Posts tagged ‘Blizzard’

Go West, Young Druid. Straight To The Isle Of Thunder.

New content has been coming out super fast, which is awesome for the people who are able to keep up and are done with all current content but not so awesome for someone like me who just bumbles along slowly and stops to smell every flower pick every herb. I made it to 90 in 4 days, but when patch 5.1 came out I was behind on grinding rep with most of the MoP factions. I believe I had only done the Tiller rep to exalted and was bff’s with all the farmer people. When 5.2 came out I was still behind. I had gotten exalted with Golden Lotus but only revered and honored with a few of the others. So, hey, guess what? Now that 5.3 is here I still haven’t spent more than a few hours on the Isle of Thunder.

This worried me. I love that content is coming out fast, but I hate the fact that I cannot catch up to it. Part of the problem is that in addition to being mostly casual (and constantly distracted) I am also a completionist. Not a good combination in a game with this many things to do. I never moved on to the Isle of Thunder when it became available because I wasn’t finished with some of the original MoP factions. I’ve never been good at doing dailies anyway so it was slow going. Now we have more new stuff and I am feeling overwhelmed.

In order to try and speed myself along a bit, I had asked my guildies Tuesday night if they had any suggestions on which reps I should concentrate on more than others. I mean, finishing up Shado Pan is probably not going to benefit me at all gear wise but maybe Operation: Shieldwall would. Rather than looking it all up myself I decided to ask them because they are raiders and all current with content. Also, I am lazy. They were completely helpful as usual, so I set off immediately to the areas they suggested and decided to skip over some of the (now) less important things.

But then today at work, I decided to read the patch notes for 5.3. Yes, I realize you all did that weeks ago but I didn’t bother because I knew I wasn’t ready for it. However, I’m glad I looked them up tonight because while I was perusing the site I came across this article which basically lets me know I should skip straight to the Isle of Thunder to help myself catch up. Admittedly, it will bother me a bit to have skipped so many things but I’ve heard such good reviews of the Isle and of the new 5.3 stuff that I think getting a bit caught up and seeing the awesome stuff will outweigh the disappointment in leaving things unfinished.

The reason I’m mentioning it here is because it will be useful information to have for anyone who is trying to get alts caught up and are tired of grinding out Klaxxi rep and the like. Straight from the horse’s mouth – going straight to the Isle is the most efficient way for a fresh level 90 to get caught up.

So This Panda Thing…. (no real spoilers)

When Mists of Pandaria was first announced during last year’s Blizzcon, my heart sank. I just didn’t understand it. What are they doing to my beloved game? How am I supposed to take Pandas seriously? Months later, my thoughts towards this expansion haven’t necessarily been changed but they have resigned themselves into complete acceptance. It is what it is. It’s old news now. The shock has worn off and I’m over it. Luckily I acclimated just in time to be able to look forward to the beta with a bit of excitement. This weekend I finally got to dip my toes into MoP and I gotta tell you… my first impressions were very good. I really don’t know what I was so upset about to begin with. I’m not someone who’s necessarily afraid of change, so it was more than that. I guess it just sounded so ridiculous.

Hey, guess what? Blizzard pulled it off. The female panda’s are adorable. I knew the Asian themed areas would be stunning, that was never a concern, but they were even more stunning than I had hoped. I won’t go into much detail here for those who are trying to halfway avoid spoilers but I got instantly excited just seeing the changes to the character creation screens. Once I got my Pandaren looking all cute, I had to name her. I couldn’t use Elfi in my name since a Pandaren is not an Elf, but I did want it to be as recognizable as possible because I know there are a lot of people from my Google Reader and Twitter feeds on the Lost Isles server where I am. I finally came up with Jadeindale as a pretty good combination of an Asian themed name and something that’s a part of my normal naming convention. I know I won’t be spending a lot of time logged into the beta, but if you are there and ever run into Jadeindale feel free to give me a wave or a hug.

