My War Dragons story began on December 26, 2016. I was alone in my apartment and bored, playing a puzzle game on my phone. An add popped up, one that I’d seen several times before – the War Dragons ad from the “Which one would you choose?” campaign. My response, as always, was all of them. So, I decided “what the heck,” and downloaded the game.
And my life changed forever.
Well, not right away…
My first team was brand new; only two weeks old when I joined. Our leader got auto kicked for inactivity two weeks in. But we rebounded, built ourselves up and got organized, and eventually merged with another team. This wasn’t a good personal fit for me, so I bounced around for a while, making friends and connections through streams on Twitch, chats in Line and in LC. It was amazing to me how people on other teams were so willing to answer questions and give advice. I’d never seen a game where anyone was willing to help anyone on another team with anything! I started an Instagram account for the game, trying to share some of my experiences with others to possibly help, or at the very least entertain. I was given the awesome opportunity to have a blog page on WarDragons.info, and later did something for WD I never thought I’d do – started a Twitter account. I was putting a lot of pressure on myself, in and out of the game, to help others as much as I could and to fit in with a team and find what so many of my friends talked about; a team that was like family. In the beginning of October 2017, through one of my online friendships, I joined the team iNemesisi.
I found my Home.
“I am Nemesis.
My cries of Elation and Anguish come from the same voice, the voice of my Heart.
I fight proudly and honourably in Victory and in Defeat.
My Weaknesses will never overshadow the strength of my Character.
My Team is Family, and Family is Everything.
We may not win every war, but those who war with us will feel the Bite of our Dragons long after the war ends.
We are many, with one Heart, one Mind, one Goal – to fight with Honour, Integrity and Valor to the best of our Ability until we can fight no more.
We are Nemesis.”
At the end of October, Atlas was released. I watched the live stream of the event and wished so much I could be there. I was so excited for Atlas; so excited for a new part of the game. The reveal was amazing to me, and I couldn’t wait until it was rolled out to players below Diamond. In November, I started my alt account and began writing story chapters in my blog on wardragons.info, sharing my experiences and advice through the tales of two sisters who “live” in the game (my accounts). A few months later, it was announced that Atlas would be coming to Sapphire. My team was in Sapphire at the time, and we were this close…to getting…Atlas…
…then the floor dropped out from under us. Two of our key members left the team, then over a dozen followed over the course of a few weeks.
Those who were left behind vented their frustration, hurt and anger. For Dally it was mostly anger, she was too hurt to be sad. But leaving was not an option. There was nowhere else she wanted to go, nowhere else she wanted to be. Except out of the training hall. She slipped out silently and climbed up the side of Volos' perch and sat. Volos inched cautiously toward her, his head bent down so he could gage her reaction to his presence. She laughed and put her hand out to him. Volos placed his muzzle in her palm, and she began to cry. While unsure of the situation, Volos let her wrap her arms around his neck as she sobbed. He gently rested his head on her shoulder and tried not to do anything to make her cry more.
Morale was very low, and we decided to “remake” ourselves. We made a new team and started from bronze, with the idea of building and growing stronger at our own pace. While we were in the worst of the turmoil, I wrote something that was totally from my heart, about the team and what they meant to me. To my surprise, they loved it, and parts of it made it into the team Wiki. For the first time in a very long time, I felt like what I said and felt mattered. Not just to my team mates, but to my other in-game friends (family) as well. This team, and this game, truly is my Home.
“Nemesis is no more; mortally wounded from within by those she trusted most. As the body lay dying, the Wraith appeared above. The Ghost of Nemesis; the Wraith of Invidia.
Envious of none, we rise from the ashes of Nemesis to claim our rightful place among the gods and goddesses of the game. We will stand and fight, win or lose, together. We will be humbled by our victories and enlightened by our losses. We will protect our allies as fiercely as we fight our enemies. We are family, with one Heart, one Mind, one Goal – to fight with Honour, Integrity and Valor to the best of our Ability.
We will not stand down, but stand against those who seek to destroy us. Their efforts futile, because you cannot defeat what you cannot see.
We are Invidia’s Wraith.”
The events of the last week have showed the true character of many of those who play this game. For days, many of us sat vigil on castles to celebrate the lives of two Dragon Lords whom many of us had never encountered. The underlying essence of this game is not War, but Community. The spirit we all share obliterates the lines between teams, leagues and alliances. This game has made me a better, stronger, more confident person by allowing me to be a part of such an amazing community of people.
This game is not just a game to me. It’s my sanity, even though it drives me crazy; it’s my peace, even though it’s a game of war; it’s my social life, even though I (almost) never go anywhere. As mad as I may get, as upset and angry as I have been (and most likely will be) over team and game related incidents, this game is with me forever.
A few months ago, a member of the Creators Faction (PoseidonPQ) posted a design on Twitter that I fell madly in love with. I asked for, and was given, his permission to use his design for my next tattoo.
So, now, this game is truly with me forever.