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Incoming hot fixes and other bugs {WoW}

Feb 4th 2009 5:06PM "According to Blizzard, those bugs don't exist because they can't duplicate it."

But... every single hunter in the game has that problem.

*brainsplode*

Back to the Horde {WoW}

Feb 1st 2009 6:11PM A little writing, then:

Would it be interesting if both leaders of the two factions were both pacifists? Would there be any dramatic tension if Wrynn had somehow magically forgotten his own tragedy and his personality just because Thrall (whose own history and loss Wrynn doesn't likely know about) says 'I didn't know?' That's crappy character development and worse storytelling.

It's like the difference between Batman and Superman. They've both lost a lot in their lives, more than most people can bear without having a complete fragmentation of sanity. They have the exact same goals in mind: to make sure that never happens to their people ever again. Wrynn, whether right or wrong, wants to send the orcish threat (as far as I can tell, it's only the orcs he hates, not the Horde itself) back where it came from, or completely destroy it violently and with extreme prejudice. Thrall, whether right or wrong, wants to patch things up, or forget/pretend that it ever happened. Neither one of their strategies are going to work, because neither one of them can grasp the enormity of the situation. But neither of them are entirely in the wrong for the same reason.

Back to the Horde {WoW}

Feb 1st 2009 3:41PM I'm one of the few people that unashamedly likes the new King of Stormwind. Yeah, I said it.

Yeah, he's been kind of an ass towards Thrall, but look at it not as a gamer who knows the lore, mechanics, and is essentially in a position of a third person omniscient narrator, but as a participant in the universe:

Wrynn's deeply scarred and angry at the world because the Horde destroyed his home and his family, he was kidnapped/misplaced/lost and sold into gladatorial slavery TO a member of the new Horde, his home, his son, and his kingdom - which he cares very deeply about - having been taken over by a Big Bad and very nearly ruined, and then a rogue faction of the Horde killed his right-hand advisor. You can claim all you want that he's a rigid, fascist, backwards-thinking jerk, but the Horde's been responsible (directly or indirectly) for a lot of the pain he's been through while offstage.

I think a lot of what he went through while missing colored his reaction to Putress nuking Bolvar, and I also think it has every right to. I also think as a believable character he has every right to not trust Thrall farther than he can throw him. Thrall claims that the New Horde is civilized, forward-thinking, and peaceful, but as a gladiator, Wrynn was certainly in a position to see that may not precisely be true, and the reinforcement of Putress being a royal dick to his soldiers probably made Wrynn's trust in Thrall's claims of a fluffy new Horde and Thrall's abilities to keep a tight rein on all the factions plummet to sub-ninth-layer-of-hell levels. It's a logical cause-and-effect, and really, it's a lot more interesting than Wrynn coming back and everything goes to business as usual.

He may be a jerk, but he's a believable, well-written jerk. And he's MY jerk.

Officers' Quarters: Four lessons from the inauguration {WoW}

Jan 26th 2009 2:09PM Seriously, I think half you people are starting wank for the sole reason that the OP said he didn't want any.

I think he did well. Yes, his praise for Obama was a little over the top in comparison with Bush's but you have to remember that the good Bush did is hard to find in the severe, overwhelmingly negative reaction most of the world population has towards his choice to start a war that no one wanted. For good or ill, that is Bush's legacy in the world, it overshadows anything else he might have done, and we have to accept that.

Obama hasn't done anything like that yet. He hasn't had time to make wide, dramatic choices that people will not like. We're still in our honeymoon period, and the world community (especially those over here in England) are breathing a sigh of relief that maybe America's policies towards the rest of the world and its own people may turn around. We will just have to wait and see. But now, he's still fresh and new and giving so many people hope (like Bush did to the people who disliked Clinton; remember that, folks? No? Short memories, then).

That being said: please keep politics out of my WoW. I think that your point could have been made more gracefully without the political comparison.

All the World's a Stage: So you want to be a Druid {WoW}

Dec 29th 2008 11:12AM Blizzard has introduced some brilliantly warped legends (like all good mythology should be; really, their Malorne/Elune legend is a crowning moment of awesome for the lore team) and it would be nice to see more druids telling these stories during down time - after all, good old-fashioned druids were storytellers, lawgivers, holy men, and teachers.

