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Stranglethorn ValeI guess it’s worth introducing my WoW characters, to give a feel for who and what I’ll be talking about.

You’ll note that they’re all melee or ranged DPS. I’ve never managed to successfully play a magic based class, be it in D&D or a long history of PC based RPGs. Something felt right about standing back, waving my hands about, and hoping something would happen. I wanted to be in there, doing something physical. In the immortal words of Michael Moorcock, “Treasures are not won by care and forethought but by swift slaying and reckless attack.”

My (currently idle) main is Banehammer, a Tauren Warrior. The reason he’s idle is complicated, but mainly due to a great sundering in Real Life, which meant a large group of us parked our mains and rerolled. But Bane is my main guy, I love him, so he currently noodles about completing the seasonal achivements, doing his Fishing dailies, and I’m considering getting him a Netherwing Drake, easily the most beautiful mount in the game.

The toon seeing the most action is Archammer, Bane’s younger brother, this time a Tauren Druid. He’s the Guild Leader of the Kezan Cartel, which is populated by the rerollers mentioned above. Inspired by the coming Cataclysm, we’re rolling through the old content dungeon by dungeon, and Arc is one of two tanks in the group.

Also spending her time idly in Silverpine Forest farming Black Tabby’s is Stroeb, Undead Rogue and the first toon I levelled to 70. She’s a Kara vet, I loved playing her too, and only switched away once it became clear our guild needed a tank. She’s more honourary than anything at this stage, but I still admire her backstabbing skills.

Rounding out the semi-active list is Auarra, Tauren Hunter. The first thing I ever rolled was actually a Dwarven Hunter, which I loved (largely due to the epic WoW cinematic and a history of Dwarven DnD characters) until I realised that The Alliance were a bunch of flag waving bores. So a Tauren Hunter was the natural replacement, though I’m struggling to get motivated to move her through Outland. And when I’m feeling nostalgic, I have been known to roll up a Dwarf and enjoy that snowy start for a few hours…

So there you have the toons, and a small history, so you’ll know who I’m talking about.

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Duty Now for the FutureA blog. About Warcraft, mostly, and other gaming. Somewhere to capture my thoughts.

As this blog begins, I’m in the thick of Warcraft, having been there for a good 18 months now. In other words, a late starter, but fascinated by it. I’ve always gamed, but until Warcraft it was limited to single player with the occasional “drag a PC to a friends house” LAN day – huge fun but a logistical nightmare.

The social gaming I did revolved around Dungeons & Dragons, which didn’t seem possible to recreate in PC gaming. We played fast and loose with the DnD ruleset, playing the game in a very ad-lib way, making it more about the interaction than the system. We were blessed with a fantastic GM who could create entire worlds, political systems, religions, and brilliant NPCs, and our monthly sessions were a highlight.

Then a couple of us started to dive into WoW, having heard so much and yet steadfastly ignored it. And we, of course, were instantly hooked & utterly staggered.

Which is where we begin.