It finally happened today. I came to the point in ‘World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor’ where I decided it was okay for me to call it good for this expansion. The Legendary Ring quest line is finished. Archimonde has been taken down and Guldan sent to our real time frame. The Draenor Pathfinder Flying meta achievement has been finished (For weeks now), and for some reason I felt compelled to gather 150,000 Apexis crystals for the Corrupted Dreadwing flying mount. It is a pretty bad ass looking mount. No regrets in doing that at all.
I had much higher ambitions in mind when Draenor was first announced. I wanted to to be at least a Heroic Raider and be able to dedicate the time necessary to the game to raid at that level, but it was not to be. There are a multitude of reasons for my failure at that mostly involving this thing called real life and my work schedule getting completely flipped upside down. Having to be at work while your guild is raiding sucks beyond belief. There was nothing I could do about it. The other was that I realized during the multiple Imperator wipes that I really no longer had the patience or the gamer skills necessary to be what I wanted to be. Reality can be a cruel mistress, but it is what it is. It did not take me long to realize that my skills were never going to be at the level needed for the boss fights as they are in this modern Warcraft era.
So, I made the simple goal of finishing off this expansion as best I could as a dirty non raiding casual. I set my goals of which I listed above and set out on my grindy, LFR dominated journey of mediocrity. I am glad it is done. I don’t feel compelled at all to have to continue on for any reason other than maybe to log on when I get bored and knock off some achievements like always happens when waiting for a new expansion. I do have a few alts to work on but they have never been a huge focus for me.
I admit, I have had some issues with this expansion. I think everyone has. If your reading this your more than likely very aware of most of the short comings Warlords of Draenor had.
Personally, I thought this expansion was entirely too easy. I’ve posted on this topic before, but I will say it again. A person should not be able to do all the content in a MASSIVE MULTI PLAYER game playing solo. Its just one of those things. I appreciate the concept of LFR and understand the different level of rewards for harder content, but at its core I simply feel like its a flawed concept. I do not deserve a Archimonde kill if I play a solo game. Perhaps Blizzard will figure out a way to reward the solo player adequately in the future. I hope they can.
Here is the biggest issue as I see it. I remember back in Classic (vanilla) Wow when hanging out in Orgrimmar and seeing that one character in the elite guild posing in brand new Dragonstalker (Tier 2) Armor. It gave off a sense of wonder and awesomeness that made a person strive to get better and find a way on to a 40 man raiding guild that was able to do the content. That driving factor really doesn’t exist anymore. It hasn’t for quite some time. Why should it when end game is available to every scrub who plays that is willing to go through the toxicity that is a LFR raid. But I digress.
The No flying thing did not personally bother me at all. Blizzard made the game so easy you could essentially fly to pretty much everywhere you needed to go. If you couldn’t there was always Aviana’s Feather to use. If you didn’t get one, well that is your own fault.
There were plenty of other issues I could expand on (cough cough Garrisons cough) but I won’t. I still love this game. It is a fantastic way to kill some time and have fun doing it. I love the how the story is progressing and now after ten years feel like most people do and and am fully invested in my character/s and what happens to them in the future.
I only hope the Blizzard devs listen to the non toxic part of the community and begin to push the game to a direction that can make us all happy (impossible, I know). If not, well there is always Hearthstone, Heroes of the storm, Starcraft, Diablo, or even the upcoming Overwatch. I think we are going to be fine.
BRING ON LEGION!
Here is the thing, LFR (Looking For Raid) raids in World of Warcraft kind of suck. Yes, they are cool in that they let the us casuals and those who are not able to raid regularly see the bosses and end game content. Yes, it is nice that they allow us to fight our way to the end game and see the cool cinematic and give us all some sense of accomplishment after all the long hours we put into our toons prior. And yes, it is nice that it gives us a way to gather the materials needed for the grind that is the legendary ring quests. But over all, the LFR experience usually leaves me questioning whether I want to bother trying to get through it again next week. This is due 100% to the fact that LFR is populated by most of the biggest Douche Bags in the game.
I categorize the LFR jerks into two classes. Raiders who do not really need to be doing LFR who go out their way to make damn sure all the rest of us in there know it, and the Keyboard tough guys who have such abhorrent personalities that they have quite literally been kicked out of most of the raid guilds they have managed to get in to and have not learned their lesson yet. You know the types, the kind that try and boot people who might stand in the goo too long. The types who after a wipe love to call out the person who might be lacking a bit in the heals or DPS and love to spam the meters to prove their point. The types who think its fun to pick fights and swear like sailors simply because the other people cant really fight back. These people do not bother to check and see if maybe these people they are harassing might be in the raid for the first time and are not familiar with the fight. Maybe their raiding on a toon they are not overly familiar with in a raid situation, etc. In the end, it does not matter and there is really nothing we can do about it other than put them on ignore or put up with it.
