Nov 26th 2011 11:38AM Symbiosis at first sounded fun to me until I realized, remembering some of the past pains with who gets dark intent, which dps boosting totem the shaman will drop, etc. The competition between our dpsers is so fierce at times I can forsee, as one of only two raiding druids currently, this quickly becoming a pain in the butt. Not to mention if it works that the recipient gets the spell based on their spec in return so that any specced druid could give it to them. That potentially means I will probably have to endure non stop whispers especially when I try to pug encounters.
Also, I would love it if blizz would finally give the OPTIONS for social encounters that other games I play have ie being able to turn off whispers, invites, and even the ability to hide the fact that I am online. There are days I escape to other realms purposefully so as not to be bothered by people who's company I normally enjoy, it would be nice if I could play my main character and not feel guilty if I don't want to join in the current activity.
Sep 18th 2011 1:27AM should have wrote I was also balance before moonkin form. That's what I get for posting something half awake.
Sep 18th 2011 1:22AM I also was a moonkin before the form however I am one who loves my laser chicken. That said I suppose it would be fair to make a glyph to turn the form OFF as long as it didn't end up a cd like the poor resto's form did. I have to wonder how the argument "I would play my druid if I didn't have to be a fat laser chicken" is a compelling one. A shallow one perhaps, I personally LOATHE the bouncy bouncy bimbette nelf that my moonkin is out of form, but I wouldn't stop playing her because of it. /shrug I also would like more moonkin more often as one person stated let us mount in moonkin form no other class has to drop damage reduction to do so, we do. I know it's possible as I have screenshots of me in moonkin form riding all sorts of mounts in quests. Horses, birds, dragons, even sitting in a airplane. The form will sit correctly on the mount and looks no more ridiculous then the tauren do on theirs.
I too am often frustrated by our movement dps loss as I am doubly cursed with bored tanks who will run mobs around for fun even when they don't need to, often resulting in a trail of unexploded mushrooms. Blow the 3 cd's to plant them and crap the mob is halfway across the area. I would like a spell that was similar at least to the shaman one where you can cast while moving for x many seconds. That way I could actually do something besides dot mobs as I move outta fire, or restore the old lunar shower so we can at least do a nice amount of damage on the move without killing off our eclipse.
Sep 12th 2011 1:24PM I suspect Malfurion's look is a compromise of sorts, a way to make him stand out as well as soothe the probable backlash from those who are anti or pro moonkin form. He's kinda both he has the wings, horns and legs and feet of the moonkin and the rest a night elf with an impressive amount of facial hair. As for the lack of tree form I suspect that is another politically motivated move as players who are still angry about the loss of their beloved tree form could use it as a reasoning for it's return.
If you have done the intro to the firelands you will see lots of Boomchickens there. Also I have seen various patrols of npc Trees and chickens walking around Azeroth these days. The tree and moonkin on the horde side (alliance so I do not know if it's the same) in the encounter in the tournament at Ice Crown are another example. While not major characters admittedly they certainly do exist in the game outside the player base. The sanctioned/fan fiction, out of game books imo are just that and should not have a major effect on gameplay decisions. Though realistically I know many retcons have taken place through them else the game would likely look very different then it does now. Each retcon is generally followed by a huge backlash from lore fanatics as well.
I personally love moonkin form, and still feel great empathy for those who are grieving the loss of their tree form.
Of course your mileage may vary
Aug 17th 2011 5:10PM I hope this silhouette change will eventually result in my druid being able to once again use image changing items like noggenfogger, transporter malfunctions, etc and still be able to shift into my fighting form while remaining in the altered image. (yes once again we could early in vanilla) I am sick of the argument that folks immediately jump to that is you can't tell what kind of druid it is, as it's no different then trying to figure out what kind of pally/shaman even warrior to a lesser degree. Heck unless you mouse over other classes that are using them sometimes you can't tell what kind of class they are period a skeleton looks like a skeleton, a furbolg (transformation rod) looks like a furbolg so that as well never rang true. A couple of holiday achievements also require you keep the "image" on while in battlegrounds meaning kiss your armor boost, damage reducer, or spell buff goodbye if you try to get it. They don't ask other classes to lessen any of the above to do so.
May 19th 2011 1:08PM The Horde offensive in Ashenvale DOES have an excuse- after the Twilight attack, the alliance isn't interested in trading wood to the horde.
