My WOW wishlist

17 05 2010

I love games, it doesn’t hugely matter what type of game, I have played or would play more or less any type of game what so ever.

However due to being a great big geek of a certain age and disposition I have always had a soft spot in my heart for D&D style RPG, be it table top, text based scroller, Baldur’s Gate style PC fun or more recently MMORPGs.

As a result it  was more or less inevitable that I would end up falling into the life consuming black hole that is World of Warcraft, I first played about 4 years ago  now and needless to say I was impressed, there was a sheer sense of scale that I hadn’t come across before in a video game.

Times change and things move on, I grew dissillusioned with WOW and set out n search of other MMOs to pit my skills against.

I settled on Lord of the rings online by Turbine, I was very pleased with LOTRO and have been an avid player ever since I first set foot in the Shire.

 For starters the game is stunning and I don’t just mean for an MMO it is stunning compared to more or less any game out there that you care to mention! The story is also very well done and the whole game does feel plot driven, no mean feat considering that the game runs parallel to the story of the fellowship and other than crossing paths with the members occasionally runs completely separately.

The only problem with LOTRO is that it doesn’t have that same sense of  scale that WOW has and I’m not talking about the size of the world map. WOW has always felt sort of limitless and like there is always something that you haven’t quite managed to do yet.

LOTRO has lost that for me a little bit, some of  the end game content has been a little bit weak and the new expansion, Siege of Mirkwood, didn’t really add to the game in the same way that Mines of Moria did.

So I went back to WOW after a 2.5 year hiatus. A LOT has changed for starters Wrath of the Lich King has been launched and we are very rapidly approaching the launch of Cataclysm, the third expansion pack.

Backstory over.

I was day dreaming on Saturday about ways in which I would try and improve WOW if I could and I actually hit upon a few ideas that I thought were actually quite feasible and would add just that little bit extra to the game, the glace cherry on top of the already delicious cake if you will.

LOTRO players might notice a theme here so I am going  to come out and say it these are ideas that are implemented in LOTRO, they aren’t unique to there but I do feel that Turbine have implemented them particularly well.

So here in no particular order is my WOW wishlist:

1. Player houses.

A simple idea and some might say a extraneous one but there is something about having your own piece of in game real estate that just adds to the overall sense of immersion.

Imagine having your tree house in Un Goro crater or a mud hut to call your own in the Barrens! Also It needn’t just be a status symbol for you to decorate and show off, you could have additional storage that you could purchase and your own little mailbox right at your front door (I’m blatantly stealing at this point!)

This is saying nothing of guild halls, imagine if you will a starter guild with some drafty two room hall in Brill, it’s humble but for you and the guys its home, contrast this with the mini-fortress on the outskirts of Orgrimmar owned by a mighty raiding guild, the walls are festooned with trophies from their countless victories and a sense of pride and strength eminates from the very building itself filling all who enter it with a sense of awe.

2. An outfit system.

If you are a player on an RPG server or just someone who likes to have a bit of a backstory and make themselves that bit different what would be better than a change of outfit.

Maybe you have some comfortable “town clothes” you want to wear after a hard days questing, perhaps you love the stats on your armour but hate how it looks?

Well what if you were to have separate tabs on your character viewer, your main tab would have the armour and equipment that you are actively using and gaining stats from, the other tabs could have items dropped onto them that would simply display; are you a mage that always wanted to run around in full plate looking like a warrior go for it, you will still be squishy and dead but you will certainly look badass!

I know this is purely for the sake of vanity but it isn’t as if this would be a first look at the whole collection of vanity pets out there that not only do people go nuts for but they pay RL money to get em. Blizzard could so much money off of this it would be nuts, we are talking fat stacks of paper just for giving people imaginary clothes.

3. Legendary Weapons.

In LOTRO there is a class of weapon that makes everything else look like a blunt fruit knife by comparison, Legendary Weapons.

Basically these are a better class of wepaon that becomes available to you late on in the game, they have a variety of different sockets – nothing new there, they can be enchanted – again no great shakes but they gain xp .

The more you use them and the more badass mothers you take down the more xp your weapon of choice gains and as we all know points make prizes, when you reach certain levels of xp you can add points to the various stats on your item.

There are even two types of NPC just to support legendary weapons; lets say you find a new legenday axe, you need to identify it before you can use it, so off you trot to an expert and find out that this particular axe has x,y,z stats, don’t like these stats? Well in that case pop next door to his buddy and melt the axe down, on melting it down you will end up various relics, gems and runes that made the axe what it was that you can either slot into other weapons or combine together to make even more powerful relics etc.

Personally I don’t like how frequently legenday weapons drop in LOTRO but I can see it working in WOW, imagine being able to have a completely customisable sword or axe or staff that would grow with you, we aren’t talking some all conquering death bringer but it would certainly be a damn damn fine weapon.

