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Becoming Boombastic

rogueevoThe Evolution of a Rogue
A WoW Retrospective

With the closing of 2008 looming over our heads, and all of the “Year in Review” type articles I’ve been reading, I figured now was as good a time as any for me to delve into Boomba’s history for posterity’s sake since I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who reads this. 😉

I started the game in 2004 on release night. Originally, I made a Night Elf Druid named Jozelyn because shape shifting seemed cool to me at the time. I was inducted into my first guild, The Fabulous Ninjas, with people from work. This was my very first MMO and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I leveled that character to 15 before I considered quitting the game. It was boring and I had no one willing to help such an utter noob…until some other work people who were extremely helpful and kind convinced me to make a Rogue and level her instead.

Becoming Boombastic
I made Boombastic when I was hanging out with my friends, Paul and Adam. I knew that Rogues were sneakery types, could use two weapons, and could vanish and sprint. I didn’t know anything about the other classes, so I took their advice and created her. That night, Adam taught me what combo points were and how to use them, and Paul gave me help with the interface, chatting, etc. And there was no looking back…

I was the definition of a noob. I tried instances, but people were mean and I didn’t like that atmosphere. Instead of helping me, they just “yelled” in all caps or kicked me from the party, so I pretty much just leveled on my own. I got to 55 and quit for six months. I had no one to play with and I had enough of soloing in a game that’s supposed to be social.

I met two new co-workers who played and were nice. Speedoflight and Vladschulerz. Speedo (Mage) and I leveled from 55-60 together. I dinged 60 in Silithus. Vlad was more hardcore than both of us and was off raiding. I found that I enjoyed playing more and more each day with people who were fun and supportive and not condescending and rude.

TLOV > TPG
Back in those days, I belonged to a guild called The League of Valor. It was an excellent guild to stumble into! Speed and Vlad encouraged me to join and I’m so glad that I did. The leader, Alakar, was so great. He was supportive, fair, nice, and most of all included me in things that I had never experienced in the game before…like instances and raids…and TeamSpeak, lol! It opened my eyes to an entirely different game. I remember doing Zul’Gurub for the first time and while I knew immediately that while raids were very stressful and probably not for players like me, I was still thankful for the opportunity to check them out.

Awhile later, The League of Valor merged with The Phoenix Guard as part of the Warsong Alliance. TPG was a raiding guild and while I hated the guild…it was too big with too many hardcore gamers…I knew that my new-found friends were in the guild with me and that I’d try to make the best of it. I tried to be friendly with my new guildmates, but only a few of them responded to me. Before long, I felt like I was lost in the shuffle and decided to ask to return to The League of Valor. I found out that Czanse, Dergidan, and Korvik were going to form their own guild, Ordo Fidelis, and I decided to join because that’s where most of my friends were going.

Raiding Sucks, No It Rocks, No…No…It Sucks Again!
I really liked Ordo Fidelis, but I also had a change of heart regarding raids. I started to like them. I got a taste of the type of gear I could get and wasn’t sure if I was willing to give up raiding so quickly. I met someone online who pulled me along to different raiding guilds, pushing me to raid, to get better gear and to enjoy what he enjoyed about the game…which didn’t match what I enjoyed about the game. I remember getting into one of the top raiding guilds on the server at the time, but hating it. None of my friends were there and the boys in the new raiding guild made me talk on Vent just so they could hear my voice and make lewd comments about it because they only had one other girl in their guild. I knew that my being in their guild had absolutely nothing to do with my skill level and everything to do with the fact that a) I was female and b) My boyfriend at the time was very good friends with the Guild Master. That experience gave me yet another change of heart about raiding…I started to hate it. It was a humiliating and degrading experience and I finally gave up raiding to ultimately return to Ordo Fidelis.

For a little while after quitting the raiding guild, I wasn’t sure that Ordo would take me back. I left to go raiding after all and figured that they would be like the majority of other people that I had met in-game and be aggressive and mean about my decision to leave, so I threw myself wholeheartedly into PVP. Every night when I would get home from work, I would do Battlegrounds for a few hours. I was hoping to obtain the Grand Marshal ranking and all the glorious epics that went along with it, but after awhile reality set in and I realized that I’d have to PVP around the clock to get that rank and gear. I tried my hardest to go as far as I could, which turned out to be Knight-Captain. I missed the next rank by about 5% and gave up at that point because I was spending all my time PVP’ing and still not climbing the ranks like I wanted. I was and still am very proud of my PVP ranking and while I understand why Blizzard changed the entire system, I’m glad they didn’t take my title away. I worked really hard for it!

