Naming RightsMay 23, 2009 at 5:19 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
Tags: Druid, Healing, Hunters, Mark of the Wild, Tanking, Warlocks, World of Warcraft
Hello Marked Readers –
I expect this post is being read mostly long after it’s written since it usually takes some time to build up a readership. In any event, thanks for reading!
My name is (in various spellings) Nozekrusher and I play a druid on Anvilmar. I also have a few other toons there as well, including Nosecrusher, my hunter, my first toon to 70 , and my first main. Eblis rounds the main toons I’ll be talking about in this blog. Eblis is my warlock/chanter/bank/moneymaker.
How did I come up with 2 Nosecrushers and an Eblis? Well, it wasn’t always that way, actually. As I said, Nosecrusher was my first toon. I don’t really remember how I came up with the name, other than I wanted something mean sounding. I guess since getting hit in the nose sounded painful, getting your nose CRUSHED would be worse.
So I started playing Nosecrsuher and happily leveling him to Outland when I read an forum thread on Allakhazam about making gold by disenchanting cheap greens found through Auctioneer. One of the things they suggested was starting a bank alt (yes, I was very clueless back in the day). I did some research and learned that warlocks were fun to level and played much like hunters. Good enough for me, so I started my warlock. In choosing a name, I wanted a dark, sinister name, maybe a synonym for the devil or demon or something along those lines. After some searching I came across Eblis. Well, who could resist having a toon named after the cheif of all the djin? Or the ruler of all devils. What warlock could pass up a name that means ‘despair’? Eblis had a name – a not-so-unique name at that.
When my guild needed tanks and healers, I decided to roll a druid to help them out. I am an officer, after all! Lead by example! Druids are Tauren, no choice there. And Tauren are bovine-like in appearance. Being a bit of a francophile, I wanted to fit ‘vache’ into the name (vache is french for cow). Unfortunately, vache was taken, along with many other combinations. Eventually, I came up with Vachequitue, which means CowWhoKills. I was set.
And for the next 18 months or so, everything stayed the same. I was called Nose by most folks who knew me, especially in guild, since Nosecrusher was how they met me. It didn’t matter if I was on Eblis or Vachequitue, I was Nose. A few folks called me Vache, but they mostly gave in to the crowd. And I liked it. Nose is a short, simple name, and distinctive. What I didn’t like was having to explain what Vachequitue meant, or being whispered in French. (I’m like French history and all, and at one point I could speak the language, but that was a looonnng time ago).
So a few months ago, I started contemplating a name change. I had to overcome a few obstacles first. The first was mental. I started playing WoW to supplement my entertainment budget during some tough financial times. $15 a month sure beats $40 a night at the bars. So actually paying for something extra like a name change was a strange concept for me. Second was, well, all the good Nosecrusher variants were taken. I know this because I took them. Knowscrusher? My aborted priest and current guild AH mule. Nozecrusher and Nosekrusher? Both taken by toons created and forgotten. I know I could just delete these toons and resue the name, but when I tried this, they always say the name is taken. I’m sure I could get a GM to free it up, but that’s just too much trouble. Eventually, I came up with Nozekrusher, though. It fits, obviously, and overall it has worked out well. Best $10 I’ve ever spent? Nah, but I’m glad I did it. (And it’s a great way to weed out your friends list too!)
Well, that’s my first post. Hope you enjoyed it. I do plan on talking more about the specifics of playing a druid in WoW, especially as a bear and tree. I’ll share my thoughts on gear, enchants, professions. I’m not a theorycrafter and I don’t have the absolute answer. In fact, I expect that reader feedback (when it’s there) will help be become a better druid by pointing out where I’m wrong.
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