1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?
My best real life friend had been playing off and on for about a year and trying to talk me into it. Another dear friend from college had briefly let me play on his account a bit before to try and get me hooked, and most of the rest of my real life friends all kept trying to get me into it. Finally I decided to actually give it a try. I'd liked Everquest after all.
2. What was the first ever character you rolled?
My friend SprYte had a spare copy of the original game floating around. So she handed me that to start with and then ordered me a copy of BC so I'd be able to play the blood elf paladin I knew would be my main. But while I waited for the BC box to arrive I rolled a male troll hunter named Zakuli to pass the time with. Zakuli is still on my account, safe from my periodic alt switching deletions, even if he never has made it past level 18. After all as soon as I got that BC box I rolled Seish and he's been my main ever since.
3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?
Two things. First of all, all of my friends were Horde. Second and just as important to me: Horde's the only faction with elf paladins. As time has progressed I've also come to absolutely love the trolls, tauren, and orcs. (Never have been able to get really attached to forsaken and goblins) Horde's my faction. I do love Night Elves, and there are times I play Alliance for a bit, but Horde will always be my faction.
4. What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?
That's a tough question to answer. There have been so many.
One of the most memorable was probably the night that my guild went to Molten Core with a group that was half 85s, and half 60s. Seish had barely reached 60 and got to go, and when we finished I felt like we'd done something really awesome, not realizing that the 85s had really done all the work. We all had a dance party in the core and I still have screenshots. There are a few others:
-A wipe on a guild run of heroic Stonecore when SprYte misplaced a living bomb and pulled Ozruk while we were still on the trash is memorable also. We both still laugh far too hard over the phrase 'Tab, living bomb.'
-Getting my Time Lost Proto Drake through the pure luck of following my instincts and making one last flyover before bed.
-My first time in the Well of Eternity Heroic in late Cataclysm, I'd gone in as a tank with a couple of friends and when I first saw that room full of demons that Illidan helps sneak you through I just stared and wondered how I could possibly tank that. (Can't begin to express how relieved I was that I didn't actually have to.)
5. What is your favourite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?
Playing with my friends. Whether we're doing Heroics or LFRs or Warbringers or attempting things we don't have a snowball's chance in heck of succeeding at, I love the feeling of doing things with people I care about and can laugh at the failures and cheer about the successes with. So I guess the fact that at any point an adventure can be a shared adventure, to me that's the best part.
6. Do you have an area in game that you always return to?
Several. Eversong Woods because even when I'm not rolling another blood elf alt I sometimes wander over just to hang out. Dalaran, because I just love it. Until Mists my hearth was set there on most of my characters.
7. How long have you /played and has that been continuous?
Seish has 72 days, 10 hours played. I am not even going to try figuring out which alts have what, though pretty sure Rim will have almost as much. I started playing in 2010 just before Cataclysm hit, and that's been continuous.
8. Admit it: do you read quest text or not?
The first time through I generally do, no matter what the quest is. On subsequent runs it depends on my mood and how much of a rush I'm in. If it's a zone I really like I'll generally read some of it no matter how many times I've done it.
9. Are there any regrets from your time in game?
A few. I wish I'd fully realized how awesome our guild full of friendly people was before most of them left. I doubt it would have changed anything but still, I wish I'd really known. I wish I'd known transmog was coming so I could save a few of the low level blood elf quest rewards for Seish to use.
10. What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside gaming? - See more at: http://www.alternative-blog.net/2014/08/10-years-10-questions-official-launch.html#sthash.s3DzFVlc.dpuf
It's been a good way to help myself cope with depression sometimes. I've probably wasted more time on WoW than I should, if I'm honest, but it's been a fun thing to do with the hubby from time to time and a fun thing to be able to talk with friends about. I've made several very good friends through WoW that I doubt I'd have gotten to know otherwise. Of course it does lead to me wondering when the release is going to be so I can try to plan real life stuff around that.