Apr 2nd 2012 6:46PM While on the surface, I agree with Anne's excellent article (that the Alliance 1-60 questing is filled with stalls, setbacks, and an overall "depressing" vibe and that the Horde's is a bit more positive, with more "finished" storylines and victories), I personally feel a bit different at the end of it as an Alliance-centric player (who does play both sides).
As Anne said, in Vanilla, the Alliance was in a comparatively idyllic, peaceful period...but we had no PURPOSE, other than maintaining the status quo and ensuring that the Horde stayed in its place and didn't grow into a genuine threat. While for the Horde, they were in a period of rediscovery themselves (orcs, tauren, and darkspears finally getting a real "home", Forsaken forging an identity, etc.)
Then comes Garrosh and his heavy handed "We need territory and resources, so we're going to just take it...consequences and the Alliance be damned". While that has lead to our current state of affairs, with the Horde winning victories, and the Alliance on its heels for the moment, I for one am not despairing at the end of the 1-60 zones. I'm "Mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore!" To me, it felt like the Alliance's idyllic vanilla period made them soft and peace-loving, and ripe for Garrosh's aggressive, hamfisted tactics, especially with Thrall out of the way.
Now, with the aggression in Ashenvale and with the upcoming sacking of Theramore, along with Metzen's comments about Varian finally coming into his own and being a true King of the Alliance, it seems like all of this will FINALLY shake the Alliance and its leadership out of its lethargy, just in time to put down Garrosh once and for all. On top of that, when you look a little deeper at the Horde's "victories" in Cata 1-60, a lot of them are not victories that I as a "thinking person's Horde player" would feel good about. No compassion, the Forsaken pulling out their plague, "win at all costs, and leave nothing but ashes in your wake". These are not the kinds of victories that Thrall (or any relatively rational being with peace as an ultimate goal in mind) would want.
If I may be allowed a rather inappropriate metaphor here, the current end state of WoW 1-60 levelling feels to me like the world on the eve of the American entry into WWII, with the Horde playing the role of the Axis, the Alliance playing the role of the European powers (remaining complacent until it was almost too late), and the upcoming sacking of Theramore being Pearl Harbor. I, as Alliance, am feeling more patriotic and ready to fight for what I believe than ever now that I'm on the ropes and feeling like it's either fight or roll over and die, which is what I've wanted to feel as an Alliance player for a long time. I don't feel despairing...I feel pissed off and ready to punch in some Horde face...kind of like how I envision Jaina's change of heart after the land she worked so hard to build is put to the torch. The Horde has at last awakened the sleeping giant!
As I see it, there are only 3 real "endgames" for the Horde/Alliance conflict. One side completely annihilates the other, both sides end up essentially destroying Azeroth AND each other, or ultimately there is peace. I know which I would like to see. The proof will be in MoP's pudding of course, but I for one think that good things are coming for the Alliance and that Garrosh's defeat will FEEL like an Alliance victory that ultimately benefits both sides.
Mar 16th 2012 8:13PM Spoiler: Maggie Simpson shot Mr. Burns.
Jan 9th 2012 12:56PM Shaaaaaaaaaamaaaaaaannnn
Jan 5th 2012 1:14PM Blizzard has done this in very subtle and appreciated ways, at least to me...
My favorite moment in Lich King is when you first reported to the commander of Wintergarde and some guy comes running up while you're talking to him and says something like "Sir, all the heroes are here or coming, blah, blah, blah...even the Scarab Lord is here...". That hit home with me. A nice reference to the Gates of AQ event, didn't mention the guy on my server who got the title by name (I went and looked it up after the fact and it was "Lawdog", so I'm sure glad he wasn't referenced by name), but certainly gave me a sense of certain people who achieved something very difficult at the time in-game getting recognition.
Was a nod to that character without taking me out of the moment, definitely made me as a more middling level hero go, "Man I wish he was talking about ME", and also elevated each server's Scarab Lord (or those who had them at the time) to a certain non-unsung status.
More of THAT would be welcome!
Nov 22nd 2011 12:09PM I got Fengshui and Mahjong.
Sep 29th 2011 1:02PM Hey Rossi -
If you think Nazgrel is wasted in BC content, how the heck do you feel about Khadgar stuck out in Shattrath? Here's the guy who THOUGHT up the idea that we're gonna use to defeat Deathwing, and received a personal reassurance from ole' DW that he wouldn't forget him...
And it seems, for patch 4.3...nuthin, nada, bupkis...
A shame imho.
Sep 27th 2011 1:28PM I enjoy levelling...and to break up the monotony, I alternate between Alliance and Horde toons. For those who argue WoW doesn't have a story any more, they really should, if they're not already, try looking at the game and the levelling experience from "the other side". I find that the story REALLY leaps off the screen when, as an Alliance player, you see the machinations of Sylvanas for example, or as a Horde player, you see some of the less jerky sides of Varian Wrynn. As a dedicated Alliance player, levelling took on a whole new meaning for me when I levelled my first Horde toon.
Aug 10th 2011 5:00PM Because the statue was raised by Khadgar and Turalyon soon after the orcs' defeat. Since the statue is still standing, even in an orc controlled area, I'm sure they put some magical wards on it to protect it, otherwise the orcs would likely have torn it down by now. But still...no plaque....shocking.
Aug 10th 2011 4:23PM ...and yet, his statue on the Steppes STILL has no plaque identifying who he is. Tragic.
Aug 5th 2011 1:31PM Hey Anne -
LOVE this post, but I've said it before and I'll say it again...
The War of the Ancients trilogy REALLY occurs sometime around Cycle of Hatred. Post WCIII, and pre-WoW. Because of the events contained in the book, a lot of the era covered is pre-game and therefore I understand why you put it first. BUT, strictly speaking, and without giving anything away, the War of the Ancients trilogy DOES take place around Cycle of Hatred, as I said, and really makes more sense when read there (after knowing some of the main protagonists and antagonists from reading Day of the Dragon and some of the other books), rather than first.
Just a suggestion...