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Breakfast Topic: Starting at the bottom

It's been a few months since the Level 90 boost was introduced, and I still haven't bothered. Part of the problem is, any time I decided I want a level 90 of something, it just feels silly to me to level it via the boost. But another reason is simple - I really like the first 20 or so levels of pretty much any race/class in the game. I have a ton of level 20 characters. I have leveled every class in the game to 20, even mages and warlocks, classes I am just terrible at playing. Honestly, if the rest of the leveling game went at the speed the first 20 levels does, I'd have no complaints about it. It's absolutely my favorite level stretch - it's fast and easy and fun. And for me at least, every level after 20 gets harder and harder to get through, even with rested and heirlooms. I can do it - my hunter and druid are closing in to some extent.

I also feel like the highest level content tends to feel faster and more fun for me, for whatever reason - every time I get to Pandaria I feel like I just hit my rocket thrusters and leveling speeds up.

So now I wonder - what's your favorite leveling stretch? Or are you eager to avoid it all?


Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: Are you doing the Fire Festival this year?

The Midsummer Fire Festival has arrived, and with it, the same round of achievements and rewards as we saw last year. I have to admit that I secretly love these kinds of holidays. It's not for the rewards -- I have them all. It's not for the achievements, I have all those too. No, it's for the gold. Every time you honor or desecrate one of the fires scattered around Azeroth, Outland, Northrend and Pandaria, you get gold for the associated quest involved. It's not a ton of gold, certainly -- but all you have to do is fly up to a fire and either honor it, or put it out. Not exactly what I'd call a stressful task.

Usually I'll throw Netflix on the second monitor to serve as a suitable accompaniment for the task at hand, and spend an evening running around finding all the flames, every year. Most of the time, I'll just hit them with one character, but if I'm feeling especially motivated, I'll run the route on two or three. Why not? It's free gold! But although I've got my own greedy motivations for participating in the holiday, I'm curious how many of you are going to be doing the same this year. Are you going to participate in the Fire Festival? Have you gotten all of the rewards and achievements associated with the holiday yet?


Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: Have you used your level 90 boost?

A couple of nights ago, after much deliberation, I finally got around to using my level 90 boost. I now have a very nice hunter that I have absolutely no idea how to correctly play. This actually works to my advantage, because I can mess around with that in my free time without really bothering anyone. That, and I have a class that is perfectly capable of soloing a whole mess of fun stuff, probably. First though, I have to find some cool pets. My hunter didn't have many pets. Which pets are cool, these days?

I still have a second WoW account that I have yet to pre-order the expansion for, which means I'll have another level 90 boost to play with when that time rolls around. It took me long enough to make the decision with this character that I can only imagine how long it'll take for a second one -- hopefully sometime before the expansion after Warlords is released. But I'm curious whether or not I was the only one that dragged my feet and waited before using the feature. Have you used your level 90 boost yet? If so, what did you make, and why? If not ... well, why not? Do you think waiting until Warlords is out is the better idea, or would you rather take advantage of the service right away? Which class do you think is the best for boosting, and why?


Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: The music of WoW

Straight up - WoW hasn't put out an expansion yet with bad music. It just hasn't happened. And it's not happening this time, either.

Seriously, just listen to the music they put behind the announcement trailer. I'd listen to that trailer on loop to just hear the chorus of voices and ascending music after Grommash says "and all others" because that is some good music. I honestly feel like Russell Brower doesn't get nearly enough credit for how amazing WoW can be at setting a tone.

I don't even know what we should discuss here. I guess you can talk about how awesome all of Blizzard's musicians and sound designers are. Because they are.

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: Keeping up with the Alpha

Well, if you're keeping track, some pretty big changes have come down for monks and warriors as of the latest alpha patch, and before that several other classes saw some significant changes as well. This leads me to wonder if anyone else has trouble keeping up with all of it. I'm a pretty clued in warrior, but seeing patch notes that shuck whole class mechanics and shake up abilities leaves me feeling a bit flat footed. I mean, arms without Slam? Only prot getting Deep Wounds? I don't play a monk, but they saw some really big changes to abilities like Zen Meditation.

