Apr 28th 2010 8:23AM I'm so gonna use that. It's brilliant! "No, this project has no immediate pay-off, but it's a good step towards becoming revered with them!" Come to think of it, more institutions and organisations should allow relic turn-ins, daily quests and instance run where you slaughter things in their name ... emmm, okay, maybe not.
Apr 2nd 2010 8:37AM I envy you Jon. I wish I could roll a Tauren and discover for the first time the beautiful Mulgore and Thunder Bluff and the deep connection with nature that the Tauren share - as well as their deep humanism and ancient wisdom. Winds be at your back, brother.
P.S. Stay away from the Forsaken. They're twisted and evil and in Hillsbrad Foothills they send you to poison a puppy! Some will argue there are Forsaken quests that are a lot more sinister, but seriously ... a puppy!
Dec 24th 2009 9:28AM My most epic fights were as a lowly priest with the lynxes outside Silvermoon. Man, those are some serious homicidal psychos. I'm still afraid of them even after hundreds of Northrend heroic runs.
As for fame and such, I believe we have achieved it a little cheap. After all, epic deeds are not that hard to come by when death is merely a 30 second setback and the cure, no matter how smashed to pieces and obliterated you were just a minute ago, is a piece of stale fish from your backpack. It must be demoralising for our enemies. I wonder why they bother.
Aug 20th 2009 9:59AM Kids, gather round while I tell you the tale of how I did slay the über-evil Lich King and his endless armies of mindless zombies that threatened to end all Life as we know it WHILST saving up for this really comfy sofa ...
Aug 20th 2009 9:50AM Surely, miners well play EVE Online, no?
Aug 3rd 2009 8:28AM Belfs have a traumatic history, they've been betrayed and they're addicts with a mean streak. Their leitmotif is one of somber, deep, melancholic cello. You think they're effeminate? If you believe your sexuality is in any way questioned by not having a toon close to actual beasthood, then of course they're not for you (whereas a skilled psychologist might be), but have you checked their Alliance counterpart? Nelfs jump on the spot! What's that about? Secondly, their leitmotif is haunted by excessive emo choir. Their lines are awful ... "Elune guide you" while the music goes "ahhhhh ahhhhhhha ahhhhh" ... compare that to "We WILL have justice" and "The reckoning is at hand." In short, Belfs are hardly the ones playing for the other team. On a diffferent note, I've always wondered about people who choose humans as their race. You have a choice of 10 different races with interesting stories ... among which are some really fascinating ones such as the Forsaken or the Draenei ... and yet you opt for Humans. Innovative.
Jun 26th 2009 11:02AM I respectfully disagree. It's a video game you pay for. If you think Ulduar is awesome, then run it 'til you're blue in the face. Nobody but you can make you scrap it. In fact, I'm gonna look for a retro guild I think. This coloumn made me think and I've come to the conclusion that the most fun I've had in this game is when a couple of guildies and I discovered how a 5-man group needs to fight. We did that in Sunken Temple (still my favourite instance) and we kept together until RL broke us up mid-Outland. By not allowing newer stuff or levelling (using the new turn-off XP thing), you could rediscover all content of WoW at the level of difficulty it had at the time! Think about it. The challenge is the thing; not the newer shinier loot. I had a lot more challenging encounters as a lvl 5 priest in Eversong Woods with the murderous lvl 6 lynx cubs than anything later in the game. Cheers!
Jun 26th 2009 10:55AM Excellent point. We come to the same conclusion though.
Jun 26th 2009 3:24AM Dear Robin
I've had the same angry old man feelings about the simplification of the game and the constant pampering. I remember I tried to find the Hinterlands to get my fishing pole at lvl 40 or so after spending an entire evening doing the "catch four different fish in four remote corners of four different continents in galaxies far, far away" quest for artisan fishing (I think it was). On the way I got kinda lost in Eastern Plaguelands where I aggroed everything in a 10-mile radius. 10 minutes earlier the skeleton jerks of Andorhal had happily fist- ... emmm ... -caressed me a couple of times. When I finally found troll guy in the remote village, I felt I had earned that fishing pole. I ran around even as a lvl 42 Belf priest because I was always broke from levelling enchanting. It was a day of much merry celebration in my guild when I finally got my Black Chicken of Doom.
Pounding the dirt to Orgrimmar from Mulgore is a formative experience for any young Tauren that will now me missed. Riding to the Dark Portal is a treasured memory as well, as is finally getting to Shattrah after some hot ravager gauntlet loving to get the FP. Not to mention how we had to walk 40 miles through the heavy Tanaris snow to kill 200 lvl 90 elite fire rocs for one measly egg to get cooking from 2 to 3 etc.
And so on and so on.
The thing is, we did all those things. You probably have 50 other examples. But you can't go back. When we have these "it was uphill both ways" moments, I believe it's a case of misplaced nostalgia. It doesn't really concern us if new players don't have to do it. If anything, we should maybe feel pity. Things that are handed to you aren't worth much. Now that I'm alt'ing, a TB zep will be appreciated and the fishing quest won't be missed. I can't ride to the Dark Portal for the first time again anyway. Also, I appreciate having a RL career and still getting to see some content and wearing some shiny things. Are elite raiders jealous that their pixels are less special? That other people get to see some nice content? I don't get it. What they do is their business; spreading some easy-modes and some gear around doesn't take anything from them. They have achievements and titles and what-nots. They get gear by killing old gods, while we casuals get gear by giving hand-jobs to gnomes. So what?
Cheers and thanks for a great coloumn btw.
Jun 17th 2009 12:36AM Methinks you missed this little bit:
"Given that the availability of epic gems raises the value of the Blacksmithing perk (extra sockets), other professions are having their perks buffed. Details after the cut."