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7-02-2009 @ 8:12AM
It would have been so much cooler to have races switch sides, ie blood elf to Alliance or gnome to horde. As it stands, we have an excellent story-based reason for switching - the Argent Dawn/Argent Crusade, whose membership includes members of both factions.As it stands, switching races is a stretch.
7-02-2009 @ 9:12AM
I feel it’s a bad idea over all to let people switch factions without changing races. After all, what makes the alliance and the horde the alliance and the horde? It’s their respective races and if you let gnomes join the horde or blood elves join the alliance then all your left with is a bunch of different cities and quest text with ally/horde mix fighting ally/horde mix. Sure, there are individuals in lore that switch sides, but they’re a rarity. If this feature allowed such a switch, we’d see so many orcs on the alliance and so many humans for the horde that both factions would fundamentally lose the core of what they are.
7-02-2009 @ 10:13AM
That's why it should be a long quest chain (even Hodir length), where the person has to make a choice, and makes some sacrifices.if a Horde believes that his side is fundamentally wrong, if an Alliance believes it too... they will have to expect some hardships to go with their convictions. They should have to make sacrifices for what their faction they left will consider betrayal and recognize that the faction they joined will be wary of trusting an "enemy"I know this is being done for the same reason that we had character recustomization of course, but I think it would be great to encourage this kind of story telling
7-02-2009 @ 11:22AM
Not to mention that all the top Horde raiding guilds will make some of their members reroll an unloyal Draenei for its party wide 1% hit chance aura.
7-02-2009 @ 2:55PM
@Armaxe,I feel as if you’re going with the assumption that most people will be looking at this through a roleplayer’s eyes, that there will be some perception of the opposite faction’s races as “untrustworthy”. However, I feel most people will just look at it as another player than has taken on a new skin for aesthetics or racial bonuses. There’s not as much emotionally for the average player when it comes to lore. I hardly see too many people looking back and feeling like they’ve committed to their new factions “ideals”.What I do see happening is a lot of people going “Cool, I’m a gnome and I can hang out in Org now” or “I can get rep faster with Undercity”. We’ll be left with gnomes running around in Undercity and orcs bowing hanging out in Ironforge. That’s not necessarily a breach of lore, but it’s most certainly a breach of the core atmosphere every faction holds and makes it distinctive from the other. This atmosphere isn’t something just roleplayers experience and care about. It’s something that all players are affected by down to the PVP’ers who love crushing the opposite faction in BG’s or the solo player who enjoys picking the “pretty” or “ugly” side. You take away or muddle that already distinctive atmosphere and you lose something that makes not only the factions but this very game unique.
7-02-2009 @ 4:13PM
Be thankful you can't be a gnome in the Horde. Your life would be miserable. Your ignore list would fill up within one minute. We hate you.
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