Gaming since 1985
Like most responsible people, I have been playing games since a very young age. I've played a huge variety of games, but generally enjoy action/adventure games the most.
A life in Warcraft
For quite a few years now I have been strongly interested in the Warcraft series of games, produced by Blizzard Entertainment.
For several years I acted as one of the lead site administrators, helping with all sides of the running of the wiki – the general theming and main page are two of my most obvious efforts.
ClearFont, a World of Warcraft addon
ClearFont was downloaded several hundred thousand times since it launched in September 2005! In December 2006 a complete recode of the addon, called ClearFont2, was launched.
It allowed users to change the typefaces used in WoW for a simpler, cleaner set. I received several positive messages from those with sight issues - it was never a particular intention to aid such issues, so it was a rather pleasant surprise!
Development of the addon has now ceased, as I no longer had the time to maintain it - but replacements exist, one of which I use :)
World of Warcraft characters
I have several characters on several different realms:
Chekov : level 90 Alliance hunter (Stormrage EU).
My current main character, started soon after release of The Burning Crusade.
Warburn : level 80 Alliance warlock (Stormrage EU).
My first ever character! Currently inactive.
Salvera : level 80 Horde death knight (Stormrage EU).
Started during Wrath of the Lich King, in order to experience all the Horde-side content.
Plus, of course, I have a whole host of other characters at other levels...
A brief history...
Warcraft: Orcs & Humans
I first played this at school on one of the Macs. Great fun, though I recall a few fights over whose turn it was next.
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness
One of the first proper games I bought! Unfortunately, I never played the expansion – crazy...
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos + The Frozen Throne
By this point, I was really getting into Warcraft, and bought the Collector's Edition while on holiday in Germany. Fortunately, it was in English :) Fantastic storyline, and great fun to play.
World of Warcraft
Having never had experience with an MMO before, I bought WoW on the very first day of EU release on the strength of the reviews and franchise alone! Foolishly, I did not buy the Collector's Edition. I still remember that first crazy day in Goldshire...
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
I was fortunate enough to be allowed a chance to beta test the WoW expansion pack. Thank you Blizzard, it made the winter months fly past! Additionally, by this point I had started collecting all the various novels and guides that accompany WoW.
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
Once again I was fortunate enough to be given a chance to beta test the new expansion pack. Another great experience – it's incredibly interesting to see games in live development. It's also awesome to see the lore of the game really starting to take central stage.
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and Mists of Pandaria
More opportunities to beta test, the fun never ends :)