Ten years in Azeroth: 10 Years 10 Questions

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WoW’s 10th anniversary is coming up and Alternative Chat has started a podcast documentary project called 10 Years 10 Questions. But she needs our help. She wants as many players as possible to answer these ten questions about their time in World of Warcraft. You will find all the info you need here.

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1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?

I had friends and classmates who always talked about it and it sounded like a fun game because it was so different from anything I’d played before.  So I bought the first expansion and started playing with my friends.

2. What was the first ever character you rolled?

A male tauren warrior called Syrcorax which was my main from I started mid TBC to start of WotLK when I rerolled druid. I still got the warrior on my account but I haven’t played it in a while now.

3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?

I wanted to be the same faction as my friends and they were Horde. But I thought Horde seemed like a much cooler faction than the Alliance because they were more fierce and wild.

4. What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?

It’s impossible to just pick one because there are so many great ones. I’ve been part of so many exciting boss kills over the years but my favorites were our first Illidan kill and our first Arthas heroic kill. But I have so many great memories from my time in the Scandinavian guild Ash and with all the awesome people I got to know there. We even had guild meetings where we all got together for a weekend.

5. What is your favourite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?

I’ve always seen myself as an explorer and adventurer. I have to explore every corner of the map, see everything there is to see, it’s so fun to be able to go exactly where you want, why just follow the road when there is so much more just waiting to be explored?

6. Do you have an area in game that you always return to?

Orgrimmar because I got everything I need there.

7. How long have you /played and has that been continuous?

I started playing in October 2007 and I played a lot the first year, and even more some of the following years because of raids.  I haven’t had any real breaks except for maybe a few weeks holiday here and there.

8. Admit it: do you read quest text or not?

I like to read them the first time so I know why I should do what they want me to do. It’s more fun when you can follow the story.

9. Are there any regrets from your time in game?

Yes, I’m sure there are some, but nothing specific comes to mind. If I have to pick something, maybe I regret that I switched from Horde to Alliance early in WotLK. I should have stayed Horde and joined the guild Ash then instead of in the end of WotLK.

10.What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside gaming?

WoW has taught me a lot. I’ve become much better at writing and reading English which is my second language. I met my boyfriend through WoW. We were in Ash together and first met at a guild meeting in 2010. Now we’ve been a couple for almost 3 years.

 

Syrco Owl 4 years!

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I can’t believe it’s already been 4 years since I posted my first post. It’s my blogiversary, Syrco Owl is 4 years old! I still remember the day I created the blog and wrote posts about the Cataclysm beta. The blog was just a place for me to collect my screenshots and write down my thoughts about the beta. I never dreamed that so many people would like my posts, comment and follow the blog. It still makes me so happy every time I get a new comment or someone click like on a post.

Thank you so much!

Summertime

It’s summer here in Norway! The weather has been surprisingly good the past since we moved back here in May. We’ve of course had some days of rain and but it has been warmer and drier than it usually is during summers here. We haven’t got a lot of rain, which we usually get plenty of, and we’re so used to the cold and wet weather that it takes a while to get used to this heat. I love sun and summer, but I wish it was colder at night so I could sleep better. I also dislike that the sun gives me headache sometimes and it’s too far to the nearest beach. With too far I mean 10 minutes drive.. I wish I could just go outside and jump in the sea too cool off every now and then.

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I got a summer job which started in June and lasts until August, so I work almost every day sometimes early and sometimes late. We also got an apartment! It wasn’t easy to find an apartment which was cheap, good standard, central and allows one to have a cat. But the apartment we found now is perfect and we’re moving in next week.

The summer heat, summer job and moving to a new apartment takes a lot of time so I don’t have a lot of spare time left to spend in front of the computer. It isn’t exactly comfortable to sit inside in front of the computer here right now anyway, it’s around 28 degrees in this room, the air doesn’t move, and having the computer on will only make it even warmer. Hopefully it won’t be as warm in our new apartment which got bigger windows and it’s in the basement of a house so the sun won’t shine directly on it all day.

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I would of course take the time to play more if I had the beta, but I haven’t got in, not yet. But I hope I’ll get lucky soon.

Anyone used to the heat and can give me some tips on how to survive and make it cooler inside?

