My First Day Playing WoW

This is Day 3 of the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge.

My first day playing WoW seems like it was ages ago. My memories of what exactly I did in the game are a little hazy.

I remember the character selection process best. I found humans boring, gnomes ridiculous and dwarves weren’t for me. A night elf was the obvious choice. Horde was never an option. Of the classes available, Druids stood out because of their versatility and their affinity with nature.  I had no problems choosing my appearance, but then I got to name selection. I must have spent at least 2 hours trying to think of a name. I went through names in Greek mythology; I thought of characters in my favorite books. I ended up writing all these names off, or finding out that they were unavailable. Then I thought about my favorite video game, Planescape Torment. There was a minor NPC character that needed to be rescued from some corrupt guards called Jasilya. I’m not really into the whole damsel-in-distress thing but I liked the sound of the name. I changed it a bit to make it my own (and vowed to never have to be rescued from corrupt Harmonium Officers) and Jasyla was born.

Jasilya and the Harmonium officers

The original Jasilya. Image from Sorceror's Place.

After that ordeal, I finally logged into the game. I was impressed with the environment; I loved the greens and purples of Teldrassil. I was much less impressed by quests that had me killing cute little nightsabers. To be honest, I found the whole mob-killing, item-collecting thing a little dull and decided that World of Warcraft was not for me.

** Spoiler Alert: I changed my mind **

Then I signed into the game again the next day. I mean, come on, I needed to spend at least as much time playing the game as I did thinking of a name for my character. I began to realise just how much there was to do and see in the game.

Ooh, a new town to discover with new quests to do! A new spell from my trainer! That mob dropped a green I can equip! I’ve earned a whole silver! Whee!

By the time I made it to Darnassus, I was hooked.

3 responses to “My First Day Playing WoW

  1. Interestingly, I don’t remember a ton about my first day. Myself and two friends started together playing some undead on horde side, sort of questing together. Seems we made it to about level 10. It was fun. I was enthralled by the sheer scope of the game: the epicness of size, the grandness of the capital cities, etc.

  2. I remember very well my first wow day. I’d played a lot of MMOs prior, most recently Dark Age of Camelot and I decided to go alliance thinking that everyone would pick horde because they’re way cooler (boy was I mistaken :)).

    I made a gnome rogue and started going through the starting area, I specifically remember getting stealth and trying it out by walking straight to the front of a mob and stealth getting broken even before I attacked. I couldn’t figure out why this was happening, and I was specifically engaging from the front because in Dark Age, all your stealth openers are from the front (logic being that if you can attack someone from the front in PvP while stealthed, you truly got the drop on them).

    So I quickly abandoned that character thinking that stealth was completely broken in this game 🙂 Interestingly enough that’s the last alliance character I ever made.

    So I must ask the question, why was Horde not an option?

    • Because I liked pretty characters, and there weren’t any on the Horde at that time.

      I have branched out a little bit though. Now all my characters are either pretty female Elves (or Draenei) or male Tauren.