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To all you young kids out there, that's a quote by the greatest star of the 90s, Pauly Shore, from one of his greatest movies, Son in Law. It also describes my relationship with World of Warcraft again. I'm back. Though, I never said I would be gone for good. I've been away long enough that everything is new to me again, which is pretty enjoyable.

This is also how I looked when I logged
into WoW for the first time.

I popped in finally late on Friday, and compared to a lot of people, I had no problems getting in and playing on Eitrigg. I've learned through my many years of game launches (on PC and on consoles) that's it's always good to wait a few days. My only Level 90 was my Dwarf Hunter, Gertbee, so I used him first. He looks much more badass now with the updated character models and he doesn't run like a derp anymore. I made it through the initial Draenor quests with him and started his garrison.

I spent a few days internally battling myself trying to figure out which character to boost to 90. One path was to boost a lower character that I've been slowly leveling up, but with my now limited time, I wasn't sure if I would play them anyway. The next path was to boost my Alliance Auction Mule. I try to keep that character pretty level so I can disenchant things, etc. But, I felt that may have been a wasted boost. The last path was to boost Sideshow since he was still only level 87. In the end, I decided on the last path. I wanted to do the Horde quest lines, but I wasn't looking forward to getting him to 90 before I could do that.

So, I boosted Sideshow. I didn't really read any fine print, so while I was happy to see him in new, sweet-looking gear, I was a bit worried when I logged in found his bags completely empty and only like 3 skills to use. It turns out, if I would've RTFM, that they mail you your old belongings and they slowly unlock new skills and talents throughout the initial quest line. Honestly, I think that is a slick process, especially if you're new to the class you're boosting. It allows you to start out slowly and learn the basics, just like when you start a new character.

Now, both of my characters are about at the same spot. They're both level 91 and have done some basic garrison stuff. I'm excited to get more into my garrison as that looks like a lot of fun, sort of a casual side to the main game. Plus, it gives you all sorts of bonuses to professions or mounts. I also like the follower system where you send them on quests. It's very similar to the Assassin's Creed thing where you send your assassins (or ships in AC IV) on quests, and I imagine some other games have done it before.

I'm glad that I'm thoroughly excited for this new expansion. While it's not as exciting as my first time in game  or that of the my first expansions, it's a nice feeling to have again. Maybe one of these days we'll get Syrana back in.

On a related note, I started a character that I play along with my 4-year-old. She picked a Blood Elf Hunter named Risaralissa (randomized choice.) She holds the run button and occasionally hits attack buttons while I steer and keep her alive. She's really enjoying it so far, but we're only like level 7. I hope this experience will be a good topic for some future posts..and maybe some videos? Who knows. She's a little ham.

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We are a family of gamers. Mom (Darcy/Syrana) and Dad (Brian/Sideshow) have been gaming for as long as they can remember back when you only had a joystick to use and saved your games to cassette tapes.

They've been gaming together since they met in 2002. Sometime after 2006, they both started playing World of Warcraft and did that for many years. They started this blog, originally called Sideshow & Syrana which has now transitioned to the new Stay-At-Home Gamers site, while keeping all of the original content.

Starting in 2010, two more gamers came along (now known as Princess Boo and Mr. X) and they are now old enough where they both enjoy playing games and watching others play games. They are both excited to have others to watch them play their favorite games. Come along with us and let's enjoy these games together!