Apr 4th 2012 2:31PM Possibly.
I also like to think that as an older, more experienced man with different ideas of honor and duty and his place in the world than hot-headed young Arthas, Bolvar's ability to gain control of the "hive mind," impressing himself over it (sorta the way Arthas seemed to, by the end of the novel and through much of the game, that we could see anyway) will go differently, and perhaps better for the world, than it did for the prince, especially with the "Jailor" mindset.
Apr 4th 2012 8:49AM I cycle through pets on my priest, and through enchanting/engineering/Outland-flavored pets on my paladin.
My mage has a moonkin hatchling; she rescued him after the Cataclysm RP wise. My hunter keeps a worg pup around, as she raises worgs/wolves/etc. My little warrior has a destructive lil' Corehound pup.
I cannot wait til I can give them proper names! And share some of the random ones my alts have that my collector doesn't! >.
Apr 3rd 2012 4:43PM I wouldn't care about the armor-kinis so much if the differences weren't so drastic for what's supposed to be the same item. The Black mageweave pants are a nice set of pants on men. We all know what they look like on women. I've seen fully-covering breastplates suddenly turn into 2 cups barely covering nipples when put on a different toon (one from the Satyr boss in Dire Maul comes to mind).
So yeah. Make more armor equally covering, or equally baring. The same item shouldn't have such drastically different appearances, in my mind. It's just ridiculous--though it *has* gotten better in more recent patches and expacs. Now my paladin just puts up with belly-baring tanking gear now and then. Yeah, I could "just transmog it away" now, but have you seen the most recent paladin tier? How pretty it is? I like the design, and half the chestpiece is missing because my tummy *has* to be shown compared to my raid lead's male protadin. So now I just cover it up with my guild tabard--which also defeats the purpose.
My mage and rogue may wear more revealing gear, but it should be just as revealing on their male counterparts.
As an aside since I'm already here: Ji Firepaw's line can be taken as "different races have different standards of beauty" and this is a strong reminder. But...it IS really just out of the blue on first meeting. I think maybe a few quests in commenting about the character's strength *and beauty* would be less problematic; then he knows and admires the character, and players have a better idea of his personality (it also makes sense for his "HEY BRO!" reaction to males, but if he had a similar reaction "Hey tough girl, we'll get along well!" it may work). Yeah, there are gregarious, blunt people in real life. But it was just...startling. Not so much offensive to me, but...definitely off, it seemed. Even more so than the random comments from other NPCs (for rep, greeting/exiting dialogue boxes) have been over the years.
Apr 1st 2012 8:01PM "that's...good story writing, but Im starting to wonder if it's good game design."
That's my concern, too. As much as the writers may look at the long term story and where they may want to go in another few expansions, and in all the other media (which I think has been relied on too heavily lately), players don't see that planning, nor think that way. They think about the current expac and what they see now--and what they see now is the situation Anne described in this article, and now hear about Theramore's coming destruction.
As a writer, that says to me there's some success in making people feel strongly, but from a gamer's perspective, I don't think it's working to get the story across and keeping players happy--and more importantly, interested in continuing the story.
Apr 1st 2012 12:46PM It's something they say they're working on. They don't have an ETA on the account wide achievements yet either, actually, but pets are going account wide for MoP due to the pet battles.
I certainly hope so myself, as one of the things keeping me from fully switching mains is my large number of pets, mounts, and achievements on my priest when I'm wanting to play my paladin more. I don't want to get all that stuff again, even the stuff that makes sense for her RP.
Apr 1st 2012 12:10PM I really wish all those people using the Beta forums for feedback and bug reports would learn to use the simple and smart SEARCH function at the top to put reports together in fewer threads--instead of making a new one whenever they don't see their particular issue on the fast-moving front page. Every issue I've wanted to report, I've found multiple related threads and chosen what seems the best (most replies, a green poster, intelligent typing up of the issue, etc) to post my own experiences to as well.
Mar 31st 2012 3:56PM I still have that video faved on YouTube (someone else who loved it uploaded it, with credit to the creator), alongside Balgosa's stuff from both SW: Galaxies and early WoW, and Cranius' newer stuff. You're right; it never gets old, it's just nice storytelling to a song that works well for it.
Mar 30th 2012 11:15AM Yeah, I prefer "character" when referring to the folks I play. But if I'm talking about the models only, I do use the term "toon." Characters are the people I RP, toons are the pixellated object in the world representing those characters.
And in some cases, especially with non-RPers who don't get the shortening of "Character" to "char," it does work better to use the term "toon."
Mar 29th 2012 9:38PM Seeing Taylor get a promotion to Admiral was pretty awesome. After Vashj'ir, the man more than deserves it.
Mar 28th 2012 6:05PM These have always been a hilarious item to find in game, by any means. RPers tend to swap them often, usually as a joke.
Also, a friend of mine plays a paladin who writes her own steamy romances. She sometimes uses her raid team as characters in her fictional stories, as the player writes about publishing woes for a young romance novelist.