Wow. Just… wow. That’s about the only word I can muster for the amount of sheer awe that I have for this. Which coming from a guy who spent 5 years of college learning to use fancy words – that says something.
To bring you all up to speed, a long while ago I asked a simple question on Twitter. ‘How far could you get in WoW without using green or better items and not spending talent points?’ Regular readers of this blog or long time followers of my twitter will recall that’s when Psynister and his Notebook jumped in and began an epic back-and-forth of hashing out the rules of the original version of the WoW Ironman challenge.
Several of us attempted the challenge. Ironkerion made it into the 20’s before I kinda fell out of WoW altogether (We decided to see other people. We may reconcile over some Pandas.) and so there Ironkerion sits. I’m not sure how far Psynister made it, but I know that the nerves-of-steel Ironsally from over at Tome of the Ancient made it all the way to 85 on an Ironman Warlock. (Ironsally now hosts a regular video segment being the media darling that we all know and love.)
Cut to months down the way, I have more or less forgotten about the Challenge because I no longer have a subscription to the game. Then, like a bolt of lightning in a black sky, it reappears. Not only that, but it’s been built on! The rules have been expanded to include a “NO DEATH” clause, where if you die you must delete the character and start over. Talk about taking it up to 11! The no death thing was discussed in the original twitter conversation, but if I recall we ruled as it because that really danced the line between “fun challenge” and “masochism”. So we decided to nix the idea. So those of you attempting to take on this new incarnation have both my greatest respect and deepest sympathies. You have your work cut out for you.
On top of that, they’ve turned it into a legitimate challenge. They’ve got a website for it, and everything! They managed to even get featured on not only WoWInsider but also a WoW community blog post on the official World of Warcraft website! And now that this entire thing has become a world wide phenomenon, it’s time for good ol’ Vrykerion and his pal Psynister to take that first step into Internet Celebrity-hood!
…Why is nothing happening? What’s that? People are arguing about who created it? Uh huh. And no one knows our names? Not even mentioned, you say? I see.
Well, never mind on the whole internet fame thing. The hipsters can still read my blog cause it’s all ‘underground’ and ‘uncool’ or whatever the heck hipsters like. (I know NOTHING about hipsters.) Mostly I’m just happy to see something I had a small part in creating became something amazing. Even if no one ever acknowledges my existence. As per usual… I’m gonna go put on My Little Pony and cry.
Regardless! Good luck to all of you, you Iron-Legion! May your names be carved in the bedrock of hardcore-ness! Which is someone near the lake of awesome. South of YouDaMan-ville. Yea, I’m gonna go shut up now.
7 thoughts on “The Ironman Challenge Goes Global”
Yeah, old Ironsally logged in and COMMENTED which is unheard of, she doesn’t comment on the forums. She wanted everyone to know who created the Psynister/Vrykerion WoW Ironman Challenge. Because after all if it weren’t for you two she’d never have landed that job as a reporter!
Awww. Thanks. 😀 I’m honestly not as broken up about it as this post would lead some to maybe believe, but I couldn’t pass up the joke material! I did feel a bit of a twinge of spite when I saw a thread where a bunch of people were demanding credit for ‘creating the ironman challenge’, but I got it over pretty quick.
I didn’t see that! Ah well, sincerest form of flattery I guess.
Those in the know…we know who first started this idea. Personally, I took a hunter (easy-mode ironman) to mid 40’s before giving up. Honestly, it was a usefull exercise, I had to re-learn how to play a hunter, use abilities I’d never used before and take kiting skills to the extreme. I enjoyed it and I’m glad I abandoned it before the horror of trying it in outland.
Well thank you! It’s nice to know some people remember! 😀
Also “easy-mode ironman” sounds so… degrading? Even our original version is not ‘easy’ by any stretch of the imagination. Especially once you get up there in levels. I like ‘original ironman’ but that might step on the good folks who came up with the dungeon based ironman where you start wearing no gear and pick up pieces as you crawl through the dungeons. Hmm… This calls for discussion!
Well, I’m delighted to know, because the challenge has actually brought me back to WoW, a year after I burned out and faded away. I’m having a blast. Thanks, all of you who got it rolling!
Thank you! I’m so happy that so many people are having fun with it.