As I mentioned above, I have no desire to spoil anything for anyone who is trying to go into the expansion’s launch blindly, so I won’t go into any quest details here. But in my 9 levels the quests were a pretty good combination of fun and serious. The only really tedious part about the Pandaren starting area is the fact that it’s a hotspot of activity with dozens of players doing the exact same quest as you every time. But that’s to be expected. I’m a very patient person, so that didn’t bother me at all. Besides, it gave me time to climb up on nearby rocks and take screenshots. I know by now you guys have seen the scenery before, but here are a few of the shots I took on Sunday.

Yes, I do apologize for the crappy looking gray text on those screenshots. I have always watermarked my screenshots before with an online photo editing application called Picnik (, but unfortunately Google+ has purchased it and is taking it offline to make it only available through a personal Google+ account. They already did that to PicasaWeb, so I’m not sure if this means they are completely shutting down PicasaWeb or they’re just trying to control all photo editing software. I am normally a Google fangirl, but I have never been a fan of Google+. Sometimes I want to edit photos and share them with people who are actually strangers across the country and will not be at my next family reunion and therefore they don’t need to see my real name and various other information just because they clicked on a photo I posted on my blog. /rant

Sorry about that. Point is, I haven’t been able to find a good replacement for Picnik, so things are a bit rudimentary right now. I realize that Photoshop and PaintShop Pro, etc. are excellent photo editing resources, but the thing about Picnik was you could upload 100 photos to it’s website and edit them online from anywhere. Which meant it was easy to do at work. I will never have Photoshop on my work pc so that’s the difference. Besides, we’re just talking screenshots here and not serious photography. If anyone has any suggestions for some sort of replacement, let me know.

Back to MoP… the verdict is – I liked it. I really enjoyed myself and had fun playing. There are so many cute new creatures too. I fell in love with the field yak for some reason. Took a lot of screenshots of those things. Yep, I guess WoW didn’t jump the shark after all.

The One Where I Got My MoP Beta Invite

I have got to learn to make my post titles a bit more vague sometimes. I mean, what else can I say here? The title says it all. Last night at 8:00pm CDT, I received my official invite to the Panda beta. Unfortunately, I was knee deep in SWTOR playing around with all the changes Bioware implemented in yesterday’s patch. So I downloaded the executable file, but didn’t let it begin downloading the beta because I didn’t want to suck up too much internet while I was trying to run around in space. So, I’m doing that now. I’m off work for the weekend and I’m planning on spending at least a few hours in MoP checking it all out.

Actually, my email brought me several gifts last night all right in a row. It was a much needed happy ending to a Thursday evening because my Wednesday evening sucked major ass. I wish I could tell you how, but it’s relevant to my secret SWTOR identity. 😛

So The Scroll Of Resurrection Seems To Be Popular

You gotta hand it to Blizzard, they know exactly what type of carrot to dangle in front of us. The Scroll of Resurrection seems to be going over very well. Heck, even I managed to find some poor fool… I mean, old friend who I could sucker into using the scroll so I could get a cool spectral mount added to my collection. Of course, I had to buy a 30 day game time card for him to use but oh well, it was worth it. In fact, speaking of adding mounts to my collection, I totally bought the Heart of the Aspects mount while I was at the store buying the card. That’s the prettiest “real money” mount there is, in my opinion. So I dropped $40 but it made me happy so it was money well spent.

I took the screenshot above after I had rolled an alt to check out a server for possible transfer and within my first 2 minutes there I happened to be standing next to two players who had just created characters with the scroll. It was freaky seeing all the achievements roll by. I almost wish I had a second account I had let lapse just so I could take advantage of the instant leveling to 80. Especially since I still only have 1 level 85 character EVER. Ah, the life of a slacker.

Okay Blizzard, Here’s My List Of Demands

I’m a simple elf. I don’t ask for much. I am completely happy wandering around Azeroth and questing all the things. I don’t have a long list of complaints about the game like a lot of others do. But in my 4 years of playing I have discovered there are a few minor things that I would love to see changed. And I think they could be easily accomplished. So here’s my list of demands.

1. I want to know if you’re any closer to solving the tabard storage issue that was talked about at the first of the year. I haven’t heard anything on that in quite a while. Couldn’t there just be another tab added after mounts and pets to store all my tabards the same way those are stored and let me look through them and change them whenever I wanted? I wear the Loremaster title proudly, but I don’t think I ever even tried on my Loremaster tabard. It’s in my bank, likely crumpled and dusty. And it’s not in there alone.

