The worst part about World of Warcraft is the fact that I have been forced to stop playing it so I can write about the dang thing.
If you find yourself in World of Warcraft on the Kirin Tor server (Alliance side) then feel free to look me up. I play as Shadekin (Hunter) and Darkstride. (Rogue.) I have many other little characters here and there, but none of them are worth mentioning. These two represent a majority of my playing time in the game.
I don’t team up very often, but I do enjoy taking magic items I can’t use and mailing them to friends. I can’t bear to sell anything but trash to vendors. I give the rare gems to my guild, Pig & Whistle Society. I sell the herbs at the auction house, and I mail magical items to friends who might be able to make use of them.
If you like, say “hi” or send me some in-game mail. I might even fire an item your way. I actually enjoy this aspect of the game: Lifting up fellow players and screwing the parasitic vendors. I’d much rather have the satisfaction than the money.
I’ll probably be more open to grouping once I have a little more of the game in me. Right now I still read every quest, explore every hill and valley, and meander about taking screenshots and writing notes. Anyone accompanying me would find my pace to be agonizingly slow.
I do have proper posts coming that will look at the gameplay and nitpick the little details of the gameworld and such. I wanted to make sure I at least had some vague handle on the thing before I unleashed the blather. Luckily Shawn (my former partner in Chainmail Bikini and leader of the P&W guild) has been playing Yoda to my Luke Skywalker* for the past week or so, keeping me from making any egregious errors and enhancing my gaming experience with a continual and potent infusion of knowledge.
* Actually, I think my in-game skill makes me more of a C3PO than a Skywalker. I sort of fumble around in a dungeon saying “oh my” and “I’m doomed” until some festering minion of darkness tears me apart. Again. Shadekin died an average of once a level for the first ten levels of the game.
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