Archive for February, 2010

My 5 Wishes for WoW

Posted in World of Warcraft on February 23, 2010 by Armada

I have compiled my 5 wishes for the World of Warcraft. I believe that these changes will universally improve the game as we prepare for Cataclysm. I would love to see your feedback or read about your wish list changes!!

1. Improve PvP/BG Experience Gains – Currently there are only two primary ways to level a character without being at a complete disadvantage. These are using the /lfg at level 15 all the way to 80 and/or questing. Grinding areas and BG/PvP leveling are two alternate methods but these are much more inefficient. BG leveling specifically should be improved significantly. This would provide two major advantages and no real disadvantages that I can see. First, it would greatly increase the number of people playing which would in turn shorten all BG queues. Do you remember the days when there were literally 20-30 AVs going at once? Now you are lucky to find 4-5. Secondly, it would give us another viable method to level a character, which is of course Blizzards primary goal… to keep us in game.

2. Expand Badge System
– The current LFG tool is amazing, most of us will agree, but the badge system in use should be dumped in favor of a complete rewrite. Failing that, the current system should be expanded to invite and encourage players to visit old haunts. For example, I ran a guild Karazhan run for some level 70s and the entirity of our group of 10, all agreed on two things; this raid is really cool (some newer players who came with WotLK had never even seen it… sad) and some kind of triumph bonus should be awarded for doing it. Now before you start yelling that this would then be exploited, here me out. Reward all 70+ players with the normal Justice Badges with the ability to convert them at a rate of 5 or 10 for 1 Triumph. Additionally, award 1 extra Triumph for the entire completion of a 70 raid (BT, KARA, TK, et al). This would not be efficient to farm when you can get 4-8 in a MUCH faster random but would provide some badly needed variety.

3. Old Gear Upgrades –
There is so much amazing art that is simply wasted on gear that no one uses anymore because it is obsolete. How about a quest line + gold sink to upgrade these items to current end game? Making it on par with the Triumph gear (or slightly under) so that it never competes as the “top gear” would keep people the hardcore happy but would also be a welcome change to variety and diversity. I am so so tired of seeing EVERY geared druid (and all other classes for that matter) looking identical at end game!

4. Wardrobe –
In addition to or in lieu of wish # 3 (preferrably in addition) would be the often called for wardrbe feature. I would love for my Warlock to don his season 2 PvP set (arguably the best looking set in the game) but its so gimp now as to be worthless.

5. Class Changes – Probably out of left field and will never happen but since we are wishing. I would like to see druids be able to take the form of many different beasts/nature as opposed to just bear, cat, owl, tree. The druid would take on some of the characteristics of that form (or only cosmetic if difficult) but the main advantage is diversity. I am so tired of looking at my tree and bear, why cant I take the form of a rhino, raptor or a protector tree(porportioned like tamed pets)?

While we are dreaming, how about a necromancer type pet class? Able to summon many but very weak undead? Make the necro especially squishy and without a lot of offensive spells like the Warlock, favoring more defensive spells and enchants to his pets?

So what grand ideas do you people have in your head? Would love to read them!

H4L Podcast – what the skype?!

Posted in General, HFL, MMO on February 10, 2010 by Armada

The delayed and now long over due Horde for Life podcast has been pushed back to the end of the month as we work out some issues with Skype. I debated on doing a solo show and may still need to if we cannot get my co-host online, but I we will have “something” up this month.

Apologies for the delay and we hope you will check back as we work out the kinks in episode # 1.

Purple Fever Brings Out the Worst in People

Posted in World of Warcraft on February 10, 2010 by Armada

It is somehow fitting after posting a week or so ago that I had found some new, albeit brief, “Aussie” friends in a random PUG, that this good experience would be followed up by one of the worst behavior scenarios I have witnessed in some time (well at least since the Ragnaros Hammer incident from 2004, but that is a story for another time).

Let me frame it for you. I get placed into a random PUG for my daily and off we go, wisked away to POS (how fitting for this encounter). Now hindsight being what it is, I should have known this was gonna be a drama fest. Our group consisted of a warrior tank, myself as a resto druid healing, and 3 DPS consisting of a DK, Shaman and Mage. Everyone is at least decently geared and the run looks promising. However, when the Shaman asks for a mage table, he is met with the following, “no, tables are not free and I do not know you”. A portend of things to come indeed.In any event, I had a stack of 38 rolls left so I just hand the shaman 18 and said lets get this over with. But oh how the drama was just getting warmed up.

During trash pulls, the mage proceeds to post his recount after nearly every fight, but only when he is ahead, this is of course followed by often by a /yell or /p of “ya kid!, you can’t fade me!” I mean, who even talks like that any more other than Kevin Federline? Still we proceeded. Clearing was no problem, so despite some lawls and /roll eyes we moved on… that is until we got to the final trash before ick and krick, when the battered hilt dropped. Yes indeed fate would have some fun with us today. The battered hilt, on this run. After 30+ relatively tame runs with good people, this run.

It was at this time that the Warrior tank who was quiet and doing a good job, GREEDS on the item! He then immediately says that this was an accident and asks if everyone would greed also. Let no one say that Fate is not without humour. Given that this was a clear mistake, I saw no problem in everyone greeding but immediately his control of the situation was lost.

So I waited…

Having seen one too many groups where 4 people greed a frozen orb only to have the 5th need and ninja, I was wary. So everyone agrees to greed, even the mage who not only agrees but says “ya it wuz a mistake so every1 greed for him”.

And I wait…

DK, greeds. Shammy greeds.

And I wait…

Me: Hey <mage name protected>, you gonna greed that like we agreed?

Mage: ARE YOU?!

Me: Yes just waiting on you friend.

Mage: HA! I think your gonna ninja so you greed first.

At this point I (and you) already know what is planned by our mage friend. My hope was to ensure he greeded and then if he did not, have at least a 50% shot at getting it and then rerolling for the remainder of the group.

So what do I do? Counter is running down, under half. I say openly to the rest of the group that I think we have a problem and would the rest of the group like me to need and then if i win we can reroll?

Mage says: <expletive> you buddy! I am on to you!

Shaman says: “Need it, mage is gonna ninja”

Warrior says: “Please just greed”

Mage says: (to shaman) <expletive> you too. I have a 6000GS Rogue who already has the hilt!!!

Shaman says: “Then greed it <mage name witheld> and prove me wrong”

DK says: “I hate pugs, IDC”

So I ask the mage one more time to greed so we can all have a fair shot. To which he says nothing. Even knowing better, I greed… mage needs immediately, say “LOL” and leaves group.


So if you ever pug with a mage from Laughing Skull who talks like he is a Jamie Kennedy wannabe… beware.