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Oct 26th 2011 11:17AM Perhaps they won't give them the 3 off the bat (that they would have picked up at 15, 30, 45) but rather over three levels (56, 57, 58) and pad out the rest with handing out the spells. If I recall, by the time you are 57/58 you are already heading to the main faction city - more so for those who have heirlooms/guild perks - so I don't see it being too much of an issue.
Oct 26th 2011 11:11AM As much as the knee-jerk reaction of some is to quit over the game with the new character introductions in MoP, Alex is absolutely spot-on. It really has to be one of the dumbest reasons anyone could come up with to quit over - particularly as we have seen but a small fraction of what is coming.
I really enjoyed reading Laider's honest reaction to the news on the official forums (http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/3424797412) and how, over the following couple of days he open his mind up more. Bashiok's reply was also very insightful and, hopefully, something those feeling similar will read and digest (http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/3424797412?page=2#23).
Not had a chance to reply to your promo yet Alex, but gratz!
Oct 25th 2011 5:16PM Upon further research, Calib, I see you are quite serious in your statement. I notice on Jan 25th in the comments section of The Queue, you raise very strong concerns. I feel that much of this is coming from a personal perspective. I play both sides but my mains sit on the Alliance side. As a blue player I'm not 'a kiddie' but actually have a son who, this past week since Blizzcon has shown great interest in playing the game himself.
I own several alliance shirts and never faced that sort of trouble before. Even standing in line for WotLK, with my Alliance shirt on, surrounded by 30+ horde players, there was only mutual respect for each other and fun banter. The respect sky-rocketed when I walked out at 12.01am with two collector editions.
My wife received a high-five from her boss for wearing an alliance shirt at work. He rolled red.
We have landed ourselves free drinks from the bartender at Benihana while waiting for our table because, though he was a hordie, he was a fellow wow-player.
My point is, really, in reply to your Q comment but, that being so long ago, I'm answering here. I think perhaps you are either mistaking friendly banter as something more or inviting (re?)victimisation (perhaps stemming from a real-life bad personal experience).
If this is the case - and this isn't really the forum to deal with it because people can be brutal here, though it is a much better environment than, say, the General Forums or Barrens/Goldshire, chat - you really need to find some friends who can help you through this. I think most of the regs here will understand if you are being, effectively, bullied that that is not cool. I think most here also have a fair give-take attitude in poking fun at each other. But not everyone can take what is dished out and, in an environment like this, you need to step back and NOT make it personal because, really, it is rarely (if ever) intended that way. And shame on those that do mean to be hurtful in their view - take heart, they are the ones with the real problems. ;)
Oct 25th 2011 4:52PM Please, please tell me you are not serious in this comment and you caught me off-guard with some fantastic wit that, clearly, went over my head so that I can keep my sanity.
There are so many people out there who really believe in this 'bias' or believe that Blizz is trying to tell everyone if they don't roll Horde then they are .
Obviously people on the Dev team individually prefer one side of the other and, from all I have ever heard, there is a fair balance with, perhaps, a slight leaning to the horde, if you ask them about their personal preferences. (The same can be argued of certain classes). This is obviously going to happen because people, naturally, have preferences in life if they do anything. But seriously, just think about what you are suggesting regarding them as a company. Blizz cannot afford to be subjective in these matters and, indeed, they are not. Step back and you will see they are very objective in the business model and approach.
You, however, are clearly being defensively subjective in your concerns. Do you feel you have been hard done by because of your race? Have you lost an unreasonable amount of Tol Barads or your city razed by too many 'monsters'? In my mind it can really be the only basis for such comment and, therefore, that has nothing to do with Blizzard nor their preferences. Deal.
Aug 26th 2011 4:22PM This one:
Aug 2nd 2011 8:46AM My wife is a huge gamer and her boss even hi-fived her a couple weeks ago for being 'such' a geek. Gaming, obviously, is a huge part of my life too but when we met and for a while that was not central to our relationship. In fact, if asked to describe her passions and hobbies then I'd not have picked the geeky-gamer tag but defined her as a fashionista with an insatiable love for high heel shoes. Over the coming months I found Final Fantasy 7 on her bookshelf and our relationship moved to the next level.
Then, one day, WoW was released. Neither of us had (at that time) played Blizzard games, and I picked me up a copy of WoW. The memories of those first few hours were highly entertaining (and boy do I have some stories) but that is for another time. Wifey refused to play for various reasons and instead picked herself up a copy of Sims 2 which was released the same year as WoW. On gaming nights she did her thing and I did mine. We were in the same room, we conversed, talked, drank wine but focused on our individual games.
I had already won over one of our best friends and so she'd also sit in our living room and play with us, wifey Simming while we raided. We all formed the guild that we are in still in to this day, though GMship has since been handed to my friend and her now hubby (who she met in game) is our raid leader. Cool beans. Once again, I digress.
Two years later South Park's Make Love Not Warcraft aired and after she watched it, it began to sink its teeth in to her mind. Two years of dropping hints and making light that she should try (in a no-pressure way) and finally the seed was taking root.
"I'm not sure I'll really like it though. Describe it to me?"
"It is just like Sims but with mana and you get to kill stuff too!"
She wanted to play. We grabbed her a copy of the game, she rolled her character and then her fashionista trait showed.
"Cool! Now, how do I change my clothes?"
"Uh... hmm. You're going to need to level her up to get the cool clothes."
And from that moment she has not looked back. She is one of the top DPSers in our raids, just dinged her fourth 85 and loves theory-crafting. Any free night we will play together, with raid nights obviously set aside. Sometimes we do dailies together, sometimes we just do our own thing. Sometimes one of us will watch a movie or read a book while the other plays. Sometimes WoW doesn't even feature in our lives between one raid and another. We've had long gaming sessions and months without even playing. Balancing WoW is, pretty much, like balancing anything else in the relationship. Give and take, don't let it consume and, if the other doesn't like it, still spend time together while playing. A guildie plays while his wife does her craft. Balance is key.
Jul 30th 2011 12:31PM I'm well aware of that, thank you though! ;)
You see Populous was a video game from over 20 years ago where the player "adopts the role of a deity and assumes the responsibility to shepherd people by divine intervention."
Get it? Divine Intervention... Paladin... Never mind.
Now my error was that I perhaps *should* have used capitalization on the letter P, but that would have looked uncomfortable and left no easter egg for the real old school nerds. :P
Jul 30th 2011 12:08PM Plus, according to the Book of Light, chapter 7, verse 22:
"Thou shalt sacrifice a ram, cook its entrails and feed the populous for thy Stamina will be buff-ed."
Rams are a little untrusting because of this and unwilling to be the next, uh, victim.
Jul 29th 2011 5:57PM I, personally, am not a big fan of this 'foam sword' model as it appears to be dubbed as. However, personal taste is everything in this game. I prefer swords over axes/maces in terms of 2h looks, but others in my guild swing other directions (pun not entirely intended). Diversity is everything and is good.
You can't deny though this model has been used *so* much this expansion which probably makes haters hate it more. Leveling through some lower levels it is really disappointing to find some low level greens that have amazing artwork and last all of an hour because you level so fast.
The saving grace, in my mine, is at least it isn't the model that has the pink/red look to it. The blue makes it much more tolerable for an alt to use when push comes to shove. I'll still be logging out in my PvP weapon though so I don't have to see it on the loading screen! Haha.