Poet At Larger Reviews, Video Game, World of Warcraft   Leave a comment

Imagine for a moment that you are not a human but a magical creature on a quest to save your people. That is the point of the Role Playing Game. It is an escape from the world of the mundane that we all live in. Originally they were played with dice and paper, but in the times we now live in you have computer games on the internet that allow you to play the character without rolling stat because you log on to the internet and play with people from all over the world with a graphic avatar to represent you in the world of the MMRPG or Massive Multilayer Role Playing Game.

I once saw a periodic table of elements that make up the internet with the term WoW on it, this referred to the game World of Warcraft. The most well known MMRPG is World of Warcraft. I have spent the last week playing the game to research its playability. I can say at this point that you have a choice of 10 races and each race has it’s own beginning realm. In the starter version you can play up to level 20 and you can have more than one character on your account.

I first entered as a Night Elf Druid. I discovered the learning curve soon after. You have to pay close attention to your action bar. If you want your character to wear something you have earned then you have to open your picture and either click and drag the item to you picture or right click and let it be put on by the game if you do it wrong you can loose the item for good. Don’t put quest items on your action bar. Use them from inventory or they will cause problems with spells.

My second and third characters were human. A Paladin and a Warrior from them I learned that every point of armor counts and that you always take the weapon that makes the most damage. The human begging realm starts at an abbey where you have to fight off an Orc invasion. The thing to note is that several people are playing the same quest as you at the same time. They all have to start there so you overlap them all the time. Always running into monsters you have already killed that have gone and responded. Plus the other players can challenge you to a duel, but they are suppose to issue a formal challenge and you can say no.

My next choice was to go Horde or one of the supposed evil races. I chose to be a Troll. The big thing about Trolls is that they are Tribal and tropical in World of Warcraft. They fight because they are defending their homes and their right to live. That is often the way of war it’s about territory, power or religion. The nature of the trolls as you play then starts to grow on you. The creatures that you fight as a troll are of the sea and the dessert as well as invading humans. I would go back and play a troll again.

As a Dwarf you fight the Wendigo and Troggs and Trolls. For my time as a Dwarf I chose to be a Shaman. This gave me some interesting tools to fight with like the ability to summon a totem that made me stronger. The spells I had learned helped me take out a Wendigo in 3 hits. Though the Dwarf version of a woman’s winter coat leaves something to be desired in the midriff. I usually don’t play dwarfs in and Role Play Game, but my time as a dwarf helped me rethink that.

As I round out my choice of characters I next became a an Undead. She was suppose to be a rouge but a mix up when I set the character she ended up a warrior. I found my time as an undead to be creepy and disturbing. I do not think I would choose to play an Undead character long term. The imagery gave me nightmares. First you must execute the undead who were raised like you but did not go right. Then the undead who have rotted beyond usefulness. Then you fight the Rot Brains who did not choose to fight along side you for the dark lady. All too disturbing.

Next I tried being an Orc hunter which was not bad. I just had to kill pigs and then scorpions and demons. Finally I was sent to a troll village and found myself on the same quests as the troll. One thing to note it that some times you can take on more than one quest in the same area at a time but some times it is better to do only one quest and pass through danger again to get better points and treasure.

I then tried being a gnome but a glitch in the game kept the quests from showing up so I had no idea how to earn points after I got out of the ruins of Gnomgiria. I finally got the Gnome to work but I did it by starting a new character. This time a Priest instead of a Mage. I did learn after the fact that if I had transported to the grave yard I would have done a reset but the easier way is to just click on one of the hovering propellers at the beginning of the decontamination machine and go through the cycle, they are not very clear on how to start the decontamination, but once you have been through it you are ready to go above ground from the ruins of Gnomgiria and face the quests to save your people from a Mad Gnome.

Next I chose to be a Blood Elf Rouge. This gave me the opportunity to see a race that was on the wrong side but was trying to better themselves. To keep from letting magic destroy them. My choice of being a rouge will let me pick pockets at a higher level but I’m not yet sure how that works. Just know that if you play the game watch you wallet.

After being a Blood Elf I made a Tauren Druid. The Tauren look like anthropometric bulls and have a Native American like culture. Their blood enemy are anthropomorphic boars. They are forever fighting the boars for territory even though the boars are only a fraction of their size.as you progress from village to village you also fight Gnolls and other Taurens. There are also vision quests. I found the race quite enjoyable.

Finally I tried being a Draenai Mage they are actually aliens that crashed in alliance territory. There big problem seems to be cleaning up the mess their crash made. It mutated animals and plants so that they are just not right ans you either have to inoculate them or kill them. I’m sure the Draenai will meet up with alliance quests. All roads seem to go to Rome as it were and eventually you have to go to the end of the road.

There are two more races but you have to have a paid account to play them. You also have to have a paid account to go above level 20 I have not yet bought an account but I am considering it. It’s all about picking where I spend my allowance.

I do think that the game is a nice distraction but any player should set ground rules. Only play a set max of hours a day. For me that would be 2 to 3. Set a online curfew if you have to work or be somewhere in the morning. For me the curfew is 10 pm. If you are married do not have an online romance. It’s cheating and I don’t recommend cheating on your spouse ever. There is the two cents I owe you.

From the Poet’s Mouth,

Lyda Mae Dameron

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