Jul 21st 2011 9:54PM AAAAAAAAARGH! Why couldn't they get Christie Golden or Keith R. A. DeCandido or Graham McNeill or some other GOOD author who's worked with Blizzard before?
I used to like Richard Knaak, as I had solely been exposed to Day of the Dragon. Then I read Stormrage.
Feb 7th 2011 10:26AM Personally, I suggested they try to get Wil Wheaton to host... He's a geek icon, intelligent, funny, and strives to live by his own code of "Don't be a dick". So, basically the exact opposite of Jay Mohr.
Jan 12th 2011 11:02AM I don't have a problem with Vashj'ir, however the stopgap laptop I've been using since my Alienware's nigh-irreplaceable videocard overheated and died, does have problems with it. MAJOR problems.
The water effect combined with the full terrain means that I basically have to put an icepack on top of the computer to keep the processor from overheating and causing the computer to hard lock. I'll be REALLY glad when I get my tax refund and can then get a new computer.
Dec 22nd 2010 9:55AM Actually, the Norse weren't against racial mixing. What did most Vikings do when they decided to settle instead of pillage in a new area? Take local wives. That's the reason why there's Norse blood in folk from Greenland to Russia (which was named for the Norse tribe that settled there, the Rus) to Turkey (the Varangian guard of the Byzantine empire were Norse). Also, the Gods themselves never had that problem, given the intermarriage of the Aesir and Vanir, and members of both Aesir and Vanir marrying Jotun.
The Norse Gods are white because the people they were borne from are white and didn't have any experience with people who weren't until well after their religion had coalesced. That's pretty much the only reason. I actually follow the modern version that faith, Asatru, and I'm less annoyed by a black guy being cast as Heimdall in a COMIC BOOK version of the cosmology than I am by the fact that Jeff Hunter, who didn't look remotely Semitic, got cast as Jesus back in the day.
Of course, it is a bizarre bit of irony that Brannagh picked a black guy to play the deity known as the White God for having pale skin and very light hair.
Dec 20th 2010 8:52AM I'm still in the guild I was in back in Star Wars Galaxies, because that's the guild where some of my RL friends, including my best friend, ended up. Because we had been together through the first year of Galaxies before quitting it in disgust, we all chose to start on the "East Coast server with the shortest name", when WoW launched.
We're pretty much all still in the guild now. We've had a few people pull the guild-hopping thing on us, but they weren't part of the core group anyway, and we've had a couple have RL hit them too hard for them to continue playing regularly, but their characters are still in the guild roster.
Dec 17th 2010 9:33AM I've run into occasions where both the healer and tank died because of one of the DPS in the group.
My Rogue's first attempt at running Shadowfang Keep for the class weapon ended after Commander Springvale thanks to this idiot of a Warrior who decided to pull bosses when the tank and healer weren't ready.
I was doing my part... Assist the tank, watch my aggro, stab the fething hell out of the enemy. This guy seemed like just another player right up until we finished clearing Silverlaine's feasthall guests, the healer sat down to drink, stated she was OOM, and the moron decided to go and pull Silverlaine anyway. I survived thanks to Evasion and Improved Recuperate, but both the tank and healer died.
Then, after the tank threatened to leave if he pulled again, we cleared our way to Springvale's room, and the moron pulled him while we were still fighting the guards. Needless to say, everyone left after that fight, and before I left the group, I told him he could finish the bloody instance himself if he wanted to pull that crap.
And he wasn't even one of the "Oh, I'm just going to get my class quest done, and screw the rest of the group wanting to finish" kind of players, either... He wasn't even level 20 yet. He was either a total n00b who refused to listen, an outright idiot, or a griefer.
Oct 19th 2010 10:11AM Day of the Dragon was actually good. I tried to start the War of the Ancients trilogy, but it never really got me, and Stormrage was... flawed. I don't dislike Knaak as much as most, probably because DotD was my first Warcraft novel and I've not endured its direct sequel or the last two of the War of the Ancients books, but I do agree that he's not the best writer out there. Still, he's better than CS Goto (the worst author to ever write about stuff in the Warhammer 40k setting), and they're both far better than Dan Brown: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/6194031/The-Lost-Symbol-and-The-Da-Vinci-Code-author-Dan-Browns-20-worst-sentences.html
Christie Golden, on the other hand... I loved Lord of the Clans and Arthas, and all indications lean toward this book continuing the pattern. While I won't place her on the same level as Robert Jordan, Terry Pratchett, or Brandon Sanderson (my favorite authors), I will place her just below them on the level of Dan Abnett, JK Rowling, and Jim Butcher: i.e., still quite awesome.
Oct 18th 2010 9:50AM I've gotten hit with that bug in the Occulus on the portal on the first level, and again with a mage's food portal, which is the exact same graphic. I had thought it was just that graphic that did it. Going to try changing my cursor settings later today.
Oct 9th 2010 5:56PM I think the panel is going to be at least touching on the in-game-engine Wrathgate-style cinematics that look to be rather more prevalent in Cataclysm.