There are two early memories of World of Warcraft that have stayed with me for a long, long time. The first memory was the original announcement of the game back in 2001. As was the thing to do back in the day, I was at a friend's house eagerly awaiting Blizzard's big announcement. Warcraft III was still on the horizon, to be released in 2002. We were still high on the Ultima Online 2 announcement, sequel to our MMO of choice. Sadly, UO2 would never see the light of day, but a lot of the game's systems seemed to show up in Star Wars: Galaxies ... I never did get to the bottom of that.
Finally finding out about Blizzard's massively multiplayer aspirations hooked us instantly. There was no turning back. This was the game we were going to play. We had nothing to go on but Blizzard's track record, but we poured our hearts into the game from the first minute. It was a good memory.
My first real memory from the game itself was creating my very first character in May 2004. I was fortunate enough to get a beta invite and immediately downloaded the client and made my first character -- a human paladin. My Horde obsession did not begin until the release proper. Starting the game for the first time is one of my favorite memories. I had been watching streaming video of beta players and living vicariously through screenshots. Finally, I got to experience the game for myself, and Northshire Abbey was the first locale I ever saw, where Deputy Willem greeted me, ever eager to send me on my way.
What was your very first WoW memory? What was your first exposure to the game or its world? Sound off!