(This really is about WoW…with a bit of history) I got a call yesterday from an old High School buddy who lives up in the frozen wastelands of Detroit. He has just moved into a new home and, when unpacking the boxes, he came across something from our past. He says…
“You’ll never believe what I found. Remember your old Frog RC car? The one with the Bolink motor in it?”
I almost fell over. When we were kids a group of us used to have a hell of a lot of fun building, racing and modifying remote control cars. We’d be at it for hours. When we all went off to college we put all of our cars in a box vowing one day to get back together again and run those little things around. My buddy drew the short straw and was put in charge of their well being. The box went into his parents basement and was quickly forgotten about.
Now that fact that he found the cars was pretty neat but the thing that really hit me was his mention of the Bolink motor. Bolink is a maker of remote control car parts and they are still around (however they don’t seem to make motors anymore). Bolink is the name I use for my main toon in World of Warcraft and one I’ve used for gaming since day one.
This little phone call brought back a flood of memories of my geeky childhood. Even back to the very first time I played D&D with a bunch of friends in the basement. The two liters of Mountain Dew, packages of Oreo cookies, the dice, the piles of papers and pencil dust…the whole thing. I recall that the first ever Bolink was a Paladin of some sort. We had a buddy who had a wild imagination and really did a fun job at running games. In fact, on one little adventure, the leg of my character was hacked off by some sort of giant. From that day forward, and for years after, he was known as Bolink the One Legged Paladin.
Flash forward to after college. I’m at my place deep in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado on a freezing cold night with little to do. In my hands I’m holding a brand new game called Everquest, fresh off the shelf at Walmart, someone had told me about. I figured I’d better try it before the whole Internet died (Y2K…ahhh!!). I plugged the phone line into the back of my desktop (broadband? what’s that?) and loaded the game. I had no idea what was going on. None. I made my little guy, a Shaman, ran up the the first guard I saw and promptly got killed. If you played EQ back in “the day” you might remember that the “a” key was the default auto-attack (might still be). If you were not playing attention, had a guard targeted to talk with, and hit “a” by mistake you’d be dead in a half a second.
After I got my feet under me in EQ I rerolled a Druid (creatively also named, you guessed it, Bolink) and set off to conquer the land. It was simply amazing to me that there I was, playing a real live (sort of) version of D&D, online, with thousands of other people. What a riot! When I was playing D&D in the basement there was no Internet to speak of. It simply was not there. There were a few Bulletin Boards you could find with your modem (who’s been around long enough to remember bulletin boards?). Or there was Compuserve in its infancy (anyone play Island of Kesmai in ASCII mode?) Times have changed, of course, and today games like WoW and EQ are simply par for the course. But back then it was a wonder.
I’m going to use this little spot to relay some of the adventures of Bolink in WoW. Good stuff, bad stuff, old and new. Hope you enjoy.