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All Things In Their Turn

OMFG Yes, the time has come.

OMFG
Yes, the time has come.

My subscription will lapse soon.

It always seemed to me that a lot of what we saw in WoD was a reaction to MoP.  Mists represented a pinnacle of enjoyment for me, just as it presented a picture of a game gone wrong to others.  I generally saw it as a reasonable balance between work and reward.  Running my ass off to level 90 won me the convenience that I sought in flying, for example, and it was a system that allowed me to indulge in my fondness for alts.  But others saw the whole production as a game that was too easy with a plot that had too little “Warcraft” in it, and so on.

Those voices won, and we got WoD and orcs out the wazoo.  Perhaps that’s not surprising.  I always got the feeling that the WoW development team doesn’t identify with the “casual” player in the same way they do with players who see themselves as “gamers,” or even “hardcore.”  There is an assumption that the game is meant to be enjoyed in a certain way, and other ways – flying out of trouble is the most obvious – are not as legitimate and should not be designed for.

It’s not necessarily a bad thing.  Doing the same thing day in and day out will keep some of the same people around – the type who appreciate that consistency, or those who liked it that way to start with and don’t see much reason to change.  But it does make it more difficult to hold onto players like me.  I have no interest in returning to the game’s “roots,” nor do I seek an “authentic” or even an “immersive” experience.

I seek an enjoyable experience that is accessible to me within the time I have available, and that would be just about the last way I’d describe WoD and the final nail in the coffin for me, Tanaan.


Work Work Work Game Game Game Blog Blog Blog

Work Work Work
Game Game Game
Blog Blog Blog

The most bittersweet thing isn’t leaving the game so much as it’s leaving this blog.  It’s certainly possible that I will return to WoW again in the future, in which case this blog will also see a new day.  But for now, I’ve moved on to FFXIV and made a new blog for it here: The Fanciest Pants.

“That Was an Accident!” has been one of the best (worst?) things I’ve ever put on the internet and one of the most fun timesinks I’ve ever occupied myself with.  As of writing this post, “That Was an Accident!” has 71,755 views and 2,313 comments, not all of which are me!  The numbers are small potatoes for some, but I’ve never put anything on the internet so popular before – and this popularity meant I met a lot of folks that I would have otherwise never encountered.

Thank you in particular to:

  • Matty, Tome, and the other ladies of the Old Ladies Raiding Guild
  • Kashina, Shanthi and Rep of Loot Hoarders
  • Saya and other blog friends I dragged around the world searching for mog
  • Leit, a guy I never played with but who always had something to say

I also want to say thank you to my best buddies in-game, Cavarin and Goa, who kept me company on many a day and odd mission.  You guys are the best!

Hello Lag, My Old Friend

Also entitled, “Ermagerd Warlerds.”  Comes with spoilers, sort of.

Being a little too eager to see the new content, I woke up early to send Bombelina through the Dark Portal.  I felt puzzled by Thrall’s premature baldness.  How had I not noticed it before?  Had his thick and luxuriant braids, their source hidden beneath a hood, convinced me that he had a full head of manly orc-hair?  As he and that random draenei dude barged through the portal like a couple of ninnies (look, I know you two are buff, but the Iron Horde’s got sheer numeric advantage on their side), I felt slightly betrayed by that whole adulthood thing.  I had to go to work at this critical moment.  “Just five more minutes …” I wanted to say.

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I Don’t Know If I Can Do It

Also known as, “More Muttering About Models.”

The nice thing about playing mostly goblins is that my “mains” had no surprises in store for me.  I’ve been sitting on the fence about some other characters, however.  (I’ve also been browsing any and all “OMFG I HATE THE NEW MODELS” threads with avidity.  Look, somebody had problems worse than mine!)

Ailabeth
I loved Ailabeth’s old harlequin face.  To me, it was a smile fixed in place by rigor mortis, a mask resembling her old self that barely covered the motivations of her present unlife.

Ailabeth's New Model Hair apparently does grow in the grave, as does general annoyingness.

Ailabeth’s New Model
Hair apparently does grow in the grave, as does general annoyingness.

With the new model, the brows have been raised and the mouth has been made much narrower*, which gives the harlequin mask a rather pinched smirk.  It makes me want to punch the wearer every time I see it.

On the upside, her hair is fab.  I am ultimately unsure what to do with Ailabeth, but may leave her as Forsaken, since she doesn’t see a large amount of playtime these days.  For now, I’ve changed her face to something that makes me a little less irritated.

