WoW n00b bL0gg3R

wow, best subject line ever.

Should I blog about WoW too? I still don’t understand how can it be that I’ve played on and off for 1 year, but my main is still at Level 30 (well, 32 as of last night, and Cloudhoof, my Tauren Warrior, is hawt!), while my Alt is still at Level 16 (I love Undead! Victory to Sylvanas!).  To all the WoW elites out there, I’m still the n00biest of the n00bs.

My main reason about blogging WoW, if I do start, would be because, I don’t understand what’s going on. Oh I know what vanilla, BC, WotLK, and Cata mean. I know how to get around and kill monsters. But when it comes to professions, talents, glyphs, PvP, battlegrounds, dungeons, instances, Horde vs Alliance, WoWspeak (LFG mage +320 DPS blah blah blah) and spammers (will farm gold, 30000gold for US$5.00!!), I’m confused, information over-load.  Don’t get me wrong, hey, I’ve gamed quite a bit in my life, and I’m not talking The Sims either. My last and favouritest RPG remains as Diablo 2, which on hindsight, is a LOT easier.

But with WoW. I took a long time coming to WoW. I had my doubts, as many did, about paying that monthly fee to play. In fact I scoffed at it (D2 is free-to-play, wth!).  Finally in 2008, for some reason that I don’t remember, I signed up for a trial W0W account (free! for 10 days), downloaded what was needed, signed in, and *boom* I got stuck.  There’s something about RPGs, or MMORPGs in this case, the creation of your character (aka your toon, one of many words WoW players use that I loathe), – from race and class, to skin colour and facial hair -, that you get to run around waving a sword or a staff in cool armour (well, for higher level chars anyway), that you get to visit towns, villages, cities etc.  The world of any RPG (in my case, it must be medieval or the LOTR equivalent) just satisfies something in me.

So finally I persuaded some friends to buy me the WoW Battlechest (that one there, on the left) for my birthday, and went into a frenzy of paying, downloading, installing and creating.  Then 3 months later and US$50 poorer, I wondered…I play less than 4 hours a week, what I am doing, paying Blizzard US$15 a month (equiv to almost S$20 or 6 bowls of fishball kuay teow) when it costs me US$1 every hour.  So I did it, I quit. Uninstalled everything and got on with my real life, congratulating myself on not having spent even more money on WotLK.

Only to sign up for another trial account in mid-2010, playing the 10day trial, and then deciding to rejuvenate my old account and characters. Why? I think it was a mix of reading too much about Diablo 3 (so when are you coming anyway) so missing the RPG genre, coupled with too much free time at work (so I could research…WoW Newbie Guide, anyone), and getting sick of Guild Wars (which I picked up late again when GW2 was about to be announced) because everything was instanced, and therefore creepy because you were alone in the world except for the monsters and a couple of NPCs.

Why am I writing this? Because, while playing WoW, one does research online, and one comes across information and blogs that match oneself, and gets inspired (not only to play, but to blog as well) by Sorority Girl Plays WoW, not because one is a sorority girl, but just of the female persuasion, and WoW Alone, because the reasons why I play alone will come in another blog post.

So here I am, at the tail-end of a 6-month subscription, wondering if I should just pay cold hard cash for digital copies of WotLK and Cata, and of course, a year subscription up-front.

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