Tuesday, December 6, 2011

20 Days of WoW Blogging, Day 1 - Introduce Yourself

I've decided to start the 20 Days of WoW Blogging challenge, started by Saga at Spellbound. I doubt I'll stick to actually doing one of these a day, but nothing in the rules says the days have to be consecutive, right? R-right guys?

Well, this first day is kind of an easy one, but at the same time, it's really not.
I'm a guy living in a fairly small town in South Dakota. My access to fun activities is limited to the local movie theater and not much else unless I decide to take up drinking heavily (seems to be the most popular pastime around here). I am 25 years old and I've been married for three and a half years now. I have a daughter who will turn two this month and another child due shortly after her birthday (though I'm expecting this one sooner).

I've already detailed my World of Warcraft experience, so I guess I'll try to trace back my other gaming lineage.

I don't know for certain what my first video game was - I have a very terrible memory when it comes to my younger years. The earliest one I can remember, though, was Doom.

My dad and a friend of his brought home a new computer one day and the newest game with the best graphics, and I proceeded to shoot cacodemons and imps for days. I know at some point we obtained an Atari - sometime during the period when SNES was popular, I think. It was bought at a garage sale with a load of games, and my brother and I destroyed the joysticks playing Centipede and Star Wars and Asteroids.

When I was in middle school, I started playing heavily in MUSHes - Multi-User Shared Hallucinations, purely text-based roleplaying games centered on character development and writing, with little to zero combat. The one I played extensively was PernWorld, based on Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern novels. There, I was free to be whatever I wanted - I played the part of the laconic boy who preferred the company of dolphins to people, I wrote of the girl who saw a song in everything and then Impressed a dragon who spoke entirely in rhyme, I told the story of the kleptomaniac whose crimes got him less into trouble and more into adventure. I see now a heavy dose of escapism in my roleplay that was maybe not entirely harmless, and to this day I still have some of those patterns, but I've learned to moderate them for the most part.

From there I moved to a similar game with a bit more combat, Multiverse Crisis MUSH, where characters from every book, movie, game, or TV show were all thrown into a melting pot of Earths from various universes. There I was Glenn, the protective knight who spoke in Old English from Chrono Trigger, I was an outspoken political dissident in V (for Vendetta), and I was the wise womanizer Sage from Ronin Warriors (random, I know). The combat in this game was very basic and mostly roleplay over combat rolls, but in hindsight it probably whet my appetite for something more.

At some point in here I became a devout follower of the Halo series, to the point where I bought my first console just to play it. I don't regret that decision in the slightest - that universe has some of my favorite stories in it, and people who don't delve beyond the games into the novels and comics do themselves a disservice.

Being such a fan of these massive worlds, it should come as no surprise, then, that I fell into the World of Warcraft in November of 2005. And the rest, as they so tritely say, is written in my first blog post from several months ago.


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