First, let me say it: I was not ready for the shattering. I kept my thoughts to myself but as my guild was settling down for the night, placing all their characters in the proper spots, and as I reset all my characters' hearths, something inside me was wailing: I am not ready.
I never finished my video "Every Man."
I never got to experience those classic quests one more time.
I thought I'd be ready. But I'm not.
I read Matticus' post
today and I confess - I nearly cried. So... here are mine, only in a slightly different format...
I'll never again...
...help Tirion Fordring save his son from the Scarlet Crusade.
...rescue Sharpbeak from the trolls in the Hinterlands.
...run through Zul'Gurub while Neemyst tries to get me killed by pulling every spider in the entire zone.
...or do so many other things that I won't even realize are gone until it's too late.
I watched the first minute of Wowcrender's Farewell to Northrend
. I couldn't watch more than that. I cried. Good or bad, Northrend has been my home.
So, instead of depressing my readers any further, let me simply offer a word of warning, by way of a story.
I have played WoW since vanilla, but I never saw an expansion drop. I always took a hiatus during the time between expansions, then came back several months after the new expansion was released. When I logged back in the first time after Wrath had come out (about 6 months after its release), the first thing I did was try to get to Darnasus. I flew to Menethil harbor, went out to the dock and...
...and the strangest looking ship that I had ever seen pulled up. WTF?
I asked the dockmaster standing by where this ship went and was told that it took me to Howling Fjord. WTF?!
What the hell is Howling Fjord? And where the hell is my boat to Auberdine?!
I asked some people on the general chat channels how to get to Darnasus and was told that I had to go through Stormwind. WHAT. THE. FUCK?!
How the hell do I get to Auberdine through Stormwind?! There are no boats in Stormwind!!
...and they looked at me like I was a raving lunatic. Note: For those of you who are even now looking at me like I'm a raving lunatic, I assure you - before Wrath, THERE WAS NO STORMWIND HARBOR. I swear! >.>
So, the moral of this story is that the big changes? A lush Desolace, a split Barrens, a destroyed Auberdine... we're ready for those. We're braced for those.
The changes that will pull our feet out from under us and knock the wind from our chest will be the small ones. The ones we never expected, and that we never knew we depended on. So, brace yourselves. Because I assure you - You are NOT prepared.