Month: January 2020

Remains from dead worlds

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There is always joy in exploring a new virtual world, to see what people imagined and made by their own hands, to notice the little details in each world, to walk around and just look around.

In the past few weeks i tried to make a list of games i want to explore and show in this weblog, i watched a list of video reviews for online games, skipping any video for games i’m not interested in like FPS or a card games, and from the list i found a lot of dead games.

If an online game is dead then there is no way to play it, and by dead i mean it’s not online, you can’t download a client for it and there is no emulator for it, there is no way to access the game.

Most if not all online games leave something behind, if the game is loved by a community then the community will keep its memory alive, you see them in the comments and the forums, some of them collect screenshots for the game, some publish its soundtracks in youtube, some write about them, this is what remain of dead games.

Sometimes a community gets lucky by finding the source for the game which means people can bring the game back to life, even if this is illegal, i think it’s better to see the game again than to keep it dead.

Is it weird that i feel sad whenever i learn of an MMO then i find it dead? i never played it and yet i feel sad for it and its community, i don’t think every dead online game deserve to come back but who decide this?

In many videos i see people talk about their memories and their childhood and they wish to bring the game back while other are happy it’s dead and they think it should never come back.

I just wish the publishers have a plan for their online games, because soon or later the game will die, it may take few years or decades, but there is always a deadline, and there should be plan for that, when the game die; what do we do with it?

They can give it to the community and let the community manage it, they can turn it into a single-player game and sell it, they can make it open source and anyone is welcome to use it.

Any of these options is better than keeping the game dead and inaccessible.

Mechagnome Heritage Armor

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I accidentally leveled up a Mechagnome warrior to 110, it all started with me thinking that i should make a mechagnome alt just after i earned the achievement to unlock the allied race, then i thought it does not hurt to level the alt a little, just a little, one more level, one more quest, now i have a quest for Heritage Armor!

I thought the Heritage Armor quest will need level 120, so i’m happy to see 10 levels earlier, the quest is simple, go back to Mechagone, take the armor from Prince Erazmin.

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Of course i prefer to hide the helmet, it does not look bad but i prefer to see the face of my character ๐Ÿ™‚

Now i know for sure where is the problem with leveling alts:

  • levels 60 to 80, this means BC and WoLK, i find them both tedious, good place to turn off music and sound and listen to podcasts.
  • After Draenor and reaching level 100 leveling feels too long here.

This is basically it, from 1 to 60 i have no problem because i like the zones, then comes the dull part, then back to good zones but it feels too long even with these zones.

No wonder i have many characters stuck between levels 60 and 75 ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, i have the armor, i love it and i’m not going to change it to anything else, it looks perfect for Mechagnomes.

The end of BFA

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“It’s a beautiful morning”

Reading comments, it’s the best of the internet and the worst of the internet, it took me years to learn not to care much about what people say in comment sections, take the good ideas and leave everything else, don’t lurk there for too long.

People are comparing BFA to Warlords of Draenor, seriously?! i mean they are commenters and they need to write over the top comments but i can’t understand how any one says that BFA is just like WoD if not worst! i played WoD and i liked it, but come on … WoD have 2 patches one of them was the selfie patch, in BFA the content will keep people busy for a long time even after the expansion.

Maybe some people just didn’t like BFA and i understand that, but WoD will never be better than any other expansion.

Now we wait for Shadowlands, and i have so much to do, BFA content including Island Expeditions, Ny’lotha raid which i will try for once in LFR, i want to see this raid, the Horrific Visions and the legendary cloak, all of that i’ll do on my main.

My other level 120 will do some of the content but not all of it, it depend on the transmogย  or the rewards needed by the faction or the class.

Then i have my low level alts from allied races, i’ll start leveling them, first the Mechagnome, then the Vulpera.

That’s all, from now to Shadowlands i’ll jump to other MMOs too, depend on the mood.

Few safe transmog sets

Sometimes i don’t know what transmog i should use, so until i figure this out i use few sets, they look nice on any race/gender, and i use them until i collect enough transmog for the class.

All: Noble Set, it have three pieces: chest | legs | feet, it’s the set i use when i have no other option.

All: Stormwind Set, hide the helmet, add a tabard and you get a nice looking set, Alliance only.

Plate: Demonsteel Armor, also hide the helmet, this set comes from blacksmith crafting in Legion, so you can grind for it or buy it from other players.

Plate: Demonbreaker Battleplate, hide the helmet, i rarely like any helmets, this set comes from LFR Hellfire Citadel, it have nice little details, a dagger and a bag on the belt, green crystals on the shoulders, i thought the color will be a problem but it wasn’t, i tried it and it looks nice.

Mail and Leather: Flowing Water Armor, hid the helmet or change it to Rayne Scarf, add a tabard.

Cloth classes have many nice looking robes so i never have a problem to find a nice transmog for these classes.

One more thing:

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This is my Mechagnome warrior, on the right is a pet battle! it looks cute and almost big enough to be a mount for the gnome!

Anyway, Mechagnomes have a problem with transmog, they can’t show gear on feet, legs, wrists and hands, when i made this character the second first quest gave me a tabard, using this tabard solved the problem with transmog, it looks nice, it’ll work until i get the Heritage armor for Mechagnomes.

Mechagon, Mechagnome, Mekkatorque

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Mechgnome is beautiful

Many WoW players love the gnomes and wish to see more lore for them, 8.3 give us all a good chunk of lore for gnomes, unlocking Mechagnomes as allied race is a must for everyone, even if you don’t play gnomes.

