I haven’t been this social in an online video game in a really long time.
So, the wife was having problems with her wrist last night so she decided she would binge watch One Tree Hill instead (outrageous). Without a healer to help me, I knew I was going to have to group up with randoms at some point to get through the tougher quests in Westfall. I was hesitant at first but when someone was looking for members for one of the quests I was on, I thought what the hell.
This was the first of two groups I would join and honestly, I couldn’t have had a more positive experience. We were killing Defias Looters & Pillagers. It was a bit of a hassle because there were a ton of other players after the same guys as us, but we were able to finish and everyone made sure that everyone else was done before we went back to hand the quest in. If something dropped that could be needed, players were asking if they could need. If mana potions dropped, they were given to those who needed them most. We were communicating. There was some serious teamwork going on and I dug it. I love me some teamwork.
After finishing the third part of the quest where you have to kill another three different kinds of Defias Bandits, the group disbanded and I started to realize that questing and leveling in Westfall was too slow for me. I decided enough was enough and headed back to Darkshore to hopefully speed up the process. I hit up Stormwind first to upgrade my first-aid and leatherworking and then took a griffin to Menethil Harbour. A short boat ride later and I had arrived in Darkshore. Most of the quests here were green or yellow so I knew I would be able to solo most of them. It wasn’t until I had to kill 20 Rabid Thistle Bears that I ended up grouping up to kill them as quickly as possible.
This second group of randoms I joined was awesome and I actually made two new Battle.Net friends when we were finished (shoutout to Tasra & Veleena). We must have played for two hours running quests together, making sure we were all on the same page. There was even a point where I was behind on a quest and they helped me to catch up with them. I’m usually too shy to join groups but last night was a completely different experience for me. We were discussing what we loved about Classic and the experiences we had in Vanilla back when it originally released. I came out of my shell and it was an amazing feeling. I’ve really missed those days where groups mattered and you could make friends out of the experiences you shared. People actually have patience (so far, we’ll see). It’s a far cry from what WOW is now and I’m going to have a hard time going back to current WOW, if I ever decide to.
When all was said and done I was level 16. We added each other to our friends lists and said our goodbyes for the night. I went back to Darnassus to learn my Rogue abilities. I had over 1 gold which was a pretty big deal, but after learning everything I needed to, I was down to a measly 40 silver. I didn’t get into Deadmines yet (the recommended level is 18, I thought it was 15) but who cares. WOW Classic has been an amazing experience so far and I can’t wait to play some more tonight. – NVJ