It’s been a long, strange trip indeed. A year ago, I was oblivious to the multiplayer aspect of WoW. I played because Chris enjoyed having me there and it was an accessible, highly customizable game that quickly became a nice distraction and fun way to pass the time. I wanted to get more involved, but despite all the raid and arena youtube video’s Chris pulled out, it all seemed very far out of reach and almost impossible to do. The seasonal events provided a nice mid-step for me. Saving Goldshire from the Headless Horseman a year ago was probably the closest I had come to other players at the time. I joined my first PUG to get the Red winter hat for the Merrymaker achievement and I joined my first guild and tagged along on a few guild runs to get to the Elders in the Northrend Dungeons. It’s not so much that the achievement was responsible, but the fact that working towards it coincided with me learning how to play makes it something truly memorable.
I worked really hard to get it done. It involved a lot of crying, hurting, huge frustration and quite a few moments where I felt as if I’d pushed myself over the edge for some silly pixel present. But it also required plenty of creative thinking to solve the issues that sometimes seemed unsolvable, it provided a great opportunity to hang out with friends and there’s some truly memorable hysterically funny and enjoyable events that happened along the way. I really enjoyed doing this achievement and I’m almost sad that it’s over… until I get up in the air and have the 30% speed bonus.