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7-10-2011 @ 8:05AM
The only change I would make to the current situation is to add collision avoidance to certain NPCs, mainly quest givers, auctioneers etc.
7-10-2011 @ 9:28AM
I think they actually did start doing this to certain NPCs during TBC; arena vendors and the like. They also made some really awkward NPCs "bigger" in some form to avoid being crushed: Skyguard Khatie, for example, was a regular-sized gnome in Blade's Edge Mountains, a contested area, with Alliance and Horde both allegedly working together for the Skyguard. Many a life was lost due to careless right-clicking. The horror; I was there, man.So to resolve that, they gave her a mount. But as for making certain NPCs collidable, I think they've all but given up on that practice in lieu of putting them on the biggest mount logically available to them at the time.I'm against collision detection honestly. Before coming to WoW I cut my teeth on Guild Wars in which pretty much everything (NPCs, mobs, party members) were "solid". As a tank, lord knows how many times I'd end up rubberbanding around the area around a mob while the server tried to decide where we were in relation to each other. God, it was an absolute nightmare and probably the reason I've spent pretty much my entire WoW career as a ranged DPS.
7-10-2011 @ 10:36AM
While player collision would lead to griefing and frustration with as many people who stand on top of quest givers, etc, accidentally or on purpose, I would really like collision on quest NPCs, vendors, and auctioneers. It wouldn't cause a lot of crowding as players could still clump up around them, but we wouldn't have someone standing on the Molten Front folks on their freaking dragons. Flagged up, no less. I just want to get my dailies done!I thought it worked well for some NPCs during the Elemental Invasion event, like the guy in the Stormwind Keep. Had to run around him to get into the Petitioner's Chamber, but it was 1 guy so no worries.
7-10-2011 @ 3:26PM
Myself I think the greatest thing they did for the JP/VP vendors was putting them behind a wall. The day of 4.2, you can see everyone pressed against it and just know they'd all be standing on top of the vendor otherwise.In addition, making you able to hotkey the "use" function rather than having to right click on a mob, priceless!I think it's another of those "where do you draw the line" type things, and that they're slowly expanding safe-zones to some areas they know need it.
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