Tag: worldofwarcraft

Collecting vs investing

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I’ve been thinking about this for a long time, i know i prefer investing system over collecting system, let me explain.

In WoW players have collecting system, you can collect hundreds of pets, mounts, toys, achievements and transmog sets, there is so much to collect and that by itself is fine, collecting is fun i won’t deny that, i love to collect mounts for example which makes it very hard for me to resist buying Blizzcon virtual ticket, it’s 40 euro/dollars for the mount, it is one of the best mounts i ever seen and i’m going to buy it .. i know that!

Anyway, while collecting is fun, i find it shallow and sometimes tedious, having more than 100s mounts while using few of them makes it hard to care about collecting more, the only reason i want more mounts is to get an achievement or to get certain mounts like Invincible, the same thing for the pets and toys, reaching an achievement is going to happen but i’m not in a hurry.

Investing in the other hand is a word i picked for a system where collecting is not the goal, instead of having 100s of mounts you only can get few, say from 3 to 5 mounts per character, and non of them is account-wide.

The game itself should have a system where you can tame any kind of beasts, not only that, you have to level them, train them, add some bags to them, customize them with colors or different items, name them, the mount is not a cosmetic thing anymore, it is an investment.

Game designers could add more to the system, like connecting profession to the mounts, engineers don’t need any beasts .. thank you very much! they will build their own mounts, collecting scraps from the world and putting it together, tailors could add cosmetic items to the mounts like flags, and so on.

Mounts in this system is another way to add customization, and each player will have something different than they others, at least you won’t see 30 players in the same place with the same mount (i’ve seen this many times in WoW!).

This is a deeper system than collecting, which i prefer and i would love to see it in WoW but i know this is not going to happen, not after 12 years of collecting mounts and pets, but still .. does not harm to write about it.

Guilds War 2 mounts

Recently ArenaNet announced their second expansion for Guilds War 2, and for the first time in this game there are mounts, just 5 of them but each one is unique, each one have different ability to move around and to start a fight, and they provide different ways to move around the world which in itself is a puzzle, check this video to see the mount:

I really love Guilds War 2, one of the best features in the game is zone scaling, level 80 player will find low level zones challenging or at least not easy, so if you bought the game you can boost your first character to level 80 and the old content will still be relevant, something i wish WoW will do soon.

Oh, GW2 players can change the colors of their mounts using dyes.

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Trogg new model!

When did that happen?! it’s not a big deal i know, but still … i remember talking about the old trogg model saying to a player in WoW that Blizzard need to update them, then i find that Blizzard acullay did!

So this is the old model we all love (i think!):

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Life is pain! this is what this model says! look at his face .. just look at it! Gary clearly hate his life, and then Blizzard gave him makeup and few more polygons:

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Now this is a proud Trogg! life is not pain anymore, Gary is happy ever after, or at least happy until some gnome kills him and he have to spawn again!

So what does this mean? well … Blizzard updating old models slowly, or next expansion have so many Troggs, can i wish for Trogg raid? or at least a dungeon?

Anyway, all this silly post is for a new trogg model, i’m just happy to notice it today!

Both images taken from Wowpedia.

Pirates, brew and harvest

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Beach Bloodsail party

Many events coming soon in WoW, today is the Pirate Day, i got an achievement, a toy which helps me curse like a pirate, and i have a pirate costume for 12 hours, so all is good.

Pirate day was a nerdy geeky day in the web, i rarely see that today, i remember in the early 2000s visiting Slashdot.org and other nerdy websites, and all of them written in a pirate-ish way … sigh, big long sigh, i miss the web of early to mid 2000s, before the wave of social networks.

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Manley, fearsome, terrifying pirates!

In WoW also, BREWFEST! i love this event, the atmosphere in Dun Morogh in this event is festive, merry, happy, you have ram racing, beating the Iron Dwarfs, the dungeon boss, so many players show up all the time.

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Preparing for Brewfest
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The dwarfs there asked me to leave after this!

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Changed my hearthstone to the best Inn in Azeroth

After the Brewfest there is the Harvest Festivle, while it’s not cool as Brewfest i’ll enjoy it, who knows! maybe i’ll eat pumpkin pie in real life too!

Nixxle Logbook 007 – Harum

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Gallywix head on the side of his mountain palace, and i thought i could not hate him more!

