Jun 4th 2011 10:11PM I bought one for my fiancé, as it was her birthday on the 3rd. I thought it looked so damn nice, I bought one for myself. I didn't want to ruin it for her and so I haven't told her - so for the next week or so I'll have to keep an ear out in case she comes into my office. It'd take away some of the "special-ness" - and she'd Sparta me into next week.
There has been a lot of derision about it in Trade: Blizzard making millions from people's desire to have something not everyone can have. Players not earning mounts by painstaking raiding or gathering. Blizzard making players lazy by supplying all their characters with mounts. Blah blah blah.
To those people I say the following:
I bought the mount to see the smile on my partner's face. Nobody could or should put a negative spin on that.
The mounts cost me almost two hours of work in the real world. Sure, there are some people out there who can't afford it (or more likely mummy and/or daddy won't buy it for them) and that's a pity, but if USD $25 means the difference between you being able to eat this week - maybe you're better off reassessing whether you should be spending the USD $15 on your subscription. That may come across as nasty but I personally know of two people who are barely scraping through financially - and yet seem to have ample money for Foxtel (Australia's rediculously expensive cable), WoW, cigarettes and beer. If you have the disposable income to part with, good for you. If you don't and you REALLY want it, tell your friends and have them chip in for one for your birthday.
Now both my fiancé and I have two mounts we can choose from when we roll yet another alt.
May 18th 2011 6:13PM @TheBlob
So, so very true. Certainly, having your class "nerfed to the ground" (as many QQ-ers will say) can be frustrating - but Blizzard almost always gives something back in return. That's why they call it an adjustment.
Every class has had its share of buffs and nerfs and in every single case, it's been because of a ligitimate concern over their power in a PvP/raid environment. I for one look forward to these changes: after playing the same spec for almost 5 years, the occasional rethink on strategy is like learning the class all over again.
May 17th 2011 6:13PM I personally would pay three times my subscription fee if I could do the following:
1. Add someone from another server to my friend's list without asking them for their Real ID.
2. Group up with those people - or even just chat to them.
How many times have you completed a really successful run (or series of instances) with a group and said to yourself, "I wish I could add these players to my friend's list and run with them all day when time isn't such an issue"? I imagine all of you have felt that way at least once.
I understand why Blizzard has plans to implement a fee for the feature: it will stop LFD becoming a "closed shop" where player wait times balloon out to epic proportions because everyone else is using the feature. As a result. I think we should all take a step back and wait until there is more information on it.
May 11th 2011 6:05PM I'm the same with Bartender and Altoholic - although at last count I had 112 addons running. If any of those break temporarily, I just switch the offending addon off and keep going until a fix appears on my Curse update application, but if it's Bartender or Altoholic - I get stuck. If DBM is broken, I simply wing if or refrain from raiding. Winging it is far more fun though.
I too had hassles with MSBT, so I just switched it off. About the only things I missed was knowing I'd made a killing blow and ore and herb totals on my farming character.
Actually, add FishermansFriend to my list if "can't do without" addons: fishing is too painful without if.
Apr 27th 2011 5:25PM Damn it! We still had years of getting tourists to wear heavy jackets and helmets in summer, putting vegemite behind their ears, wearing ice cream containers on their heads, wearing mirrored sunglasses (remembering to always look up when walking under a tree).
At least we can mess with apprentices by sending them to the store to buy a new spirit level bubble, a long weight (wait), left-handed screwdriver or a skyhook.
Apr 21st 2011 6:29AM Living in Australia, we've always had terrible lag. Even with top-of-the-line ADSL2 , I'll still cop 200ms on a *really* good day. You learn to live with it though and addons like Quartz help a lot. I think a lot of us here would probably spend a lot of time twiddling our thumbs with 90ms latency.
Tell you what though, 90ms would be great for Crysis 2. No more setting up your melée attacks three days before starting a multiplayer match...
Apr 20th 2011 6:28AM Off topic a bit, but the funniest thing I ever saw was on the day that Meta went live:
My (far) prettier half was tooling around in Duskwood and decided to use it. She then saw another player and ran toward him/her.
That character is probably still running to this day.
Apr 15th 2011 6:33PM I'm very excited about maelstrom crystals being purchasable. The going rate for the top-end melée DPS enchant is currently 14k - 20k gold on Aman'Thul - which hurts.
Apr 14th 2011 5:55PM I now have four 85s running around, but I concentrate mainly on my awful Retadin and Resto Shaman for dungeons/raids. My Druid takes care of gathering herbs and ore while my Warrior skins his hairy little butt off. Any cloth is sent to my partner's Warlock for her tailoring.
I see where you're coming from with dailies and gathering helping leveling: my partner levelled Her Warlock from 80 to 85 with only a small amount of questing and never setting foot in a dungeon. She did it all with archaeology - but she's masochistic like that.
I love creating alts, but they will generally have a set role they will fulfill, be it a tradeskill or raid role.
Apr 11th 2011 6:33PM We've had the same hassles with our guild: Rift. We held a meeting in March after realising that due to a major gear/communication disparity between players, we would remain a 0/12 guild until several players pulled their fingers out and started putting in some work on their characters. It was decided by the entire guild that we would suspend raiding for a month, giving those who needed to gear up a chance to do so. We would re-convene in April and smash it.
Then Rift came.
It's almost mid-April now. Several guildies have suspended or cancelled their accounts In favour of Rift and most of those who remain in WoW have left for greener pastures. I've been lumped with the job of letting players know that the guild is, for all intents and purposes, dead - and to point them in the direction of a fairly successful raiding guild which has offered to take them on.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel - hopefully. I am currently negotiating with the GL to hand the keys to STBW (Soon To Be Wife) to keep the guild ticking over instead of disbanding, before I myself take my leave.
It's a pity really.
Anyone looking for an awful retadin with an awful, AWFUL shaman healer alt?