Posts Tagged ‘WoW’

9 Years of WoW

Monday, November 18th, 2013

In honor of World of Warcraft’s 9th Anniversary today I thought I’d write a little post about how WoW has changed for me over the years. As I believe I have mentioned here before, I started playing WoW just shortly after it’s release in 2004. My boyfriend at the time sat me down at his computer and told me to make a character on his account, claiming this shiny new game was just like Dungeons and Dragons, but ONLINE! Needless to say, from the moment my little human warrior’s feet hit the ground in Northshire, I was hooked. I then took over my old boyfriend’s account and still have that first level 12 warrior who shared a name with my D&D character. Since then WoW has been a big part of my life, sometimes a bit too big.

Years 1 to 3

When I first started playing my whole focus was interacting with other players. I was just so mesmerized by the fact that all those little characters running around were actual people and I wanted to befriend all of them. I started up my guild when I reached level 30, which was what I felt a good level to be able to really help people out. The guild was The Pink Fluffy Kittens and people still tell me that their time in that guild was some of the most fun they’d had in WoW. I’d help people level and run dungeons and make them gear, but the main focus of PFK was just fun. I’d organize trivia competitions, gnome battles, scavenger hunts, just any kind of fun event that everyone could be part of. We even had weekly guild meetings in a bar in Stormwind, thought it has since been destroyed by Deathwing. The guild got to be a good size, around 300 players in it’s prime, but when Burning Crusade hit, my focus changed and the guild inevitably died off. It’s still there now, but I use it and it’s bank as junk drawer more than anything else.

Years 3 to 5

In Burning Crusade I started playing Blood Elves a fair bit. I made the Evil Fluffy Kittens as a Horde guild to attempt to keep us all connected, but it didn’t really work. I also got interested in doing more dungeons and end game content and joined a guild that was a bit less casual than PFK. It was kind of incestuous though. The players were older and quite a few had actually met up IRL and had relations, a MMORPG thing I’d been totally oblivious to! I got really involved in the “drama” of the guild when I started actually speaking to them on team speak, making WoW more like a playable soap opera than a video game. It was really entertaining for a while but of course with all the drama, that guild completely imploded. When it all fell apart I started to get into raiding.

I joined a raiding guild close to the end of BC that was more or less drama free. It wasn’t a hardcore raiding guild, but we all did our best and progressed through the early BC raids, Kara being my favorite. I really liked working on fights and mechanics, figuring things out and overcoming obstacles as a group. I didn’t like having to play on a schedule though and I believe that is what eventually drove me away from raiding, that and the release of Wrath anyway.

Years 5 to 7

When Wrath hit and all the gear I’d accumulated while raiding for hours and hours became totally obsolete, I changed my focus entirely to leveling. I re-joined PFK on all my alts and just started leveling everything! By the end of Wrath I had an 80 of every class and two 80 priests and paladins. I’d always liked having lots of alts, but that was the first time I got them all to max level. I got into PvP then because I had such a good understanding of how all the different classes worked. It definitely gave me an edge and for a while I really enjoyed it. By the end of Wrath however my interest in WoW was starting to wain. I was playing more xbox 360 games than WoW, basically just because I didn’t really want to raid, but had done everything else I could think of!

Years 7 to 8

When Cataclysm hit I was determined to get a realm first, level fast and blog my face off about it. I missed my realm first for fishing by 3 minutes and leveled my first couple of characters very fast, but then my interested faded. I tried starting up a new leveling guild that would eventually raid called Luck, but it never really got off the ground. I’d maxed my archaeology, was making really good gold in the AH, was kind of sick of leveling and there was this new game, Rift. I didn’t want anything to do with other players in WoW anymore, any social interactions basically made me lose faith in the human race. Players were mean and greedy and would take you for everything they could. I joined a guild with my little brother and while they were nice to me, anyone not from their guild they were horrible to, just for their own entertainment. I cancelled my WoW subscription and started spending my time in Telara with all my pretty characters and their armor customizations. Then I stopped gaming entirely for about a year, lost 110 lbs, went through some very hard times and did a lot of growing up.

Year 9

I got Pandaria 2 months to the day after it’s release. It was the first time I hadn’t gone and stood in the midnight line up for an expansion. I played to level 90 on my main character and then un-subbed a couple months later. I didn’t come back until September of this year. I’m still very anti-social in game. I avoid interacting with players almost at any cost. I don’t even do dungeons. Now I basically spend my time leveling characters, trying to get back into making gold and farming old content. I spend 99% of my time in game alone and I’m not sure that will ever change. I’ve just had too many bad experiences with nasty players. Even my guild, Luck, I’m leveling completely on my own. I have a few RL friends who play, but they started on another server when they joined the game. I’ve started over on new servers so many times that I just can’t play over there without feeling like it’s a waste of time. My home is Terenas, where it has always been, unless the merge it with something else anyway.

