I’ve played World of Warcraft since right after The Burning Crusade expansion. I used to reminisce about a game that was actually a challenge. Where the game used to be actually hard, requiring you to group up or spend hours working your ass off to get better gear and raise your skill levels at weapons and defense; it’s now all so nerfed that it can only be compared to welfare for gamers.
Everything is given to you. You no longer have to work hard for anything. All you need is time, not skill. The dungeons are easier. Questing is easier. (Way easier.) A players ability to obtain epic gear is practically given to them. Lore has lost its meaning because game play has become all about end game.
If you ask a new player today, even if they’re a level 100, about the story behind the Undercity, they’ve not got a clue. What happened in the Throne Room? And who the hell is Arthas anyway? They don’t fucking know. All of these things make the game important.
It seems these days Blizzard is more compelled to suck up to the Asian style game glamour, hence Mists of Pandaria, which I found to be juvenile and boring. It just doesn’t fit.
Wrath of the Lich King was sort of cool, but it was all down hill from there. Cataclysm? It changed the landscape I guess, for the worse. Warlords of Draenor? Just more of the same boring stuff except they added a Garrison feature where you get to build your own stronghold. Even than isn’t done very well. They should have taken notes from Rift on their Dimension feature where you actually get to build, every block and stone, fantastic dwellings. But people are still drawn to WoW by the millions. Go figure.
Why? Well, because it reflects what’s going on in the rest of society as a whole. People have gotten lazy. They want to be given things without having to work for them. They want to go from 0 to 100 with ease, without learning anything about the game, and without having any skill. This makes the game boring.
But all the little kiddies get to say, “I play WoW! Look at me, I’ve got a lvl 100 Paladin with all this cool transmorged gear!” And they think they’re actually a hard core gamer.
I quit playing retail Wow over a year ago, but every now and then get the urge to play. I fire up the retail version, start a new character, then see if I can revive the same feeling I used to get when I played, which was a total thrill. But nope. Nothing happened. The game has nothing for me anymore. I also hate what they’ve done to the areas, but progress, right? Change is good, right? In certain cases yes, but not when it means it ruins the integrity of the game.
So recently, after having heard about a legacy “vanilla” server called Nostalrius being shut down, and watching the video of hundreds of thousands of players gathering during the last moments of their server being live, and remembering what it felt like when Warhammer Online went belly up, I decided to see if there were any other vanilla Wow servers available to play on.
A team was attempting to create a Burning Crusade server called “PlayTBC.com.” It failed to launch although they did quickly amass a huge user base anxious to play the game they used to love. I downloaded and installed the client, but was never able to connect. Hardly anyone else was either. To this day the server and website remains unavailable.
I searched for other legacy servers and found one that was not only easy to install, but has been rock solid. I’ve played many hours on it and it’s great! I’ve even made some purchases to their website and have had absolutely no issues at all. The server is called “Excalibur” and it runs The Burning Crusade version 2.4.3. There are always a lot of players on, but there are more Horde than Alliance. So if you join, try starting with an Alliance character to level things out and make getting into battle grounds quicker.
The first time I logged on though I started what I started with on my very first time playing WoW: an Undead Warrior. I was so thrilled to see Deathknell and Brill as they used to be, and the Undercity, and Orgrimar!!! Poor Cairne. I miss him, and Thrall too! But they’re back!
I made a little video so you can share in my joy. It’s just a few characters running around the landscape. Enjoy!