Jul 8th 2010 10:50AM Ducks. I want ducks in this game. Not as critters though because it would piss me off to have people keep killing them.
(Also, that pizza looks delicious, apart from the fact I see ham and I don't eat meat. The people asking whether the cherry tomatoes are eggs make me a sad panda.)
Jul 8th 2010 10:47AM There is a book lying around in Acherus when you first start out as a DK that has random comments about all the DKs currently "training" there in it. When I looked through it, it said my character needed more cowbell, I kid you not. I have the screenshot at home...
Jun 28th 2010 9:42AM Ahh, memories. Sunken Temple was one of my first experiences with a genuine dungeon PUG (I got run through Deadmines and Stockades by well-meaning 70 guildies, but I actually profoundly despise the notion of running people through stuff, will not do it on my 80, and was very happy once I got to do proper runs with level-appropriate people, even if they were painful at times), and if I remember correctly I spent about 6 hours in there in total. In between dying, finding our way back in, finding our way through the place, and then periodically replacing people... but at the end, by golly you do feel like you've accomplished something epic.
Nowadays (where leveling is absurdly fast as I recently discovered, I actually had to abandon all other quests in Westfall just to make sure I wouldn't outgrow Deadmines before completing the quest chains for it), the old vanilla instances definitely make for a nice change of pace from the 15-minute AoE fests that are the Wrath instances, though I like dungeons a lot and will not be able to play them as much if they return to being 2-3 hour commitments. I think some sort of sensible middle ground (no sprawling mazes and craptons of elite trash OUTSIDE the instance, but also no more AoE hallways please) is best, and have fairly high hopes they will strike this balance in Cataclysm.
On a related side note, I was soloing Stratholme on my priest the other day in a half-assed attempt at Loremaster (or at least going to see some older stuff I've never seen before it's going away), and was avoiding the majority of the mobs. Then I went to grab that tobacco thing for that one quest, and the enraged undead tobacco owner comes barreling around the corner with a dozen friends and about half the instance in tow. I mind seared the crap out of the place and lived, but thought to myself, wow, I bet this was an interesting moment for a level appropriate group, even without all the extra trash I left up. There aren't many moments like that in newer instances. Except maybe the last wave in H HoR when the group consists largely of people still gearing up.
What I won't miss: Gnomeregan (I hate that place so much [annoying gnomes, annoying gnome music, creepy green gnomes, annoying robot crap I don't like having in the game to begin with] and once we were in there with a 70 who still managed to get killed by the FIRE IN THE HOLE), questing in Darkshore (I love the place and the night elfy stuff but the way the quests keep sending you from the extreme northern end of a towel-shaped area to the extreme southern constantly once you're around level 15 is super annoying. Fortunately, that's when all my characters take off for Westfall to catch the Deadmines quests), Desolace (blargh), Silithus (I always mute my sound if I have to go there, and the world cup vuvuzelas are giving me unpleasant flashbacks to that place), Stonetalon Mountains.
Jun 15th 2010 10:49AM I'm between "wait and see" and cautious enthusiasm toward discovering all the new stuff in the old world, as well as Vashj'ir, Hyjal and the War of the Ancients raid. Especially the latter three make me seriously drool, provided they don't butcher the WotA raid by giving the Knaak characters more than a passing mention. (I'm already spitting bile over the fall of Ashenvale and the stupid goblin crap in Azshara though. UGH.)
Everything else mentioned here I'm kinda *shrug*-ing at, for the moment.
Jun 15th 2010 10:41AM I have a vague memory floating around in my head that suggests it's actually Nozdormu, as preposterous as that sounds. But I don't remember where that came from.
May 27th 2010 10:34AM I agree with this article 100% and I really enjoy reading this column even though I only have a little tiny baby hunter alt.
I think the part about "Damage Done" being more accurate should be in font size 100, red and bold though. Not only because it might be more accurate, but because it's more meaningful. Someone who pops trinkets and cooldowns at the beginning of a fight and then drops dead after 20 seconds could top the DPS meter, but they will be at the very bottom of the Damage Done meter. Since you want to know who's actually getting the killing done, that's a lot more useful (and the DPS is always there in brackets anyway).
I hate when I'm on my Death Knight and sitting comfortably at about 40% of the damage done as the tank (leveling instances, not raids ;) ), and bask in the OP-ness of DKs with a smug grin on my face, and then some moron spams the DPS meter that has them at the top. Always makes me grumpy because I can't spam back (I refuse to stoop to their level, and I'm the tank so why do I even care), but every cell of mine is screaming YOU'RE SO WRONG!
May 24th 2010 8:34AM Hmm, I can't spontaneously think of a "fail but funny" moment.
