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 😉

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A quick update from Azeroth

12 04 2010

Well I decided that it is high time that I give another quick update on my progress since returning to playing WOW.

Anyone that has read my blog recently can’t fail to have noticed that after much consideration I rolled a Retribution Paladin

This has actually worked out pretty well for me so far both in PvE and PvP, which I must say I was very surprised by!

So what is new??

Well I guess the biggest development recently is that I have hit level 30, I know I know that isn’t really any big deal but it is always nice to tick another 10 levels off!

I have been playing an awful lot of PvP which according to some people is inadvisable for a ret pally; at the moment though this isn’t really proving to be the case.

So far I am finding that I am usually in the top 5 or so for damage dealt and I certainly seem to die an awful lot less than a lot of other classes. Guess all that talk about survivability wasn’t all just a bunch of waffle after all.

I guess the real proof of the pudding will be at higher levels when people are all better geared and better acquainted with how to best play their particular class, I would like to think though that PvP would still be viable though, even at 80….We shall see!

I also started to take money making a little bit more seriously, I started a couple of  bank alts and already I am noticing a difference.

Basically I have decided that one bank alt is just going to provide storage, pure and simple. He is stood right outside the bank in Undercity and has been kitted out with enough bags to make a sherpa cringe in pain; between these and his bank space it means that I am able to keep far more bits and bobs that I come across whilst questing.

This is handy in a couple of ways, firstly I can keep my bags on my main far emptier for the stuff that I will need more or less all the time, secondly I can start hoarding mats, armour, weapons etc that I will be able to use later. Lastly it makes it far easier for me to accumulate stacks of items without worrying about space, before I was vendoring items just to free up space. Now I can either vendor whole stacks making me more £££ overall or I can put the stacks up on the AH.

My second bank alt is sat outside the AH in Silvermoon, he has one purpose and one purpose only; carry out all of my selling in the AH and also most of my buying.  I have started putting up any BoE that I don’t need regardless of what it is or if it seems worth it, so far they have all sold and all of them have generated far more than they would have if I had vendored them.

The upshot of this new found focus on my in-game finances means that I have gone from having on average 2g at any given time to having 50g on my person for the past day and a half and during this time I have been shopping like it is going out of fashion…





How to strike it rich in WOW

9 04 2010

I’m not usually a fan of gold guides, normally they are all a case of same old same old.

The usual format is to allude to a couple of systems that are “unique” to them and promise to disclose them too you in exchange for buying some Ebook or other. If that is not the case then they are often just linking to gold farming sites so you can spend your real hard earned cash in order to get rich in a game.

As such I was actually pleasantly surprised to find a site that is less of a gold guide and more just some information on the economics of WOW, it isn’t promising to get you to the gold cap or to make you 1 million gold in one night. It is just telling you how you could increase the amount of money that you make in your normal everyday play and how to make life a little easier on yourself.

Check it out you might find it useful http://goldcrafting.com/





Ding 26 or PvP here we come!

6 04 2010

Well it’s that time again when I decide to bore anyone who will listen to death with my latest updates on my current MMO of choice World of Warcraft.

As I have mentioned many times at this point I am playing as a Retribution Paladin by the name of Curadane on the Boulderfist server and have been struggling a little bit to come to terms with all of the changes that have been made to WOW in the 2 long years that I have been away from the game.

Whilst this weekend didn’t really offer much in the way of free time for me to play I did still manage to achieve a few things; first off I joined a guild, WOW is one of the few MMOs where I feel the need to be sociable and I am kinda surprised that I lasted as long as I did without attaching myself to a group of my fellow gamers, kick and screaming if need be.

The particular bunch of miscreants who have taken me under their collective wing are the Elite Horde Crew and they seem to be an ok bunch.

I also managed to complete my current class quest which was Path of the Adept and I can now run around with my very own Blood Tempered Ranseur, which is very nice and shiny even if I do need to increase my skills in polearms a little!

Oh and I managed to claw my way to the lofty height of level 26, so ding to me lol.

Possibly the biggest thing to happen in game this weekend and certainly the most interesting from my point of view is that I decided to play in a PvP battleground.

This really doesn’t sound like a big deal but for me it is; I have never played PvP before on WOW.  I was always a PvE player who was more interested in raiding and instances then running around killing random people.