I just found it interesting looking back over the last 9 years at how much my WoW playing has changed. When I started all I wanted was to interact with players and now I do everything I can to avoid ever interacting with anyone. I’m enjoying playing right now, but I am aware that unless I get into end game content, or they release another content patch, I’ll likely lose interest in playing again before Warlords of Draenor gets here. I will be back for WoD though, because that sounds way too awesome to miss!

Anyway, Happy Anniversary WoW! (Even though I’m disappointing that you didn’t send me a pet!)

Wow… I’m Kinda Done With WoW…

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

I have started to wonder if it’s really possible to play WoW casually. I don’t mean casually as in not raiding, I mean as in logging on maybe 3 times a week only for an hour or so. I don’t know what happened, but I just haven’t been able to get myself back into it this time and I don’t believe I’ll be renewing my subscription when it ends later this month. It just all feels so old, or maybe I’m just starting to feel old, and can’t really find the time needed to invest in WoW for it to feel fun for me. I won’t be returning to Rift right away either. Though I did find it a lot of fun, it’s the same sort of game, and really I just don’t have the desire to spend as much time on an MMO as I once did. My experimental week of not using any computer or tv maybe has a bit to do with MMOs losing their luster for me, time went by so slowly without a character to level or some item to farm, which was a bit boring at first, but it was nice having that much time to work on other things once I got used to it. I still enjoy throwing a game in the 360 now and then, or maybe spending a couple hours building a Sim mansion, but it seems a game like WoW just isn’t in the cards for me right now. The money to keep it active just isn’t worth the amount of time I’d actually play. So that leaves me wondering what to do with Miss Mediocre here.

I’ve never claimed that this was a WoW only blog, I had my little Rift vacation and occasionally some Sims slip in, but my posts have definitely been pretty MMO focused and always gaming related. I’m not throwing in the gaming towel completely or anything, but I really don’t play anything much right now, which leaves me wondering what I should post about? I could keep posting kind of rarely, just sporadically when I have something to say about some game I tried, or I could start posting about other stuff I’m doing more often. I’m leaving on vacation in a few days, so I’ll wait to make my decision until after I get back, since there’s no internet, computers or even a tv where I’m going, so I won’t have any way to post regardless! I’m interested in what you all think though? Would you rather hear about my non-gaming related stuff, or should I only post about games? My topics could be like my Whatever Wednesday posts, but every day of the week, lol.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!
Thanks for reading!
Miss Mediocre <3

Sup Azeroth? I’m Back!

Friday, June 24th, 2011

<a href=”https://missmediocre.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/WoW.jpg”>Don’t worry, Rift still rocks, I’ve viagra been craving some good old WoW lately, so I re-subbed to it and canceled dear Rift, just for a month or so!

I didn’t have any difficulty getting back into WoW, I guess after so many years of quitting and re-subbing, it’s just like riding a bicycle! I haven’t gotten back into the Auction House scene yet, now that I’ve been out of the markets so long it seems a bit intimidating to jump back in! I’ll have to do some gold blog/podcast research to find out what’s up these pre-firelands days. I have been using the Auction House to keep my eye on a Vial of the Sands, which I managed to not purchase before heading over to Rift 4ish months ago, but now that I am back in Azeroth and the price has dropped 6k or so on my server, I am once again itching to be a dragon, lol.

Other than fighting off my impulse buys, I have been working on leveling a horde hunter. I hadn’t gotten any of my horde characters to 85 before quitting and figured I’d check out the new quests from 1 to 60 horde side since I haven’t yet. Plus I have a J!NX Horde shirt now, and it feel wrong wearing it since I’ve played almost only Alliance since the Cataclysm, lol. I am really enjoying all of the new quests! Azshara was an absolute blast (kind of literally) to play through and I have been trying to actually read all the quest text and finish every zone, whether or not I am getting xp by the end of it.

I also joined a guild that’s just starting out, though I was recruited through the old fashion send-a-tell-to-every-guildless-player-you-see way, none of this fancy Guild Finder mumbo-jumbo! I was actually a bit disappointed with the new Guild Finder when I checked it out. I was hoping I could say click the specs for the kind of guild I was looking for, write a little about me blurb, and then be recruited by a guild. I guess maybe it makes more sense that it works the other way around, but there were just so many guilds to chose from once I input what I was looking for that I eventually just gave up and ran around guildless until level 15 or  so. I guess if a guild was looking for members and had to read through hundreds of player’s about me blurbs, that would maybe be worse though, lol. I just know it really didn’t help me at all. The guild I am in seems decent though, some people actually talk in guild chat and at times even to me, so it’s already better than most WoW guilds I’ve been in lately, lol.