What in WoW reminds you of your home

I’ve played with many different people from many different countries, I follow many different people on Twitter and I read blogs by many different bloggers. We live all around the world but WoW and blogging keep us connected. Some people are from places I’ve never even heard about and some from places I’ve only seen on TV and in movies and dream about visiting. It’s always fun to learn more about where everyone are from and what it looks like there.

I’ve played WoW for many years now and I’ve spent a lot of time running and flying around exploring the different zones and areas in the game. Most of the zones are very unique and nothing like anything I’ve ever seen in real life, but some of them reminds me of where I’m from and they feel like home. Most remind me of my country, Norway, but some also of my city and the place where I grew up. Snow capped mountains will always remind me of Norway and my city Bergen there are so many tall mountains in Norway, in Bergen alone there are at least seven mountains surrounding the city which is why it’s known as the city between the seven mountains.

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In Wrath of the Lich King and Northrend there were tons of things that reminded me of Norway because of the Vrykuls and their culture inspired by vikings and Norse mythology. Everything from the NPC’s Nordic names and names of areas like Jotunheim in Icecrown which is actually a mountain chain in Norway to polar bears and dragon heads carved from wood. Howling Fjord also reminds me of Norway because we got so many fjords here and the word “fjord” is actually Norwegian. But Howling Fjord doesn’t really have any fjords at all, the small so-called fjord which leads to Valgarde looks nothing like a real fjord, it’s more like a crack in the ground where sea water has filled it up.

I have to mention some of my favorite pieces of music which screams Norway all the way, at least for me it does.

Last but not least, the northern lights or aurora borealis! It’s one of the most beautiful things in the world. I’ve only seen it like twice and it wasn’t as bright and strong colored as you see on pictures, but it was still so amazing! It’s not often we see the aurora here south in Norway, so one day I’m going north to see it for real. The aurora in WoW looks great but it’s nothing like the real aurora, the colors are usually green, pink or a mix of both those colors. Believe me when I say: You HAVE TO see the aurora for real before you die, it’s stunning!

Now, tell me: What in WoW reminds you of your home?

I’ve suggested this as a shared topic on Blog Azeroth so it would be great if you could join the forum, read this post about shared topics. Then wait for the start date of my topic, write your own post about it and link that post in the thread of my shared topic. You can also write a reply to this post if you don’t have a blog. Or do both if you like :)

Sweet Home Azuremyst by Matty of Sugar & Blood
Blog Azeroth: What in WoW Reminds You of Home? by Velgana of Adventures in Skywall
My home away from home…in WoW by Katherine of 4 Druids and a Death Knight
Shared Topic: What Reminds You of Home by Tome of the Ancient

My gaming regrets

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I recently discovered this new blog through Mama Needs Mana. It’s a blog called Gamerwife where Mariko writes about gaming, other geeky topics and anything else that interests her. She has a monthly link up on her blog called “Gadabout Gamers” where she choses a topic, writes about it, and then other bloggers can write a post about that topic. Last month’s topic was “Gaming regrets“.

There is only one big thing I regret when it comes to games. Something I did when I was 10-13 years old. I sold almost all of my Nintendo 64 games and my Playstation 1 with all the games. I think I sold the Playstation 1 first to buy games to my Nintendo 64. Then I sold Nintendo 64 games to save up money to buy the GameCube and games which was released in 2002 when I was 13 years old. I still got my Nintendo 64 console and my four favorite games The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda Majoras Mask, Banjo-Kazooie and Super Smash Bros. But I had so many other awesome games like the Mario Party games, Mario Kart, Super Mario 64, Diddy Kong Racing, Banjo-Tooie and more. I want to buy some of the games back some day, because I want to have them, play them again like I did when I was a kid, I got so many great memories from those games.
I might also buy a Playstation with all the old games I remember. Some of my favorite games were Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Medievil, Pandemonium, Tekken, Tony Hawk’s Skateboarding and Gran Turismo.

I remember how much I regretted selling all those games when I got older, so I didn’t sell my GameCube, Wii or any of the games, I still got everything. I haven’t bought the Wii U yet as I couldn’t afford it when I was released. Actually I still haven’t been able to afford all the Wii games I wanted, or the time to play and finish the games I already have. I want to pick up console gaming soon. As soon as we get a new apartment and a new TV. I want to finish The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword and buy the Wii U before The Legend of Zelda Wii U is released some time next year.

What’s your biggest gaming regret?