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This post is a bit different. It’s a rare thing to get a glimpse behind the curtain, but today you are in luck. With November now under way, some of us at forthehorde are having a friendly little competition, not on the battlefield, but on our faces…. Okay, it’s more innocent than it sounds. Let NO SHAVE NOVEMBER BEGIN!!! Forthehorde bloggers, Nimrock and Sylus, will be joined by friends of the blog(and real life friends). We have Kaza, brother of our Canadian correspondent and founder of forthehorde, Fikkle, we have Spiffie, one of our long time friends and guildies, and Jaarka, of former Wow fame, and current correspondent at Gaming Invaded. So, we will take a pic a week to keep you guys updated on the state of our faces. So, here’s our first picture… Looks like some crazy mugshots if you ask me. You guys be the judge. Anyway, stay tuned to further developments on our faces…?
Until Monday, Monk Up.
Yes I know our Friday post is a day late this week, but I blame our self appointed editor and chef (who cuts a mean carrot). He’s had this post for about four or five days and instead makes me post it from an igloo. Anyways…
So I’be been bombing around Azshara with my lowbie Goblin warrior this past week having a blast. My play time has been sporadic and very limited due to work, but I’ve still managed to start a new guild (new server requires new shenanigans guild, for the shenanigans require their own home… Guild is Skullreaver on Winterhoof Horde if anyone’s interested).
Anyways, I know all you Cata players are saying that Azshara was so two years ago, and you’d be right, but this is my first run through of the retuned zone, so for me, it’s all new. But the real topic of today’s post is a list. Two years ago, right before I stopped playing for good, I posted a few lists that were sort of reminiscing about my playtime in WoW up until the end of Wrath. Since I didn’t really play Cata, I can’t do the exact same, but I have played other MMOs so I decided to make today’s list all about “Things WoW Does Wrong”. Now before you get the wrong idea, let me start by saying that wow does a lot of things right. It’s those things that have kept the game going for so long. But there are some things that WoW just doesn’t do right. (By the way, this list is brought to you by the number 6 and the letter PH, because there a lot of sixes who just don’t get enough recognition and there is a lot of PHail out there).
6. FFS Enough With The Rediculous One Off Mini-Games
This is a trend that started in BC with bombing runs, but was taken to a whole new level in Wrath with the real instigator being vehicle combat. There were a few quests using vehicles that prepped players for later usage of them in pvp and raids. Fine. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. The jousting is another example.for Cata, I have only done a few of the new zones so far, but there are two types of minigames that are terrible, irrelevant and downright annoying. I’m talking about the archmage questline in Azshara that has you bounding up a mountain a la super mario, and the stupid Hippogryph flapping in Mount Hyjal. Holy Hanna Blizzard. Enough is Enough. Pick a mechanic that is fun and works and stick with it. Wasting time to learn a new mechanic (that often sucks moar with lag) for a single quest (and failies, you figure it out) is terrible game design. If you’re gonna make us learn a new minivans mechanic, make it fun and doable.
5. Expansions do NOT require you to change the way your entire skill / talent / spell / random mechanic system works.
I really hope you’re done doing this to us. Adding a few tiers of abilities was great for the first three expansions. Albeit by the time Wrath hit, there were a lot to learn and there were a lot of spells that needed reworking. I get that. I still hate the way it was done, but whatever, you’re the ones with millions of customers, not me. Still, I was hoping that for the next few expansions we could build on the NEW talent system you developed, And start to develop intricate builds, strange hybrids and wicked cool twists. So what if there were junk talents, that was never something I cared much about. Having to relearn two specs on all eight of the different classes I have at endgame? That sucks. But oh wait, we’re gonna do that all over again, and now, you can just play whackamole with your talents cause they don’t really matter. That’s shitty. That’s like seeing your best friend sleeping with his mouth open and deciding to drop a deuce in it. It might seem cool at the time, but it’s kinda offside.
