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11-14-2008 @ 5:04PM
This whole thing was flawed, the event and the article, so much so that I'm going to waste time writing a really long post instead of leveling just like blizzard wasted my time with zombie murder and level 70's in level 40 zones. Honestly, the article should really be titled "What blizzard did wrong (and worse) with the world event," there really was nothing in it they may have gotten right. I hate to say it cause I love this site but this maybe the worst article I ever read on it and I really really hate to say that Mr. Schramm. Complaints abound coming your way folks, buckle up!.One, is that it happened during most of Hollow's End and it made doing any thing for Hollow's End nearly impossible for any one, big or small. Hollow's End was shaping up to be hella fun this year and it got marred by zombies and necropoli. The diversity comment is a joke since right after you state that timing and lore were downfalls of the event. Timing and lore would have a ton to do with diversity. More quests would lead to more lore and more things to do: diversity. Having more then 3 steps to their event would be diversity, not this 1) zombies 2)no zombies but necropoli 3) well no one cares any more lets make the ports of call for Northrend targets for a day. And that leads right into timing, a week for zombies, 2 or more for necropoli that no one cared for after the first day, then 1 day of fighting at the ports. It also lasted too long. Specially without any thing happening from the time that the zombies disappeared to the time the king of Stormwind decided it was time to go out after being there for only 2 weeks and catch a sea side view, not to mention he or his "nobles" would barely say any thing to us. There's no diversity in that what-so-ever. There's also no diversity in getting your corpse camped my a zombie from your own faction, in a major city, on a PvE server.. Immersion and mechanics wasn't worth having to wait 30mins for a daily quest giver to respawn in Shatt just to have him aggro the same idiot who killed him 3 times already who's also yelling "DON'T KILL ME OR THE ZOMBIES, THIS IS FUN!" just to get our gold. It wasn't worth waiting on the auctioneers to repop either. Talk about a world recession. The whole bulk of the invasion being just a rehash of the original one for Naxx was disappointing all the way down to the fact the mobs dropped quests that ended up being the same stupid little things they dropped the first time.WHO CARES ABOUT FINDING SOME GUY IN SILITHIS THAT WILL NOT REALLY TALK TO YOU ABOUT HIS FAMILY OR ANY LORE AT ALL BUT SELL YOU FOOD YOU WONT BOTHER EATING?. Its just stupid that they'd even keep the loot table the same, it showed NO imagination. If they could make the whole zombie effect they could change a loot table, but no that was probably too hard, wasn't it?Also what about now? people are off to Northrend to defend their kingdoms and the king or whomever else is right back where they were on their hidden seats of power.. No month long speech about how the people going to fight the war are the sons of nations coming together to bring the hammer down on Arthas. Hell, even one of bush's illiterate speeches would work; mission accomplished maybe? I could see Stormwind's king saying something to us about how we beat back Arthas' forces at the port so he must be gone completely, mission accomplished. I mean yea its not like we really SAW Arthas any way, for all we knew he was in a cave too.. The whole "crates in the cities" thing was completely unexplained and that caused it to be more of a mess that caused a bigger mess, like an oil spill that infects hundreds of baby seal. From things hinted at on THIS WEBSITE i half expected Putress to actually be behind it, using EVERY ONE as test subjects, and was only making a "cure" to make his BS look good. Thought, planning and good writing would have made that very plot twist make all of Azeroth stand on its head. But nope, we get a magical mystery cure and, thank the light, no more zombies.. Oh and yeah the argent dawn did a great job giving us goodies for fighting THEIR war then pulling out saying "welp, we cant help you with this, its too crazy here". Its like being a NATO country having to deal with the US. Where was Tirion during this? He grows a big set to come out of hiding face Arthas himself in the DK quests in his T6 but cant come out and help us fight very things he was trained to fight? What they hell was he doing, raiding Illidan to be sure he was ready for Arthas? Dude doesn't need to lead us then if he's an elitist raider, he should hide in his hut with his horse and his memories. Oh and it really really wasn't worth the lag either. I like how you didn't point that out at all.. Your server must be real nice then if you couldn't even passively mention it as a fault. Any one want to point out that the special boss in Kara was by far the worst boss ever in the game? No? Well I will! And not for what he was, or the quest to kill him, but for the fight itself. I'm REALLY happy casters have to stand in one place to cast cause I'm sure Blizz had fun watching them all die/not be able to play their rolls. And when we just finally got to a point where we can kill him regularly, pop, he's gone forever. And while the bat, and its being lootable by every one, was an awesome touch, having him only drop one 2h axe that not every one could use was SUCH a joke. Again, no loot table. And screw badges, I didn't just get blown up my randomly spawned red orbs just have to pay a 10g and up repair bill for badges and have him be healed!One final thing. They can't do a event that will "change the game forever" without ripping apart most of the game. There's no phasing in the old world, there's no way to make the level 1-70's not be able to see the destruction of a event and still make the quests to get sally so-and-so's prized cheese make sense. Your "deleting content" comment was completely unfounded and unthoughtful, your talking about rehashing whole cities just because of one few week long event that in a few years no one will really remember. Remember the building of SW's port? Yeah it was "being built" by the same dwarfs for a while and not a scratch or dent was made on that wall, then one patch comes and POOF we have a fully functional port. They couldn't phase it, they didn't even incrementally place new scenery. If they wont do that do you REALLY think they'll rebuild whole cities to show you the effects of war?On a completely unrelated note, and I will be kind enough to point out that it isn't quite related to the bulk of this post, if your "deleting content" comment was really about what was linked and your still peeved about the fact that they took out a quest line that was super long and their current leveling practices had you out level before you could even do it, and had you fighting a woman/dragon that Wrynn would obviously smell from a mile away, let alone let her continue to stand next to his son then you really need to step back and look at what your saying. You talk about wanting lore, but when they give you pretty good reasons why that lore wont work any more you choose to completely ignore their reasons, yet when they ADD lore and it makes no sense at all you're all for it and have no questions it will be for the best. I'll agree they need to have some reason to go after and bag her head at all now, other then an achievement, maybe a shorter line just to kill her with no attuning involved, possibly still involving the blue flight, but otherwise if she were there we'd have Wrynn soloing her every day, since he's just so bad ass, without the help of any guards like it used to be. She'd have to be 20 levels below him to even have her being 63 or whatever in her little across the frick'n world cave any way. Also wouldn't that be prime time for the horde to show up to kill him? think about that. Either way, and here's the point of this portion of my rant, your displeasure of this off topic "thing" wouldn't be any where near our eyes as readers, but shipped directly to blizzard like the rest of all of our unheard, unresponded to, complaints. Over all though, the event was really a failure that didn't start well or end on any note let alone a positive one, I don't see how any one could salvage any silver lining from that.
11-14-2008 @ 5:20PM
I completely forgot about the quests to talk to surviving members of families, received from those letters looted from Scourge. Some of the letters were interesting reads, but you're right, why should I trek my @$$ all the way out to Silithus to talk to someone who doesn't have anything to say related to the quest? It wasn't even like we got to give the letter to that person, so why bother. I also thought it was a little... cheap... that the keeper said the same thing regardless of the content of the letter.This definitely could have been handled better.
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