After relaxing for too long in Orgrimmar, i thought i go back to the wilds, well at least to some place out of the city, to smell fresh air and get some gold, i went out of the north gate to seek adventure in Azshara, this place have it all, trees, mountains, goblins, ghosts, elves (i never seen them before), gnomes and a large head for Gallywix … like he didn’t have a large head already!

I met some old faces from Kezan, i found Greely who is still doing research projects with Hobart, she asked me to help her by collecting Azsharite, blue crystals i found all over Azshara, Greely said it is the biggest discovery for goblins since Kaja’mite.

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Collecting “Azsharite”
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Greely asked me to befriend with a rock giant named Gormungan, to learn about Azsharite
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And i touched that stuff?! Azsharite is nothing but … Ewwww!
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Yeah, what am i doing with my life?! i want adventure but i’m collecting … poop?!!

The giant explained that he don’t drop “Azsharite” often, he go to “bathroom” once every 15 to 25 years, so Greely thought she will force him to drop a new one now! she prepared Giant-Sized Laxative but it didn’t work, so she thought scaring the giant with a tiny mouse will work and force him to drop a … blue crystal .. yest, let’s call it crystal.

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Greely made me into a tiny thing who can ride a mouse!

It didn’t work! the giant killed the mouse and almost killed me under his rock foot, went back to Greely to tell her, she asked me not to tell Hobart about the whole thing, the poor thing still does not know that the blue crystals are giant rock droppings!

Ah … the life of adventure, it must have some “azsharite” from time to time, i’m going to clean my hands for days now!

 

Argus can wait

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I remembered one rule today: don’t rush!

When a new content comes i wait for it, let other players go first, i prefer less players around when i do questing in the new zone, so let me talk about other things.

The Wolfhawk

First time i saw the hunter mounts i was disappointed, it’s not flashy look-at-me kind of mount, it does not leave a sparkly trail like that owl from priests order hall, it’s not a oversized druid flying form, it just a small simple looking thing, i used it for a day then switched to using many other mounts.

For a while i used a drake mount, it was big and impressive, too big for my taste but i have to show off that oh-so-rare mount dropped for me in the 5th try, but i could not do that for long, back to small mounts, let’s try that hunter mount again, and that made me love the mount, because it is small it makes me feel i’m running or flying faster than any big mount, it does not take so much space like other mounts, sometimes you need time to appreciate simplicity.

Low level content

Trying to level up a warlock, i saw this in the adventure book:

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For my level 22 warlock, if i joined Warsong Scramble (famous egg dish for the horde?!) i’ll get 1600 AP for my artifact! so i just need to reach level 100 to use it, but at least it sells for 100g which is a good amount of gold for low level player.

Blizzard needs to make a team which focus on low level content, yes this content is just for leveling up but why not add some fun to it? add some variety to it, world quests will be a great idea for old content, leveling alts in the same old way gets old after few times.

Also crafting at low level is useless for most players, only if you care about it you’ll use it, crafting at low level made sense in classic WoW times, when +1 armor from a alchemy items do help, but now? there is no need for it, they need to re-design low level crafting.

Also, why not make classic dungeons timewalking? i’m waiting for them, i honestly find 1-60 level content more interesting than what comes after.

Challenge mode characters

While i don’t do them, WoW challenges looks like a fun idea,¬† leveling a character using nothing but white gear, no XP boost of any kind, no death allowed, one death and you are out, no pet battle quests … etc, rules to make the challenge hard.

I wish Blizzard will support this officially, make hard-mode character which in death it deletes itself, it force the player to follow the rules or at least some of them, like you can’t equip green items or better, no pet battles, dungeons or raids, no groups of any kind.

Also Blizzard can add more white items to the games, right now the highest level armor i found is level 90 plate chest item, why not add more white items for higher levels? also new white armor and weapon vendors around the world.

What if Blizzard added white armor and weapons which scale with the player level? maybe this is not a good idea, anyway .. i wish to see Blizzard add different kind of modes for playing the game.

Goodbye Vashj’ir … it was a long trip

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With the end of Vashj’ir’s quest line, i’ve done loremaster achievement for Cataclysm, and i don’t want to go back to Vashj’ir again, not in few months at least, i love this zone but it is too long, so many quests here.

Vashj’ir is beautiful, i love all the small details in the zone, the undersea life is so rich and beautiful, the fast running on the seabed feels so good and it makes me want to sing silly songs, the sea horse mount made just for this zone is a good enough reason to go back to ride it, the zone is a perfect reason to make pirate themed transmog set!