4. Crafting Isn’t Interesting, More Like Set It and Go Do Your Laundry
Seriously, Star Wars did a really great job with their crafting. I don’t know that it will work for wow, but what I do know is that having to level first aid on my umpteenth character is getting ridiculous. Seriously, I get a bunch of linen cloth, hit craft all and have time to go watch an episode of Big Bang Theory. The crafting system in game is really a testament to what existed in the MMO space when WoW was in development. Things are different now and it’s time for an update. I mean really, if you can sunder the whole world, the least you can do is find a homeless bum for me to hire who can make bandages for me. I mean when was the last time they were in a city? There are always people begging for golds. Why can’t we make them do it?
3. Hearthstones suck.
I’m sorry, but I got spoiled while playing TOR. Their system worked so that once you discovered a hearth location, you could hearty there any time, provided it wasn’t cooldown. The Hearthstone system could really use an overhaul and it would get rid of the need for portals, teleports, etc. c’mon Blizz, this would make everyone’s lives less annoying.
2. Moar RP Love! (But not the Deep Run Tram kind)
Seriously, I love to RP, even if I only do it casually. But this is one aspect of the game that always takes a back seat to mechanics and content. It’s sad, considering that WoW is an amazing RPG, except for the fact that the majority of the RP has to be played driven. The Transmog thing (which I haven’t tried yet) is a step in the right direction, but I suspect that it made the cut only because people are vain. Give my character the ability to select a last name, or a place to call home (aka housing), to name that one special weapon you have (I call her Vera, she is my most favorite gun) or some cool thing you’ve thought of but I haven’t yet. Your stories can be so wonderful, and they are made all the better when I can Roleplay my characters through them.
1. Class Legendary Quests & Weapons (or Armor)
I know this may sound far fetched, but I really want to see Class Legendary quest lines, for all Classes, that are amazing in their story telling and then at the end allow you to chose the type of weapon/armor piece that you want (sword, axe, dagger, etc) and a special effect (three for each class, allowing you to tailor it to your spec) and then to name the weapon/armor yourself. Invariably some d-bag will call it ‘yomama’ or something as equally unimaginative, but it would give people a chance to really pick the weapon that best suited their character. My orc warrior would take an 2H axe, my dwarf paladin a 2H mace, my blood elf Mage would take a a kick ass robe, while my Forsaken Rogue would get a fist weapon, and my Tauren Warrior would get the biggest baddest mofo shoulders you could dream of.
At the launch of an expansion is the worst possible time to ask for something to be added to that expansion. So I’m not asking that. What I am asking for is consideration for the expansion after Mists. Think about it. In the meantime,
So today I thought I’d drop another quick list. This was cobbled together a few weeks ago, but its made up of things that I learned as I played through wow. Gear is like Cocaine. For some people, cocaine is a helluva drug, to quote the Chappelle show, and gear can be the same way. Some people do it for fun, but more often than not, gear, as cocaine, turns people into whores.
Us versus them. People who’ve only played one side of the game tend to buy into the idea that the factions are actually different. There are two views on this, though. The first is that the other faction is dirty and evil and filled with arse-chapeaus, which is generally spouted by those who’ve had bad experiences in pvp, where the other faction has acted like jerks a bit. The other group is those that have just had enough with the jerks on their own faction and feel their faction is filled with idiots while the other faction can work together and is superior and therefore must be better. Once you’ve played both sides, you’ll realize that the idiots are like the curse of flesh, their everywhere and affect everyone. That being said, both sides has its diamond’s in the rough.
There are two types of inexperienced players: newbs and noobs. While both words technically mean the same thing, there is a slight distinction. Newbs are players that are legitimately new to the game and just don’t have the years of experience that everyone else does. In time they will get that experience and stop being newbs. The second group, noobs, are the idiots and arse-chapeaus and morons. They are the players that either know better, should know better or just don’t care. They grief and cause grief to those people they are playing with. They may know how to play their class, but don’t bother to learn fights, or they may know fights but don’t bother to learn their class. These kind are everywhere.
