Alright i want to start by saying this was a great post. So.....i started out on alliance when i first started playing and played there for 10 lvls then made the switch to horde through peer pressure. I was in a lot of great guilds and saw many things happen and transferred servers twice while a horde. played horde like 3+ years and a few months back i made the switch to alliance to have an alliance 70. no other reason other then to experience the game through their eyes. and i did that and i never went back to horde not because i didn't want to i love horde but because i found a good group of people whom i dont want to leave to go back. loyalty issues id say describes it best. Lately Ive been wanting to go back to the horde though maybe im suffering from grass is greener syndrome but who knows what i will do.
Alliance for the same reason many people pick a faction; my friends were Alliance, I wanted to game with my friends.Although I have a Horde alt on another server...I'm primarily alliance in nature. The more I learn about the Horde...there's really a lot of stretching done by Blizzard to justify a. the Horde's existence and b. the current state of war between the factions at this point. Also, I don't find most of the Horde races to be very likable (Tauren excepted).And in a game this big, there's always more to discover, no matter what side you're on, so you're always going to be finding something new...rather than missing something.
there's really a lot of stretching done by Blizzard to justify a. the Horde's existence .Ummmm . . . could you please elaborate on this?
I find myself in a somewhat similar situation... I love role-playing; the problem is most of my friends don't. They're just there for the loot and the gameplay, but they don't find much enjoyment in immersing themselves into the game as much as I do. Alas, I am a role-player caught in a no-role-playing world-- err.. realm.So what can I do? They're all fantastic people that I like to be with, and when I tried to reroll on a role-playing realm I felt guilty for abandoning them like that and still didn't enjoy myself. Maybe it's been just a little bit too long since I last role-played? Was I off my game? I don't even know... I just enjoy being with people I know more than I enjoy role-playing with people I don't. There will always be a little part of me that will yearn for a bit (and just a bit) of role-playing, and I doubt I will ever be able to enjoy the game as much as I could unless I somehow manage to put them both together.
Originally, I rolled an Alliance Dwarf Pally before finding my friend was on another server. Deciding, "Hey. I'll play as a Gnome because I'm short. It'll be like I'm in the game. :D,"So I rolled a Gnome Lock on my friend's server. Me 'n my pal Barnak the Voidwalker decimated all!For three levels.You see, I only got him to level 23 before getting my Dad involved in WoW. As much as I HATE to play with him, He got rich, runs a family/friend guild and was on what I regarded with high hopes for me, was on the Horde side.I went on a daring mission. He was ~30 when I joined the server under Rotear. An Undead Rogue. I've been loving the Horde a lot, but I kinda miss the Gnome I grew to love. My friend is also over and chose the Blood elves. The only other thing I could want other then Gnomes would be a Troll. But that's watched under a close eye.
Okay, I will admit not knowing a great deal about the lore...but...The Undead/Forsaken. Now, here's a group of people who were formerly ravaging both sides, coming up and saying 'We're free and the other side still doesn't trust us, and you need help. Can we join?'Oh, they might be allowed to join...under very careful monitoring. After all, who's to say this isn't an elaborate plot? Certainly, letting any undead roam around without close supervision isn't going to happen.The Tauren. How on Azeroth do they reconcile their love of nature with the other races (primarily orc) strip-mining?And why do trolls tolerate blood-elfs, given the ancient wars between the two?The Horde, imho, is a loose group of allies of convenience at best just waiting for the first sign of betrayal on someone's part to explode.
I have been horde since the first stress tests over 4 years ago and I still enjoy itI can't imagine myself fighting against the horde, specifically tauren, trolls and orcs. always being against the alliance has made the game fun for me and i don't want to spoil thatThe Tauren. How on Azeroth do they reconcile their love of nature with the other races (primarily orc) strip-mining?if you played warcraft III, you would know that thrall helped cairne and the tauren from a centaur attack that would have wiped them out
Actually, I did vaguely know that without having played wow III. So, when Thrall dies, then...? (Yes, I know, not gonna happen...this is RP speculation.) Does the debt to Thrall extend to all orcs, or would the Tauren decide to re-negotiate their membership? ("All this ravaging of the land has GOT to stop!") Now, if there were no Horde, and no Alliance, I agree that a great deal of the fun of the game would be lost; but right now you have two groups of people fighting in a mansion while at least three other groups are trying to burn or tear down the whole residence. You would think the two disputing ownership would at least decide, "Let's get rid of the Burning Legion, the Scourge, and the Silithids, and then argue about who's going to live here."