In Wrath, I haven't done any raiding worth mentioning so the potential for epic moments like that is quite low. What I did do is fall off the platforms in Nexus on my priest because of mouse button getting stuck (and getting the "going down" achievement even though I did most definitely die, must've bugged or not counted Spirit of Redemption), fall into a crack in H HoR and not realize I could climb back out until one of the DPS was dead, and cheerfully let a mage die during a PUG Saurfang since I thought with all the big deal about positioning beforehand, we were switching assignments to a "stay where you are and heal whoever's in range" system rather than me still being in charge of the raid (WTF raid healz??). Also, I _never_ make the jump on Thaddius, other than by using Levitate to just float across, and getting me to stop dying on the Safety Dance took a few attempts.
During my more serious raiding days in BC (on my druid), only two things I can remember: Absolutely dreading Lootreaver because I _always_ took orbs to the face (I actually levelled my first aid up just for that fight, as a class with healing skills I hadn't bothered before. On the guild's first down of VR (which marked its first tier 5 boss killed), I felt phenomenally useless (I had just joined, was still wearing dungeon blues and the odd rep/BoE epic and had a feral/resto hybrid spec meant for 5-mans) as I'd barely outhealed the shadow priests and spent most of the VR fight itself kissing the floor. Yet, the girdle of Zaetar dropped and guess who nabbed it :P (Just to defend my honor: I rapidly improved and started pulling my own weight once I got some gear from Kara farming runs and respecced full resto).
The other was in phase 3 of the Kael fight. Thaladred had fixated me and I tried to cut across the room but got hit by his knockback damaging attack. Which wasn't so bad, except then a raid warning about blabla on soandso popped up and I thought he'd changed targets and stopped running, except the raid warning had been about conflagrate or somesuch. So I took a 7k hit from him to the face, then fortunately he did actually change targets and I survived. Nonetheless, I was frapsing this (it was our second Kael kill ever) and since that part of the video looks so "WTF is she doing", I put a flashing "noob alert" subtitle in it.
May 24th 2010 6:15AM That's actually a pretty cool idea :)
May 24th 2010 6:15AM This is a pet peeve of mine. I used to play text MUDs were the naming rules were enforced fairly strictly, and even functioned as a newbie guide for a time, where part of my job was to grab newbies with inappropriate names and make them change them (and throw them in Time if they didn't do it). "Inappropriate" here means anything from two-word-combinations to pop culture references to obscenity. Hell, when I made my own character on that game, I was going to name it "Alamarena" after a dragon in a fairly obscure fantasy novel, but after reading the rules that specifically said don't use stuff from movies or books, come up with something original, I backed away from that and only kept the "Ala" as the name's beginning.
Needless to say, playing on RP servers and still having to deal with "Arthâs", "Illidän", "Megahealz", "Rapeyou" (not making this one up), the various "Death" constructions for death knights and "Cow" jokes for tauren, not to mention the fact there are 49 characters named "Nomz" on the armory, is rather grating. No, I've never reported someone for this because it's like taking a bucket of water to the city of Stratholme.
I personally had great fun coming up with names for my (largely elf) characters (I am a fan of vowel heavy names, but do not generally use duplicate vowels for elves). I am not going to mention my main's name because I like the fact it is so far unique on the armory, but let's just say I saw the Moonglade flight master named Sindrayl and promptly stole the "-ayl" ending for two of my characters. I go about naming my blood elves much the same way but their names have a different "feel" to them. I gravitate more towards the "brighter" vowels (i and e) when naming blood elves.
For humans, it's a bit tricky. On one hand, I really don't like Bobs and Steves and the like in WoW (yes, including the NPCs). On the other hand, you don't want a human name to sound like an elven one. On the very rare occasion I play a human I still go with a made-up name, but make it shorter and less lyrical/vowel heavy than an elven one.
May 24th 2010 5:52AM Thanks so much for this comment. I don't play a paladin (well, not apart from the alt languishing at level 17 that I just can't get myself to play) but read the article anyway because it's well written and the intro about early Wrath loot drama was interesting, but this comment applies to all classes. I still use the Egg of Mortal Essence on my priest (who's otherwise in pretty good shape to PUG ICC nowadays). Sorry it's ilevel 200, but a passive 100 SP and a haste proc? Yes please! Until you show me something that does the same thing for bigger numbers, I'm hanging on to it. I have 3 trinkets with higher ilevels I could swap in (the Talisman of Resurgence, the thing with health regen from Ony that's meant to go with the other thing from Ony, and the Snowflake thingy from HHoR), and none of them is nearly as good for a holy priest (with the exception of the latter trinket if I'm hurting for mana). I even passed on the sliver from ICC.
If a PUG leader asks me my GS, I just sarcastically say, "it's X but I can inflate it to Y by using suboptimal items of higher level, would that help?" Generally, they don't insist :P