Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
I resisted buying wow for ages. At my old workplace ages ago there were so many people who played it but every time they’d mention subscription fee or online multiplayer I’d back right off and just not be interested. I played a ton of games but all of them single player and not online but one day I was bored with every game I had and the battlechest was on sale along with a free month’s playtime so I figured if I hated it, I’d only be down $20 and I wasn’t paying a subscription straight away.
I made a human because all the other races looked funny to me then; horde just looked like monsters (I would probably have had a completely different outlook if I actually installed the BC disc and got to see blood elfs from the start), and of the alliance races I didn’t want to be some short chubby dwarf, night elfs had odd-shaped ears and gnomes were well tiny (boy have I changed in my outlook – now I have almost every race (still not Dwarfs though). I always played a caster in pretty much every game I played so a mage was the natural choice.
I think it probably took all of 5mins to be hooked by the game itself; running around in Elwynn Forest now really doesn’t have a great deal of appeal but back then it was amazing. The quest that took me to Stormwind was scary; there were so many other people there with blue name tags over their heads, omg real people! I stayed away from cities for ages after that, other people in my game? No thank you.
I wish I could get that sense of amazement from the first days back and in a lot of things it’s still there, I love seeing the npcs and the many varied zones are so beautiful and there is still a million little things I find that I didn’t know or have forgotten but it’s not the same as the first day sitting there moving my little mage around asking out loud “why haven’t I been playing this before?”.