May 1st 2008 4:49AM The day I learned to jumpshot on my hunter completely changed the way I played the class in PvE and PvP.
The MC Epic Leaf Quests are a true trial-by-fire and coming of age for any hunter, and it's something most hunters will never get to experience now, which is a crying shame.
Apr 29th 2008 9:10AM I came from Star Wars Galaxies and what immediately impressed was the polish WoW had. After initial disappointment at the lack of character customisation options I first logged into the game as a night-elf hunter, fully preparing to spend my initial levelling process mindlessly grinding the mobs in the starter zones.
Then I got my first quest, and I realised this was a game that did things differently. Everything seemed to have a point and a purpose, and a *story* no matter how insonsequential to the bigger picture.
Other than that, the huge scope of the world unfolding before me - without loading screens between zones. When I first stepped into Teldrassil I was blown away by its feel and architecture. The music too, was ethereal and immersive.
Oh, and my first gryphon flight, I literally was slack-jawed. I'd expected a loading screen, not an actual journey over the actual in-game terrain (and even players visible below, going about their business) rolling away beneath me. Azeroth's landscapes are still impressive to me, even three years later.
Apr 25th 2008 8:17AM "Do you beg and if so, why?"
So you seriously believe that the beggars, universally writing in CAPS and misusing Z, U, and R in their "sentences" are a) going to be able to read this and b) respond intelligbly?
Why do people beg? Because they're lazy. There's no mystery to it.
Apr 24th 2008 9:07AM It's nice to wonder about it, in a "wouldn't it be cool" kind f way (which is what this article has achieved), but realistically there is no compelling reason, either in the Lore or gameplay wise, to add another faction to WoW. At all.
I suspect this is a part of the reason we don't have Pandaren as a playable race, when pretty much everyone wants them in game. Lore - wise Pandaren are neutral and so fitting them into the existing game would be problematic, not to mention they'd have to have a counterpart race for balance.
Adding a *whole* third faction to the game would mean five new playable races to put them on an equal footing with the Alliance and the Horde; not to mention a whole history and backstory for them and their "place in the world (of Warcraft)"
For that reason alone, it won't happen. There's nothing wrong with the playable factions that already exist, the game's dynamic is bult around two opposing forces and like any adversarial game from chess to football, two opposing forces is all that's required.
I *do* love the idea of cross-factional raiding though; that has great possiilities and to be honest could have been explored before now (Ahn Qiraj, for example).
Apr 24th 2008 8:18AM Warcraft is about Alliance versus Horde, at least as far as playable goes. Always has been, always will be. Two sides of the conflict, the coin, the story.
"Perhaps one with absolutely no common ground, dedicated wholly to the destruction of both the Horde and the Alliance..."
Pre TBC this was the Scourge. Post TBC this is the Burning Legion. Both rightly NPC factions. A part of the WC mythos is that the Horde and Alliance always put differences aside when faced with a greater threat. It's good that we can hate on a common enemy. It means everyonme gets to be heroes, and the only true "Evil" in the game is outside the scope of playability.
A third faction won't ever happen, if for no other reason than game balance. Blizzard can't balance Arenas with the races/classes that already exist without it impacting on PvE, how do you think they'd fare with an entire new playable faction? You'd need new races, starter areas...it's not going to happen for the same reason flight in Azeroth hasn't happened; you'd be re-inventing the wheel, and for no good reason.
So; Warcraft is about Alliance versus Horde, at least as far as playable goes. Always has been, always will be. Two sides of the conflict, the coin, the story.
Clichéd, maybe. But cliché is a huge part of WoW's success, and Blizzard won't mess with that.
Apr 10th 2008 5:51AM My latest toon is a female Nelf druid (I'm male IRL). The only reason my druid is female is because male Nelfs are the most ridiculously proportioned avatars in the game. And they walk like they crapped themselves.
Something I have noticed, when I PuG, is a lot of people address me as "hon" or whatever. THAT is weird.
Apr 7th 2008 9:18AM I'm a Scryer warrior tank...I'd sooner take the dodge rating proc than the expertise rating, my expertise is already capped. Unless I'm missing something fundamental (always a possibility!)
Still, nice to know where my druid's loyalties will now lie (level 64 and not chosen her faction yet).
Apr 7th 2008 8:15AM I'm on a PvE server, so ganking (or whatever) opportunites are pretty rare. Recently been levelling my third character, and I've engaged in spontaneous PvP twice. Would be interested in whether my experiences qualify as "griefing" or "ganking".
First time was in the Hinterlands. There's a High Elf Lodge there with a troll NPC prisoner who's flagged as PvP. There was a tauren druid freeing him (for a quest I imagine). First attempt he made I stealthed up behind the NPC and killed it. Then I hung around, in stealth, to see if the Tauren would come back. He did, and I attacked the NPC again - the Tauren flagged himself, we fought before he ran off. I waited around the area awhile, no sign of the tauren coming back. So I just got on with my questing. I was herbing a node when I get pounced on by the tauren from stealth. We fought, I won (barely, though). It was a rush though. Could my actions against the (flagged) Horde quest NPC be considered "griefing"?
Second example was in Hellfire, Thornfang hill. I'm collecting ravager eggs, and I notice a Tauren warrior (flagged) fighting off a few ravagers (about 3). I stealth, flag myself, and prowl up behind him. He barely manages to survive the 3 mobs, I wait until he kills them, before I pounce and two-shot him. I got a mischevious thrill from it I guess, but it wasn't as engaging as the first example, for me. bearing in mind he was flagged, did I gank him or was he asking for it?
Interested to see your opinions.
Apr 6th 2008 2:17PM Seems the Dev team had a brainfart putting together 2.4, what with this and the whole Kazzak pulling thing in Hellfire Peninsula (currently levelling my alt through HFP, and man does that voice grow old fast).
As for the NPC in the article, they could maybe make them mounted, or otherwise elevate them (A'dai springs to mind) above ground level so the problems are alleviated.
As to the griefing thing...no action would ever be taken re. any "harrassment", because you'd never be able to prove the intent of the obstructing player.
Blizz dropped the ball on this one, the problems are very much of their own making.
Apr 2nd 2008 7:56AM You need to bear in mind that whereas an olympian athlete's sport may be their life, most will understand his/her drive or ambition. People who consider a videogame past-time to be "their life" - where what you accomplish ultimately means nothing and counts for even less - are usually viewed as socially retarded. At best.
having said that, I thought I made clear that I liked what Nihilum do, the fact that they are the ones blazing the trail - did you miss that part? So I'm clear; I raid myself, and have done so since MC. I enjoy raiding, I enjoy the camerarderie and the nice show-offy loot that allows me to leap the next hurdle in progression (I'm honest about that, unlike most).
But the only "difficulty" in raiding for anyone not getting World firsts is coordinating 25 people to follow a pre-developed strategy enough times until it becomes second nature, at which point the boss is dead and put on farm. You can't tell me any different, I'm part of the raiding enterprise.
Nihilum do it before anyone else, which is great (though hardly the same as say...getting a Gold medal in the Olympics). The more time you have to devote to it, the better you are going to be. That's logic, not defamation.