K- sent me an email today announcing he was starting a Deathknight blog. Well shit, I’ve been stewing about a blog entry on WoW’s recent zombie invasion for the past few days, and although I’ve scribbled some notes – “zomg. Best world event evah.” — I haven’t crafted a post yet. But if he’s starting a new blog, then dammit, I have to start one too.
So about me and about this blog:
As a blogger: I have blogged on and off for a number of years. I think I’ve made one or two posts about my experiences in MMOs but I’d like this blog to be devoted to my gaming adventures. I intend to write about not only game mechanics, but also about the anthropology of gaming culture. So there’ll be posts on whether or not it’s worth speccing into Improved Vampiric Embrace alongside musings on why the hell people got so upset about the plague over the weekend.
As a gamer: I have played MMOs for a number of years. I’ve tried my hand at Lord of the Rings Online, City of Heroes, and Vanguard; but most of my time has been spent playing Everquest 2 and currently World of Warcraft. In EQ2, I played two classes extensively – a fury and a dirge. I raided with both. I was a guild leader, a class leader, and a raid leader. Undoubtedly, the best loot I won from that game is my fiancé, who I met raiding the Court of Al’Afaz on New Year’s Eve 2005 and who wooed me over the course of the Ivy Shrouded Earring quest, an infamous seven hours since which we’ve been inseparable.
Burned out on raid- and guild-leading, we moved from EQ2 to WoW in February of this year. I know it was February because he gave me The Burning Crusade expansion as a Valentine’s Day gift. (Awwwww.) He has played a Night Elf Hunter; I have played a Night Elf Druid. Unlike friends and guild-mates who have multiple toons at level-cap, these are our only level 70 characters.
As a shadowpriest: With Wrath of the Lich King around the corner and with the promise of the Deathknight class, my fiancé is leaving the (sad sad sad sad) hunter class behind. Although I still enjoy the druid class, I’ve opted to play a new class in the expansion, and thus we’ve been power-leveling a priest. I chose a class that could provide both a DPS and a supporting role. (More posts to come on how Blizzard is re-imagining “support classes”.) She’s now level 60, a level she’ll remain at until
- She gets 3 more pieces of her level 60 PVP epic gear
- She gets the Deathcharger from the Baron
- The DK joins her in the Outlands