Amazingly, I’ve been so busy DOING things, I haven’t really had much of a chance to process anything into a blog post. Sorry about that.
Since I feel bad, I’m going to bundle up the last week into the cheesiest of the cheese; a first impressions post.
Hey, I said I felt bad, I didn’t say I was going to give you a quality post to make up for it!
My first impression of the expansion is that this totally confirms my original suspicions;
Mages, possibly with the connivance of a turncoat Priests’ Mind Control, have gained extraordinary power over the developers.
Some might have even jeered.
But now do you finally begin to see?
If Kael’thas and Killrog trade chat is anything to go by, the removal of Dalaran and Shattrath portals are throwing the world into a tailspin of confusion.
The bleating of surprised players wondering where the portals went has STILL not ceased, and possibly never will.
We may be logging in next summer to find someone in Trade chat ask, “Where did the portals in Dalaran go?”, to be followed quickly with the reply, “They vanished when the Ice Stone had melted!”
It’s all about selling the Mage ports.
“Mage selling ports, will come to you for an extra fee, pst.”
At least this proves one thing; there are few things a Mage won’t do for money.
I warned you, and now it’s too late.
Okay, before the Mages start taking me seriously, there is a flip side to this.
My poor level 66 Mage can’t move two steps in a capital city without getting whispers demanding Mage ports somewhere else.
Normally, I don’t mind a whisper here or there. I am a Mage after all.
I do expect a complete stranger that comes to ME begging for a port to offer a tip. I don’t ask for one, and I won’t get snotty without one, but if I don’t know you, and you’re not approaching me to hang out or get to know me but just straight out wanting to use my unadvertised services as “generic portal machine 1 each”, then I expect the offer of reimbursement for my time and mats.
If you don’t offer anything at all, then I give you the portal and put you on ignore. One shot to be polite, you had it, bye.
I’ll probably refuse the tip when offered… the point ain’t the money, the point is that the person takes the time to show that they appreciate I’m helping them out at their request.
I do have one extra level of crankiness, though.
If the person whispering me literally mispells every single word in the request, then I’ll probably refuse.
I guess that makes me a spelling nazi, and if so, okay. But I’ve gotten whispers that look like “nead u 2 prt me 2 sw pl k”.
I wish I were joking.
If I see that come across my chat, I just add to ignore and move on.
I never did say I was a nice person, but sometimes life is just, ahem, “2 short”.
The whole situation does do exactly what I’d hoped it would. It’s made me appreciate my Mage that much more, and it’s encouraged me to think about how to travel around the world carefully and efficiently to get to where I want to go.
As for the rest of it… hey, leveling on both Horde and Alliance sides seems wonderful. The smoothness of the transitions between quest areas and even zones is great. I’ve been having lots of fun.
And next week, it all gets turned up to 11!
Isn’t this the best of all worlds? The folks that love to both play on alts AND raid get two weeks to mess around in the new leveling content before the draw to hit the new levels of end game quests opens up. Pretty cool.
I wonder just how many actual hardcore raiding guilds are still out there burning with the desire to blast through to level 85 so they can start pushing for a world first raid clear?
I hope most folks are going to get the chance to take the amount of time they want to level before hitting 85, because that first time through the zones only comes around once… and it’ll be a long time until the next content patch.
Enjoy it while you can!