Thursday, 12 April 2012

Chocolate (and fire!)

So, first of all, what's with the Noblegarding hating? I mean, other than Himself who hates all festivals on principle because fun might be involved he feels that they're not a good fit with the lore, who hates guilt-free, zero-calorie chocolate?  I've read a lot about the geek-rage and egg camping, and I haven't seen it.  I do my egg collecting every year in Azure Watch/Falconwing Square and there isn't much in the way of rage to be had. Maybe it's an RP server thing?  Maybe non-RP servers are different?  Maybe Moonglade is just really chillaxed.  I mean, I get that 500 eggs is a lot for a mount.  And that you get bags full of stuff en route to getting the birdie.  But all my Spring Rabbit's Feet are in the bank because I'm damned if I'm selling 'em for four gold when in a few weeks (months?) they'll be worth a lot more.  Ditto the dresses. And yeah, there are people who camp eggs *yawns* but then, I didn't feel the need to get the mount on the day Noblegarden started.  It goes on for a week.  I had plenty of time, but in actual fact I got it on the second day.  And collecting eggs makes me happy.  There, I said it. It's like gathering, or fishing.  It's peaceful, relaxing, brain-on-standby time.  And it zens me out.

Worth it for the mount!
And speaking of zen, I finally got zen about my RP.  I've spent so long trying to force myself to get under the skin of charcaters that I just wasn't feeling it with that I gave up and made a gnome.  I haven't really seen any of the Cata stuff from an Alliance perspective, and, y'know.  There *is* only one Alliance race after all... And, whaddya know?  As soon as I made Pilfi, I knew just what she was:

Not a warlock... a scientist! 
She's a scientist, okay.  Specifically, she's interested in the flammability of Azerothian creatures, and like any scientist worth her salt, she believes in rigorous testing.  We all know that the bigger the sample, the more reliable the results, right?  So she takes her research very seriously.
And sometimes is cunningly disguised as... shrubbery!
However, it turns out that whilst most creatures are flammable.  Some aren't.  Babies, in particular appear to be made of flame retardent stuffs...
Some baby murlocs are made of (a)sbestos!

Monday, 26 March 2012

My thoughts on pet battles

In Silvermoon City…

Announcer: Please welcome into the ring Trixabelle Felicious Precious Dahling IV, who will be competing against… Smudge? Do we have a non-pedigree entrant? How very… extraordinary.

Owner 1: [slightly hysterically] My Dahling is in the ring with a moggy? An unregistered animal? My Dahling is a purebred mana-Siamese! And she’s pitted against this… this… thing?!

Owner 2: It’s not always about pedigree…

Owner 1: [Lowers sunglasses a fraction] Clearly, in your case it isn’t.

Meanwhile in the ring…
TFPD IV: Does your owner even know what a brush is?

S: [hisses]

TFPD IV: I was washed, carefully, with sprite darter essence. See how my glossy my fur is? That’s a thousand strokes per side, with a brush made from the hairs of Loque’nahak himself. See how my pink nose glistens? That’s because I’m fed on a diet of minced shoveltusk steak. From the looks of you, you eat whatever’s lying around on the floor.

S: [hisses again]

TFPD IV: Can you not speak? Am I expected to converse with something that is only capable of making bestial noises?

S: [arches back and flattens ears] This is a fight, buster, not a grooming competition.

TFPD IV: This is Silvermoon City, dearheart. I suggest if you want to have anything approaching physical contact you get your owner to drag you to the Orc city, post haste. This really isn’t the place for you.

Announcer: And is looks like Trixabelle Felicious Precious Dahling IV is retiring… She’s returning to her owner, and from the tones of those yowls, I’d say she’s protesting about her opponent too. Frankly, who can blame her…

In Orgrimmar…
Announcer: Right, got yer bets placed? In the ring then, ginger vs. tabby. Ready, go!

[fur flies madly for a few seconds]

Announcer: Another draw then? Vets to the ring please. Owners... OWNERS! Were you not asked to leave your axes with the steward…?

In Thunder Bluff…


Announcer: Looks like today’s events will be postponed again, until we can come to some agreement with those fine folks from DEHTA  Sorry folks…

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

WTB a clue!

I have a new level 80 druid, thanks to the Scroll of Resurrection.  I had a bit of a dither about what to choose; as I was going to have a high level character 'given' to me, I felt like I should put  a bit of thought into it, but in the end bat-troll won because... well.  Trolls.  And druids.  And swift flight form, as a bat.  And win.  You get the picture?

I've said a few times on this blog, that I'm all for people being able to purchase max level characters -  it'll un-break the leveling game for those who love leveling, and it will allow the people who just want end game now to have their end game and be done with it. I'm now recanting that a little.  I have No Idea how to play a druid.  I'm a boomkin - it isn't *that* hard, but seriously, I don't have the remotest notion.  The nearest I've got to a 'high' level druid is one in the 50s.  All of a sudden, having one at 80 means that I've got all these spells and abilities out of nowhere and I haven't got a clue when to use it.  I was messing around in Scholomance trying to get the aurora robe to drop, so I could sent it to my baby warlock-with-identity-issues, when I had a panic.  I'd been storming round in panzerkin form, insect swarming and moonfiring all the mobs and all of a sudden my moonfire spell had vanished off my tool bar.  Where the hell was it?  I know that I'm quite capable of jostling spells off my tool bar (yes, I know I can lock it...) so I went to my spell book.  No moonfire.  At this point, I would ask you to imagine me looking puzzled and scratching my head in a bemused fashion a la Laurel (or Hardy?  I can never remember which is which.)

I had  a bit of a cuss and squinted at my tool bar again.  Hang on, there was a spell I didn't recognise.  What the hell is that orangey coloured thing?  It's where moonfire used to be. Oh... wait.  That's the solar equivalent of moonfire?  Moonfire has a solar equivalent now?  Riiiiiiight.  See what I mean?  Clueless!  But that's ok, because I'm not max level, nor am I hitting 5-mans or raids.  But if I was max level?  And I was impatient and wanted epix now!!1!  I might just be hurling myself into LFG/LFR and causing mayhem.  This is why I'm now a bit wary about letting people 'buy' their way to end game.  Now, I understand that if you have grouped/raided before, you have  a rough idea about how it all works.  You know that you need to get out of the bad (or do you now get into it?  Or does it depend on what sort of bad?), stay within healz range etc etc.  But, I would suggest, you still need to have a grasp of what your class can do and what it should do.  You still need to know what your cooldown are and when to blow them.  What your 'oh shiiiit' button is and what it does.

All of this can be gleaned from some reading, sure, as can your best spec, gems, enchants, rotation etc, but you still, I think, need some experience actually playing.  Maybe, if you could buy a max level character, the gear you're given would be deliberately itemised low enough that you wouldn't meet the minimum requirements for LFG/R.  But if you have scads of cash, you could gear up quickly via the AH, could you not?

I have to say that if Blizzard are considering allowing people to purchase characters, whether that be via the online store, or via Scrolls of Resurrection (or similar) then they have the model right as it is now.  Let people grab a character at the previous expansions level cap, then give them a few levels to Learn2Play! Letting people buy a max level character, in my opinion, would lead to many tears before bedtime end of raid-time.