So, maybe I am vain, but I started out on Alliance because there weren't any pretty horde females. So I had a lvl 60 ally female warrior. Nothing was cooler than being a chick in a "guy" role. But when BC came out, I jumped ship quicker than anyone. I guess blood elves are prettier, but I've never gone back. Now I've played all the horde races to some extent, and it isn't about who looks nice. I love the horde quests, the horde players, and I just don't think I have it in me to go back. I do agree than alliance zones and towns are on a whole, a lot more pleasing on the eye.
i hate the horde... they all ways gank me the only reson ill EVER roll a horde is becase they win the BGsto often
I have several toons of each faction on several realms. But I started out as a yes it's true a dwarf Rwar. Mainly because my son rolled a dwarf hunter. Then after I was ready to poke my eyes out with a spoon leveling a Rwar. I mistakenly thought it is because I didn't roll horde. >_< I played my hordie hunter to lvl 35 and realized it was because I stink as a warrior. I like the story line behind the alliance but as has been said before the horde does have some really cool story lines that actually lead somewhere. Pre-BC any way. So now you ask why am I still playing alliance? C'mon can you think of anything funnier than a gnome? I mean really... Gnome mage with a spike hair-do? A 2' Gnome warrior killing a 7' Tauren?An ant sized Gnome Rogue jumping on your back and kicking your butt?The gnome /cower? A dwarf hunter strafing? The NE jump? Oh and NE and Draeni chicks? /yummyI think you see it now. Enjoy the next time you see a Gnome lass shaking what her momma gave her at you. Runner up are the jokesDwarf maid /silly "It's like my father always used to say: 'Shut up, and get out.' " ( my children hate that I heard this one =) ) Gnome male /silly "I had an idea for a device that you could put small pieces of bread in to cook, but in the end I really didn't think there'd be much of a market for it." Gnome female "I apologize profusely for any inconvenience my murderous rampage may have caused." Human male "So, I have this idea for a great movie. It's about two gnomes who find a bracelet of power, and they have to take it to the Burning Steppes and cast it into the Cauldron. They form the Brotherhood of the Bracelet. Along the way they're trailed by a murloc named Gottom, who's obsessed with the bracelet, and nine bracelet bogeymen. It could be a three-parter, called 'Ruler of the Bracelet'. The first part would be called 'The Brotherhood of the Bracelet', followed by 'A Couple of Towers', with the climactic ending called 'Hey, the King's Back!'C'mon mon? (lol)Oh and the whole horde win all the BGs? Bleh I heard the same crap on all my horde toons about the ally.
Boy did you make a wrong choice then. Let's look at the races on both sides, then together we can point out the good guys and the bad guys ok?Humans - Everyone knows humans are inheratly evilDwarfs - Only care about richesGnomes - These guys had a problem in their capital city and decided that is was easiest to flood everything (and everyone) in poisonous and radioactive gasNightelfs - Extreme xenophobesDraenei - Nothing wrong there... ROFLMAO!...trolls - evil dark wich doctorsorcs - evil brutesundead - hate evory one and evory thingturen - ummmmm... i got nothingblood elvs - mean,vishish,bloodthirsty, guy that care about nothing more than them selfs
... ROFLMAO!...trolls - evil dark wich doctorsorcs - evil brutesundead - hate evory one and evory thingturen - ummmmm... i got nothingblood elvs - mean,vishish,bloodthirsty, guy that care about nothing more than them selfs/patWe forgive you. We know you're jealous. Don't worry, it's all right.
I rolled Alliance because of the fact that I didn't like how the Tauren Druid looked - but I wish I had originally rolled Horde. =/
So now the question: Do you prefer the Alliance or the Horde? Why? What about one particular faction do you find most attractive? And what are the little games of pretend that you play when you enter Azeroth?I prefer the alliance as many others have stated, someone else introduced me to the game and they were alliance aligned. I also, have the "I am a good guy" syndrome after getting to level 25 and decided to go to a BG to have the experience. My what an experience it was! This further affirmed my conscious thinking of " I am a good guy" mentality. Perhaps I only had interaction with some of the less spirited opponents with their spit & chicken dances around me.Since then I have leveled 4 Alliance characters to 70+ and one Horde to 20 something. Well, as you may have guessed it, nothing has changed in the BG's. I still seem to run into the same mean spirited people, who not only do the spit & chicken dance but also resorted to the fart emote as well. It antagonizes me and makes me dislike the Horde that much more. I tried the Horde side, but just could not bring myself to have any amount of enjoyment in pretending to be this ugly character who does the right thing. Hence, re-affirming that the Alliance are the "good guys", in my head only perhaps.Aesthetically speaking, I find the female Draenei to be the most attractive as far as factions are concerned. Female Blood Elves are a close second though. =) I find the Wyrmrest faction to be attractive simply because of their awesome looking mounts.A little game of pretend I enjoy playing revolves around Zangarmarsh and them little ( mushroom) Sporeggar people. Helping these little guys out really makes me happy. Makes me feel like I am helping these "beings" out, though my attempts are futile at best. I pretend that every one of them Bog Giants and Bog Lords I massacre is one less that will be attacking these almost defenseless mushroom heads. I hope (dream) someday they will have a hero come along and give them a place to live and grow their mushrooms in peace and without fear.I know I sound kind of mushy and sappy, oh well, thats how I feel. =)
Hey, RP is why I spend so much time in Silithus, where Tauren and Night Elves are focusing on a threat to all of Azeroth. Every bug and Twilight Cultist I kill is one less threat to all living things.
