I have a dirty little secret.
I have been playing World of Warcraft.
My online game of choice for many years has been City of Heroes. I last played World of Warcraft back in 2005, liked it for awhile, and then found its insane level of popularity and the grinding needed to get the really good stuff, and the fact that I so often had to team with total assholes and jerks, to be a little too much for me to put up with. Off I went to Paragon City, and really haven’t looked back much since.
But lately my friend and long-time MMORPG partner JR confessed to me that she had gotten back into World of Warcraft. It was a very tentative admission. Back in the day (meaning 2005) she had vehemently pushed for us to shift over to City of Heroes due to some issues with World of Warcraft, particularly farming and grinding. She was convinced that I would give her shit about getting back into it.
And I will – oh yes, I will.
But in any event, I had been getting sick of City of Heroes, and World of Warcraft seemed like a good change of pace, so I went back.
One of the first things that I noticed is that the game does not seem to be taking itself as seriously as it did before. Perhaps it is just that one of the new races – goblins – is madcap and zany. We make crazy inventions, our mounts are motorcycles, our favored form of long range transport is a big rocket, and our form of government is essentially an organized crime cartel formed around the manufacture and sale of a soft drink. Quests I have undertaken so far include such things as taking an orphan orc out for a day of fun, fighting Alliance paratroopers (yes, you read that right) and flying a goblin fighter plane (yes, you read that right too). Crazy stuff.
From the feel of the game, I can tell it’s been around awhile. The interface doesn’t feel quite so clean as City of Heroes, and that has caused me some problems in targeting and movement, though I am gradually getting used to them (watching JR zip around, I have to remind myself that she has months more experience than I do). Some of the more complex stuff, like rolling for special loot items and figuring out how to activate certain quest items, still leaves me baffled for a few minutes each time I do it until I can remember the interface again.
Still, I’m having a blast with it. Running around stabbing night elves (the poncy gits!), learning to cook and fish and mine and do first aid again (well I remember now just how much time you can spend in World of Warcraft just sitting on a pier fishing), learning new abilities and talents, finding my way around Ogrimmar (the most confusing MMORPG city EVAR!) and all that other stuff.
At the moment Blizzard is making a special “Scroll of Resurrection” offer – if you want to revive your account I can send you a scroll of resurrection, which activates your account for 7 days, gives you a free server transfer, and boosts one of your characters to level 80 (with new gear and everything to match). If you are interested drop me a line, and we can game sometime.
FOR THE HORDE!