And yet, i’m not going back to this zone any time soon, it’s like a whole cake! eat a slice and enjoy it, but eat the whole cake? you’ll feel sick, and that exactly what i feel toward Vashj’ir right now, i tried to eat the whole cake quickly.

Anyway, Blizzard should make another undersea zone or two, i know many players hate Vashj’ir but this should not stop Blizzard from trying again to make undersea zone, if the rumors are true about the next expansion, this will be the chance to introduce Vashj’ir 2.0, Blizzard have more experience now with zone design since Cataclysm, i’m sure they can make better undersea zone.

Around Kalimdor

A comment in Wowhead said there are new mobs around Kalimdor, mobs at level 110 hinting for what will come in the next expansion, also something bubbling offshore of one of the zones, so i thought i’ll try to explore the whole shore of Kalimdor to see what i can find.

Spoilers: i didn’t find any of what the comment mentioned, maybe the comment is a joke? maybe i just didn’t look in the right places.

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What was here before Cataclysm?
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Rusty anchor, reminds me of old times
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empty hut in Stonetalon Mountains
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Moonrise
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Centaur horn
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scorched land on the side of Stonetalon mountains
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Cave entrance on the other side of Ahn’Qiraj zone, have you ever been there?
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Why there is a sleeping dragon there?
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Winkey, she give engineers a dangrous quest
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Tattoo! when will Blizzard give players tattoos option?
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New cave in the other side of Moonglade, you can’t use abilities inside
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a road in the north of Darkshore, never seen it before
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The end of the road, what’s going on here?

Rumor and hope

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This is now an old news, there was a rumor about what will come after Legion, the next expansion, rumors are nothing new, you’ll always see them¬† before new expansions, and you better not to believe in them and wait to see what will Blizzard do.

Still, some details in the rumor makes me wish to see them come true, Gamescom is around the corner and Blizzard will talk about their plans for the future, i’m sure they want to cover all games so they will probably talk about the patch 7.4 and not the next expansion, there won’t be much time to talk about a new expansion, they will leave that for Blizzcon.

Anyway, i still want to talk about the rumor or the “leak” because i find some points interesting.

New weapon types, in Legion Blizzard introduced Glaives to go with the new class, only Demon Hunters can use them, in the rumor they say there will be pistols, flails and spellbound weapons, i don’t know what spellbound weapons mean, but pistols? i think Combat Rogue will use them, also there is a chance for hunters, flails in the other hand could be used by most melee classes, but i think Blizzard will make them just for warriors and paladins.

But i should remind myself and anyone care to read this: all of this is just speculation, rumors and “leaks”, all what i said here may never come true.

New Race/Class combos:
  • Pandaren Death Knights
  • Human Shaman
  • Troll & Night Elf Paladins
  • Draenei & Tauren Warlocks
  • Pandaren Druids

This should happen, i don’t care if this is a rumor, it is time for some races to get more classes, for example humans should have all classes except Demon Hunters, there is no lore reason to stop them from being shaman or druids, the same for other races, i’m not saying all races should have all classes, just more classes, Pandaren Druids for example is a great idea, both factions will get one more druid race.

 

1-110 scaling, please Blizzard! let it happen, this will solve a problem for some of us, we want to slow level, or at least we want the zone to remain challenging while we level, right now a player can out-level a zone quickly just by doing quests without heirlooms, and high level player is untouchable in low level zone.

What Blizzard did in Legion with the leveling zones could be the way to go with old world zones, you don’t have to leave the zone because quests went green or grey, keep questing in the same zone, quests will keep up with your level, the same for the mobs.

New class/weapon combos, will Blizzard keep the idea of artifacts after Legion? or will the go back to the old model of crafting weapons and upgrading them like in Warlords? or weapon drop from raids and dungeons? whatever they’ll do, i wish to see some flexibility in choosing weapons.

For example, i want shadow priest with 1-hand mace, i think daggers (even talking ones!) are not a good weapon for priests, they should use blunt weapons, also i wish monks have no weapons! first time i read about Monks as a new class i was so disappointing to know they can use weapons! the fantasy here is monks can deal with threat using only their body as a weapon, no need for swords or staves, just punch the the boss in the face!

Anyway … this is just a comment on the rumor, it may or may not come true, who knows?