Sometimes I wonder if it's better for most players to simply ignore any alpha or beta news about their classes and discover it all as it goes live. If Slam ends up coming back, will it matter to most players that it was gone from the alpha for a while? So we come to the topic of discussion - do you keep up with alpha changes, or are you happier finding out when it goes live?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics, Warlords of Draenor

Breakfast Topic: Your abandoned alts (and mains)

For many of us, the class we started playing in World of Warcraft isn't the class we still play today. No only have the classes themselves changed over time, but so have we -- deciding we want to do different things as we delved further into Azeroth. But revisiting your early alts and abandoned mains can be enough to give you nostalgia whiplash. For example, some months ago I hopped on a hunter alt that I probably hadn't logged on to since before Cataclysm -- the character still had melee weapons equipped and a bag full of arrows. And logging on to long-abandoned warlock, which I haven't played seriously since vanilla, is like opening a time capsule: she wears a full set of tier 2 and her bags are stuffed with fire and nature resist gear, different enchanting rods, mounts, and pets.

But even though my warlock is clearly an inventory disaster, logging on as this long-abandoned alt comes with a heavy hit of nostalgia. Maybe I should transfer her to my regular server and play her again? Maybe I could have the same kind of fun I used to have raiding Molten Core and Blackwing Lair. Or maybe the past is best left in the past.

Today, let's talk about your abandoned alts: which characters have you left behind, and what's to be found lurking in your time capsule of alts?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: Do you stick with your guild?

In a game as long-lived as World of Warcraft, virtual acquaintances come and go. Players stop playing, guilds break up (or simply grow inactive), and groups of friends move apart. Over the course of WoW's nearly ten-year lifespan, it's hard to blame anyone who's grown tired and walked away. But sometimes guilds stand a longer test of time, passing from leader to leader, maintaining an identity of sorts even though the game -- and the guild members -- may have changed.

And for some gamers, who you're gaming with is all that matters -- membership in an agreeable guild is crucial to fun gameplay. For others, tackling content matters more, and those gamers might jump from guild to find a group that best suits them. Today, we're asking whether you've stuck with your guild: do you game with the same group of players day after day, or do you come and go from guilds as your gameplay needs change?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: How many expansions have you played through?

At first we weren't prepared, according to Illidan Stormrage. And then we weren't ready, according to the Lich King. We were going to burn, according to Deathwing, and then we were simply taken by surprise by the discovery of Pandaria. Each expansion has brought with it new heroes and villains, new places for us to uncover and explore. Each has been a little different, but in some ways, they remain absolutely the same.

When Burning Crusade was first announced, I had no idea what an expansion was. My MMO experience to that point in time was very limited, to say the least. My guildies had to explain to me what exactly an expansion was, how you had to pay for it, that the original game would still be there, that you could still play that original game if you didn't buy the new expansion, you just couldn't play with all the new expansion's toys or go to see the new world being introduced. Since then, it's become pretty old hat.

We've been through almost a full handful of expansions in the last ten years -- Warlords will mark the fifth. I'm curious -- how many expansions have you been present for? How many times have you seen the alpha/beta/release cycle? Is it something you're used to by now? Are class, talent, and profession changes something you just shrug off and deal with, a natural part of the expansion cycle? What's your favorite part of seeing a new expansion on the horizon? Which part could you really do without?


Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: How much ability pruning is too much?

So about that there ability prune - yesterday's Alpha Patch notes were not the end of that, oh my no.


If you were one of the classes who got pruned yesterday (especially druids/shaman) or if you're one of the ones still on the chopping block, the question becomes are you excited, or scared? Do you think it's gone too far, or not far enough? How much of a pruning do you think your favorite class needs? Are we done, or do you feel like more is required? The danger is that favorite abilities will be gone - I know a lot of shaman players who don't enjoy the idea of losing Water Shield, for instance, or weapon imbues. Where do you stand on it?


Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: What do you want to see in the alpha?

The Warlords of Draenor alpha is here, though this early version only contains a rather limited amount of content. Of course, an alpha test most definitely a testing phase, and an early one at that. Unlike the game at release where we'll have a whole expansion's worth of content ready for us the moment we log in, the alpha is both piecemeal and buggy -- since it's the alpha and other testing phases that get us to the pristine game we see at launch.

