Back when I first started playing and I was exploring for the first time, I knew nothing about add ons, and I didn’t really have any preferences about the UI. That’s definitely not the case now.
The first thing I’ve had to do upon logging in is get the UI working how I want it to, and thankfully due to profiles in most of the complicated add ons, it didn’t take very long. I use ElvUI, with a bit of customisation with kgpanels, bazooka to give me some ‘at a glance’ info, and ArkInventory with a very specific configuration for my bags. There are others, but this isn’t really meant to be a UI discussion blog.
One thing I have enjoyed so far is the limited number of spells I have. Well, when I say limited… I have one. Smite. My play style so far has been along the lines of Smite-Smite-Smite-Dead and it feels so clean I know the skill in playing is knowing all your abilities and when to use them, but it’s nice for a change.
Smite, smite, smite, smite….
I decided not to use any heirlooms for this so I’d get the chance to actually see whole quest lines. It also means I get to care about quest rewards! Really looking forward to seeing the back of these rags. I’ve also turned music on, because I remember it made a huge impact on me in the early days, I just find it disturbs my concentration when raiding so it’s usually turned off now. The Gnomeregen music could actually be a form of torture though, it’s going round and round inside my head.
I don’t remember the starter zones being quite so peaceful it has to be said. Everything’s yellow, waiting for me to pick the fight. But whatever, I don’t care because I just dinged for the first time
HOORAH. First of many.
I got a bit distracted catching myself a companion – I’ve never really got into pet battles, but I do like pets. Some of you may be noticing a naming convention. Anyway, I’ve never seen a mechanical cat before so it was a nice surprise!
Also I really want a pair of this lady’s goggles. The picture doesn’t do it justice, but they have flashing lights along the top!
The true meaning of bling
The next bit of the story amused me. Decontamination required me to trust my life to a bit of gnomish engineering, which promptly exploded with me inside.
As if being irradiated wasn’t a bad enough start to your day
But then my wishes were answered, no more rags! The machine exploded and granted me a set of robes. I shall doubt gnomish engineering prowess no longer.
Marquis isn’t interested in the slightest
I then scared the life out of myself with the pneumatic lift, actually read the quest and realised I could get a free teleport to the surface – I am free, and the guys on the surface are treating me like a bit of a hero. Fantastic.
My first steps outside the tunnels and I’m actually blown away by how pretty the world is. I should take time to just look around more often.
Clouds or the northern lights?
They sent me to meet the king – he looks just as mental as I imagined a Gnomish king to look. And we’re best buds now.
His goggles aren’t as good as the other woman’s
I have officially escaped Gnomeregen, so I’ll end this post here. I don’t expect that future posts will be anywhere near as detailed as this, but I’ve had fun