I Love Gnomes
From the very first time I zoned into the Gnomeregan starter area, and I heard those kazoos, I was hooked on Gnomes.
I love their resilience: their capital city has been destroyed by a devastating betrayal that shook the very foundations of Gnomish society, killing most of their population (and dooming even more to a half-life of zombiesque servitude to an insane master), but they’re still happy to see you. (“What can we do to help? Have a good day now!”)
I love their essential goodness. Gnomes always seem to try to do the right thing, even when it comes at great cost to themselves. If you need to clean up an oil spill, replant a forest, restore an ecosystem or contain—but not kill—an enemy, you always want the Gnomes on your side.
I love the sheer visceral joy of tanking on a three-foot-tall, pink-pigtailled DK who squeaks like a chew toy every time she gets hit, but nevertheless beats the everlovin’ stuffing out of forces of evil hundreds of times her size.
I love the fact that, if I ever AFK for a minute or two in a populated area, about 30% of the time I return to find someone RPing with my gnomes. I don’t play on an RP server: this just happens spontaneously. It never happens, at all, on my other characters.
I love the scope for frivolity that playing a gnome allows. People just seem to be more willing to be silly and play along when there’s a gnome leading the charge. (When a human says “FOR STORMWIND!”, people roll their eyes and tell him to get a life. When a gnome says “FOR GNOMEREGAN”, people charge right in with you.)
But above all else, I love what playing gnomes has allowed me to do.
See, I don’t just like gnomes. I like gnomes so much that my current WoW project is levelling myself a “full set” of gnomes: one of every class, all the way to 90.
This project has forced me to play classes and roles which I’d never previously explored. Sometimes I learn that I’ve actually got a knack for aspects of the game that never appealed to me before.
Sometimes all I learn is how a spec and rotation works, why other players play the way they do, and how to play a given role with competence. I’ll never be an amazing Windwalker, but at least now I know how they work, which will make me a better tank and healer.
But I always learn. I always take something away. And without my gnomes to inspire me to do this, I’d still be playing a Human priest, not exploring anything, not trying new things—if I were still playing at all.
In short, Gnomes have made the game bigger for me than I’d ever thought possible. And for that?
I love them.
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