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I'm still kinda new to WoW, joining only late Cata, and I'm really having a lot of fun. I never played before, but I did pay attention as my friends were playing. I listened to some podcasts to live vicariously through them, knowing that when I'm done with school and don't have to worry about another addiction taking up my study time, I could play at long last.
My friends always played Horde, and always talked about their adventures and I felt an allegiance to the Horde races, not really finding anything in the Alliance all that interesting. When I finally made my first character, I rolled a Troll hunter because I thought collecting pets would be fun, but by lvl 20 decided that that playstyle just wasn't for me. So, time for a Goblin warlock, since they have pets, too...but I found kind of a similar difficulty with how squishy I ended up being in early levels. It got to the point where I was just picking the race almost randomly as I try new classes, and looking at me now, my lvl 86 main is a Draenei priest.
I honestly don't know how I wound up here. My first DK was a Worgen because I felt they looked the coolest in the snow, and even my Panda monk was destined to become Horde until I saw that cutscene with the river of turtle blood that just forced the RPer in me to go Alliance, yet again. I also told myself I didn't want to be one of those guys with all female characters, but wouldn't you know it? I went ahead and messed that up, too.
I know my way around Stormwind so well that my Horde alts typically get lost in Ogrimmar. It's just too funny, to me.
Have any of you ended up in the last place you'd expect? Maybe horde vs. alliance, or becoming "one of those guys" who will turn down bar night with friends because it's raid night?
As I hung out drinking beer and playing Final Fantasies and Kingdom Hearts on PS2 at my BFFs place while he played WoW, I told him I'd never start playing because I saw how addicted he was to it.
5-6 years later, I'm still playing. My friends have moved onto other games but they still log in occasionally.
I never thought I'd find a boyfriend that was okay with me playing WoW either. Guess I'm kinda blessed like that.
Is it a confession time yet? O.o
Okay... to answer the topic: yes and no.
To have it a little more elaborated...
I joined WoW shortly before last midsummer of the Burning Crusade. My friend and her BF were already playing for a little over a month. Aliance, both, and both homans, they always were in other games. Actually, they converted me, as we've been playing L2 a year ago, and I changed over to EVE when L2 continued to push level caps even further. But at time my EVE career hit a little roadblock, and friend convinced me to get a trial in WoW. Now, here comes "Blizzard fun" part. In every online game I played before WoW it was just a game. You enter it as it was, and pay to play. The WoW, however, is different. It took me over an hour of going around in circles to fully understand the scheme Blizzard has put up to drain people's money. But you know it all well already, and I won't waste your time explaining it here. Back to surprizes.
I've had intention of creating a blood elf. blamm, no blood elves on trial. Okay, let's buy a full game. Surprize! Full game is not a full game! At that moment, I was already far beyond my "gaming credit" and unable to afford YET ANOTHER robbery of Blizzard to upgrade my account to actual game status.
So, I've had to settle myself with Night Elf. Class? Priest, I haven't had even a LITTLE doubt, once I saw that the innately support class can spec for DPS role. Shadow priest, to be specific. Where's a surprize here, you might ask? The surprize, my dear, in that I still play this character after six years, 3 major expansions, and countless nerfs and "changes". The level of confidence I have in my priest I can only compare with the level of confidence I have in my paladin. I know to the last swing, to the last health and mana point, where my limit lies. And if I get too few or too many mobs, and what to do next.
I do have other characters, as you've guessed already. The second character I created, nearly immediately after my main, was a dwarf rogue. I were just unable to resist. Simple as that.
For now, it's easier to tell, which characters and races I don't have. I haven't played warlock at all, I have all tank classes that available in game, I've created a worgen druid in Cata, and I've got a panda monk for MoP. My gnome mage runs my AH operations, my dwarf hunter guards my bank with a huge mastiff by his side... I've played Blood elf paladin shortly, once I upgraded my account, but I didn't coverted over. I played through Silvemoon just fine, but when I reached the Undercity... no comments... when I then went to Orgrimmar, and saw a pack of cows hoarding the mailbox... something inside me just crumbled. I only occasionally login on that character, when I need to test new localizations.
Yet, my first character is the most enjoyable class to play for me. Surprize. And not at all. It just feels... right. Normal. Like it should be.
Well, faction-wise, I've been horde through and through from the get-go. My love affair with the orcs began the day I saw the towers orcs had in wc3 with enormous sharp teeth jutting out of them. To this day I want ogres to be a horde unit. I'm guessing my past self would have been surprised that I would go on to have a holy priest as a long-term main. I started out a female tauren warrior and was all about tanking, I laughed at the ridiculous concept of 'mana.'
Started playing with two real life friends and somehow managed to end up on different servers who we all stuck with for various reasons, despite actively trying to co-ordinate where we were going in the start. The one of the two who is still playing only came to where I play in WotLK despite the two of us both playing without any major breaks since the start (I still do, which is also somewhat surprising).
Going hardcore raiding was something I never really saw myself doing but wound up doing anyway, it seemed like a natural step at the time (or maybe I just didn't have the heart to say no to the girl who offered me a spot in the guild where I did it, who knows).
It wasn't my first char (or main) by a long shot but I'm still a bit surprised at how much I still enjoy my priest, having made it my main in ~TotC/ICC.
The most unexpected thing of all was meeting my current gf since ~1.5 years through WoW, seeing how dead sceptical I always was to that sort of thing before. Granted, we live in the same city and met IRL before we wound up together, but still.
I refused to play WoW for the longest time, not because i thought it was bad, or lame, but because I KNEW i would get addicted to it, spend hours and days playing, and loving it. I've been a huge Warcraft fan back from WC1 when it first came out. And have played all of them many times, after a replay of WC3, i really wanted to know what was next in Arthas' story, and WotLK had just come out. So, 5 80's in Wrath, 5 Different 85's later and 1 90(and counting)later i'm still playing. A few breaks like at the end of Wrath, and from 4.2-Pandaland. But I still love it, still check the forums, still follow MMO-champ.
And when it comes to faction? Love me my horde, tauren especially. But i've leveled everything to at least 80 cept a Undead. Though Undead does have the best starting zone/2nd zone.
And i'm not afraid to level alliance but when it comes to alliance its space goats all the way, or dwarves. But Spacegoats!
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