Apr 25th 2010 11:00AM My mage is the only one of my many toons that is lvl capped (fire since rolled even) lol. I think the key to being a good mage when it comes to leveling is to really asses every encounter before it starts. Where are possible adds? How many are there? Should I attack from here or move over there first? And if you are on a PvP server (all of mine are) basically expect to die if your head is not on a swivel ALL the time. A mage (esp a fire mage) MUST dictate every fight start to finish in order to survive. Get caught out and it can be pretty tough to regain control. Imho this need to control encounters start to finish is what makes mages unique.
Apr 20th 2010 8:15AM I would give a level 80 quest that requires you to return to your racial starting area, group with a low level player (level 5 or under) and fight against a lvl 82 boss in a phased instance of the starting area. The reward would be title and achievement for both players, maybe some emblems for the 80, and a piece of heirloom gear for the lowbie. The main point being to give the 80's a reason to go back home and complete something epic where they started - and to give the lowbies an idea of what they are ultimately working to become.
Mar 25th 2010 5:11PM WoW, as always, is what you make of it. Five years in and I'm still having a blast - and amazingly enough still meeting truly new (as in just started playing wow now) players. I've had my ups and downs, as in anything else, but I'm content and happy every time I see that log in screen.
I've taken my vacations - visited warhammer, LotRo, still jump on EvE a few times a week, and unfortunately bought the collector edition of STO (pile of steaming trash be sure). But I never really step away from WoW. I figure it's got at least another 5 years of prime time play left in it. If Blizz keeps it fresh it could just keep going on and on, - the Simpsons and South Park have shown that you can attain longevity even in the age of ADHD lol.
Mar 3rd 2010 8:32AM +1
Dual monitor support - and some way to integrate trackIR - and I'd be in heaven.
Feb 4th 2010 5:13PM Just finished opening mine and am installing now. Even i it turns out to be the crap game I keep hearing it is I'm still happy to support the franchise as a whole.
Jul 7th 2009 8:11AM Personally I love the way various addons allow us to customize the game to our liking. I have many I consider essential - SpartanUI, simpleminimap, questhelper, recount, dotimers, etc. and some like BrabbleRP that are just fun. I would rather Blizz focused on the game and left the addons to third parties - just because there are addons I love to use does not mean they are right for everyone; and my fear with Blizz providing addons themselves is that it may close the door to outside development. I guess updating can be troublesome, but I find that the time I spend updating my addons is no worse than re-spec or any of the other problems that can come with patches.
Jul 2nd 2009 8:07AM I can only share my own recent experience as one example of how WoW is changing - but not dying by any means. After two years on Farstriders my guild imploded after a few months of drama and chaos. I was burned out on the game, burned out on my guildies, burned out on the drama. So I decided to try something new and transferred to a PvP server. It was fun, but the turning point was running into a group of lvlers who had all just started playing this year. That little group has turned into a 100 account 130 toon guild with exactly TWO players (including myself) that played prior to WotLK. I latched onto the core group and had to train myself to not let my cynicism interfere with their sense of wonder and discovery. We have a pretty steady influx of newly minted players, and half of my fun is helping them lvl and listening to them on vent when they run DM or Gnomer for the very first time!
I do think many aspects of the game have changed from my own preferences, and I recognize also that my own proficiency and experience make things easy to me that are hard to newer players. WoW will be with us for a long time to come!
Jun 17th 2008 4:24PM For everyone looking for a simple solution just check out pcgamerbike.com - I bought one 6 months ago and really like it. Best part? It plugs into a USB and you control your movement by pedaling fwd or backward - and you can set a "run" threshold so you have to pedal at and maintain a preset speed to keep running...if you slow your pedaling you switch to walking. Granted my wife laughed when I first set it up, but I've dropped 30 pounds (through diet and exercise) and she only giggles now:):)
Jan 16th 2008 11:22AM I have experienced a few changes to my WoW time lately - my wife began playing and I started a website for my guild. The unintended impact has been that now I have an alt I have to play when duoing with my wife and I get caught up in site registrations, updates, etc. The result has been an increased amount of stress and a reduction in my own progression. However I must admit that I like my new roles:)
Nov 26th 2007 3:41PM Beautiful - reminds me of Japanese watercolor paintings - a complex story layered over a simple backdrop; needing no words or lyrics to convey it. Great Job.