Hail and Howdy All,
It’s day 3 of the blogging challenge for me. I couldn’t have picked a more crazier time to try this with work and RL, but it’s fun to sit and type out my thoughts. This really is a challenge for me because I’m just not that creative. So here we go!
Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog
Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
Day 04 – Your best WoW memory
Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game
Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)
Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name
Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you
Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites
Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws
Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time
Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire
Day 14 – This upsets you
Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it
Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)
Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)
Day 18 – Your favourite outfit
Day 19 – In your bags/bank
Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do?
Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
The World of Warcraft had been out just a few months when I finally got around to picking up a copy. A friend told me about WoW and from his description it sounded almost too good to be true for a video game. I had never ventured into Everquest and so I really had no comparisons on which to judge. Having played numerous games over the years that ranged of course from Pong, to text adventures to even single players campaign games like Baldur’s Gate and others.
I remember returning home and loading it up and when the opening trailer played I was dumbfounded. Following along the lines of millions of other players, I rolled the standard Night Elf hunter on my first day :) Wandering my way around in Shadow Glen on the NE side of Teldrassil taking down local wildlife such as boars, grells, and black panthers. Of course there were activity quests. They were the same old tried and true quests of take this here, and drop it off there such as picking wild flowers in the nearby lake for medicine and heading to a local spiritual well for a water sample to be blessed.
By the time my character was ready to leave the confines of the much protected Shadow Glen area, I was struck by the splendor and beauty of being enthralled in the world that was soon to become my second home. I was so new and so clueless and in so many ways I still am. I was just more-so way back then. There I was a level 3 Nelf Hunter without a pet and only a dagger and some tattered rags for clothes and protection against the raging wilds of the looming forest in front of me. Even when I finally accepted my quest to deliver some packages to Dolanaar I was more than happy to take it. In fact, I loved it.
Encounters on the road
On my harried journey towards Dolanaar, I remember fighting owls and large green hairy spiders. I hated having to take the birds down because seeing owls as big as me was inspiring. The spiders attacked me first and even chased me as I ran, so IMHO those little bastadges had it coming to ‘em! For the life of me, I can’t remember the name of the grell/demon along the side the road to Dolanaar from Shadow Glen. I’m going to have to look it up. I’m not sure if it’s still there or not, but the little red forest demon asks you to help him by collecting some nuts to free him. That quest sticks out in my mind because it was the first time when I realized my actions and decisions in the game may directly affect the outcomes. Ugh, what had I done by helping him? Noooooo! I remember giving myself a solemn vow under that big tree where the forest demon and I met, that I would find him and smite him for my honor!
Still trying to comprehend what I had just unleashed upon this new world, I heard a little “tink” noise from my headset. Since I was unguilded, my chat log didn’t show very much. However, after hearing the sound cue I noticed the pink words in the lower left side of my screen. It was another player requesting my help. Before I could respond back (because I didn’t know how to respond to a whisper yet) I got invited to a party with a flourish of sound and a fancy box popped up in front of me on the screen asking me to accept. I had no idea what I was doing, but I accepted anyway. This player learned rather quickly that I was clueless. So they taught me how to talk in /partychat and in /whispers.
After learning that I had only been playing a few hours they asked me if I wanted to see something cool and try something fun. Thinking I was making a new friend who could help guide me in this strange new world I told them without hesitation, “Heck yeah!” So my new friend and I, set out on an adventure and headed due east prepared to help one another in even the most dire of circumstances. We headed straight into the dangerous Furblog controlled area known as Star Breeze Village. After what seemed like one glorious battle after the next, taking on melee fighters and magic casting opponents we finally found ourselves on the eastern most edge of the forest teetering at the edges of a very high cliff. It was so steep in fact, that I couldn’t see the bottom. My new found friend typed in party chat, “Come on…we can jump!”
Jumping in feet forward with everything you got
I did my best to inspect the area, but the foliage of the large trees of that foreign forest hid from my view anything that might be below, or anything that might be beyond them. “Are you sure?” I remember asking. I sat and watched their response to appear in purple-ish blue letters across the bottom of my screen. “I do this all the time…we’ll land in the water. C’mon it’s fun.” A furblog patrol appeared close by and I was instructed by my new mentor that we should take them out to clear some room for running to jump off the cliff. The furblogs fought hard but in the end we got the better of them and managed to pickup some leather scraps and a few copper. I was so new to the game that even those items seemed like a small bounty and priceless treasure. I checked my map and he was right, there was water below where we stood.
“Stand here”, my new friend suggested, “and when I say go we both run to the edge and make sure to hit your space bar right at the edge. You have to time your jump right to make this work good.” I was still iffy on the whole idea and he must have sensed that I might not go through with it. Quickly, more words appeared in the chat window, “Do you know how to jump? Hit space. Let me see ya jump”, they said. So I jumped in the air after thumbing the spacebar. “Yeah, you’ll be good…you got this” they added to encourage me on my ability to quickly master the game’s mechanics.
You can imagine what happened next. He counted to three and we both ran to the edge. He stopped instantly, while I on the other hand, timed my jump right at the edge perfectly. For the first few seconds, I thought this is so cool! Scenery swirled past me so fast it seemed like a blurr. I even remember that I kept waiting and waiting to hit the water which should have happened rather quickly, but it didn’t. After about 15 seconds, I died and reappeared as a wisp at the nearest spirit healer. Then in capitol letters I looked at my chat log to see the words, “You are an idiot and you are so stupid” flash across my screen as suddenly my new “friend” dropped me from group.
I learned a few things rather quickly from that jump:
- Night Elf’s can’t fly
- It takes a long time to swim from one side of Teldrassil to the other
- Choose your friends wisely
- If your friends want you to jump off a cliff, let them go first
- It’s now how you fall, but it’s getting back up (or swimming to safety) that matters
- No matter where you are, try to enjoy the view
With endings there’s always a new beginning
I could go on and on about my first day of adventuring in WoW. You can imagine and probably empathize too. It was all so new, so incredible and I explored everything and anything I could see. Once I managed to swim back to the landing area of the docks at the base of the great tree, I still somehow found my way back to the city, and even made back to Dolanaar where my supplies needed to be delivered. They were about five days late since I stopped to look at everything in the great city of Teldrassil, but they got there just the same.
Looking back now, I understand that even though the quest that started me on my way out of the confines of my humble home in Shadow Glen might have ended, my greater journey into my new journey in Azeroth was just beginning. What was just around the next bend in the road? What was to be in store for me on my travels? I didn’t know, but I couldn’t wait.