When did you start playing WoW? What was your first character? Zach
: My wife and I started playing in April of 2005. It would have been sooner, but the game didn't have a Philippine distributor at the time, so we ended up sourcing it from friends in the United States. My very first character was an undead rogue. A really, really, really awful one who used white daggers up until level 22 and who wanted the fastest main hand weapon because "it hits faster."Matt
: I started playing about a month after WoW
launched. My wife (who was not my wife at the time) introduced me to the game, and I rolled a paladin because I usually played paladins, fighters or rangers in D&D
and I didn't like the WoW hunter, since there was no option for a melee version. I enjoyed the paladin (I thought at the time warriors were Horde-exclusive, for some reason), but when I ran The Deadmines the first time, I found I was expected to heal the group. I knew nothing about healing and did very poorly at it.
As soon as that horrible experience was over, I found out warriors weren't Horde-exclusive. So I rolled one, and (race change) he's still the one I play today. Mike
: I started playing in vanilla's open beta, where I was a human rogue. I was dismayed that I couldn't give her a surname. Alex
: I started playing WoW
during its open beta phase. Some friends and I cycled through all of the races checking out the newbie zones. I think my first character was technically a night elf, but I don't even remember its class or gender. My first real character was Sirchonae, undead rogue and fanatic servant to the Dark Lady. I probably would still be playing that character to this day if most of my friends hadn't decided to switch to Alliance full time.
I then played a human priest named Fellina on Cenarion Circle for over four years. I was holy in vanilla WoW
, shadow in The Burning Crusade
, then I fell out of love with the class completely in Wrath of the Lich King
and changed mains to my favorite alt, my paladin, at the beginning of tier 9 content. Fox
: I first started playing World of Warcraft right around when Wrath of the Lich King came out. My boyfriend started playing to kill time between college classes and to try and have something in common with my Warcraft
-playing roommate DJ. Not too long after, I lost my job, and World of Warcraft became a great way to fill all that extra spare time I had on my hands all of a sudden.
My first toon was Foxen, a fury warrior. It was a good way to get into the game, but I was largely unsatisfied with the World of Warcraft experience until I rolled my priest.
Lisa: I started WoW with the rest of my guild in beta, and I've played a priest all the way through. We short-manned our way through raiding content, improvising our own tactics. I thrive on keeping the team alive long enough to beat encounters despite empty raid slots and without the "right" classes, abilities and equipment. Once the expansions began offering raiding content that was actually designed for smaller group sizes, though, and class design became more homogenized and interchangeable, the challenge held a little less luster for me. I've drifted away from raiding. What about other games? What's your gaming background like?
Zach: World of Warcraft is actually my first MMORPG. I've been a Blizzard fan since StarCraft
, so mostly my experience was in RTS. I'm not a huge video game fan, to be honest, but I love Blizzard games to death. While I don't play too many video games, I do enjoy CCGs and RPGs immensely, as well as various board games. In a perfect world, I'd be playing tabletop miniatures, too, such as the truly awesome Warmachine
by Privateer Press. Alas, in the real world, my resources are better spent on diapers.Matt
: I've played a lot of tabletop pen and paper RPGs. I started playing D&D
back when the basic set was all we could get our hands on, and have played it through AD&D
, the expert set for D&D, the eventual 3rd edition, and I am currently mucking about with the Pathfinder revision of the 3rd edition rules and the 4th edition set. (I even got a few modules published for games like In Nomine
). On the computer, I played Fallout/Fallout 2
, Planescape: Torment
, Baldur's Gate
, Icewind Dale
, and then slid over to the Xbox for SW:Kotor
and Kotor 2
: I don't have a huge background in MMOs, but I grew up playing NES, Genesis and PC games. As a kid, I spent my recesses and lunch breaks drawing new characters and designing new games. I've always wanted to get into the game industry, and I guess I've succeeded in roundabout ways. Alex
: I've been gaming since I was born. I can't remember a time when I didn't have a console in my house. I lived alone with my mom and we didn't have a lot of money, but video games was the one area where she really went out of her way to spoil me. My childhood was full of Sonic
, Super Mario
, Street Fighter
, all of that sort of thing. I graduated to PC gaming when my grandparents bought me my first computer when I was 14. I think StarCraft was the very first PC game I ever bought with my own money.
I didn't get into MMOs until much later. My first MMO was Priston Tale
, a small Korean title that I didn't even know was an MMO. I had no idea what an MMO was. I've played many, many more MMORPGs since then, but WoW is the only one that's held my attention for more than two months. Thanks to WoW, I probably try every major MMO release for at least a little while.Fox
: World of Warcraft is actually my first real MMORPG. I'm a hardcore 8-bit gamer. I got started with video games pretty early, and I never outgrew them. Honestly, though, I have an awful hard time getting into recent RPGs like Final Fantasy XII
when there are so many amazing old-school games out there like Fantasy Zone 2
, Mega Man 2
, Phantasy Star
and Chrono Trigger
: Despite my abiding adoration for Mario, console games aren't much of a draw for me. I don't want to "finish" a game. MMOs are my love -- the entire game world, time-consuming content, rubbing elbows with other people. I've played MMOs since original, opening-era EverQuest