*Not that the mouth being made much wider helps, necessarily.  Exhibit A:

Forsaken Eek! Originally posted by Gentlebreeze on the forums.

Forsaken Derp Transformation!
Posted by Gentlebreeze on the forums.

Daschela and Yynsia
I just can’t with the eyes.  Why do they seem so big, when they didn’t before?  Why are they so goddamn turquoise, when they weren’t before?  Why are they so freakishly bright?

Dasch's New Model Nicely defined horns.  Freakishly flat eyes.

Dasch’s New Model
Nicely defined horns. Freakishly flat eyes.

Yynsia's New Model The new bright eyes seem even BRIGHTER on dark skins.

Yynsia’s New Model
The new bright eyes seem even BRIGHTER on dark skins.

Have you seen how the new face looks on the Armory for female draenei hunters?  I THINK YOU SHOULD.

>: | WAT IS WITH THIS FACE

>: |
WAT IS WITH THIS PINCHED EXPRESSION

I’d like to keep them Alliance, so that I am able to switch factions as desired to play with friends.  I’m leaning towards racechanging Daschela, the hunter, to a night elf, since the name originally applied to a night elf druid that later became Betheki the troll.  As far as Yynsia the shaman goes, I’ve been tossing around the idea of changing her either to a dwarf or panda.  On the one hand, I really like the panda casting animation.  On the other, pandas all have sameface syndrome, and I already have one panda.

Niremere
Alas, the changes to the human female hit me like a ton of bricks.  What bugs me the most about the human female faces is how it feels like Blizzard took the same approach they did with pandas: change the colors on the same face and call the resulting variations “different!”  Every face has the same eye shape, just in different colors.  (Speaking of eyes, they gave gnomes a face with mussed up eyeliner. What happened to the smudged eyeliner on my human?)  Every face has pencil-thin brows arched halfway to the moon.  Because of the shading on the upper lip, they almost all appear to be doing the duckface expression if you look at them straight on.

This image is a good example of how the human female faces could, you know, actually resemble the originals in more than eyecolor:

Original, live, and edited versions Originally posted to the forums by Vro of Evenfall server

Original, live, and edited versions
Posted to the forums by Vro

I think I could get used to the human female faces if I made a new character, but the problem with Niremere is that she has a history of sorts, a story in which her old appearance made sense but her new one makes no sense at all.  Niremere’s personality was even-keeled, stern and straightforward, and she was a competent badass who took no sheeyit.  Since the new face only superficially resembles the old one (is it just me, or does it look down), this is not the vibe I get from it.

Nir's New Model She grew a couple inches and several helm sizes.

Nir’s New Model
She grew a couple inches and several helm sizes.

This thread is of interest to me (despite how fast it got derailed by the “I don’t see what’s wrong just suck it up” camp) because the OP used the same face I did and has the same problem with the new model results.  One reply in the thread struck a chord for me as well:

“The human the OP posted, she looked pretty fierce. But with the raised eyebrows, tilted eyeballs, and lack of makeup, she looks pretty derp. And very different.

Still pretty, yeah. But she’s not the same character that was originally created.”

And that’s pretty much the crux of it.

I can’t see race-changing her, to be honest.  “Niremere” is human.  But I can’t see myself playing her much, either.  I’ll probably just leave her sitting as is for a good long while, until my idea of “Niremere” fades and I can pick a different face to go with a different character.


Other thoughts of note:

  • Interestingly, all the “old faces” have been mostly smoothed and dewrinkled
  • Re: gnomes.  People were complaining about female gnomes being too damn cutesy, so it looks an awful lot like Blizzard overcompensated by making them pissed off instead.
  • New Model Thread Catalogue – contains info on how to contact the lead character artist.  Debating actually doing it, because (as shown above) the human females can be made far more faithful to the original models.

 

Ohai Navispammed

I may not remember real well how to hunter, but there I was on Thermalix anyway, trying to drag people into LFR with me.  Just two more Runestones, folks, seriously, all I need is a mere two more!  We’ll definitely get them on the first two bosses, and then you can drop!  It’ll be fiiiiiiine.  Because my troubled relationship with RNG is well known, however, I pretty much only convinced Rep to come along.  I guess Rep still likes me even though my bad luck is sometimes contagious.

We both queued up as DPS and after a false start when a Warbringer tempted me (I, uh … well, I can’t hunter well enough right now to kill one alone), I started to mine to pass the time.  Mining is safer, after all, and it fills the lengthy DPS queue.  But then, this person named Navispammer whispered me.