I find it refreshing then when something happens like what happened last night. I was in a LFR group and we had just finished wiping on Kilrogg Deadeye in Hellfire Citadel. We managed to get him to 15% on the first attempt. It was due entirely to the fact that most of us were not very familiar with the mechanics of the fight. We lost the standard four to five players after the obligatory name calling including the tank. So we sat there and waited a couple of minutes until a new Tank zoned in. The first thing he said was simply, ‘hmm, wiped on Kilrogg eh? We can fix this”. Then all of a sudden markers started to appear and he, through the snark and negative comments in chat, proceeded to hand out specific yet simple instructions as to how to win the fight. Never once did a single negative comment come through him in chat. Then guess what happened. People actually followed the strategy he laid out and Kilrogg went down without a single death in the raid. I was shocked a little because he was getting a little push back as he was trying to help. But we won and then he led us on to finish that wing of the raid.
My personal thought is that it was refreshing to see someone come into a LFR raid and attempt to lead and also have enough sense to not let the idiots get to him. I want to send out a personal Thank you to FRICKLEFRACK from the Blackrock server. This game needs more players like him. Lok’tar Ogar sir.
So here it is. The presentation in its entirety from Gamescon 2015 announcing the upcoming ‘World of Warcraft: Legion’ expansion. I have been slowly processing info as I can today. I am all of a sudden very much looking forward to the future of Warcraft again. I felt the same way about Warlords of Draenor and was let down though, so I am trying to keep my hype level to a fairly low level. It wont happen.
This link goes to Blizzards twitch stream recording of the event. http://www.twitch.tv/blizzard/v/9928672
So Blizzard Entertainment made a big announcement this morning concerning the next World of Warcraft expansion from Gamescon. It looks like they are finally releasing the Burning Legion on us again. I don’t have a lot of comments to say at the moment as I literally just woke up and haven’t read through it all yet. For now, I am going to post the teaser cinematic and feature preview videos here now for posterity and your entertainment. I will post more thoughts on the expansion later.
Did they say DEMON HUNTERS?
I love Twitter. I use it daily. I wish I had 10,000 followers who were interested in my useless drivel. I like to post about what I am doing in World of Warcraft or what ever other geeky thing I am doing at the time. I was just looking at who had recently unfollowed me after I lost a small group of people who had recently followed my Twitter feed. Which is fine, we all are not going to be compatible with each other. The major reason seems to be that I did not follow back after they followed me. For the record, here are some reasons I will probably not follow you back if you follow me.
1. Language barriers: I speak and read in English and cannot read Chinese, Korean, Spanish, French or any other language that is foreign to me. I am sure your foreign language tweets are amazing, but if i cant read them then they are just clutter to me. Sorry, I guess I should blame my public school upbringing.
2. Generation gap: I am 45 years old, while I appreciate the new techno savvy world you kids and all of us are in now, we really aren’t going to have much to say to each other if your say, under the age of 20. I have two daughters ages 24 and 25. I love them, but they irritate me mostly, as does most of their generation. This is a normal thing.
3. Streamer accounts.. I make many exceptions for outstanding and informative streamers, but don’t look for me to follow back if your the typical foul mouthed young Twitch streamer who likes playing that god awful electronical dance music nonstop while you stream. I am hoping to get into streaming myself in the near future. Hopefully there is a niche market out there for my people.
4. Spam: I will not follow back your lame picture spam accounts or any other kind of spammy account types. In fact you will get blocked and reported.
People I will follow back are people who love video games and Geek culture as much as I do. People I feel I can learn from, be entertained by, and people who have respect for other peoples opinions.
Fair enough? Awesome.. May Odin be with you and I will see you in the twitterverse.
First off let me preface this post by saying one thing. I am not by any means a professional world of Warcraft guide writer. There are very likely better and faster spots to farm up Raw Beast Hides. Right now, this is how I do it. It is by far the easiest way to get things done without having to worry about aggroing other beasts and critters that have the potential to kick you in your pixelated groinal region.
As a Skinner / Leather Worker on my main toon in Warlords of Draenor, Raw Beast Hides are the backbone of literally everything I can make in this latest World of Warcraft expansion. It is a ingredient we cant do without. This is where I go to get it.
The Riverbeast’s are the prey we are after. They re easy to kill and drop from 1 to 3 Raw Beast hides each. As a Hunter with a current ilevel of 633 I am essentially 2 – 3 shotting these guys. Simply make your way along the edges of the water and take them down as you come upon them. As you make a full clear of the area they will be respawning. I have yet to run out of Riverbeast’s to kill and skin. The Tramplers while easily soloable are much bigger and take longer to kill. They also have the potential to hurt you if your not paying attention. I choose to avoid them as I can take 3 to 4 of their smaller counterparts down for roughly the same drop rates in the time it would take to take out a Trampler. At level 100 you will basically have to step on them to make them come after you. Just pay a minor amount of attention and don’t run into the ones patrolling off the bank.