This argument has been hashed and rehashed a few dozen times now. The night elves are not interested in allowing the horde to clear cut the woods because they view the trees as sentient beings, their friends. It would be tantamount to the alliance marching in and totally (clear cutting) say kodo's, wolves, or any other living thing that orcs hold dear for wall decorations. Both sides have their points, and compromise is not either's strong suit. Just look at how the orcs have decimated the areas they have taken. Someone walking in and doing that level of destruction to the horde's sacred things and I am sure they too would fight back.
May 17th 2011 1:37PM When Runes of Magic came out (yes I know that it's basically a something to do while waiting for new content game) I found it refreshing that on the character generation page you could literally customize your character's look from one extreme to the other in terms of height, weight, body shape, etc.
I purposefully made a toon that was in the conventional sense not the least bit sexy. She was short wide and the ugliest face I could find. I enjoyed the lack of attention I got and even laughed at those that went out of their way to ridicule me though there really weren't that many surprisingly. What I saw for the most part were a variety of players, yes there were some who made really ridiculously endowed females. I am talking boobs as long as their arms in some cases, but most seemed to make reasonable choices in designing their toon. I think if it's at all possible it would be cool if wow could offer the same choices. It was nice not running into 20 other toons that looked just like me in a crowded area. In many games you can also dye clothing and in LOTRO you can even build your own look to display regardless of the actual armor you are wearing. That would imo allow those of us uninterested in being tacky to find a look that is pleasing to us and not confined to what the best in slot is atm.
Aug 30th 2010 3:23PM Argh should finish thought before hitting add comment.
As such, I respect others beliefs or lack there of and I play my WOW character from this stance. I'd like to think that the common man/woman in wow not routinely exposed to the zealousness of any particular sect would do the same. That is have their own thoughts and be content to let the mystery be.
Aug 30th 2010 3:14PM "God, by the very nature he's posited to exist on, is an incredibly complex entity. If you're going to ask "What came before the Big Bang?" and answer it with "God", then you may as well ask "Then who created God?" and "Who created God's creator?". Many then claim that God always existed, but if that's going to be the claim, why can't the universe have always existed as a singularity? Rather yet, why can't time have an actual origin with nothing on the other side? If there's no such thing as a negative radial coordinate, why have such a problem with having no negative coordinate? The Big Bang is a model that fits evidence. A creator adds additional structure to that model without filling any holes in the model, so is unnecessary."
Interestingly, I consider myself a spiritual person irl, even though I don't subscribe to any one belief system. Because of having parents who were agnostic, I spent a great deal of my life looking at various religious structures and their associated diety(ies) and came to the conclusion that is summed up beautifully by Iris Dement in her song Let the mystery be". That at this why or by what reason I am here is not what matters what matters is that I am true to what I feel is my connection to this reality, and that I do my best to walk my way through as honestly as I can as it appears. Been this was even as a child. The above quoted text reminds me of when I was 4 or 5 years old and my then devout catholic grandmother outraged at my parents not seeing to my spiritual side up to her standards aka gods standards took it upon herself to educate me. (yes I was already reading books at this age my mother had on various ideas)
It went basically like this:
Gram: I want to talk to you about where you came from.
Me: That's easy I came from my momma
Gram: I know dear but where do you think your momma came from
Me: umm her momma who came from her momma and....
Gram: Yes yes dear but where do you think people came from?
Me: from the planet
Gram: and the planet?
Me: ummm the universe
Gram appearing frustrated: yes yes I know the universe the galaxy, space but do you know where they all came from.
Me after a considered pause: No gramma where?
Gram: They came from God dear.
Me: Gramma where did god come from?
As such, I respect others beliefs or lack there of and I play my WOW character from this stance. I'd like to think that the common man/woman in wow not routinely exposed to the zealousness of any particular sect would do the same.
Aug 24th 2010 12:34AM Locks have arcane magic? I thought fire and shadow were their domain. I guess what throws me off is why they don't call it by another name. Interestingly according to wikipedia arcane is the collective name of all magic that is not divine magic so I guess locks would have it as well. In regards to schools of magic looking at them from the standpoint of all magic coming from the elements, wiki says that arcane may be related to air magic, noting the elements of fire and ice as the basis for those spells, earth would be what, nature? Nature magic is not divine or is it? Also how do shadow priests fit into that banning all arcane magic? If indeed shadow is arcane that would be a tricky one as well to justify. Using that definition druidic magic would be arcane as well.
But my point was Blizzard classifies moonfire, starfire, starfall as arcane not druidic and those spells are effected by the tbc flasks that buff those schools. Seems like a rose by any other name here. I personally have no problem with druids having those spells, I mean they could claim it had something to do with immersion in the emerald dream somehow making them different from other arcane spells.