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World of Warcraft

As some of you probably know, I have started playing World of Warcraft. This is a bit odd as I am not a gamer. Most games bore me pretty quickly but WoW has held my interest. Because I have some time off until my next job, I've realized that WoW is the cheapest form of entertainment I can enjoy. $15.00 per month is far cheaper than dining out, going to movies, etc. That's not to say I'm not doing those other things, but I'm doing them less often because I need to save my money.

I might blog about WoW at times because it's a fascinating social exercise, but since most folks won't have a clue what I'm talking about, I figure a special WoW filter is in order. Anyone want to be on it?

I am currently a 40 Night Elf Rogue on "Twisting Nether", a PvP (Player versus Player) server. The game has two groups, Alliance and Horde. Alliance is traditionally the "good" guys and the Horde is comprised of Orcs, Undead, and Tauren (sort of a bovine, human human mix, like the Minotaur). Aside from basic "emotes" (body language such as waving, blowing kisses, pointing, begging, etc.), it is not possible to communicate with the other side. Because on a player versus player server, each side is generally at liberty to kill the other, you must be highly vigilant if you encounter the other faction. Typically someone will wave, flirt, or do something similar towards an "enemy" to let them know they don't want to fight.

This can be frustrating because you can never really know what their intentions are. Maybe they want to kill you. Maybe they are busy and just want to be left alone. Sometimes you never know. Sometimes you find out when they stab you in the back. Sometimes you find out when they help you kill off a difficult creature that's trying to kill you.

As a rogue, I can travel in a "stealth" mode which makes me close to invisible. I have something called "improved sap" which allows me to sap and stun an opponent and usually stay in stealth mode. My new favorite hobby with this is not killing the other side, but finding them in pairs, waiting for one of them to "pull" a group of monsters and then I sap the other. That leaves one guy to fight alone but the one guy will usually find a way to survive (if only running). I sit back and watch. Sometimes I'll run by and just sap someone out in the middle of nowhere and run off. You can watch them panic as they spin around looking for me after the stun wears off, but I rarely kill them. I must confess that this appears to really tick them off, but while it's annoying, it's nicer than killing them.

Just as in real life, some people act like jerks and others are really nice. I tend towards the latter. I give money and goods to lower level people in my guild (Disposable Hero) and generally everyone helps me when I need it. Today I gave an expensive book to another 40 level rogue for him to sell to help get his mount (something you get at level 40 if you have enough cash). I guess just like in real life, I have socialistic tendencies, but I still manage to annoy the hell out of those opposed to me.

Blizzard has created a phenomenal game and watching the economics of the game (I get lots of money because I pay attention to the market) and the politics of the game are fascinating.
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I'd love to be on it. I don't play WoW, but I do play another MMORPG, City of Heroes. I'm always fascinated at the culture that's developed in the game.
I played CoH for a while, but then life got in the way. My husband just got City of Villians, and I haven't gotten a chance to play yet. I'm curious to see how the two communities interact.
I might have to start a char on Twisted Nether. My main ones are on Akasha (?), although I haven't played in a while.
I used to be an avid online gamer since discovering Everquest in 2000. My son (13 at the time) wanted it as a Christmas present, but it turned out he was soon bored and I got hooked. I still dabble a bit, very casually, in Everquest II. I tried WoW for a while but eventually cancelled my account. All these online fantasy games are actually very similar. It's mostly a matter of taste.

Watch out though. It's really easy to find yourself sucked deeper into it than you ever imagined. That happened to me. I had some really good friends and was in a guild or two, and somehow over time that virtual world became too important to me versus my real life. I had to make myself back off.

I knew people who had it much worse. I saw marriages break up, and lives spiral downhill while some obsessed people devoted every waking hour to it, neglecting reality. Those were the exceptions -- most people kept it in perspective -- but they were very sad.

It's a facinating world indeed. And it is a hell of a lot of fun.

I would love to be on it. I'm a WOW Widow, so I like to keep up on things and know what in the heck he's talking about :)
I'd be interested in hearing more about what you think of WoW. I've played it a little, but not enough I think.
I don't play WOW, but I'd still be interested to read what you have to say about it, as I do know people that do play it.
How much time to do you spend playing during a week?

I never had much luck with that kind of games since
I don't seem to have time to play them and build the
necessary in-game social network to make them enjoyable.
I don't play, but I am a social software whore and reformed (for lack of a better word) gamer. I'd love to read what's going on.
Never saw this coming.
(Anonymous)
Just to identify myself, this is Jerry.
I don't have an account with "LJ" as I really have been trying to keep away from the blogging communities. I had to check this post when mom told me about you playing WoW of all games.
Im not particularly interested in playing on a PvP server as I have terrible luck when it comes to horde players on an RP server.
I currently play on Feathermoon as a main server and two other servers as things come up. I am somewhat interested in starting a character on your server just to play with ya'.
I admit that I don't pay attention to the economics floating about the servers as I can't find decent gear to save my life, quite literally. So I just spend my time goofing off in exceedingly dangerous area's with my 60 Rogue. In my opinion it's rather improved my playing experience within' the game as there really are some really beautiful area's to just stare at.
Also, I wouldn't worry about drifting into a socialistic mind-set when donating goods freely to other guild members as it's just one of those things everyone does. I have given away countless piles of gold to others for no decent reason.
Watch out when playing the market in the game as the GM's don't believe in characters below 50-60 having more than a hundred gold. I have been witness to that as I had a friend who was making thousands a day just playing the market on herbs. Low and behold, I ask him for a loan when I hit 40 and he told me he couldn't as a GM came by and stripped him of his vast wealth. Didn't even leave him enough for a trip outta' Iron forge.

Anyhow, I guess I'll have to renew my subscription tommorow, once my check hits my account. If ya' get bored and want to play on an RP server, just let me know.
I'd like to be on the filter. I've got a 60 NE Priest and 41 Human Warlock on Cenarion Circle (RP server, the first one I think).

I've been thinking of working up an alt on a PvP server. Maybe I should go to Twisting Nether. :D

Also, as someone who has been a frequent target of imp sap - UGH. :P hehe I've had rogues sap me in Gadgetzan just to slow me down, then using vanish to avoid the bruisers. Very annoying to just be walking along then "donk" 30 second stun.
Actually Cenarion Circle came up after Silver Hand the origonal RP server from game release..
I've got about 300 levels on characters there.. ;)
(Anonymous)
I love WoW, and it's good to see you're actually nice to others. I like to give to people, but you cant really trust them to pay you back if need be, and that is what sucks about the internet.\
To the above statement about getting "sucked in" heh, that's easy to do on WoW.

Be safe.
dont act out WoW, you're here, on the planet Earth, not in Eastern Kingdoms.
I don't give a crap about WoW.

But I enjoy your writing. I am adding you as a friend.

Hail Ovid!
Thanks! I've added you back. I appreciate you dropping a line. So many folks add me and I've no clue who they are.