Throughout the years, World of Warcraft players have opened up their hearts to the community and shared with us their inspirational stories of romances found, friendships built , and hardships overcome.
With Pilgrim's Bounty just on the horizon, we've selected three uplifting stories to share, submitted for your reading pleasure. These are personal accounts from your fellow World of Warcraft enthusiasts that touch upon the importance of family, love, and laughter and remind us that there's so much in our lives for which we should be thankful.
A Family That Plays Together...I am a 50-year-old grandmother living in Kentucky. I have two grown sons; my youngest lives in Florida and my oldest lives in Georgia with my grandson. My youngest and I have always been close -- he's the "mama's boy." My oldest and I, however, had not been very close for a very long time.
On a few occasions, either when I went to visit him or when he'd come to visit me, I observed my oldest son playing World of Warcraft. It looked interesting, so I'd ask questions.
In January 2010, he asked me if I'd like to learn to play. Since I'm on a fixed disability income, he said he'd pay for the games and the monthly fees. If I liked it, great. If not, then he could just cancel the account's subscription, no problem.
I was hooked immediately, but frustrated at trying to figure it all out. I know my son was wondering if I'd ever "get it," especially since it took me four hours just to get to level 10 -- and that was with the Recruit-A-Friend triple experience! (I'm surprised he didn't just close the account right then!)
Well, we finally got past all of that, thankfully. And, in the meantime, my oldest son and I have gotten to the point where we miss each other if one can't or isn't playing. At one point, his budget was extra tight and we had to stop playing. When we finally got back on, it felt like it had been forever. It felt great to finally "see" each other again and talk on Skype on a daily basis. The time frame that we didn't play? Less than two weeks -- 12 days, to be exact!
So, I just want to thank World of Warcraft and Blizzard Entertainment for giving my son and I something in common and, as a result, bringing us closer.
Achimi - Blackwing Lair
We All Have Our MomentsWe've all had our embarrassing moments in World of Warcraft, whether they be from a misunderstanding or just a momentary lapse in brain activity. I thought of all the stories I've seen posted, it might be fun to make fun of myself and share a few of my most embarrassing moments in World of Warcraft.
My first embarrassing moment occurred one day as I was sitting at my computer healing in a random Heroic dungeon. I was eating Pringles while I was doing so, and we all know how, as your hand gets farther down the tube, it tends to get a little stuck and you have to pry the chips out of the bottom -- at least when you are eating them one-handed you do. I reached into the canister for another wonderful Pringle when the tank took an unexpected dip in his health. I scrambled to heal him, but unfortunately my hand had gotten wedged in the Pringles container and the entire group met a terrible end....
I blamed lag. >.>
My second embarrassing moment happened on my priest. I was roaming Dalaran and decided to go down the well to the Sewers. I was mounted on my bear and jumped into the well. Something odd happened, though, because instead of hitting the floor of the Sewers, I hit the floor of the well. With my Hearthstone on cooldown, I panicked. The Unstuck button wouldn't work, I couldn't jump up far enough to reach the portal -- nothing was working. People started to notice and were pointing and laughing at me.
I was Alliance then, and people from the Horde side would log onto their Alliance alts to tell me JUST how funny my situation was. I was so embarrassed! Eventually, a warlock grouped with me and two others and I was summoned out of the well. People actually clapped when I got out. >.<
But we've all had embarrassing moments, and I look back on mine now and laugh. You can't help when things go wrong sometimes and it's best to laugh at yourself because it's a very high possibility that others already are. ;)
Keryana - Wildhammer
Of Love and Family
---Sapphirea - Darrowmere
Winter Veil Stories Wanted!
The coming of Greatfather Winter has long been celebrated as a time of change and rebirth. Blanketed in snow, the lands of Azeroth are able to replenish their strength and prepare for the re-awakening of Spring. The Feast of Winter Veil honors this spirit of renewal, encouraging generosity, charity, good cheer -- and good eatin'.
For our next edition of World of Warcraft Stories, we want to explore these themes with you and learn how they may have influenced your life. If you've been blessed by the tidings of Winter Veil and have your own heartwarming or humorous story to share, head over to our submission page. 'Tis the season, after all.