Aug 14th 2010 8:24AM I wish I could, but like your Warriors, a disturbingly high percentage (read: all) of my characters are Mages, and unfortunately Tauren are soon to be the only race not smart enough.
Sorry, Tauren :(
As for people levelling multiple characters of the same class - lots of us have had a taste of what every class can offer and have discovered that there is one class we just enjoy way more. I love the levelling experience - I do it tons of different ways: I'm currently levelling my Gnome via Recruit-a-Friend and my Draenei is doing Loremaster as he goes (currently in Outland, with Loremaster of Eastern Kingdoms and of Kalimdor under his belt). My Troll is in Northrend with my over-used heirlooms, Dungeon-Finding his way to 80. My Blood Elf main is on holiday til Cataclysm having got his shiny Frostwyrm and my Undead is slowly gearing up as my alt. There's a human waiting around for his turn, too.
And no matter what class I try (and I've tried all bar Rogue to at least lv50-60), I never enjoy levelling (or indeed raiding) with them as much as I do with a Mage. So when I get the itch to roll a new alt, I just go with what I now know I'll enjoy the most.
I dream of a Mage of every race at 85... Every race bar Tauren, that is... Alas :(
Aug 8th 2010 10:49AM Whilst admittedly somewhat biased, I agree that for those more inclined to ranged or caster classes, Mage is probably the way to go. It's a pretty newbie-friendly class, as long as you learn early on not to let stuff hit you (And you've plenty of ways to make sure that it doesn't) - the low level choice of spells is simple and (I don't think) too confusing - you don't need to know a lot about WoW (or gaming in general) to figure out that opening with something that slows down the enemy's a good idea, and then freezing it in place so you can back off a bit when it gets close is also a sound plan.
As for drinking every other fight - Have you levelled a mage lately? I levelled my first Mage in early TBC and I know it used to be bad, but I'm levelling another now and it's a complete breeze as Frost spec.
The changes to mana regen at lower levels mean you don't even have to look at a drink til gone level 10, then at 20 you maybe have to drink once (max) in that four minute period between Evocations. At higher levels, you're providing your own replenishment, and you'll probably even start to forget that you have Evocation there, let alone that conjured water. There's the odd rough period if your gear drops behind (noticed this when levelling via Recruit-a-Friend) so your mana pool is a bit too small, but for the most part, the old drink-every-other-fight mage is very much a thing of the past, for which I am thankful :P
Aug 7th 2010 8:59PM Yeah, this is exactly what bothers me a little.
I don't feel that the current trees are bloated /or/ that they offer choice.
Don't get me wrong, I love the new and reworked talents - I think there has been a change for the better in the way talents work - but I still think you're going to see all players of the same spec walking around with the same talent builds. In the past, that was because one had to spend their talent points in an optimum way to maximise their output. Now it will simply be because the trees are so compact that you basically have to take everything in your chosen tree.
The new way of looking at individual talents is great, but in most cases there is still very little choice: Whether I would choose a talent or not, chances are I have to put points in it regardless just to reach the next tier.
Aug 2nd 2010 9:46AM Tell me about it. Three whole piercings, huh. What a rebel.
Personally, I'm rolling the goblin with the big ol' NUT through his nose.
Jul 24th 2010 6:31PM Whilst it is early days, if you look at it as Docp suggests, it may in fact be something of a buff? It should definitely remove a bit of the excess RNG that fire can suffer from.
For example, with a hypothetical 50% crit chance, you should get 4/8 crits in that time (using Docp's example), triggering Hot Streak for sure. Whereas, with the current functionality of Hot Streak, the order of those crits might cause you to get no Hot Streak proc at all.
And then consider that they're trying to lower crit chances in Cata, since they've gotten a bit excessive in Wrath. So getting two crits in a row will be much more unlikely.
Getting a 3 crits within a 6s (or 12s - you're right, that is unclear) window sounds to me a bit more reliable, and less RNG dependent, than getting two crits in a row. Of course, it does also take longer to trigger the proc, requiring a minimum of three casts...
It's so hard to say at this stage, and I'm talking myself in circles now. But don't assume it's going to be a bad thing. There's a lot still to find out.
Jul 20th 2010 11:17AM I applaud your honesty, and thanks for being polite about it! But I'll put forward this:
Do you find authors creepy?
A good roleplayer is like an author, except they only dictate the actions of one character, and rely on their co-Roleplayers to fill in the rest of the story.
It's like co-writing a book, without a plan ahead of time. That's what makes it interesting - you never know where the story will take you.
Whilst it is important for a roleplayer to be able to get into their character's head, so to speak - to understand their thought processes and their reactions - those thought processes and reactions are not the player's own:
Good RPers do not pretend to be their characters. Good RPers write their characters like an author writes a character in a novel.
Like authors and, as you suggested, actors, roleplayers simply find enjoyment in portraying characters and storylines, and in exploring psyches different from their own, in a slightly more interactive and unpredictable manner.
I don't think there's anything creepy about that :)
Jul 10th 2010 9:06AM I love doing this too!
Currently levelling a second character this way - doing every 1-10 zone before moving on to the 10-20s, etc, making sure I complete every quest available before moving on.
Sure, you end up doing a lot of grey quests this way, but I find it weirdly satisfying to always have every the absolute best piece of quest-reward gear available, to hit Ambassador by lv40, to be able to buy other racial mounts at lv29, etc.
I absolutely love levelling and questing. My main hit Loremaster shortly after Wrath was released, and this time I'm finding it especially rewarding to work on the achievement as I level. I'm hoping to have both a Horde and Alliance Loremaster before Cataclysm comes out so that I feel like I've really seen everything before the slate is wiped clean.
Jul 9th 2010 3:33PM Newsflash!
There are lots of girls who play WoW of their own volition, and are damned good at it,
who raid in high-end guilds, who kick ass in arenas and wouldn't be caught dead keyboard turning.
But yeah, you're probably right:
With your attitude, you could never get a girl that awesome.
Jul 7th 2010 7:19AM I don't have to use my real name on Facebook.
Sure, you're /supposed to/, but the option is there to use an alternative.
Blizzard aren't even giving us that.
Please let us choose an account-wide handle, Blizzard. Or let us choose a main to always represent our account (cannot be level 1, perhaps, if the forums are really the reason for all this?)
Or just LET US CHANGE OUR NAMES ON OUR BATTLE.NET ACCOUNTS. Even as just a one-time only thing while this system gets off the ground.
If there had been a warning when we made our accounts saying; "This is the name by which you will be identified by RealID friends and which will be shown on your posts on the official forums" I suspect a lot of people would have entered something different.
I've had guildies tracking me down on Facebook to find pictures of me because "omg girl on vent". They weren't being malicious, and I'm not thinking I'm going to get stalked or anything, but I had chosen not to share pictures on the guild website, and didn't appreciate them going out of their way to search some out. I /hate/ being given attention or special treatment in game for being a girl. If you want to give me special attention, it had bloody well better be because I'm a good raider and a skilled mage. I don't want any more attention, positive or negative, because a girl's name is plastered on all my forum posts.
May 24th 2010 7:52PM And why is the Forge, which the majority of JCers are going to need to use a lot, on the complete opposite side of the city?