Friday, 28 January 2011
This post, therefore, is going to be a repository of various fragmented discussions, some of which I might turn into proper posts at some point in the future. Equally, Himself might. You never know. Lastly, please feel free to yoink them if you think you can write more coherently about them (to be honest, it wouldn't take much effort at present - I would suggest giving 10 monkeys 10 typewriters and not being surprised when they write something a little more structured and understandable then this wall of text).
But... I don't like Tauren
This is heresy to Himself, who does like them, for all the reasons that I don't. I think they're boring - he thinks they're peaceful (quote of the week from Himself (not said in a pointed manner in any way at all *coughs*): Everything doesn't have to be neurotic and have a dark past. (He's adding to this statement as I type with "you don't have to be troubled - it's ok to be calm and sensible." Like I said: boring! Sorry if you love our bovine friends (and particular apologies at this point to Kamelia *hugs*) - I just can't make myself enjoy playing them. In actuality, after some more discussion, the thing that I find really troubling about them is how slowly I think they move. Now just pause for a moment here. Movement in WoW is quite finely tuned - does the world seem to speed up when you play your gnome? It does to me, in the same way that it s l o w s d o w n a l o t when I play Tauren. It's relative to height; I know that they're actually moving at the same speed, but Tauren lope seems to be slower than other classes when they run... Add to that, the fact that paladins are not the most exciting class at lower levels (like 13) and it's all a bit *yawn*...
Are we drawn to playing races we *identify* with?
Do I like belfs because I'm neurotic and add a bucketload of complexity to everything? Does Himself like Tauren because they're calm and rational? Do we play races (and classes) that match our perception of ourselves (leaving looks completely aside for a moment), and if so, why? If I'm feeling feisty am I more likely to want to play my goblin? When Himself has a bad day at work and wishes he had a personal blight supply, will he want to play his Forsaken? Do we have similar views of racial 'personality' or is it something much more intimate and personal? I don't have the answers, by the way - I'm just chucking stuff out there for my beloved readers to contemplate and digest (and maybe help me with answering!)
Why don't I enjoy playing certain classes, but I do enjoy playing others?
Example the First: My preferred (but sub-optimal) method of playing is having a casting class, but standing toe-to-toe with the bad guys and getting smacked in the face whilst I cast them to death. Some classes this is ok with - I know it stems from my years of playing priest where basically you just bubble and pew - but arguably the most optimal class for this method is a shaman. You have a shield, you have decent armour, you can self heal and you blat the bad guys with phat bolts of lightening (rawrrr - I am Thor-like - fear mah ire!) Job done? Not really. I've played a shaman before (I actually got one to 60) and I'm playing one again for Project 10, but I'm not enjoying it. Logically, I know I should - it ticks all my boxes, as it were. In fairness, I'm also a dorf and, as I've mentioned before, I actively dislike the dorf area. I've also only just hit 10, so now I have thunder as well as lightening. Hopefully I'll start having funsies soon. Example the Second: I'm amazed, beyond amazed, in fact, to find that I like my warrior. I've never gotten on with melee but dammit, Victory Rush is fun. So is Charge. Again, only hit 10, but I'm having fun. But... but how can I be having more fun with a melee class with no spells than a casting class? The force is... juddering, nevermind tremor-ing...
Nelf females are less... centrefold-like than I remember.
My rogue is a nelf. I go through phases with night elves. Sometimes I like them, sometimes they irritte the bejesus out of me. I had a 'moment' yesterday whist my little rogue was standing around as I did something, not sure what now, and she appeared to NOT bounce. Yeah *that* bounce. The infamous one. And I dragged Himself over to the screen and made him look, LOOK dammit - where has the bounce gone?! As we both sat there, staring, she still didn't bounce, and then a thought struck. Maybe this was why subscription number are dropping. Maybe Blizz have removed the nelf bounce and everyone has gone to play Tera instead:
But it's not just all about the boobies y'know. It's about the legs as well...
Finally, she stopped shifting her weight from side to side (booooooooring!) and she bounced. Reality re-asserted itself and we breathed a sigh of relief... or something. In fairness though, she's very stabby-stabby and actually quite kickass. Himself has persuaded me that I should go Subtlety and because even I can't disagree with the majesty that is shadowstep, I've agreed. Watch this space...
Why I don't have time for more than one MMO.
I'm sort of in awe of people who manage to play multiple MMOs. Himself has got a beta key to a game which I'll leave unnamed, lest he wants to blog about it, and I'm hiding in the corner - "Nooooooo! Don't let me see another shiny game - I don't have time...!" Seriously people, how do you manage to play multiple time-sink games? I'm quite capable of playing WoW for... too many hours straight before unsticking myself from the screen and going to do something more important, like, y'know eat or sleep. (I'm kidding, I'm not that bad. Well, not very often.) But if I had multiple games, with even more multiple alts, something would have to give. Maybe sleeping? I don't know. If you do play multiple games let me into the secret would ya? I'll give you cookies...
