So after seeing a few of these on my feed reader list I figured I would give it a go as well.
1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?
Had already took the dive on a subscription based game, EVE-Online, and decided to give WoW a try in Summer 2005. I had stayed away because I did not want to get sucked into a Pay to Play game.
2. What was the first ever character you rolled?
Malota – Female Forsaken Warrior on Earthen Ring US. I started on Horde Earthen Ring as the friend that got me to join WoW was in a raiding guild there at the time.
3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?
Friends, then switched to Alliance when another couple of friends and I started fresh on a new server at the a month or 2 later. That was on Sentinels US a new RP server.
4. What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?
That would be to me when the small group of friends and a few others did 10-man Karazahn and took down Prince for the first time. We did it with a couple of members from one of the good raiding guilds on the server and it took 12 minutes in total since Prince has a soft enrage mechanic as we were able to heal through everything with cheesy placement. Also I was Bear tanking the fight at the time.
5. What is your favorite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?
Nothing really anymore to be completely honest. I came back to play with friends and family since I have not found a better MMO and did try for about a year. I use to enjoy Crafting and Leveling Alts but that ended with MoP. It makes me sad to see that Blizzard has only partially learned from their mistakes with crafting but not with Alts.
6. Do you have an area in game that you always return to?
Alts and Crafting but have not done much with them even since I came back. I can not stand leveling in MoP.
7. How long have you /played and has that been continuous?
I started to play in either June 2005, I had to look this up because it was during the Naxx 1.0 launch event and remember the scourge invading Undercity at the time. I was continuous up until July 2013 when I let my primary account finally lapse. I ran 2 accounts since early Burning Crusade through early MoP, with a 3rd account on an off depending upon scroll of resurrection rewards and or recruit a friend rewards. Those were the reasons to get a second and 3rd account over time. I would recruit myself. This may sound like a lot but for about a 1.5 month period in EVE-Online I ran 6 accounts right after the launch of Planetary Interaction.
8. Admit it: do you read quest text or not?
About .05% of the time, I have done it but not very often and usually it was only when I first started playing the game.
9. Are there any regrets from your time in game?
Yes, I played MoP for too long before taking a complete break from the game.
Now while I play the game sporadically I hate most of my time in the game. I have periods where I can be distracted and enjoy it but those are few and far between. Every time I log into a character not at max level while in MoP I get pissed off at the game and usually go play D3 and slaughter hordes of demons. I regret that MoP caused me to loose complete faith in Blizzards ability to produce a quality MMO that does not have a grueling and grinding PvE component if you don’t raid. Hell even if you do raid it is painful. This has not always been the case, tBC, Wrath and Cata were much better in almost all regards. Then again I like playing Alts and those were Alt friendly, MoP was only good if you had 1 character you were completely invested in and may 1 other character. Which after tBC, Wrath and Cata almost no one had just 1 character or even 2, 3+ was much more common.
10. What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside gaming?
Short answer, it gave something for my now wife and I to talk about at length, after we first met IRL at a somewhat unrelated social event. I say somewhat, because it was at a SCA meeting and then event.