2. I want to be able to change the color of my eyes. On my main Night Elf character I am wearing mostly blue gear, sporting blue hair that matches my gear, and I have bright white, glowing eyes. Um, I would like blue eyes please. In fact, I would like blue eyes on all of my characters. Why can’t I change my eye color? My blood elf is so pretty and dainty and delicate … and has bright green eyes. I don’t want green eyes. Guess what color I want my blood elf to have? Okay, I was gonna say blue but actually I think it might be neat to have red eyes on her. Because the horde are evil.

3. I want red hair. Not the mostly natural type of red that is available now, but red red. Like, fire engine red. Yes! That would be so freaking awesome, I don’t think you even understand. I know I just told you my main was wearing mostly blue gear, but she has wanted fire engine red hair since the day I created her. I was so excited when the barber shop was implemented, I ran straight there and plopped myself down in the barber chair … and then wept softly as I realized I still couldn’t have red hair. And if my blood elf had red hair, it would match the red eyes I would give her. Because the horde are evil.

4. I want some sort of reminder that mail is about to expire on an alt I have forgotten to log into for a while. I don’t know how that would be implemented, but I trust any ideas you might have on how to accomplish this. See, I’m a casual player and sometimes I forget to check all the mail all the time. To quote one of my idols, Marvin the Martian, this makes me very angry. Sure, I’m angry at myself because I do realize forgetting to check mail is totally my fault. But still, I insist you figure out how to prevent me from forgetting.

5. I want my character’s birthday (date of creation) to be recognized. Maybe on that day each year I could get some fireworks and a chocolate cake in the mail which I could use to throw myself a little celebration. Yes, I realize there are eleventy tree fiddy millions of characters … but I don’t give a rat’s ass about them. I just want this for my character. Screw those other people.

6. I want an invisible cape like Harry Potter had. Yes, as a night elf I have shadowmeld, but if I had an invisible cape I could hide one of my favorite friends or guildies under it. Or possible two if they are gnomes. And then we could sneak around Stormwind and wreak havoc on all the morons.. I mean, multitudes of people and laugh big belly laughs at them when they accuse the innocent person at the mailbox of poking them.

7. I want a stocking full of fruit, chocolate and coal in my mailbox on the first day of the Feast of Winter Veil. I have nothing further to say on this matter.

And there you have it. I have poured my heart out to you about some little things you could do to make me so much happier than I already am. These are my demands and if they are not taken seriously, well that’s cool. I still have much love for ya, Blizzard.

The One Where I Talk About Blizzcon

As someone who is normally away from my pc and the internet for the majority of weekends, I was thrilled to have a rare and mega-nerdy weekend at home with Blizzcon Virtual Ticket live-streaming over my TV (via laptop) and World Of Warcraft running for HOURS at a time on my desktop. It was two glorious days of geeking out. The extra amount of time I got to spend in-game resulted in some good solid guild rep gains and getting Morena up from level 75 to level 77. But even though it was cool to get some extra game time, we all know that it was getting to watch Blizzcon that was the highlight of my weekend. Blizzard had a lot of things to talk about this year with Diablo III, Starcraft II: Heart of the Storm, and the official announcement of the next WoW expansion.

Of course, I’m really only interested in the World of Warcraft content so I watched all of the WoW panels and Q&A’s. Which means I heard and saw a lot about Mists of Pandaria and the upcoming changes to talents, dungeons, pets, etc. I know a lot of people in the community have a lot of things to say about all of these things. I can definitively tell you I have no interest in the whole pets combat thing and will likely not pay it any attention in the least; but the rest of the stuff, I just don’t have any strong feelings one way or another. I guess it’s because I have such a strong social tie to the game that my future with WoW will depend on if I’m getting what I need from it on a social level. If a huge chunk of this community that I love so much decides not to continue after the xpac then I would have to take a serious look into if I will still enjoy playing. But there’s certainly no point for me to worry about that until it does or does not happen.