I just have to say, as someone that's played both sides from day one...lol. Faction elitists are so cute. It's a toss-up to which I like best. I absolutely love the blood elf lore and settings, even though their early zones have nowhere near as much amazing storyline as, say, Azuremyst and Bloodmyst.In general, I probably like the Horde storylines more. I love the orcs, I love the blood elves, and I'm right there with a rallying cry of "For Sylvanas!" with the best of them.None of the alliance stories really get me. I find the gnomes downright dull, dwarves funny but cliche, and humans, well...humans. It just seems like there's so much more depth to the stories of the Horde, going through so much tribulation, etc. Sure, the humans have Lordaeron, Stratholme, etc, but somehow it feels more distant than the problems the Horde races have gone through.I do think a lot of the more alliance-themed areas are nicer, though. Darkshore, Teldrassil, Elwynn, Dun Morogh, The Hinterlands, Winterspring, Feralas, etc. I know these are neutral zones (well, some of them), but it still feels like a stronger alliance presence is in each. I really find the Barrens and Durotar to be some of the least agreeable places in game, but then, I'm not fond of most of the south. Tanaris, Desolace...all really depressing, boring places.
I cross both sides of the boundary.To one extent, I play the Horde.To the other, it's Alliance.In both, I see Azeroth in a balanced view--neither good nor evil but on the boundary of chaos; neutrality is bliss.
I play alliance, the only reason being that i feel like a good guy. I can identify myself more with the alliance then with the horde.I do however have some horde characters on a different server, and every now and then when i'm in a mean mood, I log into a hordie :)Boy did you make a wrong choice then. Let's look at the races on both sides, then together we can point out the good guys and the bad guys ok?Humans - Everyone knows humans are inheratly evilDwarfs - Only care about richesGnomes - These guys had a problem in their capital city and decided that is was easiest to flood everything (and everyone) in poisonous and radioactive gasNightelfs - Extreme xenophobesDraenei - Nothing wrong thereOrcs - Poisoned by demons, only a couple out of free will. Orcs normally are an honorfull raceTaurens - Very honorfullTrolls - The trolls from the hoard are just nice peopleUndead - Undead, against their will, even better, they were bad guys that fought their way out of the evilnessBloodelfs - Yeah, ok, these ARE bad guys. I mean keeping a Naru captured to mana drain, lepper gnome sweatshops, etc. etc.Let's look at the score:Alliance 4 bad races - 1 goodHorde 4 good races - 1 badAnd you say Alliance are the bad guys...And you say Night Elves are Xenophobic ^^BTW, honorfull isn't a word, I think you mean honorable...
Rolled Alliance at first for looks, flat out prettier before BC.BC changed everything. Both new races were pretty. Stuck out Alliance main to raid because of the whole "don't wanna leave friends... and my gold/rep" thing, but secretly made my little draenei/BE alts to mess around with. But on my BE, I remember those first feelings of guilt killing allies, and feeling like a spy when I first stepped into Org, as if everyone was staring at me and would discover I was a traitorous switcher at any moment... and I LOVED it. It was so thrilling doing BGs, feeling bad for but yet growing to hate my main's faction with every PK. Guilty pleasure if you will. Also, as I did Horde quests I was able to see they weren't so bad after all and grew to love them. After being around them constantly for so long, I was able to get over the other races looks, and eventually tried out my own UD and taurens.So when my friends got tired of the game and quit 6ish months ago, I started seriously playing the Horde, and have chosen to main Horde in WotLK, since I've already seen quite a bit of the Alliance side of the fence. For anyone who is loyal to a faction, I suggest please just try the other side to max level, only then will you truly get the whole picture of what the game is about... what your faction is about.If you're worried about time, it only took me 3 months to level 80 with about 3-4 hours a day, and I'm freaking slow as hell so that should be nothing for most of you. If you're worried about money/rep, the grinds are even easier in this expansion due to massive dailies and rep tabards. Remember gold has no value until it is spent, so don't worry about the pile you'd be leaving behind... unless you really REALLY care about that stupid mount vendor in Dalaran, who should really just rot in hell. If you're worried about ugly, roll the pretty race until you get used to being around the others.. my main is UD now and I've grown to find him cute in his own little ways. Don't worry about friends.. real friends will still be there, raiders you can find anywhere. If it's about losing achievements... then may the gods have mercy on your soul.