20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge: Day 01 – Introduce yourself

I’ve decided to take up the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge by Saga of Spellbound to commemorate my 3 month anniversary at the end of January. I also figured it would be a good way to get the writing juices flowing and generate some content between the usual gold making posts. On with the show!

There really isn’t a whole lot to say about myself. I’m a 19 year old student living in Ontario, studying Civil Engineering Technology. For as long as I remember I’ve enjoyed playing video games, from Gameboys to Wiis to PC. My earliest memory of video games was playing Master of Orion II on my dad’s laptop that he brought home from work. I got hooked on reading at an early age as well, often reading advanced books for my age (apparently reading The Di Vinci Code at age 11 isn’t the norm, who knew).

Skipping ahead a few years, I picked up World of Warcraft in the summer of 2009, and started levelling a druid at a painfully slow pace (apparently it didn’t occur to me to pick up multiple quests at the same time – shut up) before giving up at level 32 and picking up a paladin, which I blew through the levels with and becoming my first max level character. I originally started raiding as protection, and fearlessly got the shit beat out of me for the sake of progression. Half way through my guild’s (at the time) progression through Wrath of the Lich King, until my guild needed a healer, so I switched to holy, loved it, and stuck with it ever since.

I took a break in fall of 2010, leaving the game late August (when I picked up a new job and was starting college) and resuming again in mid-November (just in time for Cataclysm, though I missed glyphmas for gold making). I started gold making in the spring of 2010, and since then have been working on making gold while I’ve been playing World of Warcraft (unfortunately when I went on hiatus I gave all my gold to my friend, set me back a bit).

During my hiatus from World of Warcraft I decided to take up a Team Fortress 2 server for my old gaming community Skul`Shock. It unfortunately didn’t really do too well, and after a few months of running it on the side half-assed while playing WoW I finally called it quits. I found it was a good experience though, and I picked up some programming skills when I started writing my own programming with SourcePawn, so it wasn’t a complete waste of time. Plus, it was kind of fun.

When I returned to World of Warcraft a huge factor was I missed the economy and making gold ingame. I know, kind of weird right? I slipped into raiding with my old guild again pretty easily, but I soon moved servers to start a guild with a few friends (which flopped pretty quickly). It wasn’t till the spring of 2011 that I really got into the swing of raiding, joining a 25man heroic raiding guild, and I had a blast. By the time Firelands rolled around however raiding was starting to feel like a chore, and by the time the guild I was in blew up (October 2011) it was a relief that I didn’t have to show up and raid anymore, though occasionally I still do miss raiding. It was shortly after this that I decided to start a blog, something I probably wouldn’t have done if I was still raiding.

Stay tuned for upcoming posts in this series, they cover various other topics that I have missed in the intro. Hope you enjoy!

Check out my other posts in the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge

About the author

Eric Dekker

Gamer. Student. Nerd. Author of The Golden Crusade. Find him on + and Twitter.


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