Mar 16th 2011 4:42PM You just tweeted for WoW questions, so here you go:
Why did it take WoW so long to give us personal/professional relationships with the NPC's and why aren't they more in depth than they are?
I know that back in BC when you hit exalted with certain factions like the Skyguard, they'd start saluting/emoting you, etc. This continued into Wrath and they added a few little things like Bolvar Fordragon remembering you from the Ony Attunement questline when you meet him in Dragonblight. Finally in Cataclysm there is a lot more "Here comes the hero!" type dialogue, but other than the Prince Anduin quest, there's just not that much personal interaction.
I have this theory that it's because they expect us to be getting our personal interactions with other players, but I've been playing a lot of a certain other Medieval solo RPG game lately and it makes me find WoW severely lacking in that area. Azerothian lore is incredible and complex, but I often don't feel like my character is REALLY part of it.
Mar 10th 2011 7:14PM Here is a clapping gif(t) for you...
The truth of the matter is, there is a lot of heterosexual love in this game. A LOT. Many of the things that have happened within these heterosexual relationships have had consequences that have directly affected the lore of the game in a deep and intense way.
Ie: Tiffin's death leading to Varian's mourning leading to his disappearance and Prestor's seduction/mind control of Bolvar Fordragon leading to...basically half of the lore in Vanilla WoW and a good part of Wrath and Cataclysm.
Ie: Everything Korialstrasz/Krasus has done has affected ALL of game lore in some kind of massive way. And he did it all for his beloved queen Alex.
Ie: Illidan was tipped over into the decisions he made that lead him to go evil/mad because Tyrande chose Malfurion. This event wrote Illidan's entire storyline and most of TBC. (One could state that something similar happened when Jaina got with Arthas and Kael lost his damned mind over it and decided to defect from the Alliance and hook up with Illidan and Vashj.)
If Blizzard added same-sex relationships with the same intensity level as these relationships, it would probably cause massive controversy and drama. It WOULD be called out as flaunting or worse.
The real question is, would that controversy be worth it in the context of a video game?
A huge part of me screams YES, but a little part of me wonders if it might just be better off the way it is.
For me, as an actively bisexual female...I've learned to take the little things where I can get it.
I had some fun times with Skyguard Khatie up in Ogri'la, back in the day.
Feb 23rd 2011 8:35AM I'd say only in my head, but I totally took Prince Anduin to visit his mother's grave.
Feb 16th 2011 12:51AM That picture of Bolvar Fordragon makes me saaaaaaaad.
Feb 14th 2011 3:25PM Yes, that is me trying to hold back tears in the middle of new county employee orientation.
It's because the lady reading the PowerPoint to us word for word is boring me to tears.
It's not because this story pulled at my heart strings.
STOP LOOKING AT ME.
Feb 10th 2011 11:25AM I agree with this completely.
With every expansion, the world of Azeroth grows. For a character to truly be Exalted, they must maintain that exalted status and increase their reputation with every new faction they meet.
Sure, you may be exalted with all of the Vanilla factions like Argent Dawn and Cenarion Circle, but if the people of the Exodar or the Ebon Blade or the Earthen Ring have never heard of you, are you TRULY Exalted and renowned the world over? I think that's the point of that title.
It's like a washed up old soldier in the tavern in Stormwind talking about his glory days in Icecrown Citadel night after night over pints of cheap ale. That's great buddy, grats on being famous in the last war, but that was 3 years ago and we're fighting Deathwing now. The world has moved on and if you want to stay relevant, take up arms and get out there to re take your former glory.
I feel the same way about Loremaster, too. That title should be stripped at each new expansion until you have completed all of the new zones and got up to date on the new lore.
Jan 17th 2011 3:12AM This is the precise reason I can't RP in WoW and should really stay away from anything resembling fanfic, too.
I write incredible complex characters into my own fiction. That fiction is pretty good by all accounts. However, when I try to add a character of my own to an established verse, it all goes to Mary Sue hell.
I raided hardcore through BC and Wrath, and retired from raiding after my guild killed The Lich King. I still enjoy the game, and somehow it was natural for me to fill the parts of my brain that once held boss strats with lore and lots of it. Then, I started wondering where my own character fit into lore.
I started my character's backstory as an amnesiac human warlock who was found and taken in by gnome engineers as a teenager. She was quiet, lethal and really enjoyed working on her gadgets. She was loved by the people who took the time to get to know her, but generally reviled by everyone else who just saw her unfriendly exterior and wrote her off as an egotistical witch who thought she was special because she was part of the mercenary guild that killed The Lich King and sent Kil'Jaeden back to the nether during the Crusade war.
That was all pretty normal and non sue-ish until I decided she needed some story before the amnesia hit. Around that time, I was also getting sick of having played a warlock for almost 4 years, so I re-rolled a Paladin and considered her to be the continuation of the story of my warlock.
In some convoluted way, my warlock went from a well fleshed-out average RP character to this angry retribution paladin who is trying to learn to embrace the light again as she scours the world for anything that could help her husband's condition.
Her husband that she only found out she had been married to after her amnesia was cured and he was uh...turned into a semi-undead eternal dragonfire being and future Jailer of the Damned. (Apparently the Wrathgate storyline is what really piqued my lore interest.)
Oh, and that amnesia? Wasn't just a bonk on the head. Katrana Prestor had to practice her King Varian personality splitting spell on someone. It only worked partially though, because it split the personality within one body and that's where you get the unfriendly mercenary warlock. Practicing it on my character's first incarnation (chaste priestess of the light, best friend of Tiffin Wrynn) killed two birds with one stone because it got her out of the way so Prestor could control Fordragon).
Oh yeah. Terrible. Horrible. MARY SUE.
But it gets worse.
The only reason she was even in the Burning Crusade wars (when she was amnesiac warlock) to begin with was because she was hired as a mercenary to work as a double agent inside Tempest Keep. I'll spare you the details of how that worked out.
Her three childhood best friends grew up to be a worgen (prior love interest of Liam Greymane), a forsaken ranger (and current right hand of Sylvanas) and that original LK himself.
Her parents? One of the second wave of paladins and Turalyon's sister.
/cue blushing from me and boos and hisses from the crowd
Regardless, this is all really embarrassing and I can't believe I'm posting about it on a public forum. But that is also why I keep this all to myself in game. I wouldn't dream of trying to fit this into a group's RP paradigm because it's just so ridiculous.
When I was going over it all in my head, I was careful to fit important events in on the more grey areas of the WoW timeline that were never really fleshed out in detail.
It allows me some fun and fantasy escape away from the IRL grind of being a full time professional and college student.
Jan 13th 2011 11:00AM Ha!
Sadly, no. I'm not jealous. I've just read the Arthas book. That's all I need to say about that. Besides, gentlemen... You would get no nookie from the Princess of Kul Tiras. She'd just be daydreaming and missing Arthas the whole time.
Pick any woman you want. If I had to pick a female NPC, I'd choose Shandris Feathermoon. She's as badass as Bolvar and she's probably a good kisser, too.
Side note: I quit raiding this expansion after raiding hardcore for all of TBC and Wrath. The longer I stay away from raid bosses, the deeper into RP-tardedness and lore obsession I get.
Jan 13th 2011 10:59AM Comment thread fail. This is what I get from doing this from my phone. Downvote!