If you’re new here, this is probably the best place to start.
I’ve been blogging about Warcraft since 2008, with the first iteration of this Blog coming into being on Google’s Blogger platform in February 2009. On April 16th, 2016 I transferred to a WordPress-based system, mostly to allow better design and customisation. Here we are, still plugging away at a game that for some is as hated as it is loved by others. Despite rumours to the contrary, I don’t see myself giving up on Azeroth any time soon, but instead of a daily blog I now only post 4-5 times a week. When I left the old site, I did so on a high:
However now I’m less concerned with the number of people but the quality of content produced. Hopefully that shows as you find your way around the site.
My output includes a number of specialist columns:
I’ve got screenshots dating back to Wrath of the Lich King, and many tell stories about my time playing that may well bear more than one repetition. The stories I have and the things that have been accomplished in Azeroth are now a vital and ingrained part of what I am and have become as a player. You’ll see screenshots whenever I feel it’s time for a nice big old dollop of nostalgia.
I’ve wanted, for a long time, to explain this game to people who haven’t necessarily ever played the title or who may have left at some point in its life cycle. Warcraft 4 Scrubs is for you, and once complete I hope it will serve as a guide to what the game means to me, as well as exploring some of the wider emotional, psychological and game-related issues the UI throw up both the new and experienced player. You’ll find this series published on Wednesdays.
You’ll see this graphic from time to time, particularly when there’s no real news or Warcraft topic of interest to discuss. I’ll be looking back on particular points in Azeroth’s history from my own point of view, remembering what I learnt in my journey, and offering insights into how things are a lot better than you seem to think they were ‘back then.’
I’ve recently begun using Social media to ask some very specific questions of the community: these are posted every Tuesday and Thursday on the @AlternativeChat Twitter feed. Once those questions have been asked, we’ll take a look at the answers and see what they can tell us about the state of this game going forward.
Despite what you might think, this isn’t a place where you can check out whenever you want but can never leave. If you grasp what gaming really is about, and how it should only ever be a part of a full, rich and varied experience, you’ll get a lot more out of Azeroth and this site.
I hope you enjoy your stay.