I’ll try to keep up with my posting now that I am gaming fairly regularly again! I’m working on a little side project with someone which may lead to more posting as well, just possibly elsewhere . . . >.~

Big Thanks to Those Of You Still Reading!
Miss Mediocre <3

PS : I just noticed in my post before last, my Rift character is riding a very similar bi-noggined tortoise creature, lol.

Rift-a-Rific

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Hi Readers!

I am still Rifting away, though admittedly much less frequently than in the beginning. Don’t get me wrong, I am still enjoying Rift, I’ve just been busy with a new job (yaay real life, lol). I know a lot of people seem to be coming to the end of their vacation time in Telara and are returning home to the comfortable awaiting arms of old Azeroth, but not this gamer! (Not yet anyway) Sure, I’ve been thinking about WoW, I still listen to a couple of WoW podcasts, so I have a pretty good idea as to the goings-on in Azeroth these days, but any time I have an inkling of an urge to reactivate my account,  I think about how frustratingly boring my last few months after the Cataclysm were, and how lonely it was, and all urges pass. I think it’s just easier to be a solo(ish) Rifter than WoWer.

Plus Rift is new, there are hills yet to climb and dungeons yet to explore, but in WoW I’ve done it all; I’ve been to every part of the world (more than once), I’ve been part of a 40 man raid, I’ve earned achievements that took a whole year to complete, I’ve made more gold than I ever thought possible for me, I’ve run a guild, planned events, led raids, made lasting friendships, made enemies, leveled and leveled and leveled some more. A little while before I deactivated my account I added up all of my “/played” time and it was over 300 days across all of my characters! That’s basically a whole year of my life that I spent entirely in Azeroth. Kind of crazy considering it’s a video game and all! Rift is just more long-time-gamer-who-is-now-casual friendly! It’s complex and holds my attention, but if I don’t log on for three days in a row, it’s no big deal! I don’t have anyone to answer to, I’m not kicking myself for missing important rep dailies or letting my auctions go unattended, it just doesn’t matter as much as it did in WoW.

I think that possibly has more to do with me than the two games. I was pretty addicted to WoW for a long time, and I’m not addicted or attached to Rift in the same way. I enjoy it and it’s fun, but if they were to pull the plug on Rift tomorrow, it wouldn’t be a huge issue for me. WoW on the other hand, even though I’m not playing it anymore, if I found out all my characters were gone, or that they were shutting down the servers for good, I’d be heartbroken and probably cry! It’s kind of weird to have an attachment like that to a virtual world, but I have spent six years there, lol. I don’t have anything against WoW and I kind of envy those of you who still have fun playing it. I just feel like there’s nothing left for me there.

I was discussing the difference between our first WoW characters and first Rift characters with my boyfriend and he commented that although it’d been fun getting to level 50 in Rift, it hadn’t compared to those first 60 levels in WoW. I really don’t think it’s a fair comparison though. Sure it’s the journey to level cap in two very similar MMORPGs, but WoW was the first MMO we’d ever stepped foot into. I don’t think any game could ever truly compare to that experience! In the first few days of WoW I was in awe that all those characters we were running past while playing were actually other real people, but I was already long accustom to such things by the time I tried Rift.

I don’t really know where I was going with this, I’d started it a couple weeks ago intending it to be a “Rift Is Still Fun” post, explaining my experience with the River of Souls event and that I wasn’t upset at all by how it all happened (likely because I was one of the lucky few who made it online and got all of the achievements the way they were intended) but that’s pretty old news now! I’ll just leave you with what I have here, hopfully the few of you checking back enjoy hearing from me, even if it is a bit scattered and spontaneous! I am still here (just busy) and I am still reading all of your comments and e-mails (and will respond as soon as I have the proper time to do so)!

<3 Miss Mediocre

New Hardware Makes Rift So Pretty! WoW Not So Much…

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Hello Readers,

I was very lucky and got some new ram and a new video card for my aging PC! I hadn’t been too concerned with it’s performance until I started playing Rift, which lagged pretty hard even on the lowest video settings. My computer was pretty cheap when I got it though, and that was a few years ago, so it wasn’t a big deal to drop a bit more money on it now for such a sizable upgrade! I can now play Rift on the “Ultra” setting which just looks amazing, and it runs great! I thought I’d log back onto World of Warcraft to see how things looked in Azeroth with my sweet new graphics, since I had been running it on a pretty low video setting as well. I was sad that I could barely see the difference.

A big part of getting into a game for me, is how well I can get into whatever character I’m playing. I spend a very long time picking the perfect name, hairstyles, features, etc, even when there aren’t many options to choose from (as with WoW). If I rush the process, or settle with a name I don’t love, I usually end up deleting the character. What ended up happening in WoW, since there are so few features that don’t just look ridiculous (at least for the females of Azeroth and especially for the Night Elves who basically have two pretty faces to chose from) is that all my characters ended up either looking the same, or they didn’t look how I wanted since I was trying to make them look different than the rest of my characters and there wasn’t a halfway point between what I already had, and hideous.

