While other Massive Multi-Player Online Role-Playing Games might have come before it, World of Warcraft is acknowledged as the leader in the field, with a membership of over 10 million people. In its lush forests, soaring, dragon-haunted mountains and mystery-shrouded deserts, you will run into people from all walks of life – there is no particular kind of person who plays an MMO.
But very little has been written about the phenomenon, aside from technical manuals on how to play the game, or academic studies. No book has explored what people find so enjoyable about WoW, or the adventures they’ve had in the virtual world of Azeroth, which is as deep in lore and back story as any fantasy trilogy.
Fantasy writer Storm Constantine, who is a fan of MMOs and finds them intriguingly inspiring, felt it was time that players had their say. Drawing upon the talents of other professional writers who play the game, as well as those of players who were simply eager to write about their passion, she has compiled the first anthology of articles and short stories about World of Warcraft.
This book is not simply aimed at those who already play WoW, but anyone who is curious about the game. From articles with tips and advice, to humorous anecdotes of in-game adventures and fictional pieces that have been inspired by the experience of Azeroth, ‘What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been’ opens the gates of the often mysterious world of MMOs and reveals some of the wonders beyond.
Featuring stories by Justina Robson, Adrian Tchaikovsky and Sarah Cawkwell, plus a new story from Storm Constantine.
Cover art by BlackMysticA
Immanion Press, paperback, 2011, 978-1-907737-26-8