts that won't make it to 80 before the exp, my professions, etc.
To touch on what others have said, about live servers being quite dead at times, i have noticed that as well on my server (draka). It takes FOREVER to get a random dungeon group. I think I was in queue so long once that it timed me out of being in queue. Horde/Alliance doesn't seem to make a difference, I'm queuing as dps either way, it takes anywhere from 30 mins to an hour to get a group together. And whats worse is that sometimes the group falls apart mid-way through. I don't remember there being a lack of people on live servers pre-Wrath. I know that dungeon finder wasn't around then, so don't think I would have noticed. Also, I had just started playing before Wrath came out, so not seeing people around in general wouldn't have raised flags, I probably chalked it up to me being in a lower level zone.
Aug 27th 2010 10:15AM I fall right into the statistic (female), my first and so far only 80 is a night elf druid, primarily balance spec dual specced resto. My Tauren druid is resto spec. So yeah, I fall right in. :) Right now I'm leveling a dwarf hunter.