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Know Your Lore: The curious dissonance of Alliance leveling {WoW}

Apr 1st 2012 7:30PM I can't agree more with your thoughts. I don't want more silliness, jokes or light-heartedness. I actually think too much of the Alliance is given that treatment (Gnomes and Dwarves are rarely taken seriously, if ever, movie parodies, etc).

What I want is to stomp greenskins and plant the blue and gold Lion on their corpse.

(And not retreat 5 minutes later to let them rebuild like nothing ever happened)

Know Your Lore: The curious dissonance of Alliance leveling {WoW}

Apr 1st 2012 7:22PM To add to my original comment:

I find leveling Horde to be exhilarating: I am part of an unstoppable war machine. A conqueror. All my foes fall before me, and the Horde will rule Azeroth. I always achieve victory. You get this feeling of momentum and power, and I find myself totally buying into Garrosh's vision of an Azeroth united under the Horde banner.

As Alliance... well, it's basically what you said, Anne. We get by, but by the skin of our teeth. Every 'victory' comes with its share of loss for the Alliance. Sometimes that's nice. It has a different kind of appeal. But... sometimes I would like to just win.

Know Your Lore: The curious dissonance of Alliance leveling {WoW}

Apr 1st 2012 7:14PM You mentioned the lack of Alliance leader involvement - and I have to say, although I have other concerns, this one really saddens me. As I level through Alliance 1 - 60 I just see *so* much wasted potential in this regard.

It seems you can't go an hour without Garrosh showing up in whatever zone you're in, often complete with voice acting. We all know how much face time Sylvanas gets.

I'm leveling through Darkshore & Ashenvale right now for the first time since the Cataclysm, and all I'm thinking is "Why isn't Tyrande here?!". It's the absolute perfect opportunity to be the Alliance's counterpart to hanging out with Sylvanas in Silverpine. I'm thinking back to WC3 and Tyrande storming through Ashenvale on her Frostsaber, sticking starfire and arrows into greenskins and anything else that threatens her home. Why didn't that happen? It baffles me.

Then there's the Council of the Three Hammers. Tons of opportunity for Dwarf love there, but nothing ever comes of it. They do nothing, are involved in nothing. There is no "political upheaval" in Ironforge like the intro cinematic would have us believe.

Why not more Genn Greymane? These great old guys from the RTS games, where the Alliance was in my opinion better written than today, aren't involved. No Varian. Bleh. Anyway, I won't go on. I just feel that there was a lot of wasted potential in the Alliance 1 - 60 revamp.

World of Warcraft Mega Bloks season 1 revealed {WoW}

Mar 30th 2012 10:45PM These are cool, but the Human and Gnome faces are just... not right. Too off-putting to buy, which is too bad since Gnome in a flying machine is a great idea.

Pandaren shaman totems revealed {WoW}

Mar 29th 2012 7:17AM Speaking as a Shaman player: WANT.

Mists of Pandaria: Female pandaren emotes and animation {WoW}

Mar 26th 2012 10:37AM I know everyone is excited about the female model not looking terrible like the Worgen, but could we get some coverage of the male model as well? I've seen articles on here about female customization and animations but nothing for males. Male pandaren are cool too!

An outsider's look inside Guild Wars 2 {Massively}

Mar 26th 2012 9:06AM Thanks for your impressions! A nice read.

Wouldn't this be cool? Garrosh and the Shadow Council {WoW}

Mar 21st 2012 8:18PM A bit of a tangent, but here's my question regarding the Siege of Orgrimmar:

There's all out war between the Alliance and Horde. King Wrynn leads an Alliance army into Orgrimmar and executes the Warchief of the Horde. So... why do they leave? We all know that Orgrimmar is still going to belong to the Horde afterwards. If they had the power, wouldn't they occupy Orgrimmar? Are some Horde reinforcements going to show up and push them out? It wouldn't make any sense for them to kill Garrosh and just head home. I'm just not sure how this will play out and make any sense.

The Queue: The sins of the father {WoW}

Mar 21st 2012 12:48PM I am personally disappointed that Garrosh is being "corrupted" by some external force at all. Far too much of this in WoW lore, regardless of the source.

Isn't it possible for someone to just turn bad on their own? To make a choice? Or, more importantly, not to "turn bad" but simply have their goals be at odds with our own?

Mists press NDA lifts at 12:01 a.m. PDT on Monday, March 19, 2012 {WoW}

Mar 16th 2012 6:52PM 4am Atlantic, 430am Newfoundland