WoW Does Not = SL
I’ve been thinking off and on for several months of checking out World Of Warcraft. Now, that being said, I have to explain that I’ve never actually been in an MMORPG style game, before. Second Life is the closest I’ve ever come to that. I know the whole point of WoW is to run around and kill stuff.. but that isn’t really ‘me’. I wanted to see if I could play things ‘my way’, and do more exploring and socializing then leveling.
It was really thanks to Phaylen Fairchild and her hilarious ‘Divas’ episodes, where her SL self travels into World Of Warcraft, that inspired me to go ahead and sign up for the free trial.
Last night I ventured into the world for the first time. I was lost and pretty confused, but once I figured out how to move around, I spent the first night just exploring. I ran into a lot of wolves, and little rat looking people that everyone on plurk told me were kobolds, but nothing bothered me that first night. Maybe because I was still level 1 and hadn’t attacked anything yet. After I got bored, I went ahead and killed some of the wolves to get to level 2, then went to bed.
Logging back in today, I either ended up in a different place, or found an area that I had overlooked last night. I was in a pretty forest, with a lot of cool looking houses around. My first thought was to wonder how I could rent one of the houses.. then I realized that in WoW, you probably can’t do that, lol. I saw a couple of people marching back and forth near one of the houses, so I went over to get a closer look. Last night, I could click on certain NPCs and interact with them. I thought I’d try the same thing, here.. as I got closer, one one that had been pacing turned and started running towards me. I was so shocked when he pulled out a sword and started to attack!
I sort of backpeddled for a moment, then tried to turn and run, but it was too late- I met my first encounter with death and got to explore a bit as a ghost. But the huge angel in the cemetery is pretty cool.
The graphics in general are pretty nice.. sometimes they look a bit cartoonish, but for the most part, I find most of it really beautiful. I managed to sneak my way into one of the cabins without getting killed again. There were cats everywhere! They are adorable. Apparently you can buy them.. I tried, but I don’t have enough money yet. I took the time to figure out my camera controls and take some pictures.
I just have to be very, very careful not to accidentally click on them. Old habits die hard, but I’m learning that things don’t work the same in WoW as they do in SL. While wandering around, this cute cow came waddling up to me and stood there for a moment.
It seemed to be waiting for me to do something, so I thought maybe I could pet it, ride it.. or even just click on it to make it ‘moo’. So, I did the same thing I would have done in SL.. without thinking much about it, I right clicked on the cow, expecting to see an option to ride, or pet.. instead, I pulled out my swords and stabbed it to death! Oops! I actually slapped both hands over my mouth in RL, when it fell over dead. Yikes.
Luckily, my plurk friends have been teaching me how to use the interface, as I go along. At least now I’m able to minimize the viewer window so I can answer IMs when I hear them, or write this blog post. Unfortunately, I found out that isn’t always the best thing to do, depending on where you are in WoW.. cause I came back, to this.
I’m not sure what killed me, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t that deer. (Maybe.)
Oh well, I probably should try and figure out how to get some armor, or something. Is there shopping in WoW?