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Breakfast Topic: Design your own old-school achievements

Wrath of the Lich King introduced a new toy for players that wasn't really anything groundbreaking like phasing mechanics or vehicular combat -- the achievement system was simply that, a toy. You didn't have to complete anything on the list; you could play through the game normally and ignore the feature, but it was a fun diversion if you liked the thought of gaining imaginary points for nothing in particular. None of the rewards were particularly game-changing, but the pets, tabards and potential mounts were an added bonus for those that wanted to work toward them.

Unfortunately, since this system wasn't implemented until Wrath's release, it meant that old accomplishments, "achievement-worthy" quests and objectives weren't able to be tracked or implemented into the new system. This is sort of a pity -- there are old quests and items in game that I always thought should have some sort of achievement attached to them. For fun, I used to think about what I'd stick an achievement to and what I'd call it.
I could go on, but I won't -- mostly because I want to hear what everyone else has to say. How about it: If you could make an achievement for old world content, anything we haven't seen achievements for, what would it be? What would you call your achievement? If it's an Alliance achievement, what would the Horde equivalent be?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: A random topic

a·chieve·ment - n.
1. The act of accomplishing or finishing.
2. Something accomplished successfully, especially by means of exertion, skill, practice, or perseverance.

The achievement system was introduced back just before the launch of Wrath of the Lich King. There wasn't really any purpose to the achievement system, although some achievements give pets, items, or titles -- the main purpose of an achievement seems to be just... something to do when you've got nothing else in mind.

Personally, I love the achievement system. I like being able to plug away at something tedious and somewhat mind numbing every now and again, regardless of the fact that those points really don't mean anything. What bothers me though, and has bothered me since the first cries of an achievement being too difficult to complete is the little voice in the back of my mind that wonders if people realize what an achievement is supposed to be.

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Breakfast Topic: Achievement Suggestions

By now, you've hopefully had a chance to look through all the Achievements that we'll be seeing in the Achievement system to be released with WotLK. There's definitely a lot of them, and they seem to cover almost every possible angle of the game. Still, there's bound to be one or two good ones Blizzard missed.

In this Beta forums thread, which is apparently being watched by Tigole, people have begun offering some pretty good suggestions for possible achievements that could be implemented in the future. Gish of Lich King suggests that one could get achievements for collecting full tier armor sets. Pez of Lich King suggests class specific achievements such as number of Mage tables summoned or number of lock boxes picked.

I'd like to hear your suggestions too. Is there an Achievement that you'd like to see in Wrath of the Lich King?

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Breakfast Topics, Expansions, Wrath of the Lich King, Achievements

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