My son has killed the Sha of Anger on his gnome mage a few times… he even has 2 piece tier off Sha and since that’s as much raiding as he’ll be doing… that’s more than he needs. Yesterday I was grouping for a Sha run on an alt and he sees the bad guy on my screen.
Mini-Ven: Can I come Mommy?
Me: Sure *sends him an invite*
My son then promptly flew up to where people were gathered near the Sha – all by himself, put out a table and did the mage buff on the raid that was there. When that table disappeared, he did the same thing again. He also sat down at one of the banquet tables and ate the food for a buff. I was very very impressed! He did all that without my direction meaning he’s listening to my advice when he plays. The first time he killed the sha with me, he got scared because the guy was soooo much bigger than his gnome that he ran out of the room. Now he’s starting to understand that he’s part of a team and that the team together can do it!
He also asked if he could do the special instance with me this morning [aka the Valentine's instance]. I’ve never let him queue with other people before but I figured that if I were on Askevar, I could probably pick up any slack [and it IS a holiday boss]. He got a little flustered getting out of the puddles and lost some dps but ended up with 15k overall… which isn’t bad for a four year old on a fire mage where he’s mainly hitting one button [Fireball]. Yeah, I know, that’s not the rotation but he’s four!
Ven and I also occasionally do a scenario with him [yup, I get kicked off my computer to the laptop for it] so he’s learning how to do group content pretty well… though his attention span isn’t super great. But again – four years old!
Oh, and he’s learned to read a map already. Anywhere I go in game, he can find me between looking at the terrain on my screen and the maps on his. As someone who was an anthropology major with quite a few geography classes taken, I approve.