Ganking Was My Therapy
A lot of things changed for me after leaving the raiding guild and grinding PVP rank. I broke away from bad influences and started to assess my gaming experience. I decided that people weren’t going to come to me and while I was painfully shy, I had to reach out to people if I wanted to have a good time with the game. The game was a great hobby for me…I worked graveyard shift at the time and everything else was closed by the time I got off. I lost contact with a lot of my real life friends because of my job change and the game was an outlet for me to do something after I got off work that didn’t cost a ton of money. So, I started to talk more on Vent, to say hello to people that I hadn’t met previously and to offer my help completing quests, running low-level instances or just trying to help with beginner questions because I know that no one did that for me when I started out.

I must say, I was glad to be away from the raiding environment…I don’t know how players don’t get burned out on it so much quicker than they do! TeamSpeak was way too loud and chaotic, people would fight over loot and the micromanagement was horrific! There were five leaders at any given time: A Guild Leader, Raid Leader, DKP Leader, Master Looter, and Class Leader…it was just way too much. The best thing about raiding was my first epic, a Gutgore Ripper from Molten Core. I loved that dagger…it replaced a Finkle’s Skinner (that got a lot of laughs over TeamSpeak) but I didn’t care…I cherished that Gutgore Ripper, it was so cool looking and the stats! It was truly epic!

Ordo Fidelis For Life
I soon forged some great friendships in Ordo Fidelis and started to really enjoy the game for the first time since The League of Valor. This time around, the experience was so much richer because I was finally able to give back and to help people who were like me when I first started out. After awhile, and for some strange reason, I was promoted to Guild Templar, which is the highest rank. I was shocked at this, but very grateful. The other three Templars: Czanse, Dergidan, and Korvik were great people and we all had the same ideals about the game and the guild.

I remember the night I bought The Burning Crusade. I had it all installed and running by 3am and while my computer wasn’t quite up to snuff to handle all the lag, I had people waiting on me to log in that night to play together. It was a great feeling and very far from where I started in the great wide world of Azeroth years previously. I leveled Boombastic through Outlands and dinged 70 in Netherstorm. During the leveling grind, I was able to forge an amazing relationship built on laughs and honesty that I didn’t think was possible in real life or this fantasy world. And to think, I almost quit this game multiple times! I’m so glad I didn’t.

When Wrath of the Lich King came out, we leveled from 70-80 together and got there in almost a week. I dinged 80 in Zul’Drak – I went back to quest there since we skipped it while leveling. I love Northrend. The music, the atmosphere, it’s great! I loved Outlands too because of the memories I made out there with friends, but Northrend is so much more enjoyable to me than Outlands. I also love the way the gear looks so far. Well, except the helms. They’re hideous. But my shoulders are made out of tusks right now…how cool is that?!

I’ll probably talk about my alts here and there – I have a few. A 70 Mage, 70 Warrior, and 70 Priest. They’re all really fun to play in their own way and after leveling each of them, I learned so much more about the game! After attempting to tank an instance with a PUG and having the Rogue stunlock the mob so I couldn’t generate any rage, I stopped doing that on my Rogue in instances – it never occurred to me before leveling the tank. I figured out the best way to kill a Mage when I was playing my Mage and had to fight a Rogue. Leveling different classes is the best medicine for a noob – it really gives you an appreciation and understanding that I wouldn’t have without playing a Tank, Healer, and caster DPS. I don’t think I will ever have a high-level Paladin or Druid, though. They just don’t click with my play style.

So where is Boomba today?

You can read all about her adventures in this blog. I’m still an Officer in Ordo Fidelis, still hanging out with old friends and meeting new ones and while I’m not as helpful or as patient as I’d like to be these days, there is always time for reform and New Year’s Resolutions. 😉

Thanks for reading and welcome to my blog.
Boomba 😉

One comment

  1. brilliant!!!
    this makes me want to start helping out people who are just starting like i used too! i was very lucky in the fact that i started in TBC and the friends who got me started were right there with me to help…but i still remember feeling lost when they werent on. i want to thank you for this post! =)



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