Apr 3rd 2012 11:16AM Since I was one of the ones bringing up my hate, might as well elaborate!
Since posting that comment I caved and decided to try something a little more PVP orientated - I joined a raid forming for For the Horde and gave it a go. The attempt was ultimately unsuccessful (one raid member asked where we were hitting first, then mysteriously logged; we arrive in SW to find an opposing raid waiting for us), but it gave me a little better understanding of what I don't like about PVP and what might be worthwhile.
The formation part, the grouping with a ton of other people to achieve a goal - *that* was fun. I'm a raider and it had the vibe, but with a different aim: for victory alone, not just gear. The frenetic atmosphere and the eventual maneuvering to get out of there, period (as in, dodging DKs pulling just rezzed people back down into the lake next to the castle and the like) was exciting, definitely. But the big difference between 'exciting' and 'miserable' came down to this: choice.
When I signed up for the achievement, I went in and got slaughtered...because I chose to. When I was leveling my baby DK in Blasted Lands and got chased down by a pair of 85s, I didn't choose that. When a max hunter dropped out of the sky and /laughed after they crushed my one-day main in Borean Tundra, I didn't choose that, either. And when a friend and I were enjoying dailies together, only to get corpse camped to the point where we couldn't anymore, I sure as hell didn't choose that.
I could see myself someday trying Battlegrounds or maybe joining in with the guild PVPers when they hit the Darkmoon Faire despite my poor skill, because I like the grouping aspect and the energy of doing fast-paced things with good friends. But world PVP has been for me like being back in elementary school, where you don't want to play dodgeball and you do what you can to stay out of the dodgeball game, but people are still hitting you in the head with the ball, anyway.
And like I said last comment, if I'd known back when I joined what I do now about world PVP, I never would've started on this server. I've got toons elsewhere (my raiding ones, for example), but these are my favorites, have the majority of my achievements and mounts (the Raven mount, got Rivendare's on my first try, etc.), and are the ones I most like to play. Believe me, if I had the money to move them, I would, but right now, the sour world PVP atmosphere sadly colors my feelings toward most PVP everywhere, hence why I have growing concerns about MoP as time goes on.
Mar 30th 2012 4:37PM If I never seen Zon'ozz again in my lifetime I will be a happy camper.
Oh the ball is going to the right again. Oh now it's going left. Oh now it went right between the boss's legs and killed the tank. And it's like it bounces off everything else in addition to player: elementals, ghouls, ghost wolves, hunter pets, someone's Armadillo Pup, Tauren rogues, and the miasma of our frustration.
Mar 29th 2012 1:24PM Guess Lore'themar wasn't as good at balancing the budget as he claimed.
Mar 28th 2012 11:53AM I couldn't name the dynasties, but the Pandaren and the Mogu architecture and armor styling are drawn from different points in Chinese history, the Yaunka are obviously Mongol inspired, and some of the tribal-ish buildings and jungles I've seen make me think of something more south, like in the region of Myanmar or Manipura.
I'm mainly just guessing, but it looks to me like the x-pac is Asian-themed, certainly, but with a lot of flavor and differences between races and factions.
Mar 28th 2012 11:33AM I am primarily incredibly excited for the whole expansion; love the art style, the lore, dungeons, minigames, all of that, and I'm willing to give Blizzard the benefit of the doubt when it comes to class changes.
But man. Man, I am extremely worried about the emphasis on world PVP. The only reason my cluster of mains is on a PVP server is because the friend that originally invited me to WoW played on that server. I hate PVP, I'm terrible at it, and a year into playing I can generally deal with getting my butt handed to me when I'm trying to mind my own business (hello there, Molten Front dailies), but when there's a new continent that we're supposed to explore at our leisure without flying in order to appreciate it, how am I going to do that?
Nothing like trying to soak in the stunning art design or read new and interesting quest text when you're stunlocked for the umpteenth time or some idiot has killed all the quest NPCs again. At this point it'd take about 150$ to move all my characters (the ones above 80, near to or maxed professions, to say nothing of the lowbie alts I like to level at a comfortable pace), so I'm beginning to wonder if I'll actually get to enjoy the expansion on the characters I most like to play.
Mar 14th 2012 4:02PM I'm putting my money on the Mongolian-inspired NPCs. The steppe-like landscape sort of matches up, only with extra WoW flavor:
But I'm also hoping newish-looking model = new character models. Please oh please oh please.
Mar 14th 2012 12:22PM New character models, more slots per server (need this badly, I am alt-crazy), and some more music clips! I adore Chinese-themed scores of all types and I was thrilled even by the short intro we got in the trailer. Give us some of the score, Blizzard!
Preferrably as part of another trailer.
Oh, and a date for the beta and the release, definitely.
Mar 12th 2012 11:07AM I'm head of the Young Adult department at our local library and while hiring for new part-timer positions, I definitely gave an extra ear to people that played WoW and other MMOs and were generally familiar with gaming and gamer culture. We have our own media center here with an Xbox and a Wii (and an HDTV and Bose surround sound, awwwyeah), and what our young patrons (grades 6-12!) are usually doing on the computer is playing free browser games. I've made it my goal to look into getting WoW and other F2P games installed on our computers, so the more my staff knows about them, the better!
But this does take me back to my first job at Circuit City (oh, those were the days) where pretty much all of the staff, up to and including the store manager but excluding me, played WoW. We had the game installed on our demo computers, so the very first raid I ever sat in on was oldschool Onyxia, watching a coworker run it with his guild while on his lunchbreak.
Feb 3rd 2012 11:16AM It was just around this time last year that a friend that played WoW off and on suggested to me that I try the game because I might like it. I'd been having a strained relationship with my other hobbies at the time, so I set aside a week of "vacation" from social oblagations in February to have a shot at the free trial. Now, the year in review:
Two level 85s in LFR-ready gear. A scattering of level 80s. A network of alts on two servers with complimentary professions. About twenty or so characters overall. A not-bad collection of heroic Icecrown achievements under my belt (and a tragic love affair with Wrath-era raiding and story. Oh, the things I missed!). And Tyrael's Charger, which I got the day it was available because I wanted in on the Mists beta so badly.
There's other games (ToR and Skyrim are serious contenders for my time) and times when I play WoW less (work, family, dogs), but I can tell I'm going to be here for the long haul, however long it will be. Not alone, though! I'm slowly but surely dragging all my coworkers along with me. Might have enough for a workplace 10-man before long!
Dec 22nd 2011 10:04AM That fish is horrifying to look at.
I want it.