Oct 2nd 2009 7:43PM I realize Blizz wants Garrosh in there for future plot lines, but for the current plot, making him the leader in Northrend makes no sense at all.
Up till Thrall showed him a video of his pop's redemption, Garrosh did nothing but sit around and whine. He's never actually led anything before. Sure, he's Grom's boy, but even though he vindicated himself in the end, no one could say that Grom's leadership was one of the Orc's better periods.
In any case, Thrall is the WARCHIEF. What kind of warchief leads by sitting back on his throne doing nothing obvious while others lead his troops?
Sep 4th 2009 2:52PM Despite what even Blizz does with Varian Wrynn, reigning monarchs are known by their first names. Calling King Genn "King Greymane" is rather like calling Queen Elizabeth "Queen Windsor." Presumably Genn's father and grandfather were also Greymanes and so will his son be. Using their first names is the way you distinguish between the members of a dynasty. It's not disrespectful, their titles are actually King Genn or King Varian.
Aug 28th 2009 6:20PM My guild is a fairly small and social one so our solution to the chat/vent thing is that our socializing is done over Skype while raids are run with Vent.
Everyone knows that Vent is for the business of raiding. We use the Push to Talk feature to try to ensure that the only things that are heard on the Vent channel are pertinent to the raid.
Skype conversations are for just hanging out and chatting with friends.
Jul 27th 2009 6:11PM I have to admit the thing that makes me most curious is just how are these playing psychs going to identify potential patients? Spamming in Dal? Stalking high level characters who might be suspected of putting in too much time? Advertising in /Trade (WTS addiction counselling....) ?
Jul 26th 2009 4:08PM A good friend and I levelled together as prot warrior and enh shaman. This duo works surprisingly well. My sham put out better dps than his warrior, and if things got sticky I could heal as well. We quested our way to Loremaster and lvl 80 together and there were very few quests -- even the group ones in Icecrown that the two of us couldn't handle.
Rather than special content set up for duos, what would be nice would be some slight adjustments in the way regular quests work. A bit less of an xp penalty for working together would be a good start. For a game that's supposed to encourage group play, the xp penalty seems designed to discourage it.
And as someone above said -- when it's a collection quest, for goodness sake let each mob that drops a quest item drop 2 of them! Especially when you're doing old world content with low drop rates, it's horribly frustrating to have to find not 10 but 20 buzzard gizzards or 30 bear paws instead of 15.
Apr 14th 2009 3:38PM Blizz obviously wants to see the Horde/Alliance antagonism flare up again. To do so, they're pushing some of their characters to act in extreme, and not always in-character ways.
They've given us Varian on the Alliance side, who may be a bit extreme, but has actual reasons for distrusting the good will of the "New Horde." He's also out there doing things, which is a nice change for any leader.
As Kyrt pointed out many posts ago, the actions done in the name of the New Horde don't look all that different from those of the Old Horde. Surely none of the Horde leaders thought Varimathras wasn't going to turn on Sylvanas at the first good opportunity. Did Sylvanas never wander down to the Apothecarium and notice what was going on? Did no one ever think to mention to her that some pretty nasty stuff was happening not so far from her throne room?
Who gave the order for the Horde troops to turn on the Alliances ones in Ice Crown? Is he still leading the Horde offensive?
On the other side we have Thrall, one of the most likable leaders on either side, with high ideals and aspirations for his New Horde. But the guy is sitting in Orgrimmar making nicey noises and not doing anything. He put Garrosh in charge of the Northrend expedition, which gets him out of Orgrimmar, but puts him in a prime position to screw things up in the north.
The Ulduar trailer is the second time Garrosh has defied Thrall's authority in public. They fought just before the invasion of Orgrimmar in the lead-up to Wrath, but were stopped by the appearance of the Scourge. It's gotten way past the stage where Thrall can just say he's disappointed in Garrosh then trundle back to Orgrimmar as though nothing had really happened.
Thrall has to get up off his throne and do something before he loses the respect of his people and loses his position as War Chief. How can a War Chief lead from so far behind that he's on a different continent?
Apr 13th 2009 3:52PM Like so many others, I really miss the long Alliance chain that really starts with being sent off to find the "Missing Diplomat." You can still do most of that one, but now it finishes when you go back to Jaina and she tells you, "Oh yeah, the King came back and killed Onyxia for what she did."
The original series really tied together the whole human/Alliance storyline. Right from the first quests against the Defias, you're told there's something wrong in Stormwind. Then you find out that the rightful king is missing and that "someone" is behind it all. Finally, you get to rescue the person who's figured it all out and help him free the kingdom from its corrupter.
There are few moments in the game to equal the walk through Stormwind with Marshal Windsor. I'm so glad that several friends and I managed to finish the chain in time to take that walk just before it was patched out of existence. We were probably the last on our server to do it. Most of our guild came along and we gathered an amazing crowd of others who probably realized it was their last chance to see this bit of lore.
I love the idea someone had above of turning the whole thing into a Caverns of Time instance. They'd have to compress a lot of it, but they should definitely keep the walk through Stormwind pretty much as it was.
Apr 8th 2009 7:42PM And then there are the times you really do have to dump everything and run!
My best/worst example was the night my raid group had just zoned into Naxx and fire engines came screaming up the street and stopped right next door. I think i took a second to type Fire! before I dumped WoW and went to offer shelter to my neighbour and her baby while the fire crew got her house under control.
Mar 25th 2009 4:06PM I'm female IRL and generally play female toons. Like many people, I feel more comfortable playing my own gender. I do like to have a male toon or two around though. It's a nice change; like being in disguise.
A lot of my male alliance friends play female draenei at least partly because the males are so big and bulky and unattractive. Like male tauren, they take up half your screen and feel like they're not going to fit through doors. And any mount much smaller than an elekk looks like it's about to collapse under their weight!
Mar 1st 2009 3:16PM I made most of my noob mistakes on Tauren characters. My very first was a Druid. I remember her running around bonking things with her little staff and thinking how slow this game was and how hard it was to level! I'd played a couple of MMOs previous to WoW but none of them had had quests, so I had no idea what the ! meant over the NPCs.
I was terribly timid at first -- kept feeling like I was a failure if I got my poor little cow killed. So even after I discovered quests, it took a long time for her to level.
Then she got one of the spirit quests in Mulgore where she had to follow a ghost wolf to some elder. Partway along the road one of those swoop birds swooped down and killed her! (I still hate those things and my level 80s will go out of their way to kill them for revenge.)
She lost track of her spirit guide and had no idea where to find the end of the quest. After running up and down the road a few times, even venturing into Thunder Bluff and getting totally lost, I gave up. The quest giver NPC had made a big point of how important this quest was for young Tauren and I had failed to complete it!
Convinced that my level 5 toon was ruined forever, and having no idea that you could abandon and redo a quest, I deleted her and started over.
My second cow Druid went a lot faster with all the things I had learned from the first one!