I went into the Classic launch just curious. I've never played on Vanilla servers and in 2004 I only stuck around for about 9 months. I did go back in WotLK and stayed for about 3 years that time. In all honesty that's the "classic" I'd like to get back to... maybe it'll get there eventually.
I'm mostly curious about my own reaction going back to what was "normal" in MMOs 15 years ago. I have nothing against modern MMOs with all of their conveniences so I'm most curious about my reaction to the lack of conveniences.
I rolled a Warlock in Bloodsail Buccaneers, the one and only PvE RP server in NA. I've always felt that RP communities are the best of what MMOs offer even though I'm at best a "light" RPer. If I was going to do this at all, a good community is a must for me.Queues:
Even yesterday the longest I had to wait was 5 minutes. Today I logged right in with no queue. In any other type of server that'd be cause for concern after the inevitable exodus happens. In the only RP PvE server, not so much.Mob tagging:
I have to say after playing several MMOs with co-op mob kills this WOW thing just feels weird, especially before people spread out. The competition for tagging quest mobs is fierce and any class with an instant damage ability you can get in the early levels has a huge advantage. The noob area was so crazy yesterday I just logged off for a couple of hours and let it thin out a bit. Good move. It was more tolerable when I logged back in.Line-up for quest bosses:
This was both good and bad. I was in a 20 minute line-up to kill the head bandit of the human starter area. People actually stood in line and didn't try to be asshats cutting in. Groups of 5 were formed on the spot to make the line go faster. Needing to wait was a PITA but the community behavior was outstanding.Self-rooted casting:
God I miss action combat already lol. The pace is just glacially slow with everything having long cast times and then a 1.5s GDC after that. Not a surprise though. I was expecting to be annoyed by this and I am. It's actually viable to click abilities with your mouse. No gaming mouse required.Artificially super sized world:
Not that WOW was ever small in surface area but the very few rapid transit hubs, teleports and no mount till 40 really adds to the feeling of size... like a lot. The 1 hr CD on the hearthstone also adds to this (it's 30 minutes now on retail.) It's both a good and a bad thing. This along with everything else just creates a very chill and relaxed environment and I like that... when I'm not in a hurry to get to my trainer or do any other trivial housekeeping thing.I'm in a guild with strangers already!
Thanks to Princess and her entourage, I grouped with a few people, carried on getting some bandit bandannas, chatted a bit and one of them invited me to their guild.So far...
It may just be the launch buzz but the community here already feels much better than anything I have experienced elsewhere in the past 10 years. We'll see how that shakes down later on. The game mechanics? Well... all I can say is that so far I'm tolerating them