In the alternate world of Runeterra, where any and all political conflict would be settled by arena battle. Summoners of a particular political allegiance would enter the Fields of Justice, your objective is to destroy the opposing faction nexus by summoning forth a champion in hopes of leading your followers to victory!
Flash forward to me, sitting at my computer desk staring longingly at the front page of twitch.tv to see "League of Legends" yet again being spotlighted.
"I just don't get it" I can remember thinking to myself, not out of distain but out of frustration. A few weeks ago I had tried to play League of Legends but it simply failed to click. Perhaps it was the lack of companionship, or possibly the over abundance of scare tactics surrounding the game. Whatever it was I just simply was not getting it, but I decided that this needed to change.
My experience with RTS games had been very limited, actually it was basically non existent. I was primarily aware of the stereotypes that surrounded the popular genre and even that information was skeptical at best. So I was curious, curious about what awaited me, curious about what I would experience, curious about how I would be at the game, curiouser and curiouser.
So much to choose from... it can make a newb dizzy.
With that I decided to jump in and what I found was terrifying. A vast swarm of information presented by hundreds of differing voices all interpreting in a unique and enigmatic fashion. I had no idea who to listen to or where to even start. I began to question what I had gotten myself into and ultimately I began to debate if going down this rabbit hole would even be worth it. I sat there, staring at a game with over 12 Million players feeling alone, confused, and intimidated. As fast as I can blink I tossed the keyboard aside, giving into my fear of the unknown. Practically cowering back into my version of familiarity and comport, but curiosity has a way of returning.
Deep into the darkness peering, there I stook there wondering, fearing...
How it came back I have no idea. But after weeks of inactivity I decided that I wanted to try again. This time feeling less afraid, I had already peered into the great mass of distorted, befuddling, madness known as LoL and this time I would not let it get the better of me.
We decided to have a League of Legends Holiday Parade, during this time we would have contests, activities, trivia, and giveaways. We would also have our "Scrub Sessions" featuring me learning to play alongside Jody Robinson. Jody had a bit of experience with the game though was by no means an expert, still extremely comporting to have none the less. The day we did our first Scrub Play I was horribly nervous "They're all gonna laugh at you!" I could hear ringing in my ears. I could practically see the barrage of chatroom trolls lining up to take a swing at my confidence as a new player. What actually happened however was quite surprising.
Was actually really shocked when this didn't happen.
"They like you!" I can remember Jody telling me, at first I thought she was just trying to make me feel better and that what was actually being said would cause me to pull the plug on the internet but she was telling the truth! I mean sure, there were a few trolls (which is to be expected) and there were a few users who were unaware that the stream was of me playing with and against bots and therefore got upset. However the majority of the people in the stream were incredibly helpful and encouraging.
When the stream was over and I went to my LoL profile I had dozens of friend invites followed by messages telling me things like "Not bad for a newb" and "If you're looking for help, I'm always glad to help a new player". I was surprised by this community's willingness to be helpful, their acceptance of my "noobish nature", and resourcefulness when it came to any question I had. I still haven't gotten a "Google it" response from a single player.
So here I am, about to do my second Scrub Play with Jody as my co-host. I've had a lot of really awesome people help me so far with learning to play this game. So here are some of my Summoner shout outs:
I'll be doing two more Scrub Streams during December, along with at least one more Play Date and a possible LoL Marathon. Feel free to add my Summonor "Lady Varaska" if you want to share some advice, play with someone around your skill level, or just hang out with your friendly neighborhood Community Manager.
My next blog will be a bit about stats, character builds, and my rankings so far as a LoL player. That and more pictures. YAY PICTURES!
LoL is the best community i have ever seen in a game.
I also love the tribunal who bans players that cannot behave, where in other games all you can do is mute em and hope they dont trow the game for you.
I have played over 700 games now and i must say i still love the game.
You can make so many combinations and tactics that the game never gets boring.
Good luck with your future matches and maybe some day we will see each other on the battlefield!
@HADES2001 Really? The best community? It has one of the worst communities I've seen in a game, that is the reason I've quit not so long ago. I've played it since the beta (have the skins to prove it :) but the rage kiddies/flamers/trolls/afk'ers have gotten to me. Not even Ranked games are safe.
I've played mostly duo queue/single queue.
If you manage to get a full premade team together, the game is a lot more fun, that I have to admit :) But for me it was very difficult to get a team together with friends, because of school and part time jobs.
LOL Been playing DotA since Eul's version back in 2004. Tried LoL once and never went back. Too many "little" things I couldn't reconcile. When you've played games like that for so long, you notice every minute difference. DotA FTW, baby!
This blog reminds me of when Eurogamer posted a series of articles on DotA 2. After about 4 weeks of intense failing, they finally defeated the team that beat them online.
Though LoL sounds funny (LOL), I'm sure you'll learn the ropes quickly. Judging from the pic of the characters you posted, I'll pass. It seems like a daunting task. T___T
Do make a blog post once you beat a team online okay? :D
I am still trying to get over my addiction to MMOs I gave up three of them - quit one cold turkey about three months ago and only have one left. I don't dare start another online game. not if it is that good
I could never get into LOL or DOTA2. And I'm perfectly fine with that. I've got a ton of other games to keep me occupied, and the time I could be spending just learning how to play DOTA2 or LOL, I could be actually playing them.