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8-07-2011 @ 10:41PM
I feel that the people who claim the Pandaren were created as an April Fool's Joke may be missing the point.It's pretty clear that someone (Samwise, was it?) put a lot of thought into developing the race and its lore, prior to (and perhaps also after) introducing them. So what if our introduction to them was an AF joke? That doesn't mean they were slapped together with out any serious thought going into them. Sometimes you aren't ready to put something into the game, but you like it so much that you want to put it out there in some form. The Pandaren feels very much like that to me. All I'm saying is, don't commit the "Genetic" logical fallacy. How a thing began doesn't necessarily determine its present worth.
8-08-2011 @ 12:43AM
Samwise put a panda in a samurai costume. That doesn't take a whole lot of thought imo.I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with...all ideas start out small. The lore of Warcraft itself basically started out just like any generic fantasy tale (humans good, orcs bad) and grew from there. But I don't think that anyone at Blizz really put a whole lot of thought into the Pandaran...at least until now because they're going to build a whole expansion around them.
8-08-2011 @ 1:15AM
Are you unaware of the lore and involvement that the Pandaren already have, or are you over-simplifying and ignoring that which doesn't fit your viewpoint?
8-11-2011 @ 5:45PM
I'm not ignoring anything. I'm being pragmatic. I don't think a whole lot of thought was put into the Pandaran race until very recently. You're making Samwise out to be some sort of modern day Tolkien. I'm saying...he drew the pictures for fun (the first one was for his daughter and wasn't even meant to be seen by the rest of Blizz). He wasn't secretly constructing a deep lore for the Pandaren. No, whatever lore we're getting for the Pandaren was probably developed much more recently (i.e. whenever the lore team started working on the story for MoP).And I'd love for you to educate me on the rich Panderan lore we already have access to. Lets see...they live on an island called Pandaria, they like beer and they have "brewmasters", and they once traded a with the night elves thousands of years ago. Wow, that is truly a rich tapestry of lore. The weaving stories and sub plots are enough to boggle the mind.
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