I remember that I rather grudgingly agreed to try out this WoW thing. I did not expect that it would suck me in like it did — I guess that’s an experience a lot of people went through.
My first MMO I ever played was Guild Wars, basically because I got the boxes cheap and there were no additional costs involved. The monthly fees for playing WoW kept me away for a very long time. I dearly loved Guild Wars, too. Prior to GW the only time I had experiences multi-player gaming was back in the days when I dabbled a little with Diablo II — and it wasn’t an experience that hooked me. I thought it was rather stressful. Guild Wars on the other hand was much more relaxing. Don’t ask me why, maybe it was the people I met there.
The only thing that vexed me with Guild Wars was that all my real-life friends played WoW and wouldn’t come over to play GW with me. Instead they would keep badgering me to try out their game. For me this was a frustrating situation because I didn’t want to leave GW, I had already invested so much into this game: the boxes, the time, and met some very nice people. The most important deterrence, though, was that I wasn’t willing to fork over cash on a montly basis for a game I already had payed for. *harumph*
So, I was sitting in my corner, being stubborn, and my friends sat in that other corner and were stubborn, too. It didn’t look like we would be online gaming together anytime soon. And then my birthday rolled around.
The bastards had put their money together and bought me the WoW box, and gaming time cards for a full year. Honestly, with that type of friends, who needs enemies
So, I spent a big part of that day in August 2006 installing the game — all the while my friends who had come to my place secretly held their breaths that my computer would not simply show them the finger. It didn’t.
And then I had to choose what kind of character I wanted to play. I felt like being mischieveous, and decided to roll an alliance toon much to the horror of my friends who all had horde characters. My logic was that I had made the step to try out their game, so they could make the step to try out the other faction. To me it sounded only fair, and we would all be low-level characters and could level together. My first ever character was a Night Elf rogue on Arygos. She was awesome, tall, not a pushover, belonged to a race of kickass women.… wait, what did she just do? Was that a bounce? *facepalm* Thank you Blizzard. How could you?!
The first thing that really struck me was how colourful WoW was. To me it seemed as if the worldbuilders had been on serious crack. Finally entering gloomy Darkshore almost felt like a relieve to my eyes.
If I remember correctly I managed to level this first toon up to level 16 before realizing that I didn’t like playing a rogue (back then). The whole gather combo points to unleash them with a finisher thing was new to me and I didn’t like it very much. So I went and rolled a cute gnome warlock. Her name was Minmalkin and she was the first toon I managed to level to level-cap — it just took me almost two years. I never was and never will be a pro gamer.
Shortly after the launch of Burning Crusade one of my friends asked me if I wanted to join him and his guild on a roleplying server. They had just created an all Belf rp-guild. How could I resist? Belves and roleplaying!!! I was so much in love with that. And so Kheldaris was born, hunter, con-artist, cat-lover, omnisexual and a foodie.
I still go and play Guild Wars every now and then, at least in the gaming world, you can never really forget your first love.