Having written what’s below, I’m thinking you can’t tell at all that I love this version of the game. But I do. Whenever I log in I feel I’m home. It’s a gift of time travel to be able to play through this era of the game I never played the first time. The community is so nice. I have my best friend at my side whenever I need him. The game is rich in all ways. I wouldn’t want to stay behind in TBC, so I don’t mind for myself that there won’t be TBC servers. I’m excited to move onward and plan to have as many of my characters ready for Northrend as I can manage.
The Classic version of the game is where I spend virtually all my play time. It’s a challenge and a delight. There’s always a place I thought I knew well that is very different in this era of the game.
Dungeons are high on the list of Very Different Things. The one that stands out for me the most is the Sunken Temple in the Swamp of Sorrows. I’ve pugged that dungeon so many times in my years in WOW. I’ve memorized the layout and know just where the Temple is in the world.
So I go overland the first time to find the place and I go along the coastline to get there as the path of least resistance. Whoa. Not along the coast.
Inside, you can’t get a map layout of the place. As is common in the TBC dungeons, you have quite a ways to go through non elite mobs before you find the actual dungeon entrance. Once in this one, instead of the layout above, you have a multi-tier layout and need to make your way around various balconies before you can move down a level. All packs are in groups of five. So. Odd.
I always play all classes. One of my intents in playing classic was to learn all of them from the ground up. You can do that here as you gain and really need to use every skill you purchase.
Everything you pick up is useful, either as a crafting agent, weapons or armor, food, drink, or you love getting junk to sell because money is tight.
In this era of the game, you feel like a genuine hero right away. No one has enough troops to fight whatever is marauding in your area, and they really need you.
The world feels cohesive, it all fits together and leads you naturally from one area to the next.
Someone will always help you if you ask.
My family is in this era of the game playing, which of course helps a lot. You can get help with anything since my spouse has a level 69 Mage. He has the highest level character of all of us, something that’s never happened before, but he’s the best.
I’ve come to realize that leveling up characters is actually my favorite part of any game. As you level in this era, it really feels rewarding.
We’re on Bloodsail Buccaneers, and it has a homey feel to it. Lots of new people coming in to prepare for Wrath.