Again, this is the place I choose to go to farm. Is it the best? Probably not, but it is more than enough for my current needs. Please feel free to comment on where you go to farm your leather and what you think about this place.
See you in game and on the Twitters.
Its kind of hard to imagine that I have been playing World of Warcraft for almost 10 years now. As the game nears its 10 year anniversary this upcoming November many websites and blogs that center themselves on the game are creating special projects marking the event. One of those projects is the 10 Years, 10 Questions project being put together over at ALT:ernative. This is my contribution to that project.
1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?
I started playing Warcraft a few weeks after the initial launch, If I remember correctly it was supposed to be a Christmas present but I knew what it was and did not want to wait for Christmas to start playing. I wanted to play because I felt that this was the game I was finally going to be able to dip my toe into the MMO world with. It was too late to play Everquest and I was a huge Fan of the Warcraft Franchise.
2. What was the first ever character you rolled?
The First character I rolled was a Orc Warrior named Blaktung. I played him for a couple hours then rolled a Tauren Hunter named Symentol who I got hooked on almost immediately. Had I known about racial characteristics at the time he would have likely been a Orc. Blaktung is still around. I leveled him up to level 90 to take advantage of his professions. I might take the time to learn to Tank with him in Warlords. The Hunter is still my main after all this time and will continue to be so.
3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?
There was no choice for me. I will take the dark side nearly every time. Regardless of there being no real good or bad faction I feel I personally relate more to the carnal and animalistic side of things. Hence my affinity for the Horde. I also find the Orcs and Horde lore fascinating.
4. What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?
Most memorable event for me has to be the first time we downed Ragnaros in the Molten Core back in Classic WoW. There was something special about the work involved and the epic feel of the 40 man raids back in the day. It was the crowning achievement for what was an amazing guild back then. It was also about the same time the same guild started to slowly fall apart. But that is another story.
5. What is your favourite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?
I am a social guy, I like to chat a lot in vent. I like to play with people who have similar personalities as my own. I have made a lot of good friends in this game. So the best part is definitely the social aspect of it. It is a massive ‘multi’ player game after all. No one should be playing it as a solo.
6. Do you have an area in game that you always return to?
Orgrimmar will always be home for my Mains and Alts.
7. How long have you /played and has that been continuous?
Ive been playing since December of 2004. I’ve taken a total of maybe 10 months off. That mostly was near the end of the Burning Crusade expansion cycle due to a really bad case of burn out and irritation after I decided to leave the guild I had been with for nearly the entire game up to that point. The rest I took off during the last few months of Cataclysm after I decided to not worry about raiding after I had level capped all my alts. There was just something about that expansion I did not enjoy.
8. Admit it: do you read quest text or not?
No, not really. Unless it something interesting. The Black Prince Epic Cloak quests for example.
9. Are there any regrets from your time in game?
I went through a time where I chose to lose myself in the game for about a year long period. I was depressed and had been laid off after 14 years on the job. I ignored a lot of the real world during that time and it was very hard on my wife. So yes, I regret letting my obsessive nature getting the best of me during that period of my life.
10. What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside gaming?
That is a hard question to answer. The game has had both positive and negative effects on my life. But I wont go to into them in depth. I will simply say that the game has taught me about the importance of moderation and in the long run has helped me to realize how important things like family and friends can be, even friends who are disembodied voices you only ever here in Ventrillo. Those voices can turn out to be the best friends a person can have. Also, $15 a month is cheap entertainment. Dont sweat the /played time. What else would you have been doing? watching TV or hanging out at the Bar? Gaming is a fantastic way to spend your time, just don’t let it control you. Your the master, not the game. That is the main lesson I have learned over the last 10 years.
Well that’s it, I hope Alt:ernative can use it. And I hope you enjoyed the read. I had a good time doing it.
It was a exciting day in my fan boy world. Blizzard finally released the street date for the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, ‘Warlords of Draenor’. That being 9/13/14. If your reading this then I think you probably know plenty about it already so I am not feeling the need to go into the details of it. I will say though that for some reason I am feeling way more excited about this expansion and have not had this much anticipation built up for a game likely since the ‘Wrath of the Lich King’ release. There is just something about this one that feels right. Like Blizzard has maybe gone kind of old school in their thinking and put in more of what we players want to see in the game and less of what we hate. Cough, cough, Dailies, cough.. I feel a sense of anticipation from long lost guildies who are planning to rejoin the fold. I have a sense of ease going into this one that I have not felt since Burning Crusade launched due to the fact that the guild I am in is established and has not broken apart due to the between expansion lull. It feels like a fresh start with familiar friends and I am digging it.
