Oct 26th 2011 8:18AM From a writer's perspective, it would be a very understandable tendency to favour Horde where it comes to plot development and 'flavour'. Simple reason:
The 'good' guys want to preserve the balance and keep life structured and peaceful.
The 'bad' guys seek to upset the balance and change the world into. Note the brackets that I have applied here, btw.
In most stories, it's the 'bad' characters that carry the energy. If a story featured only good guys, nut much would happen. So for a writer/story developer, it is easier to come up with a plot driven by the Horde faction, I would think. The Alliance is mostly occupied with reacting to Horde plans (maybe excepting Alliance initiatives to recover terrain previously lost to the Horde).
So if there is a bias, it may well result from story development mechanics rather than a personal preference for the Horde faction and its characters.
Oct 24th 2011 10:25AM @ Matt: I know I know - it is kind of contradictory, but it's just a personal preference. I do not mind steampunky stuff like Draenei or Outland or Goblin explosions - and I do mind oriental stuff. I'm not saying it's logical, but it is how I feel :)
And yes, there should be a cow level...
@ Lilboo: Agree, there will be more than monks, but I'm not a very serious player raid-wise, I am very much about 'immersion' as Sinthar puts it very well. I don't care much for the grinds and the PvE gear hunt anymore, so for me, that part of the content will not be too relevant. So the new stuff on the 'plus side' will mostly not be for me :) I'm sure most players will enjoy it greatly, though.
@ Senthar: Exactly. I think this may well be the right time for me too, then, to say goodbye. Not necessarily saying goodbye to Blizz though - Diablo 3 looks pretty cool (wait - didnt that have monks in it too?)
Might be back if they bring that cow level to WoW though ;-)
Oct 24th 2011 8:23AM No, I will not...
I understand Blizz wants to cater to a large player base, so perhaps pandas and monks meet the desires of a majority of the community, and are therefore a good decision commercially - but I am not part of that majority, so for me this is all very bad news.
I like fantasy settings in RPGs, and I (sometimes) like oriental settings - but I do not like the blend. Never have. I also do not allow oriental/monk characters in my D&D campaigns, because they do not mix with the general medieval Europe picture as a whole.
So goblins and worgen, blood elves and draenei (kinda) fit the bill; monks and pandas do not. Neither does a Pokemon-style game.
If Blizz creates a separate oriental-style MMORPG title, I think I would try it - but I foresee myself quitting WoW with the next expansion. To all ppl who like the upcoming content: please enjoy though...! (And someone please roll a character called Ninjaloot...)
*End Nerd rage*
Oct 7th 2011 8:17AM How many rolls? 2.
Started on a warrior - reasoning that, as with other (solo) RPGs, warrior would be the easiest starter class, then found out that it wasn't. Still playing my warlock, the second character I ever made (about 3 years ago - 2 weeks after the warrior), she was my main for a good two years.
Although I have since moved into other classes and developed a severe case of altoholism, that warlock is still sitting at the top of my character roster at level 85.
Oct 5th 2011 8:15AM Seconded.
I love tinkering around with my own UI - I'm not very skilled at it or anything, but it's my UI and I'm setting things up exactly how I like them. Beautiful though Vhei's work is, it is not *my* UI... :) And I thought that was the point of this column, to get players inspired to create their own personalized UI. Besides, tweaking UI is fun! Much more satisfaction in that than in copy-pasting someone else's work.
I am getting a lot out of this example, though, new ideas such as swapping Skada (Raid/PvP) and QuestGuru (Solo) around. Great idea! I'll be using that. Probably some other bits, too.
And: downvoting all of Vhei's comments regardless of what's in them is downright childish. Infinitely more so than Vhei not sharing the UI.
Just sayin' :)
Sep 26th 2011 8:51AM I read the other week on this forum about someone (sorry mate, I forget your name...) who logged out for the last time sitting on the edge of a lake at the same spot where his wife had left the game a year or so before... I thought that was beautiful.
I'd also like to retire my PvE mage in quiet when her time is up, somewhere winter-ish comes to mind - maybe on top of the mountain just outside Everlook, overlooking Winterspring during sunset.
My PvP rogue would need to die in a blaze of glory, charging into a pack of Alliance enemies, taking with me as many I can, hoping to buy that bit of extra time for my team and flag carrier to escape (actually, I die like that quite a bit... :S )
Sep 23rd 2011 8:47AM Any cool-looking set (Tier or assembled) that does not include those planet-sized shoulder pieces... I will finally be able to see my neck again, first time since T4'ish. Good times.
Sep 19th 2011 8:27AM Do you know why they call them pirates..? Because they arrrrr.....!
Sorry, couldnt resist...
I will visit, flying out to Booty Bay on some alts = good thing to do while munching down my pizza dinner :)
Sep 15th 2011 9:37AM Um. Yours would be the QQ post, no...?
It's just a nice exercise to think about what new weapons would be cool, most of us won't seriously expect flails & dual pistols in 4.3 - why not let us have our fun ;-)
Besides, Blizz might keep track of these threads and pick up on one of our ideas once every so often, wouldn't that be nice...?
Sep 15th 2011 8:45AM Nice topic!
Sooo.... everyone is into dual pistols, we'll be seeing a lot of rogues wielding those, skilling archeology and calling themselves Lara or Indy ;-)
How about some sort of laser/energy weps, limited to Gnomes and Goblins, or to hunters? (may be a bit out of touch with the flavour of the game, though)
For melee, I think most weapons conceived by mankind are already covered by one category or another, but maybe some sort of 'double weapon'? That is, a weapon wielded with 2 hands with a pointy bit on either end?
Think Darth Maul, Klingons fighters, &c. :)