Ignore and Report Spam are your friends. The ignore function is that friend that you’ve had around since grade school who you’ve fought with from time to time but always came back to in the end. The Report Spam button is your best friend in the whole world, the one that you’d do anything for all the time no matter what, except for maybe out and out betrayal, but you get the idea. Your ignore list is only so big. I reserve it for the repeat offenders. If I know there are a few uber-idiots that are always in trade chat, they make this list and almost never get taken off. In my experience there is always one or two on every server I’ve played on, and I can still remember the names of most of them. The report spam function is really for reporting spam, but it also has the function of ignoring the individual as well. I’m pretty sure it’s only a temporary ignore, but I’m not sure. The great thing about this is, if you want to overuse it, as I do, you can and it keeps idiots from annoying you, whether it’s with offensive language, rude behavior, or actual spamming.
Guildies can be fleeting but friendships are forever. I’ve been in several guilds since I joined wow and have made several friends that I consider best friends. We don’t always talk every day, but we stay in touch and enjoy playing the game with each other. When I’ve left the game, they’ve always been the reason I’ve come back. When I’ve left the guilds they are in and gone out in search of raiding or other nonsense, I’ve always gone back to whatever guild they are in, because they are who I want to spend my gaming time with.
Internet Dragons are cool. Because real dragons don’t exist, and dragons are cool, thus internet dragons are cool.
Class wars. Each class has a widely accepted nemesis, or at least each player who pvp’s with a class, generally finds there is at least one other class that can just get under their skin. It’s just the nature of trying to provide balance to the game in the only way they can: A beats B, who beats C, who beats D, who beats C, who beats A, who beats F, who beats B… etc. I’m sure someone somewhere has done a class comparison chart like this somewhere, although I’ve never seen one. Either way, these rivalries can be good for the game and you tend to find this out the more you play each class. For example, mages and warlocks have this eternal hatred of each other. Personally, I’ve found that there is a private rivalry between me (as a warrior) and every alliance hunter in existence. I’m not sure if I posted about this back in the day when I was levelling through BGs, but hunters always tried to kite me, and I always tried to catch them. The really good hunters tended to win more against me than I did them, while I tended to win more against the really bad hunters. The more hunters tried to kite me, the more I tried to prove that I could get in close and kill them. The more I tried to get in close and kill them, the more they tried to kite me. I love vicious circles, they’re so much better than tame ones.
Everyone has been fooled, no one was prepared and the billions upon billions of deaths were merely a setback; I for one welcome our future swine overlords. Everyone knows that Boars are the biggest, baddest and most dangerous threat that there is, or ever has been in the World (of Warcraft). Consider this: Everywhere you go, the boars are there. All the quest givers everywhere pay you to kill them, but no matter how many you kill they always come back in equal or greater numbers. It is only a matter of time before they revolt against this oppression. It is only a matter of time before they all rise up at once, overwhelming everyone, everywhere. In the end, we will all be rolling in the mud bowing to our new swine overlords.
Bloggers make the world go round. I’m not trying to toot my own horn here, what I do mean to say is that there are several influential bloggers out there that have been consistently correct, funny, up to date and verbose in this wonderful community and if it wasn’t for their inspiration, many of us wouldn’t stay as interested as we do, or we may have suffered severe withdrawal pains from not having wow stuff to read while at work. A special thanks to some of those who’ve been inspirations to me, thank you all for the inspiration and entertainment.
Cake really pisses Pie off. If you’re talking to Pie, don’t mention cake.
So that’s what I’ve learned, everything else is just fluff, so keep on keeping on and,
How in the world…of Warcraft, are ya? It’s been a while, and for that I’m sorry. Alot has been happening over the past few weeks in my crazy nutshell of a life, and I wanted to take a minute to share all of the good news with you guys, the loyal 4thehordies.
I handed over the guild leader position last night, and I feel really good about it. I’ve played a total of maybe 5 hours over the past few weeks, and that means I wasn’t even coming close to being a “good” guild leader.
