My name is Mike. Welcome to my blog about the World Of Warcraft.

I bought World Of Warcraft on launch day, back in 2004, but it was darn close to being an accident.  I had been reading about the game for quite awhile, and I was a big fan of StarCraft and the Warcraft series, but my previous experiences with online games had been less than great.  It wasn’t the online component that was the problem, though, it was that the developers always seemed to be a few years behind the times with everything else.  However, Blizzard’s track record convinced me to give it a try.

Anyway, on launch day, I happened to step into Fry’s Electronics in Concord.  I wasn’t looking for WoW or any other particular game.  I don’t remember why I went, and in fact I may have just been wasting time.  I think I may have been on my way out to visit my mom and stopped on the way.  Anyway, while I was there I looked to see if there were any new games, and there were like 3 copies of World Of Warcraft still on the shelf.  It had nearly sold out already, but dumb luck was watching out for me.

I grabbed a copy and the rest is history.

Normally, up to that point anyway,  my usual modus operandi in RPG-style games was to play a caster, a magician of whatever variety might be available.  But after I got WoW installed, I thought, let’s change things up a bit, and so the first character I created was Sunny, a female human warrior on the Alliance side of things.  My inspiration for the name was from Donna Dixon’s character on the 80’s TV show Bosom Buddies, which may have been on in the background.

So I started playing and I was hooked.  But after a few levels, I decided to create a different character.  This time I went with a tradition and did a mage.  I stuck with human, female, and Alliance for no particular reason.  After experimenting with the various options for facial structure, hair color, etc., I came up with a combination I liked, and she reminded me of Lexa Doig’s titular character on the TV show Andromeda. Her character’s nickname was Romy so that became my character’s name.

I would create other characters, of course, but Romy would be my main character for the next several years.   Here’s a little character portrait I originally created a few years back. I updated it to show my current guild’s name, but it still shows the gear I had back at level 60.

A few years later, my new guild needed a new tank.  My third toon in the game was a Human Alliance Paladin named Alfred.  I had done a little tanking in the early vanilla days when that was a tricky concept for a Paladin, but it had always been an unusual event.  I was lured in by the promise of a regular raid slot if I was tanking, so I made the switch and Alfred is still my main today.

That’s all for now… see ya in the game!


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