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12-14-2011 @ 8:42AM
For the Horde:Any race except the orcs.For the Alliance:Any race except the humans.Look, I'm glad that the original core conflict of the RTS games was Orcs v. Humans, but I'm going to be blunt here, Blizzard: you've got the potential for a much richer, more complex and fully realized world here than you're actually exploiting in your storytelling of late. And, moreover, a goodly percentage of your fanbase wants more out of their gaming experience than yet another iteration of Goody McGoodshoes Humans versus Nasty McBadguy Orcs, with everything and everyone else existing as mere window dressing on that show. You are, in fact, making the same mistake that White Wolf made with the Exalted line by making it All About the Solar Exalted and their conflict with the ex-Solar Abyssals and ex-Solar Infernals and every other sort of Exalted being either utterly ineffective or a patsy -- *you are flattening and reducing your own setting's appeal in an effort to centralize the dramatic tension.* You don't need to do this. Your world is large enough and diverse enough to support multiple dramatic tension points and conflicts, and to allow for greater characterization and intrinsic story for all the races, both Horde and Alliance.
12-14-2011 @ 8:48AM
I cannot upvote that enough. Like a few other posters, I would be up for Vol'Jin, Baine or someone else. On Alliance side, we haven't had much done there. Jaina would be awesome, but lets face it, we all have this strong kick ass mage image built into our heads, mostly because we are so desperately hoping to get that from somewhere. She would more likely be a mary sue- don't tell me how she is in the books because #1 I haven't read them and #2 it's not in game. If it's not in game, for me, it didn't happen. I would be up for Tyrande stepping in and being the leader, or anyone else, as long as the flesh out the character.
12-14-2011 @ 7:48PM
I have nothing more to add to what you guys already said; just wanted to throw in my vote of confidence for this happening as well. In a MMO, we shouldn't be worrying about "established dynamics" anymore. We should be more intrigued by widespread political intrigue that doesn't exactly have anybody/ any specific race on the highest pedestral.
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