I think I'm going to play the devil's advocate here, since I have a history similiar to The Onyx'. I started out intending to go Alliance with friends but back in those days we were all very "twitchy" about what we wanted to play - and no wonder, since most of us either had no or only a few days played in the vanilla beta. I did end up playing horde as my "final first main", and was exclusively Horde without any alliance alts beyond level 20 or so until about a year and a half back.I created a second account on the server I played my horde chars, after realising that I quite liked Alliance and what had been holding me back from making proper Alliance alts was that I couldn't bear the thought of playing anywhere else. Knowing a lot of Alliance people through irc / vent, etc sure helped the decision too. The Alliance paladin in my signature is my main these days, but I did play Silverblood to 80 and the Horde paladin to 77 during beta, so I've seen that side too.I'm almost exclusively talking about environments and visuals, for the record.
I joined Horde for one reason...I wanted to be a troll with tusks coming out of my face.I like the odd races in games. Humans? Elves? Dwarves? Too generic.I like the mean orcs, the lanky tusk faced trolls, the minotaur Tauren.Although, I'm pretty sure that my side has the majority of the annoying people. But I've met the good ones in my faction. And honestly, I've met the good ones on the other side... That I got to come to mine... I call that a win, yea'?But I'm effing Horde. For the Horde!
I've played horde since the start because, yes, my friends who got me into WoW were all horde. I stay there because I think there's a huge rich story line for each of the races on that side, especially the Forsaken and the Orcs. In a previous blog post it was pointed out that the Alliance side tends to be more of a story setup you make re-imagine yourself, while the Horde story setups are more thoroughly detailed and built out, and I can see how that could be a downer, but I actually like it. I am really getting into the amount of lore and history Blizzard has put into the whole world, and all the details.Now, I play horde and love that side, but me and my wife have jumped the fence and rolled a few Alliance toons to see how that worked out. Biggest thing we liked over there, the look of her female Dranei hunter Seriously though, the details they put into SW, and IF, are incredible, and very apparent. More so I think than the details around Org and UC. But that only spurred me to look into the Horde city nooks and crannys more!... oh, and we did this during Hallow's End this year, so I really will misse my Gnome Rouge with poisoned blades and black tabard running through Darkshore's woods with a fiery pumpkin for a head ... total horror movie goodness there! And whats this about not being able to use boats and zeps? We ride the Alliance boats all the time! Best part is just after you leave the dock, you and 9 friends run out from the hold below and either hack everyone up (then repeat after the load screen), or watch them all jump into the water in panic, and have to wait for another boat ... HAHAHAHA ... *wipes eyes* ... gets me every time. hehe.While a tram between Org and TB would be nice, I don't see the travel time being any shorter, and I prefer the scenic flights anyway. Great time to make a hot pocket or check email.But here's a good question... is the sungrass greener on a PvE server vs. a PvP server?When we rolled alliance toons, we did so on a PvE server, as we're normally PvP. All we could say after lvl 20 was "wow, cheater mode, seriously." We were constantly expecting high level hordies to run out of the woods in Elwynn and hack us to bits, as on our server ... well, we would do that. But nothing, and only the ocassional Tauren riding by waving. When we did jump into contested areas and catch a glimpse of mounted Horde headed our way ... turns out most players on a PvE, from our experience anyway, don't understand PvP play. Reversing an attempted gank, but someone 6+ lvls over us, became a routine excercise.So, I can see how it'd be nice to enjoy content on a PvE server, and not have to deal with Stranglethorn and Tarren Mill / Southshore... but man it just seemed so much more like a linear game with little surprise.
I play for the Alliance. I've rolled a couple of Horde toons, but they've never lasted very long for a number of reasons:A. I've already got alts of all the classes I want to play. The last thing I want to do is go through the levelling ANOTHER character of the same class. B: I like the Alliance areas more. I like the order of Stormwind, the peace of Ellwyn (when outside of Pornshire, anyway), the claustrophobic Ironforge, the seclusion of Teldrassil, and the haunting beauty of Darkshore and Duskwood (still my two favorite zones in the game). I've rolled one of every Horde race, and to me, none of the starter/beginning areas can hold a candle to what the Alliance has. All the Horde has is desert after wasteland after barren plains after wasteland. C: Since there's a 10char max per server, and I'm a confirmed altaholic in a GREAT guild, character space is limited. Each race spends the first 20-30 levels in their own zones, doing their own unique things, and one day I might roll a Horde character to see all of that, but after you hit that 30-mark, you're doing the same quests as characters of the other faction in all the same zones. I've run through the Plaguelands more times than I'd care to count...the last thing I wanna do is do with with ANOTHER character who's going to end up being cut off from the little financial empire I've got going amongst all my alts as well as the great social aspect of my guild. Maybe if there was some potential for cross-faction communication in the endgame (since the Horde and Alliance ARE technically teaming up to tackle the Legion and Arthas and all...), I'd be more willing to go through with it.
Been on both sides of the fence. I tend to just follow my RL friends on whatever server they do so we stared with Horde then went Alliance. I think both have good sides (people are the same on both sides at least from my experience) ultimately I wish I could be Horde again and may make a DK Alt on another server when the patch comes out just to make a Orc DK....or Tauren.I really want to experience the Horde side of Northrend
I'm sorry, but I hate the look of the Alliance races. I have a Human Female DK on my old PvE server (where I have my first character at 70 and I no longer play him), but I have yet to want to play her. I'm too busy playing a toon I want to.So I haven't played Alliance much. I look at gnomes and don't want to play them. I had a group of friends and myself who used to attempt to raid Hordeside and then we rerolled to Alliance and I left to be Horde on yet another server. I'll hopefully get to playing her after my pally and DK are 80 and I'm bored again. I will say one thing for Alliance: Ironforge is gorgeous. The rest can eat it.
Personally, I started out as a Hordie. I did eventually later try out the Alliance side and even later down that line came to the conclusion that I prefer the Horde to a extent. When I was playing Horde I was just casually levelling alts, nothing too serious. But being as big nerd as I am the second I found out Role-Playing servers existed I was addicted. I'd like to add to that note that not ALL Alliance players are dim-witted children who couldn't have an intellectual discussion if they were possesed by Einsteins god-damned ghost. But the majority of them do tend to flock towards the Alliance and thus brand the faction in general with a bad name. I have met very nice people in the Horde and Alliance both.To sum up what I'm trying to say between the inconsistent rambling, I prefer Horder vastly for casual playing but for Role-Play I must agree on Malagaynes note that it allows you a much higher level of freedom by playing Alliance.
horde has better races.alliance has better towns.you can make it wordier if you want or add in more things of little importance. but for me it has always been like that. so horde for me, because when i fight, i dont do so in towns.
the original necro post saying NECROED was deleted =(