This is my 2nd year in a row ordering the Blizzcon Virtual Ticket and while I do enjoy the announcements and previews and dev panels, etc. the live stream makes it seem like the entire convention is nothing more than sitting or standing in front of one of the stages listening or watching the current event. They never show any hint of what may be going on away from the stages. In my mind the outer fringes of the convention center is a party zone of activity with people running around in costume and thousands of photos being snapped. I can picture groups of people huddled up and chatting excitedly and loudly, resulting in an overwhelming amount of noise being generated overall. But I can never confirm if this truly happens. They never show any behind the scenes stuff. Someone out there please tell me Blizzcon is more than sitting in a darkened auditorium staring at a stage.

Of course I enjoyed the costume contest and sort of enjoyed the dance contest (surely most of those people don’t truly think they can dance?) and I was pleasantly surprised to see that Jay Mohr was actually funny this year; because last year, not so much. And while there were a lot of Dark Lady Sylvanas Windrunner’s and Tyrande Whisperwind’s, they were all actually really cool. But I’m sure we can all agree that the Terran Adjutant from Starcraft II just blew it out of the water.

Here’s a gallery that features some of the great ones and below is a video of the 3 winners.

A Brief Glimpse Into World Of Warcraft History

I really don’t know what’s causing it (sheer exhaustion) but for some reason (sheer exhaustion) my creativity has not exactly been flowing around here (I’m exhausted) and I’ve been struggling to post anything worth reading. But my birthday is this week and as I was daydreaming about a nap messing around on Google the other day I got the bright idea to see what type of historical happenings had occurred around my birthday for Blizzard concerning World of Warcraft. As it turns out, September has been a pretty busy month for World of Warcraft news in the past. Below are some of the most prominent stories from the September news archives.

September 18, 2004 – World of Warcraft Beta Suspended Due To Tornado Hit

Because water was leaking into the building in which our servers were located, we shut down the servers as a precautionary measure and flew out a team of our network engineers to the location to survey the area and provide a preliminary assessment.
This morning, we have confirmed that some hardware has taken on water, so we will need to conduct a careful inspection for damage before we can restore power to the servers. This inspection will take 48 hours or longer to complete, so we encourage you to enjoy the rest of your weekend with other activities, as the World of Warcraft beta test will remain offline for at least that long.

September 22, 2005 – Deadly Plague Hits Warcraft World.

A deadly virtual plague has broken out in the online game World of Warcraft.
Although limited to only a few of the game’s servers the numbers of characters that have fallen victim is thought to be in the thousands.

Originally it was thought that the deadly digital disease was the result of a programming bug in a location only recently added to the Warcraft game.

However, it now appears that players kicked off the plague and then kept it spreading after the first outbreak.

September 17, 2006 – Living A Virtual Life

Two years into the history of World of Warcraft–an online game that accommodates 7 million players around the world–no one had successfully ventured into the dungeon to slay a group of computer-generated villains known as the Four Horsemen. But four experienced “guilds” of players–one in Europe, two in America and one in China–were coming close, posting updates on separate Web sites they maintained. Finally, a 40-person contingent from a U.S. guild conquered the last beast–and its members became instant international celebrities in a massive community where dragons and Druids are as real as dirt.

September 15, 2008 – WotLK Confirmed For November 13th.

Today, Blizzard Entertainment issued a press release that officially confirms the release date for the newest expansion to World of Warcraft. Gamers all over the world, the world being North America, Europe, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Russia, will get to play the long awaited chapter on November 13th. The rest of the world gets a chance in the following days.

September 21, 2009 – Four Million Gamers Celebrate: World of Warcraft Back Online In China

The paid version of World of Warcraft is now back online in China after more than three months of disrupted service. That should give the massively multiplayer online game’s four million Chinese fans a reason to celebrate. It should also prompt a sigh of relief at Activision Blizzard, which is heavily dependent on the game for its profits.

WoW was offline since June 7, when Activision Blizzard’s Blizzard Entertainment division began what should have been a routine shift from one Chinese operator, the9, to another, NetEase. But the transfer was held up by interference from the Chinese government, which took the opportunity to closely inspect the content of the fantasy role-playing game.

Blizzard Is Selling Another Mount, What’s The Big Damn Deal?

