Apr 2nd 2012 2:48PM And on that day, I will consider all years as a suffering engineer worth it.
Oh, who am I kidding? I'd still take it as my main profession, even if all we got was the goggles... There's simply no more appropriate headwear for a gnome. (And they're one of the few headpieces that still let me show off my pink mohawk.)
Apr 2nd 2012 12:41PM Personally, I'm not expecting anywhere near as big a haul.
One of the biggest things about 2008's glyph-pocalypse was a fundamental change to how glyphs worked; instead of needing a new copy of the glyph every time you wanted to get it back, now, you knew them forever. Before 4.0.1, for each class there were a handful of glyphs that sold very well, and a whole lot that never sold. Once the patch hit, that meant that there was much less demand for the "popular" glyphs, but that there was much more demand for the ones that previously had languished.
An important thing to consider is: in my experience, a lot of players are completionists to one degree or another. When 4.0.1, there were absolute tons of people who wanted to go out and buy every single glyph for their characters, needing to see all those grayed out icons go away.
Nothing like that is going to happen with MoP. Sure, there will be a ton of new characters, pandas and monks alike. Sure, we'll see a resurgence of characters, also adding to the market. Sure, the new glyphs that don't automatically replace older ones will sell like hotcakes for a while. However, when 4.0.1 hit, I ended up sitting up all night making and listing glyphs, because they sold as fast as I could create them. I just don't see that happening in 5.0.
In other words, yeah, the glyph business will be great (and cutthroat) at launch, but not necessarily more so than any other profession. (Except engineering, which, to my everlasting chagrin, will never, ever be hugely profitable.)
Mar 29th 2012 11:14AM Actually, it's Admiral Placeholder now, and I'm afraid he's far too caught up in administrative duties to do much work in-game.
Mar 28th 2012 3:12PM @Transit:
You're conflating the Scourge and the Forsaken.
The Alliance is well aware that the scourge came from a plague created by a human warlock and was lead to conquest by a human prince.
However, now that the scourge is defeated, the Horde is backing a faction of undead that is free of the scourge's influence but continues many of it's most evil traits; engineering and spreading a new plague, conquering Gilneas and driving out it's people, etc. If the Horde isn't willing to step back, denounce those actions, and either force the Forsaken to give up the plague, give back Southshore and Gilneas (and likely at least part of Lordaeron, which was a human kingdom...) or sever ties with them and let the Alliance drive them out.
Long story short: any atrocity committed by Sylvanas or her people (which includes Putress; she never objected to his work until he turned on her...) is on the Horde's head as long as they support her.
Mar 28th 2012 3:01PM Unfortunately, that's not simply an Alliance problem. What happened to Cairne? Novel. Who's that chick Thrall's stuck on? Novel. Where did those Val'kyr come from? Short story.
Blizzard has a bad habit of taking some very critical lore moments and only addressing them outside the game. However, it sounds like they acknowledge that, and I'm hopeful that maybe we'll see something different in the future.
All that being said, it IS true that the Alliance has gotten the short end of the stick a bit, story-wise, in Cat; Blizzard's acknowledged that too. That's why I'm really anxious to see what they do with the promised Trials of the King quest chain; it's really Blizzard's chance to give us something to feel proud of, and give the Alliance a hero that doesn't exist solely in statue form in-game.
Mar 28th 2012 12:35PM For a book suggestion, I highly recommend Stephen King's Dark Tower series. They've been favorites of mine for years, and he's just released an 8th book in the series. (I'm about 2/3's of the way through it now, and it's fantastic...)
One warning though: the series connects back, in one way or another, to nearly everything he's written in the last 40 years, and if you're like me, you might find yourself dragged deeper, compelled to read a few dozen more independent but still linked books. (Not that that's a bad thing...)
Mar 28th 2012 7:53AM It's a teaser because of the implication; this is the first time in recent memory (to the best of my knowledge) that someone at Blizzard has just brought up Titan, unprompted. Maybe it means they're preparing to talk more about it.
Mar 27th 2012 3:19PM No arguments here; the only thing better than a flaming Nightmare that runs on water is a flaming Nightmare that runs on water and flies.
I'm just saying that so far, I'm about 10 times more excited about my class in MoP than I was for Cat and Wrath combined, and I'm not going to quibble over the little stuff if Blizzard holds to their plan of making Warlocks more awesome all-around.
Mar 27th 2012 3:15PM And personally, I'd hate to see an environment where the majority of the playerbase is left in the dark about developer intentions and their vision for the game simply because a vocal minority can't be relied on to behave in a realistic and mature manner.
Blizzard putting stuff like that out far in advance, well before they start working on it isn't just a nicety; the (well reasoned) feedback they get informs their designs, and that's what makes the game great, in my opinion; they don't just dump stuff on us and say "this is what you're getting," they actually take player's opinions into consideration.
Personally, I'd ask what's so wrong with the current system? Blizzard gives us this early insight, most of us comment on it in a reasonable manner, and we all continue to laugh at the idiots ranting about broken promises.
Mar 27th 2012 1:57PM I think the assumption is that you can get take on LFR in heroic gear, so you should just be able to queue as your offspec and run it that way. In that sense, it'll give geared and experienced players a reason to keep coming back to LFR.