Back in the days of Wrath, I came upon a Battered Hilt on the Auction House for somewhere in the neighbourhood of 7-8k. I decided to pony up and do the quest chain and it was amazing. The end result is what you see before Siori as she went through the process of assembling (or creating) Quel’Delar. I’m glad this folder was not among the screenshots I’ve lost over time because it was just a really enveloping story and it’s one of those things that not everyone has done. I know a few people who still farm Halls of Reflection to try and get the Battered Hilt to drop.
It seems like just yesterday I started playing World of Warcraft. The game had been going for some time (I came in just prior to the Sunwell patch during Burning Crusade), and I didn’t even realize then just how big the game was. Now that WoW is nine years old (holy hell for an MMO), I’m starting to feel old. I’ve put six years into the game (minus the last 9 months), and there are many who have been around from the start.
At its peak, the game had over 11 million players. Now that number sits just north of 7 million. It’s still a crazy figure. Also consider that some of the 7 million current players weren’t part of the millions playing in previous years and the game has done insane numbers. The game’s fifth expansion will come out to continue the legacy. It will probably release right around the 10th anniversary of the game. Staggering.
In 9 years there have been Crusades, and Lich Kings, and Temples, and Pandaren, and Cataclysms and so much more. But above all that experience has no doubt been friendship. The reason many people play, and a contributing factor into why those of us leave tend to come back, is because of the kin we meet and conquer the digital world with (or, you know, pick flowers with….buy shirts for…help tame a pet for…). The positive aspect of the WoW community is what Blizzard should be most proud of in their near decade of World of Warcraft. Look at all the blogs out there (after you look at this one, ok?). People are passionate about the game and the world within it and they share that in any way they can. It’s pretty impressive when you take in the whole thing.
What made me think about all of this as the game celebrates birthday number nine? Truth be told, I logged in and discovered the Dev team had sent my character some mail. It’s a 9% exp. and rep. buff that lasts an hour.
On the twelfth day of Winter Veil my true love gave to me…
A Bouquet of White Roses
Matching Harpy Younglings
A Lil’ Ragnaros of my very own
Some herbs to help my Scribe level up.
A Soul of the Aspects pet.
A Chuck to grow up big and strong
A Snarly to play with Chuck
Yu’lon and Chi-Ji
A Sunflower full of cute and songsA Baby Moonkin not for her to eat.
A Sandboc Tiger, whee!
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On the eleventh day of Winter Veil my true love gave to me…SANDBOX TIGER. WHEEEEE!
On the tenth day of Winter Veil my true love gave to me…a Baby Moonkin that’s NOT FOR HER TO EAT!
On the ninth day of Winter Veil my true love gave to me…a Sunflower full of cute and songs.