“Will you come back for Vanilla?”
That was the question posed to me over the weekend from a good friend, and one I met through Azeroth in the first place. Magik and I met purely out of happenstance. The Mrs. and I were putting our guild together and we needed the charter signed. So I approached a fellow elf in Darnassus and they said yes. It was one of his alts, but it kicked off a friendship that remains to this day.
So when he asked me out of the blue if I was going to return now that Blizzard took things back to basics…boy was it hard to say no. I miss the things we used to do, even if it started during Burning Crusade. It was because of him I made that much talked about swim from Theramore Isle to Tanaris. And when he figured out what I was doing, he laughed his ass off. We did that a lot with one another. But alas, I’m reminiscing and not really answering the question.
In all truthfulness, the core of WoW is incredibly appealing. Back when we had talent trees, and level 40 mounts, and Azeroth felt huge. Mostly because it was. You had a pittance of the flight paths you have now, you walked until you were 40, and you never had the option of hopping on a flying mount. Quests dragged you all over hell’s half acre and beyond. From corner to corner, just to attune for dungeons. And I loved it.
You had to invest in the game, and it felt encompassing. Servers were unique. Horde and Alliance were unique. So on and so on. So if that’s the case, why am I saying no? Well, for starters, the number of players in our household is part of the impact. For three people to have memberships, we’re looking at 60 dollars a month (CDN) roughly. Even if you put current WoW and classic WoW together, you’re never going to convince me to spend 700 dollars a year on it. I know I could save money by committing to longer subscriptions, but it still doesn’t feel like I’m getting my money’s worth. And if the inquiry of a good friend doesn’t pull me in, I don’t know what will.
And if I did go back, I would be doing the same thing I am now on a private server. That is to say I would bounce around doing quests and raids and getting transmog gear. But I would be doing it solo. I’m not someone who can commit to a guild because I can’t guarantee when I’ll be on. Raiding was never high on my list of things to do, and going back to the oldschool level of commitment isn’t fair to the guild that would accept me anyway.
Maybe things will change over time. Vanilla is the new hotness on the block, and we’ve got BlizzCon right around the corner where I suspect the company will announce at least one thing that pulls me right in. And maybe more of my friends will group together and try to gang up on me to come back. After all, I’ve lamented it was the people I miss more than the game itself.