Maybe it would be a class of weapon that would only be available at end game and would add yet another face to what is available to do whilst waiting for the next expansion to come out, maybe they would be PvP only and you would get the relics etc by looting the corpses of your HKs, to my mind there are a whole range of possibilities.

Well that is it, I’m spent, I’m all wished out.

Feel free to suggest your own ideas or tear mine into shreds, healthy discussion makes the world go round after all 😉





Ding 50 :D

12 05 2010

DING!

No that isn’t the sound of a particularly obnoxious microwave signalling that it has finsihed making food frozen on the outside but viciously magma hot on the inside.

It is instead the sound of me hitting level 50 in WOW.

This isn’t as auspicious as it once would have been;  pre The Burning Crusade hitting level 50 would have meant that you were a mere 10 levels away from reaching the holy grail of end game content.

These days the bar has been raised yet again, Wrath of the Lich King laughed at level 70 and taunted and teased us with new raids and better gear until we the struggled to the summit and hit level 80.

Even so I still think of level 50 as a bit of a landmark if only for the fact that at this point you are now more than 50% of your way through the grind of levelling and that hopefully by this point you have come some way towards mastering your particular class.

Alterac Valley here I come!





Zul Farrak again?? SIGH

12 05 2010

I’m starting to see a little bit of a pattern emerge in my gaming at the moment.

I log on, check my mail, sort out my bits and bobs at the auction house, visit the banker to drop things off and then go to the dungeon finder.

This probably doesn’t sound very different to what a lot of other players do, however they are probably looking at completing a random dungeon to get their daily fix of satchel of helpful goods, not for me though.

I’m looking for Zul Farrak… again.

I stopped counting how many times I had completed Zul Farrak when I reached 20, sure the xp and the money and cloth are handy but should I really have to suffer through ZF over and over again?

The obvious answer is no but I have a goal in mind.

You see I was lucky enough to grab Jang’thraze the Protector on my first run through and it has been my one hander for when I need a shield ever since.

Now of course Jang’thraze isn’t a normal one handed sword you can combine it with Sang’thraze the Deflector to make the two handed epic sword Sul’thraze the Lasher which not only is epic and looks cool but is actually a pretty good 2 hander for a ret pally like myself.

This is where the problem comes in, the blasted thing won’t drop. In all of my subsequent runs it has dropped once and I was out rolled. I am running Zul Farrak 2 or 3 times a night and just can’t get my grubby mits on it.

I know I know I could wait and get Ice Barbed Spear instead but I want my sword GRRRR

If I never see another Sandfury Troll ever again I will die a happy man, as long as I have my epic 2 hander of course 🙂





Going Solo

10 05 2010

I ditched my guild.

Yesterday I finally decided that enough was enough and that I was going solo.

I have been considering this course of action for a while, it’s not that I am a solitary gamer or that I don’t like the social aspect of being in a guild (just ask my kinmates in LOTRO) but I do have certain standards of what I deem to be acceptable behaviour.

I’m not saying that I’m a saint or that I expect anyone else to be one but there are limits to what I think is tolerable or acceptable.

I first realised I might have issues with my new guild when I first partied up with some of them; usually when you run with a party made up of guild members things are pretty polished because they know how to work together, not so in this case, they bickered all the time.

I don’t just mean a little bit of light hearted banter as you would get between friends I mean a childish full on argument, this person was a noob, your gears shit blah blah blah blah it was never ending.

I could have over looked this if they were actually any good at playing the game, alas this was also beyond their meagre capabilities.

There were two paladins in the group me and one other who on the face of things was a healadin, it would be fair to assume that there would be two different auras up and that all party members would get two buffs, one from each. I had buffed myself with BoM (blessing of might)  and asked the healerdin for BoK (blessing of kings).

The answer I got back in chat was a question mark, so I thought ok maybe he doesnt use silly little terms like bok and bom and so I asked for blessing of kings in full instead, again all I got back was ?

Turns out not only did he not know what I was on about but he didnt have a blessing, a seal or an aura up at all?!?!?! These are the tools of a paladins trade, how on Azeroth can you reach level 23 without knowing what these are and using them accordingly?

The same level of immaturity and general noobness when it comes to WOW was also displayed regularly in guild chat so for most of the time I just ignored the worst culprits and didn’t really pay attention to what was being said at all.

Now to my mind thats not fun, I don’t join a guild in order to have to ignore everyone in the chat list other than my alts, I want to group up, help one another, boost people through tough areas of the game etc etc, not trudge around by myself looking for pugs because my guildees are noob douche bags.

So I tried again, I threw myself into guild life with a renewed vigour, I managed to trick myself into thinking that maybe I am just a stick in the mud and should lighten up and that maybe if I just cut loose it would all turn out to be fun in the end.

