Nov 8th 2010 3:08PM Question for the Queue:
Can you give a "zone progression" per race?
I heard, for example, Gnomes and Dwarves, are semi-intended to follow the path through Dun Morogh>Loch Modan>Wetlands>Arathi>Hinterlands, etc...I will be leveling some alts and have always just skipped around. It would be nice to have a more coherent experience. Thanks!
Oct 8th 2010 11:38AM Question for The Queue:
I know the world changes come 4.0.3, but do we know when the old dungeons like Stratholme get re-adjusted to lower levels, and will the Baron's mount still be available?
Sep 30th 2010 2:49PM I have played Alliance for years, and generally cannot stand anything Horde-related, but this looks AWESOME!!
Sep 23rd 2010 5:26PM These tales are always good to hear. Especially since there are so many negative ones also. For instance, back in Vanilla, I was so excited when I got the Tux and Wedding Dress patterns with my tailor and was making them for people in my guild. A woman in the guild asked me to make her the dress, and I made it for her no problem. I was wearing my tux and she put it on and we were all having a dance party in SW by the fountain. Long story short, this woman happened to have a serious crush on me (apparently for some time) and was a bit psycho. She had some program or just screenshotted EVERY conversation we ever had. After it all came out, I explained I was married and basically No thank you. That didn't stop her from being psycho though. She emailed my wife (she found on social networking site) and told my wife her and I had been carrying on a relationship with her on the game. She sent a screenshot of the dance and said we had had a WEDDING, and also chopped up conversations we had had and took parts out of context and changed the meaning. My wife was a little upset, but she trusted I was telling her the truth, and I invited her sit next to me while I played just to see how crazy this woman was. It didn't take long for my wife to see how she acted, and everything was fine.
So, moral is...be careful what you do in game, as well as anything on the internet, as it can always come back to bite you.
Sep 14th 2010 3:58PM "When a new tier of raiding gear is released or a new PvP season begins, your higher tier of points will be converted into the lower tier. For instance, if a new tier of raid gear is released, your Valor points will be converted to Justice points, and similarly if a new PvP season begins your Conquest points will be converted to Honor points. Of course that means with these new releases you'll always begin without any of the higher tier of points, and thus be unable to stockpile them."
There ya go. No stockpiling
Sep 14th 2010 3:38PM I imagine once the first tier of Cataclysm sets becomes available, the old badges (or Justice Points) will be obsolete. Probably the new sets will have to be purchased with Valor points or some new currency. Based on the history, you most likely will not be able to buy brand new lv85 Tier 11 gear with lv80 currency.
Aug 20th 2010 12:10AM I'm sure this has been asked 1000 times before, and I apologize, but do we know if the new class/race combos will be available to those who do not have the expansion installed?
I only ask because my computer died, and I am using a very old rig that barely runs WoW with all the settings at minimum, and only 5g of hard drive space left (out of 40g total) with Wrath installed. 128mb video card GeForce FX5200. I won't be able to afford a new computer until Feb of next year, and probably won't be able to run Cataclysm on this one. I know it sounds spoiled, but I don't want to be 3-4 months behind everyone else when I start. But maybe I could do some other things while I wait, like level an alt or two of the new race/class combos, since I won't be able to level a worgen or goblin.
Aug 18th 2010 10:25PM You should have a basics edition every once in a while. Economics is just one of those things I don't "get". I can read and re-read a statement, and understand it, sorta..but not get the "why's". Also more examples. I love analogies and examples. Otherwise, I enjoy reading your articles, although most of the time I walk away confused and not sure what I was supposed to learn.
Aug 14th 2010 6:40PM "Whenever the mage turns something into a sheep, you should hit it as hard as you can right away, because it is an unnatural abomination before god and must be destroyed."
I laughed so hard I almost fell out of my chair. You, sir, are awesome. Thank you for your posts, they are always the best. My main has been a Mage since day one, 5 years ago, and I can't wait to roll another in Cataclysm.
The one thing I will say though, is about your comment about resource management. I agree that no challenge equals less fun, but I've converted a lot of people to WoW over the years, and most of them being non-gamers have enjoyed the ease of difficulty, mostly since there are so many other things to keep track of. Some people are just quicker at picking up on computer/gaming logic, and others, not. I love that WoW caters to both audiences well. My advice to anyone who feels things are too easy is simple. Only do orange and red quests, and that provides a good challenge. That's how I run most of my alts and I still get that "thrill" and panic at biting off more than I might be able to chew.
Thanks for the article again! Mages rule!
Aug 7th 2010 5:29PM DRAMA MAMAS: This reminds me of a situation that comes up often. The tank does not want to do all the bosses of a dungeon, they just want to skip to the end. Particularly Halls of Stone, or Utgarde, which seems to come up frequently. As a dps, my queues are already almost 30min when I'm on, and I rarely have time for more than one dungeon per day, so I would like to get as many Triumphs as possible. Most tanks act like they are the group leader and just flatly say, No, I'm not going to do any more than needed. Even when I ask to put it up to a vote, MOST of the time, all 3 dps, and even sometimes the healer say they are fine with doing the other bosses, but the Tank will still say No, he's not doing it. And no one ever wants to kick the tank!
I understand their point of view also. Take 30min per dungeon, skipping 2 bosses, over a 4 hour period:
Tanks can acquire about 32 emblems (4emb/dungeon x 2 dng/hr = 8emb/hr x 4hrs = 32)
However, dps with a 30min wait between dungeons:
DPS can only amass 16 emblems (4emb/dungeon x 1 dng/hr = 4emb/hr x 4hrs = 16)
Tanks will say, suck it up and roll a tank, its our benefit. I guess if no one wants to stand up for themselves and kick the tank, there's not much you can do. I would suggest Blizzard makes killing all the bosses mandatory for the extra 2 emblems. I might deter people from skipping to the end.