That said, we'll soon be seeing the alliance joining the fight on the alpha as Blizzard opens Shadowmoon Valley for testing in the next build. When Shadowmoon opens, however, the horde's Frostfire Ridge zone will shut down, at least for now. But with Shadowmoon and alliance content on the alpha horizon, let's talk about what you want to see next in the alpha. Are you just waiting for more garrison details -- in which case this next build will be of great interest to you -- or are you craving end-game information? Tell us about it!

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Design your own class

As players in World of Warcraft, we spend a lot of time playing backseat developers as we comment on and criticize the choices WoW's devs have made. But today, let's jump into the front seat instead and talk about the classes we wish were added to the game. With no new class coming our way in Warlords, it's easy to grumble about a lack of new content, but what new class would you really like to see added to the game -- and what role would that class fill?

For my part, I'd love to see a battlemage type class, wielding both weapons and magic with some skill. Though perhaps this is too similar in concept to WoW's death knight it's something I inevitably try to do with paladins, playing them with a holy "shockadin" style spec. (It should be noted that this playstyle was somewhat less ridiculous before Cataclsym class changes... but it was still less than ideal. Not that it stopped me.) But tell me, fellow gamers: what's the class type you most want to see in WoW?

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion

Breakfast Topic: The longest you've ever spent a WoW task

WoW is very much designed to where you can play it in short bursts... not that we usually do, but we could. The way quests are broken down into quick, bite-sized pieces is arguably one of WoW's best -- and perhaps most addictive -- features, leaving you a breadcrumb trail of quest rewards that keeps you saying "I'll log out after one more quest." (Right, like that ever happens.)

Of course, for all WoW can take up small bites of your time, there are also big projects, like wrangling major achievements -- say loremaster or zookeeper -- or finishing up collections. So for today's discussion, we want to know: what's the longest you've ever spent on an a task in WoW?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: I miss Marshal Windsor

The Alliance version of the Onyxia attunement quest wasn't as bad as the Horde for a lot of reasons. One of those reasons was crazy old Marshal Reginald Windsor. Whether he was running around the Blackrock Depths naked picking fights with his captors or walking calmly to his death in Stormwind, facing down the broodmother of the Black Dragonflight, Reginald Windsor was a force of nature.

I also miss Bolvar. I mean, look at those cleaves.

Now, I sure don't miss long, drawn out attunement chains that make you take days, weeks, even months before you can run content with your friends and guildmates. They were horrible, and I'm glad they're dead. I spit on their corpses. But I do miss moments like this one.

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: Hard to go back

This is kind of a character model post, in that I simply can't go back to the old character models after having played on the Alpha. Like, man, I have an orc female warrior I was considering playing. That is not going to happen any time soon. I logged on my tauren recently and for a few seconds I though there was something wrong with my PC, the difference is so extreme between them. I just really don't even know how to explain it, but the cumulative effect of all the small changes in how they stand, move and look is really apparent once you go back to live servers. It's just impossible to ignore.

I find myself wondering if this is going to make the game weird for people. Does anyone remember when they first introduced playable blood elves, and there was such a huge change in their model compared to what we'd seen in vanilla WoW? And then there were still a few of that old model left as ghosts in the Ghostlands? Man, they always weirded me out. I hope we don't end up with NPC's in Org using the old orc model - I would not be on board for that.

Filed under: Breakfast Topics, Warlords of Draenor

Breakfast Topic: What should a Garrison be?

One of the big discussions on twitter about Warlords of Draenor is the Garrison, what it is and what it isn't. One of the first things I said about it in my Alpha roundup was that I don't think I know what it is yet, myself - you only get to see a couple of levels worth of it in one zone, you don't get to experience it over the course of leveling to 100.

Still, I feel secure in saying that the Garrison doesn't feel like player housing, especially not player housing ala Animal Crossing style furniture acquisition minigames or Fable III's property management system. At least in potentia, it feels like building up a home base in the Warcraft RTS franchise, with structures that increase your ability to do missions and followers to perform them. You're not home, you're in an armed camp you built in hostile territory, a fort you use to project force forward and defend yourself. It still has tweaks I'd like to see made, but I can see where it could go and I'm interested.

But that begs the question - is that what the players want? Do you want a fort, or a house? What do you, the readers at home, think?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

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