Fuck me was I wrong.

Yesterday evening I was farming pages in Stranglethorn waiting to get a slot for Zul Farrak and due to the mind numbing drudgery of any farming or grinding I had half an eye on guild chat.

I suddenly noticed that the chat had steered away from who wanted what end game gear when they hit 80 to a far more lewd chat about their various sexual conquests, or judging by how they act lack of.

After reading the usual drivel from a 22 stone myopic gamer who lives in his parents basement about how he lost his virginity to twins when he was 12 and they “totally lezzed off together as well” I was already slightly nauseous and had endured just about as much stupid bravado and bull shit as I can take…things got worse and I’m not talking about just a little bit blue or stupid or whatever.

They started asking people who weren’t actively lying about their made up sexual experiences why they weren’t joining in and generally barracking them about being virgins or gay and all sorts of other childish crap.

Well one guildee that they asked replied by saying that yes she was a virgin and certainly wasn’t ashamed of it as she is a 17 year old girl. The response to this was that they didn’t believe she was a girl (common complaint in wow). She assured them that she was to which she was asked to prove it, they weren’t happy with the idea that she speak to them on vent and that they could all hear that she was girl no this wasn’t proof enough.

They asked her to add them on msn and to strip on cam to prove she was a girl, when she said no they called her a lesbian and started barracking her further.

What sort of dumbass sick fucks think this sort of thing is acceptable or funny. I know for a fact that a lot of people in the guild are a lot younger than me but even so this is just out and out offensive. Needless to say I filed a complaint and left straight away.





Money for old rope

3 05 2010

I made 180  gold last night for doing nothing, well nearly nothing, so close to nothing that I should probably feel ashamed lol.

I happened to be on the auction house and was checking out some prices putting in some bids etc etc when I accidentally stumbled across some auctions for “Greenhills of Stranglethorn” and “Shredder operator manual” Pages. I have completed these quests so wouldn’t have given a moments thought to this other than one thing the price.

These pages drop like rain in their respective areas but they were listed for anywhere between 15g and 25g for buy it now!?!??! HAS THE WORLD GONE MAD!!!!

I thought I might have a couple floating around in my various bags so went to check, turned out that I had over 20 of these flimsy golden sheets, so of course I got in on the action, I listed all of the pages for 10g buy it now and then set out to farm a few more just in case.

Well to cut a long story short when I checked this morning 12 of the pages had sold netting me 120g (the other 60 was for  3 stacks of mageweave cloth).

Just goes to show one mans trash is another mans treasure, oh and that there are some people rich enough and lazy enough to buy anything!





40 here I come…

27 04 2010

I am pretty pleased; my return to playing WOW has been easier and more interesting than I thought it would be.

It’s easier than I thought as it turns out that I haven’t forgotten quite as much as I thought I had. It’s interesting as there is just simply so much new content and so many new features compared to when I was previously playing about 2 years.

A few weeks on and my dear little paladin is progressing quite nicely; as of last night I was level 39 and need a mere 5k xp in order to hit 40 and reach that fun halfway point, oh and start wearing plate of course!

I am also toying with the idea of going dual spec, I just about have enough money saved up and I’m now just kinda considering the pros and cons

I think if I do go for dual spec it is probably going to be a mix of ret pally and tankadin – very dull I realise but hey it’s what I know!

It hasn’t all been milk and honey though, only last night I managed to get myself booted from a PUG for being right?!?!?!

We were running the cathedral in scarlet monastery and our tank, a tauren warrior, was quite frankly a mouth breather.

He was doing the shoddiest job of holding aggro that I have ever seen, on literally every pull there were mobs making their way past our “tank”, getting through to our squishy cloth wearers and making mischief.

After the first half dozen cock ups I decided that if he wasn’t going to keep the agg off of the squishies then I would.

So as soon as the next mob made its way past him I hit it with hand of reckoning and taunted him over to me, a few seconds later he was a glittering pile of loot on the ground.

Did I get thanked for doing this? But of course not.

Instead the less than effective tank started smack talking me for messing with his threat and interfering with his “flow”, oh well whatever get over it.

But then, the squishies themselves pipe up to complain that I we had a tank and it was his job and as such I shouldn’t taunt or otherwise go out of my way to draw threat to me.

Grrrr, what would they rather that I let them die?  Once again I find myself saying I HATE PUGS!





A quick gold making tip

25 04 2010

Just want to point out to those that are interested a neat tip I came across on one of the blogs that I subscribe to.

It might be something that everyone other than me is already doing and if you are then great!

But I wasn’t and even in just 2 days I have started to see a real benefit.

In short it boils down to this, use excel to track your sales… genius! To read in full what I am on about click here.








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