Wednesday, 26 January 2011
- Decide that you should really start Project 10. That is, level one of each class to level cap. I'm not, despite Himself's faux-helpful suggestion, going to level one of each class and each spec to level cap. I'm not that much of a sucker...
- Decide on race/class combos. To minimise boredom I'm going to play (stinky) Alliance as well, but as there's only 10 classes, that means leaving out skittery
werewolvesWorgen and spacegoatsDraenei.
Gant Charttable to track said alts and then sort out names. Cuss maintenance for being just at the time that you need to be able to log onto servers and check names.
- Pick Himself's brains about specs. Add 'spec column' to table. Ditto blogs to read.
- Yay - maintenance is finished! Make characters!! Many characters!
- Decide that it is permissible to use your druid (level 30) and your hunter (level 32) as you love them and you didn't start them until after Cata hit so it *does* count.
- Log onto first character and squee!
- Realise first character is a human warrior - I thought I'd combine the race I dislike most with the class I expected to hate the most but then I was, I have to admit, pleasantly surprised. Warriors got a bit easier since I last tried to play them (possibly in vanilla...) She's hysterical, somehow I managed to make her look... grumpy... and the way she moves - even the way she mines, is just like "Oh my God, it's all sooooooo depressing." I think she's a Twilight Cultist who's pissed off that the world didn't end...
- Get them all to level 10. Once they are all there, whenever I want to switch 'toon I'll /roll 1 - 10 and see what number crops up (yes there is a 'number' column in the table...)
If you'll excuse me, I'm off to have a lie down, as thinking about that has left me a bit boggled...
EDIT: I'd like to add that a) I'm not a mathematician, especially when b) it's early, and c) my brain is streaming out of my nostrils, so whilst that figure is bonkers-ly large I can't break it down for you and say for certain whether it's even vaguely correct. You can do that maths if you so desire and tell me if I'm wrong...
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
So disclaimer/explanation of my ongoing ability to fail over with. On with the post-proper.
I'm doing a lot of leveling at present, having waaaay too many alts who I love, but with each of them, seemingly regardless of class, I'm out-leveling zones. I have NO BoA heirloom stuff, so that isn't the explanation. Yes, I'm gathering, which I know gives xp, but surely not that much xp? It's incredibly frustrating; no matter what I do, if I complete the quests, the quest mobs are, at best green, and at worst, grey, before I finish the zone itself. And, you know, with the way the quests are structured at the moment, with the high levels of linear-ness (is that a word?), I want to finish the chains. Because I'm enjoying the stories being told.
I'm in no way advocating a return to the 'good ol' days' (*ahem*) of Vanilla/BC where you had to run all over Azeroth and hop between continents to find leveling appropriate quest zones. I wouldn't do that anymore than I'd advocate a return to first mount at level 40 (especially as I'm currently in Stranglethorn and I remember that place when you had to run everywhere.) But I'm just not convinced that there isn't a problem with too much xp per quest, or mob, or something. Now, I'm not that bothered, as I'm just pootling around, but if I was actually trying to level quickly I think I'd be narked by getting halfway through a zone and finding all my quests are green. The potential for frustration comes, like it did this morning, when Himself glanced at my screen and asked why I was in Zul'Grub (I'm level 31 - it's a fair question) and why I was a raptor. Now Himself loves trolls, so I was surprised that he hadn't done the (very troll-ish) chain, especially as I've seen him level through Stranglethorn. The answer? Presumably he'd out-leveled to the extent that the quest didn't show up (I permanently have 'track low level quests' ticked) so he'd missed it. And more so than that, that not only are 'stories' not fully played out (all of a sudden I understood why I'd been carting a lashtail raptor hatchling with me everywhere) but also the end of these long chains dishes out shiny blues as a reward (if one cares about such things). Now if you don't want lore or stores, then surely you want shiny new gear?
So... Is anyone else finding questing a bit... OP at present?
Monday, 24 January 2011
Happily, Blizzard seemed to have heard my often-voiced pleas for a pretty belf to call my own, so for a period of time they gave me Johnny Awesome, who decided that he'd come with me, rather than staying in the Sludge Fields; for an only too brief moment of time I had three pets. And I was squeeing with glee. He even came with me to the Ruins of Southshore.
Unfortunately I needed to go back to Undercity and much as I was looking forward to strong, muscular arms clasped around my waist whilst we rode the... bat, he vanished. Now I'm a sad, sad panda.
Oh dear, I've been distracted by belfs. I didn't quite mean for this post to degenerate into... belf fetishising. My apologies. I'd better go and retrieve my goblin and go back to fixating on parrots.
Monday, 17 January 2011
Friday, 14 January 2011
Thursday, 13 January 2011
This is going to be one of those posts where I basically shake my head over a sieve and see what falls out. You’ve been warned, ok?
