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9-21-2011 @ 8:14AM
I have to be careful which zones I quest through... At least, on my blood elf. For her, I skipped half of Ashenvale, and avoided Stonetalon altogether. I just couldn't help with the Bomb. Now on my goblin? She had no issues with either. Usually my biggest problem is forgetting which towns like me and which ones don't...
9-21-2011 @ 8:48AM
It's a little similar for me. There haven't been any zones that I've actively avoided in Kalimdor on my Horde characters, but there is a little twinge I get as an Alliance fan playing through most of the zones, when so much of it boils down to "how many Alliance can we kill today", especially contrasted to the odd lack of antagonism towards the Horde on Alliance side (I recently rolled a Night Elf warrior because I had yet to see Kalimdor Alliance-side and was ready to have her be extremely anti-Orc, only to feel like I spent more time overall fighting Naga than the Horde. Granted, I went into Desolace instead of Southern Barrens, which explains a bit of that).That said, I've still loved the stories involved. I think Stonetalon was one of the best stories told in the game on both sides, and while the Horde comes out of it looking very much like the "bad guys", there's something oddly compelling about the argument Krom'gar puts forth for his actions, and the feeling of rising through the ranks of his army only to have your own actions render that advancement useless is a really interesting experience.I have to admit, though, that I can't stomach questing in the Forsaken areas. I did it once for the story (on a Forsaken, which oddly made it feel more doable), and recently tried to have an alt go back through there to level and just couldn't bring myself to do those quests a second time.
9-21-2011 @ 10:08AM
@Tabasa: If it makes you feel any better, I'm a diehard Horde loyalist, and even I couldn't stomach the new Ashenvale. I found myself cheering for the Night Elves the one time I quested there, and when I got the quest to corrupt the heart of the forest or whatever, I promptly dropped everything and took my belfy ass to Stranglethorn Vale. I finally did go through Stonetalon on my goblin, and I actually cried, no joke. I'm never doing that zone again as Horde. Garrosh showing up at the end to kill the general had the opposite effect on me the writers likely intended, because it just smacked of blatant hypocrisy to me and only made me hate him even more.There's a reason I've quested almost exclusively in the Eastern Kingdoms in Cataclysm, except for the more "neutral" questing zones where the Horde/Alliance war isn't the focus of the story (like Felwood and Desolace). As far as I'm concerned, Thrall is my Warchief and I refuse to be a cog in Garrosh Derpscream's murder machine, kthx.
9-21-2011 @ 1:29PM
I'm almost exclusively an alliance player, and the first quests I've run across that made me say "enough of this shit" is the Thousand Needles "they've got oil, they wouldn't let us cheat them out of it, so we're taking it by force" quest chain.Ashenvale and stonetalon weren't bad from the alliance side, but we were the underdog. Did not have to contend with the "if they can't defend it, they don't deserve it" attitude that seems prevalent among the orcs.I played a couple forsaken to low levels pre-cataclysm, but ... I just can't empathize enough with them to make it worth trying again.
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