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3-07-2012 @ 1:22PM
"We want to make the Pandaria factions interesting. We want Exalted to be something you earn for bragging rights, not something every player has."This has the potential to fall on its face. Of all the elements of WoW, the one that should remain free of "competitive" bragging rights culture is ye olde reputation grind.I spend my time, you spend yours. Where's the room to brag?Reputations are about grinding, which means they are about inevitability. There's not a lot of wiggle room for "bragging rights" in there unless you totally break it. Otherwise, I agree with a lot of what GC said, and am actually looking forward to playing WoW again. :)
3-07-2012 @ 1:46PM
The old timbermaw rep was kind of like that. The Kalu'ak rep was kind of like that too. You could only get a limited amount of rep. So I get that part. There is the danger of making it too long or grindy to get. Since I don't do many dungeons, I have only got exalted with one faction outside of Bardin Wardens from Cata. If they do make it more challenging, I hope at least they make dailies or alternative ways to get rep other than making tabards from dungeons.
3-07-2012 @ 1:52PM
What I believe he's getting at is this:In BC we had Netherwing, Skyguard and the dreaded Aldor-then-Scryers grind. In Wrath we had the Kaluak and Scholozar Basin. In both of those situations, there were reps to grind that were purely for bragging rights and toys. Mounts, parachute cloaks, transformation items, minipets, epic fishing poles, etc. In Cata, as a warlock, I HAD to do Ramkahen for the boots. I HAD to do Dragonmaw for the neck piece. I HAD to do Therazane for the shoulder enchant. I HAD to do Hyjal at least to revered for the head enchant. I HAD to do Tol Barad for the trinket. The only one I wasn't REQUIRED to do was Earthen Ring and, even then, I was still passing up decent starter gear by not doing it. Reputations in Cata were just another thing you HAD to do in order to get raiding early. What it sounds like they're planning is adding more reps in MoP that provide fun items, mounts or toys that aren't required by any stretch of the imagination. Things that you can go back and finish later on in the tier/expansion and not get crap from your guild about it.
3-07-2012 @ 1:56PM
Revynn, that is genius, and I really should have looked at it that way. Serves me right for posting before the first coffee.I really hope that's what they mean, because as someone who likes "visual fluff" that can be pursued on my own time, I'd be all over applying my time to that sort of thing. :)
3-07-2012 @ 2:15PM
I most certainly hope that Revynn is correct. I can remember feeling proud of my Kaluak and Oracles exaltation, but getting alt #1 to 85 and realizing that I was going to have to go grind 3-5 reps was a little soul-crushing.
3-07-2012 @ 2:17PM
I believe what he meant about reputations is that anything actually needed to progress the character would be available at an earlier point, and that getting exalted would be purely optional.
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