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Breakfast Topic: Do you mind being the unsung hero? {WoW}

Jan 5th 2012 10:26AM Having the Named Heroes take the credit for things we do in WoW both reflects real life and at the same time is annoyingly like reading a David Eddings novel. When does somebody in an Eddings novel who is not a noble/all-powerful-sorcerer/god (or an associated hanger-on) actually perform some major task? Likewise, how often is the General or Political Leader given the credit for the military victory when it was the grunts who did the actual work?

When a WoW character says "Heroes!" I know that really means "Lackeys!" Blizzard has made it pretty plain that while we do all these great deeds, we never really get anything other than a polite dismissal when the "real leader" shows up to take credit. Just look at the books; they're filled with the elite interacting between themselves, certainly not us.

Poll: What's the best-looking race in WoW? {WoW}

Jan 4th 2012 11:47PM I wonder if running all those troll instances have finally taken their toll on any troll love out there.

Know Your Lore: Lady Liadrin {WoW}

Dec 22nd 2011 12:22AM The Blood Knights are an incredibly divisive group --just ask any Draenei player who played through Azuremyst and Bloodmyst-- but one that I love nevertheless. Their struggles against their world falling apart, their betrayal, and their redemption mirror the Sindorei completely.

Liadrin at Shattrath serves as a reminder for one of the high points of Warcraft lore, when the two races at the core of BC came together for a singular purpose. Even though it was a Feat of Strength by then, I made certain my paladin completed the Charger/BE Tabard quest chain. It was important to see how far you had fallen before you could appreciate Liadrin's redemption of the order.

Breakfast Topic: What features from other games would you like to see in WoW? {WoW}

Dec 19th 2011 10:44AM How about being able to scale your leveling down (or having a lowbie temporarily leveled up) so that you can join up with them for instances and quests? AoC has a version of this already.

Hmm... I was about to say offline leveling, but I'm not sure I'd be interested in that.

Ghostcrawler on the philosophy behind the Mists of Pandaria talent trees {WoW}

Dec 8th 2011 12:44PM The thing is, this is the design intent. What ends up happening we'll only know once MoP actually drops.

The Daily Quest: A bit of intellectual discussion {WoW}

Dec 5th 2011 9:26PM Thanks for the link, Anne!

The Daily Quest: A bit of intellectual discussion {WoW}

Dec 5th 2011 9:25PM Don't forget that the Legion hasn't been the only corruptor in WoW. We've got the Old Gods to thank for the creation of the Naga as well as the fall of the Dark Irons. The domination of the Warden Mellichar in Arcatraz by Harbinger Skyriss is another example. Between the Legion and the Old Gods, I think we've got almost all WoW-induced corruption covered.

What I was working on with that post was a multi-post topic on how similar the two BC races are. Over my time of playing WoW, I've rarely heard a "meh" concerning the BC races, and after having played both sides, I've come to the conclusion that they're a lot closer than people give them credit for.

Drama Mamas: Falsely accused of public cybersex {WoW}

Dec 5th 2011 2:36PM I'm with all the others. Don't go back to that guild. Walk away, very very fast. There are plenty of guilds out there who treat all members well, and this wasn't one of them.

Breakfast Topic: How would you revamp Outland? {WoW}

Nov 6th 2011 1:26AM Ditto on that, but I think that the fixing of Outland (and Northrend) should be given a higher priority than it seems to have.

If you want to get new players into the game, you have to maintain a consistent experience. The pre-Cata Old World, although klunky as hell in spots, did that. Now, in a post-Cata world, Outlands doesn't make sense at all. Nagrand alone, with about a good quarter of the Horde quests centering on Garrosh's impotence in the face of the Ogre threat, is simply nonsensical.

Maybe Blizz isn't so concerned with how things appear to a new player, preferring instead to work their existing player base, but you can't cater solely to your existing players and expect to keep your subscription numbers up. I can honestly say that I've yet to meet a player in game who was lured into playing WoW with the Cataclysm expansion. I occasionally hang around the intro zones --a habit I got into when I played on a PvP server-- but almost everyone I've ever seen or talked to there were people working on another alt. There were some ex-players who came back to check things out courtesy of the freeplay option, but no truly new players.

To me, a vital part of the new player experience is a consistent quest line, and right now things are pretty broken mid-way to the level cap.

Drama Mamas: How to help an abused guildie {WoW}

Oct 31st 2011 9:49AM There aren't many times I want to punch the nearest wall, but this is one of them.

I suspect that Blizz can --if they want to-- help out here. The trouble is convincing them to help.

I'll also point out that mature guilds where you can find equal numbers of men and women are found throughout the servers, and I'm sure that if the two of you want to move to another server you can find another home.