Not that any of the things keeping me away from Azeroth were bad things, but they were things none the less. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I’m working with guildy Spiffy. He’s what you would call a “macho man.” He’s got the whole construction thing down. He’s worked me to the bone, but it’s been good for me. I’ve learned alot of new skills that I will be able to pull out when needed. (yes honey, I can get to that fence eventually!)
I’ve been working my normal part time job as well, so between teh two jobs, that’s six days a week….eek! Then I’ve been helping out a VBS at our church, and that has been fun. I’m getting my teaching degree next spring, so working with elementary age kiddo’s has been a blast, and has confirmed that this is what I want to do with my life.
Also, as mentioned previously, the wife and I are having a baby in October. Crazy huh? We went in this week for our usual monthly appointment, and there were two nursing students there. The doctor offered to give us a second sonogram for free so she could show the nursing students. SUH-WHEAT. This time, the baby was very cooperative, and showed us all that she is definatly a girl. No mistaking it. So, world, meet little Lily.
I say all of this to lead up to this statement. I’m not retiring from world of warcraft, blogging, or gaming in general. I’m just slowing down. I assume I won’t be making my regular Monday posts until the fall semester starts back up and I can at least comment on what is going on. Right now, I have no clue what is going on. I mean, seriously, I hear there is a big patch coming, but I had no clue how big until yesterday when I FINALLY got around to looking online at the notes! So, until I see you all around, here or in Azeroth, have fun, and stay classy. Also, if Pie gives you too much of a hassle as GL, show him this!
A conversation that started yesterday in email, and that has now boiled over onto the blog has brought up a few interesting questions. Lets go back to the beginning.
I’ve been working construction with a guildy, One Mr. Spiffy. It’s been a blast. He found out early on that I go above and beyond for our lunches, as we have a grill at the work site. I usually pool everyone’s resources, and prepare the items to be grilled the morning of and bring them ready to cook. This day was different. I had no time to prepare, so I brought everything with me, and would cut and prep on site. A true work site gourmet! Here’s the picture Spiffy snapped of me while I worked.
Yes, I’m using the cooler as a cutting board to cut a bell pepper. Yes the cooler looks dirty, but I cleaned every surface with soap and hot water before I used it. The stain is a plastic paint that bonds, and will not come off. It may not look appetising here, but when it is done, mmmmm so good.
mmmm, here they are.
Okay, so that is a ripped off pic from the web, but mine totally look like this with peppers, shrooms, and onions bursting forth from the perfectly grilled bacon wrapped brats.
Here are a few pics of what I have actually done in progress on the grill.
This leads me to my warcraft related question for the day. It took me a bit to get here, but here we are. What warcraft dishes that can be prepared in game, would you like to see cooked in real life. If you can come up with a good one, I will write up a post for my favorite one, complete with pictures of me cooking said warcraft inspired dish. I might even have a loot card lying around I could give out as a prize. I’ll have to wait and see, if not I’ll give out a drawing of your toon for free. You may not know this, but I haz art skillz. Give me your best wow inspired recipes folks. I’ll even have Mr Nimrock from this here blog taste them, and give an open, and fair judgment of how they are! Have fun with this one, get as wild as you can!
This just in: Sy gets pants-ed by guild. In related news, Kansas residents have been suddenly struck ill. At this stage authorities are speculating that the contagion could be eye-born and they are recommending people stay in their homes with their blinds closed and whatever you do, don’t go looking for small objects around the neighbourhood.
In Ashes of Tirisfal news, the ever elusive Fikkle made an appearance in guild earlier this week. Some guildies were shocked, others horrified, and yet others ran in fear. After a few guildies were revived, having “passed out from manly hunger” the introductions were passed out and the newest additions to the guild were able to say hello to the unfamous guild leader (yes, I said unfamous… I don’t care that it isn’t a word…. This is the Fikkle Friday Noon News with Fikkle, not the Evening Report with Ran Dather). So where was I? Right… the newest additions to the guild were able to say hello to the unfamous guild leader and finally see what all the hype wasn’t aboot. That’s right, aboot.
