Mar 6th 2012 3:54PM One of the best experiences I've ever had in WoW was this time when, while logged on my Horde toon, I helped a slightly lower-level Alliance character get through Shadow Hold. What made it so fun was that we could only communicate through emotes, but still managed to coordinate our actions quite well (admittedly, I was over leveled for the place, but not by too much).
So in a strange way, cross-faction can be more fun when the game's system works against it. Still, if that's what this means, it could be very interesting and might open up even more possibilities.
Jan 31st 2012 5:32PM I'm also wondering if we'll see the Cenarion Circle politically drift closer to Darnassus. I always got the feeling that they were a bit like two separate influence groups that both had interest in druidism.
Now that the Horde is burning through Ashenvale, it seems like the Cenarion Circle might be more sympathetic to the Alliance. Maybe this is getting off-topic, but are the tauren really okay with what the goblins did to Azshara and what the orcs are doing to Ashenvale? For that matter, how much do the trollish druids really like the Horde at this point?
Seems like a clever night elf druid could really turn this discontent to the Alliance's advantage. The Cenarion Circle will stay neutral, of course, but I can definitely see them being more sympathetic to the Alliance and maybe using its Horde membership to try and affect change. Also, with the Ancients (sort of) back, the Alliance can afford to be more aggressive.
Then again, Garrosh probably doesn't respond well to reasoned criticism...
Jan 24th 2012 2:52PM I think the Egyptian brand called "Panda Cheese" might be perfect for the next expansion.
He'd make a great raid boss.
Dec 12th 2011 9:01PM WoW's always been pretty tongue-in-cheek, and that's definitely a good thing. That said, the Harrison Jones quests in Uldum went on for way too long, and pretty much ruined half of the zone.
This might have been less egregious if it were actually funny. A parody becomes such by offering a new insight or critique regarding the original work. What we saw in Uldum was not a parody; rather, it was just an extended reference that went on for far too long. It really is just an interactive machinima.
That said, Uldum is visually one of the most stunning zones in all of WoW. The art department really went above and beyond. Even though the zone left a bad taste in my mouth, I still occasionally visit it for the scenery. Its capacious deserts and elegant cities offer a welcome relief from the dark claustrophobia of Deepholme. Likewise, the Ramkahen storyline seemed interesting; it's just a shame we saw so little of it.
Regarding the racism, there's probably no universal line between what's acceptable and what isn't. That said, the pygmies definitely struck me as inappropriate, if only because pygmy itself is a term used for a variety of actual ethnic groups in central Africa (and is considered somewhat derogatory in and of itself). It's also hard to see sand pygmies (especially in this context) and not also think of a vile epithet used against Arabs. This may not have been intentional on Blizzard's part, however.
Nov 7th 2011 5:25PM Despite writing fanfic, I haven't actually read very much of it. However, one that's quite good is "Fresh," by Meaghan O'Hara. The story is sometimes poignant and very well-written, and gives sort of a ground-eye view of events. You can find it here.
Nov 7th 2011 1:21PM I wrote Travels through Azeroth and Outland back in the day. I always found it useful as a way to sort out my own thoughts on the setting (based on what I know about the real world). Fanfic can be a great way to sharpen up your writing ability, so long as you actually make an attempt to consistently improve. Too many fanfic writers, I think, just use it as wish fulfillment (which isn't necessarily bad... but is limiting and often maudlin).
Anyway, since then I've moved on to original fiction. Here's hoping I get something published in the near future.
Oct 28th 2011 3:55AM I always imagined the Destron character looking a bit like Adrian Brody.
Oct 19th 2011 8:51PM I should be free that night, so I'll swing over and check it out.