Spoiler Warning: don’t read if you want to do the questline yourself.

I needed to go to Mechagone dungeon first, and i’ll admit it was way easier than i thought it will be, joining groups always makes me nervous but this time i prepared, changed my talents so i removed Barrage and changed the talent to passive one, Barrage is perfect for soloing not for dungeon groups, i read the dungeon journal while waiting for the queue, but the dungeon in both sections was too easy we ignored most mechanics.

With that out of the way, i found Kelsey Steelspark waiting for me in Boralus, she start the questline to unlock Mechagnomes, and she is afraid that Mekkatorque is losing his life slowly, she arrange to transport his pod to Mechagon.

In the island prince Erazmin help us with restoring Mekkatorque health, i have to collect items, click on things, and help with the operation, one part of this questline is asking gnomes about what they look for a leader, and the gnomes love their leader.

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Mekkatorque wakes up safe and unharmed, we go to Mechagon dungeon to clean it from remaining bots and make it a city for all gnome-kind, Mekkatorque become the king of all gnomes and prince Erazmin is his counselor.

Now this is a happy news, i wish to see more, i wish to see Gnomregan return to gnomes and renewed, also that means the Trolls in the horde side get their island restored and renewed.

I created a new Mechagnome warrior, the transmog for this character will be a challenge since legs and arms show no armor.

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Mechagnome Strider … looks weird but i like it

8.3: But first .. Nazjatar

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Three things i loved so much in 8.3:

  • Magni wielding his hammer Fearbreaker and a mace, he is the Mountain King.
  • Ny’alotha in the Vale.
  • Anduin punching Wrathion!

Magni fighting like no other NPC, he jumps around, stunning mobs, killing them, i was impressed, and i understand why Blizzard made him powerful, 8.3 mobs hit hard and melee players will have hard time with them, i’m glad to play hunter because i can solo mobs easily.

Magni made me think about making a dwarf warrior or elemental shaman!

Uldum is my favorite zone and i’m glad it’s being used for new content, The Vale of Eternal Blossoms is fixed but right now the Black Empire appeared there and with them all the void things, i love the whole place.

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This patch is the last content for BFA, and from now to Shadowlands there will be time to farm all what i need from this patch, maybe even level some characters if i’m in the mood for it.


I’m complaining here, feel free to skip this section ๐Ÿ™‚

Linking quest lines with Nazjatar quest line, to start with Mechagon quest line or Heart Of Azeroth, you need to start with Nazjatar first, i guess Blizzard wanted to simplify the process, but in doing this the alts have to go with the same quests to unlock the content, no skipping here.

My Horde main have level 61 Heart of Azeroth but no Essene, i didn’t look into it, i thought i need to grind reputation, but no, the problem is the quest line is hidden behind another quest line.

And now patch 8.3 require Nazjatar quest line.

Unlocking Mechagnomes allied race needs a dungeon, i thought i was done with the grind, but just few days ago i found that i need a dungeon, i know it’s in LFD now and i can do it quickly, but why?

This is the second time Blizzard lock an allied race behind dungeons, Kul’tirans was the first one, in the Horde side all allied races don’t need one dungeon, this is frustrating, and i still can’t think of a good reason for this.

 

A Backpack

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8.3 patch in WoW coming in few days and with it there will be a new item for transmog, a backpack, not the first one because the first is from Recruit a Friend, which made many people upset because they can’t have it, now there is another one and i guess it won’t be the last one, i hope so.

In Guild Wars 2 there are so many back items, but not one cloak, and a back item could be anything, like this Monkey Lantern! just recently they added capes.

I’m glad Blizzard is trying something new here, because few months ago i sent them this suggestion, i told them why not add something like backpack instead of cloak? now i’m not saying my suggestion made them do this, i’m sure they planned this for years, they talked before about cosmetic items for each class, so the backpack could be part of this project to add more cosmetics options.

8.3 provide good amount of content, the backpack is my goal.

Back to WoW

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Today is the last day for the WoW 15th anniversary, i needed to finish the grind for PVP mount, and i did as you see in the image above, it’s a nice looking mount and it will look perfect for Dwarf alts.

My shadow priest was level 110, by going to Alterac Valley she reached level 120, but her gear was so poor, most of it came from Legion, so i spent some time giving her gear, it’s amazing to see item level jump 10 or 12 points by adding one new item.

The PVP event was perfect chance to level many alts, but i could not do it, i never saw the alliance win once, and trying to do something different than PVPing was hard when the other side does not leave you alone!

Ah well … Shadowlands should change my feeling for leveling, and 8.3 is not far now, i’ll have things more things to do soon.

The Darkening of Tristram Returns

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Diablo 3 event is back, and it offers stuff, i didn’t know about the pets and the achievements, i remember first event have nothing of that or maybe i never noticed them until today.

To get the butcher pet you need a level 1 character to enter the event dungeon and finish it, i made a new monk alt, with level 70 legendary weapon, and in normal difficulty, it was so easy to finish the dungeon, you don’t need legendary weapon, it can be done without it … i just love the feeling of being overpowered ๐Ÿ™‚

There is a cow pet and it need some simple steps to find it, so i won’t talk about it, maybe you want to solve the puzzle yourself.

If you want to know everything the even provide, then read this guide.