Rift on the other hand is a character creator’s dream. I have spent hours so far making and re-making characters, and they are all unique but also look how I want! There aren’t any more hairstyles than WoW races have, but the difference is that they all look good! Sure as a Human female in Azeroth you have 24 styles to choose from when you visit the barber shop, but over half of those look awful and only one or two actually look good! I realize WoW is an old game, and of course it won’t look as good as something that was just released, but even if Blizzard would add hairstyles that actually looked good and fit on your character’s head it would be a start. Or let people change the color of their armor and weapons so that everyone isn’t always running around looking the same.

I didn’t actually intend for this to be a post, I just wanted to share this picture of my WoW main beside my Rift main so that you can see just why Rift has me so hooked and why Rift is quickly pushing WoW out of my daily gaming schedule, lol.

Dear RIFT, Where Have You Been All MyLife <3

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

I am still alive! Though I’m not sure I can say the same for my WoW subscription…

I had never even heard of RIFT until I noticed people mentioning it on Twitter. I had no intention of playing another monthly subscription MMO, and figured I’d just give it a try once they came out with a free trial, just so I could  see what all the fuss was about. Circumstances dropped a “free trial” right in my lap only a couple days after release (thanks to access to a friend’s account)

My Warrior

and after about an hour, I was fishing out my credit card for my very own copy. I went into RIFT wanting to hate it. WoW has been a big part of my life over the last 5 years and I felt like RIFT was just the shiny new toy in the sandbox that everyone fights over. I was determined to remain loyal to my dear WoW, so I was on the lookout for RIFT fails from the moment of my Ascension. That was days ago, and I still haven’t found any noteworthy disappointments.

For those of you who are as in the dark about RIFT as I was before jumping into Telara last week, it is basically WoW, only with lots of little things that I always wished Blizzard would implement but never did. Like what you ask? I prepared a list…

My Mathosian Rogue

-ARMOR DYE! PINK armor dye! (Well, light purple, but it looks pink)
-Great looking characters
-Awesome character customization
-Instant Auction House mail
-Sweet looking armor/weapons early on
-There’s so much going on all the time with RIFTS and Invasions
-Amazing class builds
-Public Groups (no more having to wait to invite someone to group while they decline and steal your quest mob!)
-You can “salvage” armor and weapons you craft for some of your crafting materials back!
-You get three professions!

These might seem like silly trivial things, but sometimes it’s the little things that count! RIFT has everything that WoW has; PVP, Quests, Professions, Achievements, Dungeons, Guilds, Auction House, Lore, Etc, but then it also has improved or corrected a lot of the things that have always bothered me about WoW. I didn’t think any game could ever get me to leave my 160,000g or 12 level 80+ characters behind, but I don’t even feel bad about it! I know I could still be in the “honeymoon” period with RIFT, so even though I’m pretty sure RIFT can hold my attention for the next few years, I’m giving myself until the end of March to play WoW again before canceling my account, just in case.

My Kelari Rogue

So far I have a level 19 High Elf Guardian Cleric (who is just adorable) and she is my “main”. I have a level 18 High Elf Warrior that I really like as well and a level 11 Mathosian (Human) Mage who has Crumbly, her stone elemental guardian to tank stuff for her, hehe. I also have a level 6 Kelari (Dark Elf) rogue with pink pigtails! You can only have 6 characters per “shard” (server), but so far that’s been okay. My Guardians are on the Millrush shard and my Defiants are on Kelpmere.

In addition to questing and fighting off Elemental invasions, I’ve been working on professions. So far I have a miner, butcher (skinner), forager (herbalist), armor smith, and an outfitter (tailor + leatherworker). I’ve also been playing the Auction House a bit! I was sad I couldn’t afford a mount right away, so I hit the Auction House to do some flipping! I’ve already made 15 platinum just buying cheap artifacts (which you collect to turn in as sets for vanity items such as funny helms, pets, and mounts) and selling them for more. Now even my baby characters get horseys! Hopefully it won’t take me too long to become RIFT rich, since I’m thinking the RIFT AH will be pretty similar to the WoW one.

My Cleric

Hopefully none of you are thinking, “I’m not reading this blog anymore if she doesn’t write about WoW stuff!”, but if you are… Go try RIFT! Honestly, I haven’t read any bad reviews on it or heard of anyone disliking it so far! Plus I still might keep WoW active, if only to log on when I’m REALLY bored and do Archaeology, lol. I do want that Troll sword, even if I’ll never use it.

What are your thoughts on RIFT vs WoW? Have you been playing RIFT? What’s your favorite race, class or faction so far? Leave a comment and let me know!

Thanks for Reading!
Now to get back to RIFT!
<3 MM