March 7, 2014
Blizzard just announced a list of changes that they are aiming for in Warlords and included with it a rather lengthy explanation detailing
just how clueless they are about their own game the reasoning why they are making the changes. They could have saved a load of space and not wasted the time we all spent reading a load of crap by just stating their design philosophy with no window-dressing on it. Since they seem incapable of doing so, I’ll break it down for you: Make everything take longer. That’s it. That’s the entirety of WoD’s design philosophy. Every single developer-driven change they have listed can be summed up as a pointless waste of time. Travel? Slower. Player attacks and heals? Slower and weaker.
“We heard you liked grinding so we added some grind to your grind so you can grind while you grind.” That’s WoD in a nutshell. Slow, boring, and unfun. I don’t need to try the beta to know how this is going to turn out. When the biggest feature of the new expansion (Garrisons) is simply a complex way of getting you NOT to play the game, there’s a big frickin’ problem. It seems like maybe they are making terrible decisions about game design on purpose, just to make it so intolerably awful that you don’t mind having the game play itself.
Or maybe I’m just cranky. I’ll read the patch notes again after I’ve had a full night’s sleep and see if they suddenly make sense from a “having fun” standpoint.
February 15, 2014
So, today something really weird happened. I was going through my spam folder and deleting all the spam (you know, the stuff that the filter thought was spam, but wasn’t sure enough to just delete). A favorite trick of marketers* is to take actual comments (from blogs, comments sections, forums, etc.) and then post them to your blog as a new comment because sometimes this fools spam filters into thinking its a legitimate comment (the ad itself is the “name” and “picture” of the poster). The borrowed comments may or may not have anything to do with the subject of your blog, so imagine my surprise when I came across one that was actually about WoW. I read on, and the thing started sounding familiar. At about halfway through it hit me: *I* wrote this. I googled it and sure enough, some spammer’s little robotic minion took a post from my own blog and reposted it as a comment to a different post on my blog. I wasn’t sure whether to be annoyed or amused, so I settled on bemused and befuddled. I mean, really, spam-bot, WTF? LOL
*In this context, “marketers” means “soulless d-bags intent on flooding the world with unwanted and unneeded advertisements for crap nobody wants.”
January 17, 2014
Woot! We finally got the guild to 25. It was a pleasant surprise, because it came on my sister’s Nomi cooking daily and neither of us realized it was that close. Finally, Mass Rez! Huzzah!
January 7, 2014
I spent a little time working on my warlock in the proving grounds. I got off to a bit of a rough start, on account of having absolutely no idea how to play the toon (AOE rotation? I don’t need no stinking AOE rotation), but after a quick visit to Icy Veins things improved rather quickly.
I spent a little more than half an hour in total (not including 20 minutes I spent on the phone with my sister, and another 5 or so minutes I spent answering the door, and another 10-ish minutes chatting with various folks on whispers). I knocked Bronze and Silver out without too much trouble, but kept bumping into issues on Gold. Namely, the stupid Amber Orbs absolutely refuse to cooperate in any way shape or form. If getting the Orbs impossibly close to your enemy without actually stunning them were an Olympic event, I’d take the gold. Ugh. It probably also doesn’t help that about 1/3 of my gear slots have 450 pieces, so I’m a tad undergeared. At any rate, I crossed another spec off of the bronze and silver lists, even if I couldn’t get the gold this time around. I’ll come back to it later. For the sake of my sanity, I now go for only as much time as one flask affords me.
Anyway, with Destro Warlock down, that’s only 14/34 specs so far. I was feeling a bit overwhelmed, even disappointed, with my progress, until I thought about it in terms of classes instead of specs. I have completed silver on at least one spec of 10/11 classes. (My only incomplete class is the Monk, which I don’t have at 90 yet. She’s 77 and climbing.) That made me feel a bit better. In many cases, I elected to work towards gold instead of redoing the content in a different spec, simply because I didn’t want to break up my momentum by dusting off rarely-used UIs to make sure that all the spells, talents, and glyphs are in order. I’ve decided that this could be a very good project for when I’ve got spare time but don’t feel like doing anything that takes a bit more thought.
December 31, 2013
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
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December 30, 2013
I’m now sitting at 27 and can add The Stormwind Stockades to the list of soloed dungeons. I’m still getting about 3 levels per dungeon because the kill XP for soloing dungeons at-level is pretty crazy. I’ve been looking for something a bit different (as far as leveling methods go) and this one has been one of the most entertaining so far. It brings back a bit of the challenge that’s been missing since they removed all of the elites and group quests from the world at large. I’ve been looking for a way to bring back a little of that flavor and this seems to do it. It’s not the most challenging content ever designed, even running it solo, but it’s enough to remind me of those good old days of trying to solo the pre-nerf BC group quest mobs like Arazzius the Cruel. At any rate, it’s been a fun little side project.
December 30, 2013
It’s been a busy week with pet battles.
Thanks to a very generous Christmas gift from Askevar over at You Yank It, You Tank It, I am now the proud owner of a Pocket Reaver and Phoenix Hatchling, which finished me off for the Raiding With Leashes II achievement. Naturally, that gave me the Tito pet. I also nabbed myself a Snowy Owl, which finished me off for the World Safari achievement and got the Zookeeper title I’ve wanted for so long. Also, just to spice things up, I leveled up my shammy a bit from pet battles in the Vale and got a handful of new pets to 25.