Yes, We still have 3 months to go. That seems like a long time. It really is not. Use the time to shore up alts in game, achievement grind, or get that Legendary cloak finished up. There will also be the 10th anniversary content to do as well as the pre-expansion patch leading up to the big day. Better yet, spend some time with the significant other and prepare them for November 13th when they will once again see you enter the world of Azeroth, or Draenor in this case, and not come out until you are level 100 and reak of Hot Pockets, nerd sweat and Red Bull. It will be glorious. Until then I will see you online or the Twitter (@SinCityGeek). Feel free to follow me as I am always looking to make new friends.
Posted below are the videos released today with all the new Warcrafty goodness.
The Warlords of Draenor Intro Cinematic
Lords of War – Part 1: The Shattered Hand.
Updated Warlords NEW FEATURE Trailer.
All good things must come to an end. The same holds true for Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies. This is the first official teaser trailer for the 3rd and final movie of the trilogy. It makes me a little sad knowing this is very likely the last time we will see any thing Tolkien related on the big screen for a very long time. Enjoy the trailer, as always it looks amazingly well done. Look for it in theaters on December 17, 2014.
I collect Funko Pops! If your not aware of them they are these little 3 1/2″ tall vinyl figures that have tiny little bodies and big heads. Yes, they are kind of odd but a lot of people really dig these things, me included. They cost anywhere from $8 to $15 new and have taken the world of toy collecting by storm since they started making them. They are released in waves of 5 – 6 at a time for a multitude of different licenses. Some of the more popular lines include Marvel Superheroes, DC Heroes, The Walking Dead, Star Wars, Disney, and many other TV and Movie licenses.
I am starting to see a trend however that I do not like in the hobby. It is something I have noticed along the way over the last year or so since I have gotten into these things. That trend is a thing known as the ‘exclusive’ or ‘variant’ figure.
Funko, it seems, likes to produce ‘exclusive’ Pops! for what seems like just about everything. Online retailers have them, Brick and Mortar stores like Hot Topic and Barnes and Noble have them. Any comic book shop worth anything will carry them. Stan Lee has about a billion of them dedicated to him and they produce them for many of the more popular nerd gatherings. San Diego Comic Con being the biggest.
In a nutshell and to save some words here is my bitch.
– Exclusives are not really exclusive if they can be bought on multiple web sites, stores and at events at the same time. This last few days of San Diego Comic Con 2014 has shown me this. Not only have I not seen any numbers on how many of each of these things they release, but it seems like they simply are interested in putting a SDDC sticker on the box and then charging us consumers an extra $5 dollars per figure. It is more than annoying when I as a person take time out of my day to log in to a website at a specific time to purchase SDCC exclusives of which they are supposedly only selling a small amount of and jumping through the hoops involved only to find out that Barnes and Noble booksellers has a dozen each of the same figures with the same SDCC sticker on it sitting on its shelves for a cheaper price than said website did. This seems more than a little fishy to me.
– Secondly is a complaint about the so called variants produced for people to collect. The bigger websites sometimes have special paint variants of figures made for people to collect. The ‘Walking Dead’ line comes directly to my mind on this one. My problem with this line in particular is two fold. 1. taking a normal figure from the series and splattering some red paint on it and calling it “Bloody” is just lazy. 2. Doing it to literally every figure in the series in order to essentially make the completionist collectors of us out there buy the set twice is just fucking greedy. Its akin to the trend the comic industry went through when they raised prices, shortened page count and produced 8 different cover variants for each comic book. Guess who does not collect Comic Books anymore. The pictures below illustrate what I am talking about perfectly.
Personally I would like to see a few small changes. I would like to see number runs of each piece printed/stamped on the figures or maybe start sealing the boxes and print them on the box themselves. Are they making 50,000 of this one or 500? Yes, the Out of box collectors wont like this but they still would have the choice as always to break the box open or not. I would also like the variants and exclusives to truly be what they say they are. A bad repaint is not what I want, especially something as lame as a wet brush splatter.
I wonder if Funko is trying to fill a gap in the collector world by trying to provide enough product for literally everyone who wants to buy one of these things. I hope not. This will only flood the market and bring the after market value of these fun collectible toys down to nothingness. No one wants to ‘collect’ something that is always going to be worthless and can be found on the discount shelf at your local Wal-Mart. The chase part of collecting is a large part of why people collect. If its not a challenge then people will stop buying and lose interest all together.
I enjoy the hell out of this hobby but I have had to drastically reduce the number I buy recently and decided to only collect 2 specific lines of Pops! in particular. This was done partly out of frustration to Funko’s marketing of these things.
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