I have too many alts. This is becoming apparent, but at the same time, I’m SO enjoying my gaming again. My druid got boomkin form last night – huzzah! And is now going onto some well earned rested. She’s also the first of my characters that’s done the quest line in Silverpine that starts with Welcome to the Machine. Best quest line evar! No contest thus far. You get to be a quest giver, which is all shades of awesome in itself, and then you have the wonderful NPCs who are just fabulous. And, yes, as Himself warned me, belfs are resoundingly mocked *sniffle*. I’ve given up on my Forsaken hunter in favour of a Dark Ranger style character, who, once she hits level 10, will be off to the Forsaken start zone pronto to get a spider as her pet, and start gaining rep with Sylvanas’ crew. Because, seriously, you can’t have a Dark Ranger riding a turkey can you…? My goblin warlock is now 30-something and has dual spec (dual spec! At 30! That costs pennies!) so she now has her felguard of pwnage to… assist her. It makes a change from her ‘personal assistant’ succubus… Irritatingly, and without heirloom gear, I’m still finding that I’m outlevelling my gathering professions. I’m being good and gathering as I go, but I’m still having to stop every so often and go flowerpicking or mining to get my skill high enough for the next zone, which is irksome. I can’t remember if this has always been a problem or if it’s relatively new. It’s doubly odd because, partially, I suspect, due to phasing, there seem to be more nodes around. Oh well, one of life’s little mysteries I guess.
I’m also frantically server-hopping, trying to keep up with everyone I know. Because I was so violently anti RealID from Day One, I haven’t bothered keeping up to date with any changes that might have happened, so if what follows is incorrect/outdated, please let me know! I currently have characters in SAN on AD, characters on Moonglade because a RL friend plays there, yet another one on…. ummm, another RP server whose name I forget because another RL friend plays there, and two on Khadgar which is my old home server because I miss my old guildies and friends, one of which is guilded and one of which is a ‘secret squirrel’ character that only a few people know about. Oh, woe is me for having too many people to keep up with, right? Yeah, I know that I’m ungrateful. There are also people who play mainly on other realms (hullo Jae, hullo Jakk, hullo Kao, hullo Seph, hullo Issy et al) who I’d like to catch up with again… and the list goes on. As a result of this I have far too many characters now, and I’m having Groundhog Day moments, as I seem to do one area over and over again, then another area over and over again ad infinitum, ad nauseam. Christ, I’ve gotten so desperate for variety that I’ve even rolled some mages! Yeah – that’s how bad it’s gotten…! (I’m actually enjoying them at present but shhhhh…)
Cross-realm chat is an awesome idea. It always was. I can understand why the diehard RP’ers and/or the diehard PvP’ers didn’t like the thought of cross faction stuff, but fundamentally I would really like the option of being able to play whichever character I’m in the mood for, whilst being able to catch up with people I know. So I’d really like to get RealID. Of course, my grand plan is dependent on other people having it as well…! But more than that, it’s dependent on it having an OFF switch. One of the reasons that I’ve historically run a multitude of alts (even in the days of only playing on one server) is that I really need my downtime away from people. I’m happy to be chatty and shoot the breeze when I’m in the mood to, but for a percentage of the time, I don’t want to have to be ‘on’ and be ‘Pilf’ and be the life and soul of the party. But, for example, when I’m trying to understand the mystery that is archaeology, I’d be happy to witter away, whilst I trawl Azeroth trying to find which bloody zones the digsites are spawning in. Even though I know the answer to that question: whichever zones are FARTHEST AWAY FROM ME. It had REALLY better be worth it, though I have a sneaking suspicion that, you know, it won’t be… But when I’m trying to level a character I’d quite like to be hidden away, thank you, because I can’t seem to type and stay alive very effectively. And even if I manage not to die every few minutes, typing away really does slow down my questing a great deal. And much as I’m enjoying the new starter zones and stuff, I’d quite like to get a character to 40. Maybe even to Outland...!
Of course, the advantage of running huge quantities of alts is that I don’t get insanely attached to one of them in particular. (Certainly not. Especially not my druid. Oh noes.) Which in turn means that I don’t get my head into end game space. My old guild has bonkers levels of guild perks and is raiding already but whenever I’m on there I find myself going *lalalalalala* and ignoring the offers of boosting with levelling and gearing up so I can raid with them again. It’s very sweet that a year of absence on, they’re still willing to yank me up gain (especially as they’ve gotten even more srsbznz in that year) but I don’t want to. Not just to be boosted, but the fact that it’d mean someone got benched because an old-schooler decided to re-appear and raid (and how much would that piss you off? It’d piss me off a lot!) and also because it’s the thin end of the wedge into raiding madness.
Last point - why, on my PvE server, do so many of the Worgen have massively offensive names? Surely, like the Forsaken, Worgen would have basically 'human' names? I'm sure there isn't quite such a reliance on having 'rape' as a prefix or 'killerz' as a suffix in other races... or IRL, for that matter.