But it was fun and I don’t just mean like meh it was ok I mean it was full on balls to wall fun.

I was playing in Warsong Gulch and was lucky enough to be with a good group of people all of whom seemed to know what they were doing and I don’t mind say we kicked ass.

The alliance only manged 1 flag capture whereas as we had all 3, the top 5 players were all Horde and I am pleased to say that I was only just outside of the top 5 myself.

Maybe a case of beginners luck; but one thing I am sure of running around in mail wailing on squishy little cloth wearers with a great big polearm rocks.





Pugtastic, or why I hate random groups

2 04 2010

I have written recently about my return to playing world of warcraft and about my struggle to find a class that I wanted to play, eventually settling on a Ret Pally.

Well things have been ticking along quite nicely for Curadane and , I have cut a swath of destruction through Eversong Woods and the Ghostlands and have now made my way through to  Durotar.

I was sitting at level 22 so thought that I would have a look at the dungeon finder and have a quick spin through Rage Fire Chasm and some of the other lower level dungeons.

I must say I was quite impressed with the dungeon finder, I specified what dungeons I was interested in and said that I would be happy to play as a tank or a healer and literally 1 or 2 minutes later there I was in RFC.

However this is where my pleasure ended.

In hindsight I should have listened to my instincts and stayed away from PUGs  like they were carrying rabies.

Everything went badly, we had a hunter who couldn’t control his pet at all and as such kept pulling every mob within sight back to the party, we had a priest who walked off to get a sandwich leaving us without any heals (I was tanking at the time),  we had ninja raiders who were needing anything and everything that dropped and then quitting out of the instance.

I thought that maybe I was being uncharitable and that perhaps RFC wasn’t the best instance to base things on, so it was off to Shadowfang Keep to see if that would do anything to change my mind… to cut a long story short it didn’t, I played with 3 separate groups and all of them were as flawed as one another.

This poses me with a little bit of problem; as I choose to play on Boulderfist there are a disproportionately more lower level players and also less guilds, so the chances to finding a guild I like, with players that are around my level and yet experienced enough to be decent are quite slim.

So my question is this: do I keep trying to do the right thing and play fairly and with integrity and just suck it up that the majority of groups are going to be pugs and are going to suck balls… OR do I decide to let loose and indulge the little bit of me that wishes I was the ninja raider or the player who joins a group completes the quest they want to do and then heads to the hills leaving people in the lurch.

I don’t think I have much of a choice really, I know what I think of the second type of player, so I will soldier on being nice and fair to one and all.

Still doesn’t change the fact that pugs are awful though.





Keep on keeping on

29 03 2010

Just a quick follow up on a post I made the other day regarding my choice of class; I have decided to keep the ret pally, I figure playing him well should be enough of a USP to get some end game content.

Oh and I just kinda like him 🙂

So if anyone out there happens to be on the EU server Boulderfist then hit me up, as always my in game name is Curadane





Pallys… the new huntards???

26 03 2010

So here we are again, I finally managed to download the various patches of behemoth proportion and I have been able to login and create my character.

For anyone that read my previous post (all 2 of you :P) you will know that I was looking at a ret pally. Well I stuck to my guns and Curadane the Blood Elf Paladin was born.

I set off into the world and the first thing I noticed was that either the Blood Elf starting zone has been made easier than before or the pally has been elevated to some sort of demigod like level of power.

It isn’t just easy because it’s a starting zone or because I rock, (which I may well do!) It’s easy because the pally is ripping through everything like a mail armoured hot knfe through some particularly flimsy butter.

This is not normally a good sign.

My feeling of vague unease was confirmed when I put a shout out for a group in the Ghostlands to take down 2 x lvl 21 elites; other than one priest and the obligatory Blood Elf hunter with ghostclaw pet all the people that I encountered were Pallys.

Now this was at something silly like 8am GMT so it’s not as if there were stacks of people on and everyone else is just shy!

So now I am posed with a question; do I stick or twist, stay or go? Should I bother to take my pally any further ( he’s only lvl 17 at the moment) or do I roll again? At the moment I can’t decide, on one hand the pally is fun and is a new class for me, on the other hand do I really want to look like every other plate wearing sheep chucking out buffs like they are going out of fashion?








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