After the usual pleasantries, Fikkle shocked the guild with a stunning slash command and then pointed, laughed and quickly ran and hid under a rock, which happens to be the only safe place at the moment. What could possibly be so terriblaar you ask? Ask it, damn you. Nothing short of the apopcapolypse:
Cue end of the world music
That’s right, the fallable Fikkle has stepped down as the master of mystery and arbiter of absence, leaving only the Sillyus to lead the lambs to their slaught-… err, to their celebration.
The spokeswoman for Sillyus, a Ms. Belf Rouge, had only this to say: “Partay’s at the Dark Portle. Wen? Weneva? Just show up and bring gifts, Mr P. Boss likes to receive presents, yo. Othawise, you may become a casualt-… err, you may become like Fikkle.”
We here at Fikkle Friday’s Noon News with Fikkle would like to say this to all those suffering under the current regime in the Ashes of Tirisfal. Update your wills.
That is all.
May the Horde be with you
So for those who may or may not have noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a break from the game and from blogging as well. For the immediate future, that isn’t likely to change much. RL stuff has been a bit topsy turvy (what does that mean anyways?) for the last little while and is likely to continue that way for the next bit. My latest-hiaitus has basically included a complete full stop of everything wow-related, including podcasts and blogs, and even my own. I’ve been goofing off in the daily email threads with the rest of the gang when I get a free minute, so I’ve had some idea of stuffs that has been going on, but to be honest, this is the first time I’ve stopped in at the blog in about two weeks.
And holy craps! I’m looking around and I notices we has readers, we has commenters, we has trolls, priests, a recruiting drive, newbies, lowbies. Wait what? I leaves and everything gets awesome? Okay, okay, I can take a hint. Anyways, it was a bit of a nice surprise to show up here and see things being handled in my abscence, not that I expected anything less.
So this is the standard, Nim-shunned, I’m posting about not posting, post. There it is.
So for the time being, keep coming back. Thank you to all those who have taken the time to comment over the last couple weeks. I’ve read them all, even though I haven’t had a chance to respond to most. So keep it Horde and I hope to see you all again soon.
– May the Horde be with you
Updated! Added text link to movie for RSS readers.
Nimrock let it be known through our daily shenanigans email thread that he has standards. Cue Homer prancing around like a pixie elf using a sing-song voice: OOoooOOOooo, “STANDARDS!”
So today I intend to mock him for it.
He has thusly declared the following topics to be off-limits when one of us swaps blog days with him, and I quote:
- loot posts
- what boss we killed
- anything with the word tard in it
- a review of what all your characters are doing
Just so y’all know. I guess that means he doesn’t read WoW Insider any more. (HA!)
So what does that leave me to write about? Well, he didn’t expressly forbid me from pimping my own blog, on which I wrote an eloquent essay about Blizzard’s missteps in the marketing of WoW. But that would be crass and shallow of me, wouldn’t it? Maybe we should add “cross-blog link-baiting” to Nim’s list. (Sorry, Sy.)
Oh, and what about…
- the ubiquitous how-to post,
- the long-page-loading screen-shots post,
- the omg, isn’t our guild chat hilarious! post,
- the my humble opinion of the patch notes post,
- the gratuitous back-links post (does this really need an example??),
- and finally, the standard blog anniversary post?
I mean, it’s wayyyyyy too boring to post about any of those things, so I shan’t. They must all go on The List.
Instead I have decided to offer you a precious, precious gift. Here is the first part of my semi-autobiographical in-process movie. The song is “The Long Way Around” by the Dixie Chicks. (Buy it!)
Lastly, I want to add one more banned topic to The List. We should probably kill posts in which the blogger rambles and whines about what to write. Those kinds of posts are clearly the most annoying.