WoW: Gnome race – IntPiPoMo 2016 (2)

This post is the second in a series this month for International Picture Posting Month, see this post for more details.

Last night my guild in WoW (Wyld Hunt, Moonglade EU) organised a Gnome race for its anniversary. The rules were simple enough – create a level 1 Gnome as your competition character. No mounts, no toys or other cheats. We were then given a portal from the Gnomeregan starter zone to Shattrath. The race was from that city, on foot, to Eco-dome Farfield in the far north of Netherstorm.

On your marks, get set ...

On your marks, get set …

What followed was an hour of crazy, fun, yet rather tense death-zerging runs across Zangarmarsh, Bladesedge Mountains and Netherstorm. It was a great example of player-created content. We had some high-level characters from the guild as marshalls flying around above us all to ensure no cheating occurred and to offer encouragement.

Insects lurk under bridges in Zangarmarsh

Insects lurk under bridges in Zangarmarsh

Level 1 characters in WoW are aggro-magnets. Monsters will run halfway across a field to attack you on the not-so-safe road, and any hit from a level 60-70 monster was instant death for our poor wee Gnomes. Even the many hunters we had in the race fared no better as at level 1 you can’t command your pet to act as a meatshield diversion.

Bladesedge Mountains *shudder*

Bladesedge Mountains *shudder*

The nasty insects of Zangarmarsh were nothing however, compared to the Gnome-hungry wildcats, crazed ravagers and invisible spiders of Bladesedge Mountains. That zone was really tough to cross. One of the based and graveyards to which we were returned so many times was Toshley Station. That place will be forever stuck in my memory now as it, and the graveyard just outside the town, is surrounded by hungry ravagers.

Nearing the end

Nearing the end

Netherstorm was a bit easier in comparison, possibly because of some well-timed revivals as other competitors were distracting the local wildlife. A little friendly competition can bring out the ruthless competitor in anyone…

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But I became very familiar with the run onwards from Area 52 as that’s the only Alliance graveyard for a very large part of the zone. Eventually, almost exactly on the hour mark, I managed to reach Eco-Dome Farfield and claim a runners-up prize; the gold, silver and bronze awards were already long given away, but it was nice to receive a little something.

A new account-bound pet

A new account-bound pet

IntPiPoMo 2016 picture count: 16/50

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