Last April, Blizzard began selling the Celestial Steed mount in their online store for $25 and moments after the first one was purchased, Azeroth caught fire and imploded, disappearing forever and killing millions of kittens and puppies in the process. Oh wait, that didn’t happen at all. But if you remember anything about the controversy and how pissed off and offended so many people were, you may wonder how did the game ever survive such an atrocity? In fact, it survived it quite well. No one wiped an entire raid because they owned a sparkle pony. Battlegrounds were not decided by how many Celestial Steed owners were on each side. The new mount owners saw the exact same prices on the AH as the non-new mount owners. CRAZY!!

Now it’s a year later and Blizzard is selling another mount for another $25 and I can’t help but ponder… what’s the big damn deal? Why are people upset all over again? It’s not a tiny, single bit different than it was a year ago so why must we rehash all the bitching? I did not get upset about all the talk the first time this happened because it was new and new things frighten people. But it’s not new anymore, we’ve already experienced this. Is there simply nothing else to talk about? Have we grown tired of complaining about druids having an unfair advantage in herbalism thanks to flight form? Because I’d love to continue hearing about that one for the next 6 months.

Do I sound bitter? It’s because I am. And that’s very unusual for me. I’ll tell you what triggered this, it’s the same thing that always gets me riled up – the lack of logic. I am open-minded and non-confrontational to a fault. It actually makes me a doormat for people who love to treat people like shit. Even when I don’t agree with it, I can almost always visualize the thought path someone has taken to arrive at their current state of mind. I’m sympathetic and compassionate and I don’t want anyone to dislike me ever. So when someone says something I don’t agree with I simply put myself in their shoes and rationalize it all out so that I can say “I understand where you’re coming from”. I usually want to say “even though you’re wrong” at the end of that sentence, but I don’t. That’s what makes me such a good friend. But when there is no logical path (apparent to me) it just immediately frustrates me. The first time everyone bitched about mounts being offered for sale for cash I could follow the multiple paths of thought that made people so upset about it. Now that it’s the EXACT SAME THING and people are upset all over again… they’ve lost me. It’s no longer logical.

Let me give you an example of how something can be illogical to me. Let’s say one day I invite my friend Kim to go to the beach with me. Kim says “I can’t, I’m scared of the sun”. Instead of instantly laughing at her, I pause and think to myself “what would make Kim scared of the sun? Maybe she’s a vampire… that would explain why she’s so pale. Maybe she knows someone who spontaneously combusted as a result of being in direct sunlight. Maybe she’s never been out in the sun before and doesn’t know it’s harmless”. I like to consider all of the angles. My next step is to ask her “Kim, why are you scared of the sun?” Her response is that she’s never been out in the sun before and she thinks it may hurt her. Okay, let’s skip ahead to a few days later for whatever random reason, Kim has been forced to step out into direct sunlight and she realizes nothing happened to her as a result. Since this is just an attempt at providing you with an example, we are going to pretend that sunburns do not exist. Kim now realizes that even though she thought it was scary, the sun has not actually hurt her at all. Every day for the next year, Kim spends at least a few minutes in the sunlight. Then one day there is news that a new sun is coming. Suddenly Kim’s scared to go out in the sun again. Why? There’s no logical path that can be followed now. She’s already had it proven to her that the sun will not harm her in any way. If it’s the same distance and the same heat, what possible difference could it make that it may be a different color?

So now you know I suck at examples (I am aware that was seriously lame) but surely you understand the point I’m trying to make. The point is… the new mount is the same as the old mount so shut up about it. Now I am one of those people who loves the fact I can buy mounts for $25. It’s an instant mount for all of my low level toons without having to grind rep or spend in-game gold. Especially useful if you have some baby toons on different servers and no established cash on those servers. I bought the Celestial Steed the first day it was available and I will be buying the Winged Guardian sometime in the next month or so hopefully. I understand some people don’t agree with it and I respect their opinion. That’s not what this post is about. This post is because the debate and the bitching should be over with. After it faded away following last April’s introduction of the first ever purchasable mount, it should have stayed faded away. Am I the only one who thinks it makes no sense to start it all back up again?

Just for fun, here’s a screenshot of Horde trade chat concerning the new mount: