First time I ever saw or heard from WoW was when I playing on the Gamecube next to my cousin who was playing the game on his PC. He tried explaining it to me and I was intrigued but it would be a while before I’d actually play the game.
Fast forward a few years later: TBC came out. The game had become so popular that it was known by people who even didn’t play video games. It didn’t really had a positive image, with some people saying WoW had broken many families apart etc. I was still intrigued but I was laughing at the game with the rest of the clueless people who didn’t play.
One day a few weeks later I was bored and thought to myself “that game looks super immersive so I bet I could lose myself there for a few hours”. I went to the website and started the download for the 10 day trial. It took at least 6 hours to download and patch before I could even make a character, but in the evening the time had come.
I made my first character, this one, and logged in. The first time I saw Nothshire was amazing. People were running all over and realizing this were actual players from around the world was mind-blowing to me. It didn’t take long to group up with other players who were really friendly and helped me kill that Princess- hog, the Defias coin collector, and eventually Hogger.
Sadly I wasn’t a very good player and I got lost a lot. It took me over 6 months to reach lvl 58, but at last the moment I had looked forward to was at hand. Ever since my first time logging in I had fantasised about going to Outland, joining my friends and guildies. There wasn’t a day that I didn’t look at that blank map of Outland, guessing where I’d end up when I went through that portal, either in Hellfire or where Black temple was (was the most logical place to me in term of geography). So when I finally dinged 58 in Winterspring I hightailed it to Blasted Lands and stepped through.
It was everything I’ve ever dreamed of, and better. My jaw dropped when I first went through and gazed over Hellfire, with that awesome music and daunting atmosphere. Sadly it still took over a few months for me to get to 70, but when I did I was so happy. I did realize that I couldn’t stay Ret so when I got an offspec healing mace from Kara I rolled Holy and never looked back since. To this day TBC remains my favorite expansion in WoW, though WotLK came close.
Logging in the first time, killing Edwin Van Cleef in original DM, Farming Zul-Farrak for the epic 2h sword, going through the Dark Portal, Karazhan and Gruuls lair, Being there for the pre-wotlk event and killing the Lich king…
Though the game is not what it used to be, Azeroth still remains a home away from home. Thank you for giving me those awesome memories that will stay with me for life.