While I agree that some research needs to be done to get in the 'mindset,' Blizzard has also developed Druidic lore that is used in-game and an RPer can't ignore that. Azeroth functions within its own microcosm, and while some druidic aspects may be pertinent, our have some very well-defined characteristics, habits, rituals, and philosophies. I highly doubt Cenarius would approve of hacking someone's lungs out through his spine or chucking him into a peat bog, so one does need to pay attention to Azerothian druidism, too.

Context is everything.

BigRedKitty: Armor penetration stinks {WoW}

Dec 28th 2008 2:56PM How does that even remotely relate to the article? All BRK is saying is 'with Sunder Armor up (and it will be, most of the time) ArPen is less important of a stat than Crit/Hit/Agi and here's some elementary theorycrafting to prove my point.' Please, educate me on where the Hunter QQ is. I seem to have missed it.

The Queue: Momma said knock you out {WoW}

Dec 18th 2008 4:57PM He'll get better.

Lich!Kael would probably be the awesomest thing ever. Now he hungers for your magic AND brains!

Breakfast Topic: Should raid progression even be tracked anymore? {WoW}

Dec 4th 2008 10:27AM This is insufferable, patronizing, and downright rude.

My guild hasn't even gotten to heroics, since we're a tightly knit friendship guild with a few other people that really clicked well with us in PUGs or jumped ship from other guilds that had a stick up their ass. Essentially, we're a gaggle of college students, with full course loads and most of us hope to graduate next year. A lot of us were disappointed that we were hogtied in endgame with TBC, because we had to dedicate so much time that we didn't have just to get out of Kara - and we never did.

Wrath is a chance for us to be a part of the game at large again. Sure, for you uber-leet folks, it's easy enough that you might as well be throwing feces at a keyboard, but for the vast majority of the players, it's a godsend. We can finally step into these beautiful raids where lore and art and game mechanics had an orgy and spat out something truly awe-inspiring.

To some of you, we may just be mouth-breathing, drooling, ass-scratching cretins (which, really Adam, I expected better than you crassly insulting a good 50% or more of your reader base and Blizz's player base), but don't we deserve a good amount of introductory content in raiding? Or are 'casuals' so low in raiders' Totem Pole of Who Deserves Our Shiny, Shiny Toys that you would cheerfully insult, debase, and mock us and take away content that you yourselves deemed the most important part of the game? You're ridiculous.

We work just as hard as raiders do, just with different constraints. So why would something that manages to fit into a busy, stressed person's lifestyle be lobbied so hard against? Quit being dicks, shut up, play the game (or not, if this is the sort of bilge you're spewing on a daily basis and the endgame situation bothers you THAT MUCH), and prepare to get your faces beaten in by a computer program in the next tier. Good luck.

TL;DR: QQ moar, troll.

Breakfast Topic: What's your questing style? {WoW}

Dec 2nd 2008 9:11AM I'm a mostly solo player, and the quests didn't really engage me until about Dragonblight. I started out in Borean Tundra and sorta 'meh'd my way through half of it. As soon as I was able, I skipped over to Dragonblight, and that's where I really seriously started questing. The quest lines were much more engaging and it was a lot less of the Vanilla WoW 'fetch this, go there, peon.' Once the Wrath Gate event happened, I was hooked. I'll admit, I have enough of an ego that I wanted to see an appreciable difference in the world because of what I'd undertaken and what mistakes I'd made. After Dragonblight, I settled down and seriously trying to earn the Loremaster and Seeker achievements, because seriously, how could you not at that point in the game?

Ask a Lore Nerd: The heads and tails of the Horde {WoW}

Dec 1st 2008 11:51PM The Titans pretty much trusted Sargeras to go do his thing; after all, he was probably the best out of all of them, sorta like a patron saint of Paladins. He was good, noble, powerful, wise, and believed very strongly that the powers of Order would triumph over the powers of Chaos. But as he kept traveling and imprisoning the 'bad' guys he became seriously disillusioned. After all, how could such evil exist?

Mostly his slide into the Burning Legion was one of private doubt and questioning his moral compass. And, in a way, he's still bringing order to the universe, except it just involves complete annihilation of every living thing in it. I have no doubt that if the Burning Legion accomplished their mission, he would turn on the demons and utterly destroy them.