The Khaeli and Kaleyen clan have four WoW accounts, three of which are currently active, two of which have the WotLK xpac. One is mine, one is K-‘s, and the kid uses the other.
The kid’s interest in WoW comes and goes — he’s more of a first-person-shooter-console-gamer — but he has some friends who play and so he’s picked the game back up recently after a very long absence. When the three of us first started playing this game, the kid hated the PVP server we’d chosen. I think that’s, in part, what made him stop playing (ahhh, the irony since he’s perfectly happy to kill people in Call of Duty), and so he’s rerolled on a PVE server. And he didn’t enjoy the class he initially chose — hunter — so after some questioning as to the style of gameplay he preferred — do you want to be in the mob’s face or do you want to stand far away and pewpewpew? do you want to tank? heal? do you want a pet? — he’s chosen a mage.
I have never played a mage beyond the first few levels (NE4Life), and so I can’t help him much with advice about spells or talents. But that doesn’t stop him from peppering me with questions. And as we are a gamer family, these questions often come as IMs (because it’s too hard to leave one’s computer desk and walk into the next room to ask your mother a question, amirite?).
He: “I need INT, right?”
Me: (cursing the IM pop-up covering my screen) “Yes. Spellpower. INT. Busy. Hodir. sec…”
He: “Jerk paladin just took a cloth piece that was total upgrade for me.”
Me: (weighing decision to stand still and respond, and get a couple stacks of Biting Cold, or ignore my only child) “U hit need?”
He: “Paladin just took it. He had the looting thing set.”
WIPE (not my fault. I swear)
Me: “LOL @ lvl 20 paladin taking cloth gear”
He: “I called him a dickhead and left the group.”
He: “He was my friend’s little brother. He sux. He’s 11.”
Me: “You let an 11 year old be master looter? U fail. But lootwhoring isn’t really an age thing. Just sayin. Also just raidin. kkthxbai.”
10 MINUTES LATER
He: “U done?”
He: “Can I roll a DK on your account? I wanna 2box my mage through Gnomer.”
He: “Make K- PL me then.”
He: “He raiding?”
He: “Boo. OK, gonna go level first aid so I don’t have to rely on this bad healer.”
Me: “Ha, you’ll cherish that skill.”
He: “I hate paladins.”
Me: “You are truly my kid.”