Alts and horizontal expansion

25 08 2009

I really like the idea of revitalising and revisiting old content in Azeroth.  As someone who started in BC, I missed a lot of the old content, and since I have been going back while trying to do loremaster and fulfill old reputation grinds, I have been really enjoying that content.  I am a little conflicted though.  I am interested to see more quests in the game and find out those story lines.  But the new expansion seems to be aimed at getting people to reroll as previously unavailable races or classes.  And then they doubtless just skip through all of the content and don’t see anything interesting.  I have still not done the new quest hub in Dustwallow Marsh on any toon.  In fact the only way I will see a whole range of new content is by going and visiting it on my main.
 
My current issue is just what class I will roll as my Worgen (assuming I stick with my alliance preference – I think that there is every chance I will roll a Goblin to see that part of the story as well, but don’t know whether I would pursue it).  The available classes are DK, Druid, Hunter, Mage, Priest, Rogue, Lock and Warrior.  If you remove those classes of which I already have high level alts, the list becomes Mage, Rogue, Lock, Hunter.  I could reroll my DK, but truth be told the DK class makes me feel like I am cheating on my warrior, with whom I already have a conflicted relationship.  So for now I am happy for my DK to remain my inscriptionist and hang out milling things for me at level 60.  So the pros and cons of the various options.
 
Mage – I have never been able to play this class with any sort of accomplishment.  I have had an assortment of gnome mages who I think look just fantastic, but the whole squishy thing bugs the hell out of me.  I didn’t even find my spriest this squishy (though she had the advantage of skipping over a bunch of levels).  Further con that werewolf in a dress just seems dumb.
 
Rogue – Ugh, even worse than mage.  My very very first character was actually a rogue, but I abandoned her fully twinked at 19 even though she had never been inside a BG.  She was twinked because I didn’t really want to abandon her so I kept spending money on her thinking that better gear might alleviate my suckage in playing her.  Worgen actually seem a great fit for a rogue, so if I get really stuck this is likely what I will roll, but ugh.
 
Hunter – Again, have rolled and rerolled hunters but just can’t enjoy them.  My current draenei is, at level 14, my highest hunter ever.  I suspect the real reason I am getting whatever enjoyment out of her at present is that she has a pet crab named “sushi”.  But how would it work with the pets having pets thing?  A maybe.
 
Lock – Again, have never really managed to level a lock with any great prospects.  This one, strangely enough seems like a real possibility because the *reason* why I have constantly been defeated by the lock is that I can’t get into the look of the races of them.  They don’t seem to match with female gnomes, and as all my toons are female this makes a gnome a real barrier – I can’t play a male gnome because sooner or later I feel like punting him – right around the time that he gets a ridiculous looking blueberry four times his size.  But I have never ever managed to warm to the humans (says a lot about me really).  And on the numerous occasions that I roll one, I get crazy dying over and over to the imp quest in northshire.  Horde has much better options for locks – I have created many orc and undead locks to admire.
 
Anyway, I think out of caution I will hold off playing my baby lock and mage, but will allow myself to play my hunter if I feel like it.  For now, a lock seems the most attractive, despite the whole “dog in a dress” ridiculousness of it.

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Cataclysm

19 08 2009
I really like the direction of the current rumours about the new expansion.   And I think it would be pretty good to have a world changing (even map changing) event to begin the expansion.  I know that people moaned about the scourge invasion and plague but I really enjoyed it.  And the cataclysm lends itself to some really cool world event type of ideas.

What about another theme on an armageddon like experience where tidal waves washed across the continent and we could all go and stand on the shore in Dustwallow a la Tea Leone (and who?  Donald Sutherland maybe?) in Sudden Impact.  I know it would be a lot of work, but you could have it all in a cut scene.

And Varian Wynn could be tragically washed out to sea!!   He could spend the next expansion held captive by Nagas whingeing about whether the Alliance cared enough to come save him, while Magni Bronzebeard takes his rightful place at the head of the Alliance, ably assisted by Velen (who would have a more prominent role but is hard to take seriously when he sits in his city of pink and never shows up anywhere).  Magni was right there in Stormpeaks – I spoke to him myself!!

