I joined World of Warcraft around 2010, just a couple of months before the introduction of Blackwing Descent. By then a great deal of my friends were playing as Horde on Khaz’Goroth, and they bought me the World of Warcraft Battlechest for my birthday. The first thing that I experienced in my first MMO was how time consuming it was to get a character to max level, 85 at the time. I didn’t like it, and if I’m honest, I still don’t care for leveling.
The one thing that still sticks with me was the guild was extremely friendly, almost family like. To this day when I am looking for a server, the server must be quite friendly, someone I might even feel close to like almost family. My first guild never helped me level, but they offered some starting gold, bags, and a lot of know how that I tend to reciprocate now that I’m experienced in the game.
I had played Warcraft II and III earlier, and I had a very rudimentary understanding of the premise of World of Warcraft, but not playing Vanilla all the way to Wrath of the Lich King, there was an expansive story that I’ve never seen, that really held my interest. While leveling it was pretty much walking through a story, one that was unique that was custom tailored to how I play.
Of course there were elements that were chosen for me, my friends were already Horde, so I chose to play Horde, and playing a Shaman was recommended by my girlfriend at the time because of the duality of healing and damage dealing, which would help me level.
In my 6ish years of playing World of Warcraft, I’ve expanded my experience of the game, rather than just play Horde, though I’ve never felt comfortable playing a class other than a Shaman. My toon has jumped servers more times than I remember, but the guilds I’ve been in has left imprints on how I interact with other people, some guild leaders were compassionate, some guild leaders were generous, some were wise. I hope that I can reciprocate these elements that I’ve picked up to the next generation.
My motivation in playing World of warcraft has waned in the time I’ve started playing WoW, most prominently a large gap between late Cataclysm to the middle of Mists of Pandaria, and more recently the start of Warlords of Draenor till the opening of Hellfire Citadel.
Every time I’ve come into or come back to World of Warcraft it’s because of friends that I feel are close, someone I feel comfortable around. This would mark the first time I haven’t gone into “Hibernation” late expansion waiting for the new expansion to come out. Even when I feel there is nothing to do in Life of Warcraft Saurfang, there are plenty of people that I feel comfortable around that it’s worth the game time.
I’m sure everyone’s motivation to play is different, but my motivation has first most been the quality of the guild I’m in, and not just how well they do in PvP or PvE, but how close knit they are to each other.