The Author’s History in World of Warcraft

I started playing World of Warcraft in 2005 starting with the Vanilla release. These were the days when the Arcanite Reaper reigned supreme, MMORPGs were becoming mainstream, and everyone still hated Paladins. It was what many consider the golden age.

Paragon Federation – Chilastra

I first started playing MMORPGs in general with Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided in 2003, up until the Combat Upgrade by SOE that radically changed the game. My guild at the time was Paragon Federation <TPF>, which I helped found with some friends on the SWG forums in 2002 before the game hit alpha testing.

Although we accomplished crazy things on the Chilastra server, the guild closed down a while after the New Game Enhancement expansion was implemented, long after I quit SWG.

In 2005, I joined a new multi-gaming guild, Trinity, vouched in by my old friend Yil Geivan from Paragon Federation.

Gruul's Lair

Trinity Republic – Starsider

Trinity was also a semi-hardcore family type guild on the Starsider server mainly during the years 2003-2005 while I was in TPF (Chilastra), and later on they transitioned to play on the Bloodhoof server in World of Warcraft.

In 2007, a large portion of us transferred over to the Terokkar server (I took a break from the game during this), as overpopulation was becoming a problem on many of the original servers.

I raided a short time with the guild Fallen Grace (which eventually became inactive) when I returned, and then transferred my character to Terokkar to rejoin Trinity (renamed Trinity Exiles) a year later. It was the last place I would be before I said goodbye to World of Warcraft in 2010.

A Brief History in World of Warcraft


Vikstone is my only character, a Night Elf Warrior. Historically, I always took the traditional warrior class archetype in online games. Unfortunately, I never had the time to play WoW consistently and level up other classes, so the only class I was ever fully devoted to was the Warrior.

I became accustomed to its many advantages and challenging aspects in PvP (switching stances in different situations, Intercept, Intervene), habits you can only learn through trial and error. It was probably true for all of WoW’s classes, but I just never had the time. The only thing I wanted to learn about the other classes was how to kill them more efficiently in the battlegrounds.

My end-game goal was not to get the highest tier raid gear, but to spend a lot of time doing PvP, in hopes to get better and eventually compete with the best (or just beat the goddamn Horde in Warsong Gulch).

By the time I stopped playing Wrath of the Lich King, Vikstone had 17,300 honorable kills and completed the heroic version of every dungeon in Northrend. The World of Warcraft Cinematic Guide is Vikstone’s last farewell to the WoW community, before I moved on to playing EVE Online in 2010.

Vikstone at the end of WotLK