Tales of a Wow n00b: Day 2
After the horribly entertaining (read: deathly dull) events of Day 1, I actually decided to give logging on, character creation and playing a shot. Go figure.
First off, 4 more software patches and updates, I shit you not. I realize this is a hugely popular game, but for a first-timer I was prepared to chuck it if I had to sit through another update prior to actually playing.
That said, my first login went really smoothly and I chose Nordrassil (side effects include nausea, vomiting and shortness of breath) as my realm.
Read on for the tyranny of choice and indecision that is character creation.
Why it took me a day to get up and running, only the good folks at Blizzard and my cable company (is THIS the connection speed I’m paying for?) know for sure. In any event, the initial character creation screen is brilliant. Big, bright, bubbly (needed a third “b”) and very intuitive.
I knew from the beginning I wanted a good guy (Alliance) and not bad guy (Horde) so I chose a Night Elf. This is mostly due to the fact that “human” doesn’t offer much opportunity for roleplaying and fantasy, since I know what it’s like to be one of those. I think.
I also couldn’t very well choose Gnome or Dwarf since I have a slight aversion to those of short stature. Don’t get me wrong, I love Little People, Big World as much as the next guy, but I’m 6’3″ behind this keyboard, so I wanted something a bit more grandiose.
And nothing says stature and presence quite like a purple-hued, pointy-eared Night Elf druid, which is what I am. I’m not ready to share my Armory page yet (mostly because it doesn’t exist), but also because the name I chose is hardly original. Pulling from an alternative spelling from Greek mythology, I chose the ravenous sea creature “Schylla” (of Schylla and Charybdis fame) as my namesake.
See for yourself how original I was. Go ahead.
So that bummed me out a bit, but I’m strong; I recovered.
My first “quest” went well, but I’m still the asshole who needs to invert the vertical on my mouse. I kept having trouble with my camera diving to the ground or assuming the most detached 3rd person perspective ever. That said, I recovered quickly and was running around in no time flat.
I still think they should warn a fella about the potential carpal tunnel damage of holding down 2 mouse buttons simultaneously. If the keyboard worked as smoothly with the camera and motion, I’d become ambidextrous in a heartbeat.
Speaking of which (and I’ll look later, but I thought I’d ask here) is there a way to map that 2 button forward movement to the scroll-click or something? Anything to save my manual dexterity.
Anyhow, in an hour of questing I leveled up once and found a great deal of real estate to explore. Oh, and I died twice, both times running away.
I realize my journey (vive le double entendre!) has just begun, but I have a taste for it now. An inch in my brain and my mouse.
It took me two days, but I finally feel like a part of this thing now.