Navi! HEY.  LISTEN!

Navi!
HEY. LISTEN!

Wait, not that one.  This one.

Navi! This Navi has a much larger vocabulary.

Navi!
This Navi has a much larger vocabulary.

It seemed that I was being … NAVISPAMMED.

Navispammed!

Navispammed!

Of course, that’s exactly when the queue finally popped, since that’s just how these things work.  Well, screw THAT.  To Thunder Bluff!  (In the spirit of things, I dragged Rep out there too.)  After a bit of flying around, I finally managed to locate Navi.  (Reason #3542 for flying: finding people.)  Fortunately, Therm’s active pet matched her mog on this momentous occasion.  There were many screenshots.  AND THEN Navi was kind enough to give me a Soul of the Aspects!

Dance Tiem! The wide plains of Mulgore were clearly meant for going wild.

Dance Tiem!
The wide plains of Mulgore were clearly meant for going wild.

Thank you so much, Navi!

Naming Them is the Hardest Part The leveling, I can handle.  Naming?  Now THAT is a challenge.

Naming Them is the Hardest Part
The leveling, I can handle. Naming? Now THAT is a challenge.

 

Doomed to Repeat History

You’d think that I would have remembered just how bad I suck at rogue-ing.  I’d made it to level 80, after all, stubbornly stabbing things as best I could while other people actually did the killing DPS.  It sucked.  I sucked.  I was worse at rogue than I was at ret paladerping!

Forsaken Atmosphere Come for the culture, stay forever.

Forsaken Atmosphere
Come for the culture, stay forever.

But no.  I did not remember.

Since we beat the Challenge modes, Kash’s guild has the fancy cute pet thing that, alas, you have to be Revered to acquire.  As I am not able to finance a transfer at this point in time, I decided I’d just level up another alt – not like altoholism is a new problem for me or anything.  I had a full set of leather agility looms no longer in use, as well as one agility heirloom sword thanks to leveling a monk.  So I got an heirloom dagger, went Combat rogue, and have since regretted this choice utterly.

It’s like, DUH, self, DUH.  Didn’t you see this coming?  If I can’t be bothered keep up that Inquisition thing for ret paladerping, it stands to reason I am certainly not going to want to keep up Slice and Dice for rogue.  Especially not when building up combo points takes too @#$%king long to be useful in the first place!  I can generally get up to two or three of them if I can Ambush, which is so not guaranteed, and if my fellow party members are equally incompetent so the mob lives long enough.

Let’s assume I can Ambush, which means I succeeded in 1.) getting into Stealth in the first place, which is sometimes impossible because CHAIN PULLING, and 2.) getting behind the mob before it dies thanks to positional requirements.  P.S., the latter is only possible when the tank is a nice PvE person and not a PvPer, since PvPers continually whirl mobs around like some sort of paranoid drug addict on a high.  THIS IS NOT THE LUMBER MILL HERE, PEOPLE.  The next problem is that Ambush costs 60 energy, but I only have 100 energy max.  So let’s say the next thing I want to do is Revealing Strike.  Since Revealing Strike is only 40 energy, I can do two things in a row oh boy howdy!  But then I’m at absolutely zero energy and have to wait forever to do ANYTHING other than autoattack.  Oh, so Revealing Strike gives my Sinister Strikes a chance to generate an extra combo point?  Well, that’s just freaking SWELL, because Sinister Strike is a grand total of 50 energy – HALF MY ENTIRE ENERGY POOL.  You know how often I get to do that on a regular mob?  Like never.  I can use it maybe two or three times on a boss if the other DPS suck just as bad or worse than I do!

So you know what a low level rogue does?  ALMOST NOTHING.  Yeah, this is real fun!

And OoooOoOOooOo Combat rogues get Blade Flurry!  Sounds useful for low level dungeons, since people pull mobs en masse!  ONLY IT ISN’T USEFUL AT ALL, because it reduces your energy regen by 20%, which at this point is so laughably painful I just can’t even.

NO!  NO!  NO! WHY WON'T YOU LISTEN TO MEEEEE

NO! NO! NO!

I was trying to get some levels in via LFD, since higher level questing gives you more gold – which I will need to purchase the pet –  but yeah, screw that.  I’m going to just quest.  Actually, I may just make another class.  Or maybe I should leave this rogue alive as a testament to how I can’t rogue – SO I REMEMBER.