I’m a bit late to the party. This was the Shared Topic suggested by Oath from Dressed to Cuddle on Blog Azeroth from a couple of weeks ago. As I’ve only just caught up on my Feedreader today I got excited after reading a couple of posts and decided to write about my eavesdropping experiences too.
Have you ever been out and about and overheard someone talking about WoW, or someone overheard you and butted in?
I don’t know what it says about me but I seem to find this quite a bit! Perhaps there is just a large WoW community in Brisbane, Australia or maybe I just attract it because I play with so many people I know IRL. Whatever the reason I seem to stumble across WoWers and eavesdrop in on their conversations quite frequently. Ok, I admit it, I’m a bit of a snoop!
The Nerdy Bus Girls
The first time it happened I had only been playing for a few months and was still a complete noob. I was on a pretty empty bus and 3 girls were talking about Molten Core and priest healing at the top of their lungs. I remembered being so excited because I’m sure to the remaining passengers it sounded like these girls were speaking a strange new language – it was a language that actually made sense to me!
The Mac Guy
When Cass decided to take the plunge and move to a Mac laptop one of the most important questions she had to ask the salesman was “How will this run WoW?” It turned out the salesman played and even demonstrated how fast it loaded by logging into his level 70 druid who was sitting in Epic Bird Form in the middle of Shattrah city. I was in complete awe. Oh and yes the Mac impressed me too.
The Coffee Club Waiter
During BC when my old guild – Insanity Later had just decided to try doing 25 man Gruuls Lair (we were months behind the raiding curve). Cass, my partner, brother and I were all out for brunch and had started discussing strategies and how we could best get down HKM.
We were sitting quite close to the counter and when we went up to pay, the guy at the register asked us what server we played World of Warcraft on. He then went on to tell us about how he played on Frostmourne as Horde and was in this awesome guild who was about to start Reliquary of Souls in Black Temple. He was so excited to meet fellow WoW players, even if we were so fresh at raiding we had no clue who or what Reliquary of Souls was!
EB Games Launch of WotLK
So this one is a little more obvious because everyone in the queue was after their pre-ordered copy of WotLK. What I really loved about the midnight release was how clear it was that people of all different ages, backgrounds, sex and race play WoW. I spotted a couple of people I know from work who introduced me to some of their guildies and also had a good conversation with the random guys in front of us. Pizza, Red Bull and WoW was a great combination to get everyone relaxed and ready to break the ice!
Even though Cass was a tad tipsy by the time she joined me in queue (she had been out earlier that night) I couldn’t convince her to join into the dance competition. She did however go in the trivia comp and actually won a fairly ugly troll figurine.
The Thai Cross Over
My final and most recent WoW in RL cross over: Brute and I (I’m sure I’ve mentioned already that we work together) went out to have lunch at a nearby Thai restaurant. We were sitting there talking about raiding, the guild and all things WoW and after about 30 minutes I realised that the two guys sitting at the table right next to us were talking about Rogues and PVP! What are the chances that the people right next to you would also be out having a WoW catchup? Brute typically being a male missed it completely and didn’t realise until I told him – go figure.
So what about you guys – have you every had your in game and real life worlds collide? Share the details!