Sorry, got a little off track there.  But it would be some cool ideas.  I love the idea of something really catastrophic, of an epic wrathgate type which dramatically changes the connections which people have with each other.  I know that they would never do so but wouldn’t it have been cool if Thrall had kicked the Forsaken out of the Horde at Wrathgate?  If their crime had been more against the Horde than aligned with the scourge, Thrall could have had a Tauren and kicked them out.  And Alliance could have totally adopted them in the whole Varian-esque moral relativity that we’ve got going on – the enemy of my enemy is my friend kind of deal.




I have no sources

18 08 2009
But I call bullshit on a couple of the rumours.

First, dwarf shamans and troll druids.  Lore aside, if they are adding extra classes to existing races, they will make them faction based.  We will either get new druid races for both horde and alliance or new horde paladin and alliance shaman races.  That being said, dwarves are a good match for shaman – we have seen iron dwarves behave shaman-like in Northrend chucking annoying lightning bolts at us.  Troll druids seem not so much, but I am totally not up on horde lore.  It would make sense for new classes to add to the new races (if they exist) but while worgen druids could work, goblins would struggle.
But it would be nice for players to have more than one race available for particular classes.  All power to Jong notwithstanding, there are probably a bunch of hordies who might be more inclined to play paladins if they didn’t have to be belves, and some people (my husband included) unaccountably can’t stand the space goat tail and waddle which remains a barrier to him levelling a shaman.
However, I do think that having a race that can’t heal is a mistake which they might rectify for the gnomes, and which would suggest that they would have to have a healing class for the goblins.  Although the priest idea seems weird for gnomes.  Maybe they should be shaman and drop itty bitty totems all over the place.

One thing is for sure, if they introduce new druid races I will be pretty annoyed after finally overcoming my hatred of night elves to level one to 60 with RAF.  Stupid little bouncebouncebounce.




WTB more character slots

12 08 2009

So now that I have finally got almost all of my alts above level 20 (except for rogues, some shamans isn’t for rogues), I have to decide who I have to delete to make a spot for my new worgen.  Although, what if worgen can only be rogues?  I would be screwed!!





Resources

2 04 2009

My main focus in the game atm (apart from running heroics and raids on Ruune) is levelling my little spriest Xenith.  I am finding her heaps of fun, and it is a real blast playing a DPS character rather than a healer (seeing as I levelled resto all the way).

I was reflecting the other day how spoiled we are playing a game as popular as WoW in that us more casual players can call on heaps of resources that other people have prepared to help us figure out how to play our characters.  I like planning my gear progression, but I don’t pretend to do anything more involved than pull the recommendations from a resource like shadowpriest.com and just rely on the people who have done the research.

I love playing around and experimenting and developing my own tips and tricks of how to play my class (particularly in a group).  But I am not going to be theory crafting the guts out of  the basics of the class.  But even as I am ripping off the cookie cutter specs and rotations, I spare a thought that someone has to care about the PTR or write up the guides for the encounters I haven’t seen before or test out the infinite variations of rotations on the target dummies.  I certainly appreciate that they do so.  Because it means that I can skip all of that crap and just get on with playing the game.





The lore project

25 02 2009

So a while ago, we saw The Warcraft Archive  on sale and picked it up.  It is a collection of four books which map out some of the background to the WoW universe.  Having never played Warcraft in its original versions, I felt like I was missing out on some of the connections.

Okay, the first book of the four wins the prize for the most boring, longwinded clumsy exposition-filled writing *ever*.  I should know; I have read it like five times before becoming annoyed and throwing the book across the room (which is possibly a bad choice – it’s a big book).

I tried it again recently.  The godawful first chapter with the mages of the Kirin Tor was still, well, godawful (way to lead with your best material BTW).  At one point, I set the book aside and said “This is all just *wrong*!!  Instead of all this exposition of all the history of why the alliance is in disarray, they should just have a simple hero on a journey and let him find out this stuff on the way”. 

BUT!!  The difference is that I perservered until the second chapter and found, amazingly enough, a simple hero on a journey finding out stuff on the way.  Hooray!!  And, the fact that the simple hero was the mage Rhonin as an apprentice mage makes the whole thing incredibly cool.

Thanks to that book, I have a passable understanding of the different dragonflights and what they were on about (including why the Caverns of Time exists).  After the second book, I understand why Thrall is just fantastic and indeed what the hell we were all doing helping him escape from Durnholde all those times.  Anyway, I feel like I am getting some of the information that I was missing, which is very cool.

Just don’t read the first chapter of that first book.  It sucks.