Best of wishes to all attending Blizzcon this year!

I had a cranky post all set to go up, and then I really thought about it.

If you’re excited about WoW and you’re attending Blizzcon and you’re really feeling up and happy, the last thing you need is some schlub being pissy and dragging the room down with crankiness.

Hey, go, have fun, enjoy the weekend, meet people and see things and capture that feeling of excitement and fun.

I hope everyone has a really good time!

I’ll say this; Cassie played her Hunter, and trained a beautiful rare blue parrot as a combat pet, and it looks great. She’s very happy.

Even when I’m feeling in “write a really tired cranky post” mood, there is still something positive that we can find to think about.

So, even though there are still issues and irritations, go, have fun, enjoy the weekend, and accentuate all the positives the day (and the game) brings.

Time enough to be cranky when you’ve got the hangover on Monday. 🙂

As always, grasshopper, patience.

Blizzcon is over, and a lot of information about changes has been released.

Duh, I know!

One of the most common statements I’ve heard, is “Wow, I’ve been wishing for a lot of this to happen for some time. I can’t wait! This is gonna be awesome!”

This post constitutes my traditional “Take a deep breath and relax” reality check.

The only things we should really be excited over and freaking about RIGHT NOW are the things they’ve told us about Patch 3.3 coming soon, the Icecrown Citadel content patch.


Because I’d like to see how many folks can hold their breath until Cataclysm is released. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Yes, the announcements are exciting. Or daunting.

But please remember that you need to have patience. Do not let these announcements discourage you to the actual game you are holding in your hands right now.

“But why should I level an alt now, when they are going to revamp all of Azeroth with totally new wicked races and quests?”

Because it’s fun to play NOW, and not in a year and a half. What are you going to do, cancel your account because all seems drab and boring in light of the bright new dawn we have glimpsed at Blizzcon? Some will. I speak from experience, I remember the reactions to the last big info release before Wrath came out only too well.

“Why should I do Achievements NOW, when there will be more coming soon?”

Maybe because your Explorer Achievement will be unavailable in it’s current form when all of Azeroth is destroyed. Maybe. Who knows? But seriously, you should do Achievement because you like to do them are are a completist, or like the rewards offered.

“Why should I raid and seek out gear now, or strive for upgrades, when we have no idea how current items will change when all these stats are removed outright?”

Because, again… you’ve got a game now. You should be playing it, the way it is now, because it’s fun to play. It’s not a job, and you aren’t supposed to be logging in feeling like it’s time to punch your time card for another three or four hours, and hoping to improve you character that little bit. So what if your current gear may be changed in the future, have fun NOW with what you know.

For those of you out there that play because it actually IS a job you get paid for, such as some WoW bloggers that are paid to write about their experiences… well, don’t know what to tell you. Except, I hope you still enjoy the dream gig. 🙂

Look, Cataclysm sounds great to me. I like a lot of what they discussed. I don’t want to be the one that’s a sourpuss, or the wet blanket.

But if I took anything away from watching the live panels from the Internet Feed, it’s this.

They know some of what they plan to do, but they have NOT progressed much farther than a design doc with first principles and general intentions when it comes to the gameplay changes and theorycrafting.

They intend to remove some stats and enhance the functionality of others, to simplify itemization a little, return the focus on core stats.

What they have not done is implemented it or gotten into the nuts and bolts of it.

They are at the brainstorming stage, discussing things around a table, working out what they’d like to do, and what effect they think it would have. Seeing the experssions on their faces to some of the questions asked after the Class Q&A was pretty illuminating. For a lot of the questions, it wasn’t ‘What can we share”, it was “Well gee, we hadn’t discussed that yet.”

So relax, worry not.

The dungeon and raid design, the world redesign, the quests, the races, the art… yes, I believe that those things are pretty far along.

But in terms of core gameplay, they are still at the “That’s something we can discuss in the future” stage.

This is not to discourage you.

This is to remind you of the cold, hard truth, that the next expansion might not be out until July of next year. Or even later.

Think about how much playing time there is in 11 months. Think about how far you reached, how high you climbed from the time you first picked up the game, to when 11 months had passed.

I know people that are raiding Ulduar, extremely well I might add, that had not even picked up the game yet 11 months ago.

Things are subject to change. Always. The further away something is, the better the chance that you might not even still be playing WoW when it finally comes out. Thinking about and dwelling on the proposed changes now, setting your vision on what could be and getting your hopes up will just cause disappointment when you log in and see the game we still have. And that’s silly.

What will come, will come. It should be enough to know that, rather than creating another new continent to push us farther from the world in which we began, they are instead bring the old world back to life, and completing the circle.

Think about the fun of new races, think of the fun that you will someday have…

But please, remember that there will be a new raid very soon, as we face off against Arthas himself. Rejoice in the knowledge that the Dungeons and Raids panel promised us that the final defeat of Arthas would feel…. EPIC. (And possibly contain some sweet cinematics).

Think about new 5 person instances in 3.3, with new fun to be had. Won’t that be cool? Just as we get tired of Emblems and Trials, we’ll be moving on into new territory to master.

The big picture is great, I’m very glad Blizzard chose to share it with us. As always, however, they share this massive amount of dreaming and imagination…

and we must remind ourselves, that when we sleep this evening and wake up, Cataclysm will not be lying under the tree in the morning.

Please. Don’t lose interest in your toys now, just because you know Christmas is coming someday.

What are you expecting to hear from Blizzcon?

I’ve been kinda curious myself, so I thought I’d ask you folks, the smartest and best informed people I know.

With all the information that keeps coming out about patch 3.2, with the Community Class Q&A sessions, with all the things we are informed of every day…

What do you think, if anything, will be the big “wow! That’s awesome!” news announcements coming out of this years’ Blizzcon?

Thanks to the MMO Champion posts, there seems to be some speculation about a possible expansion announcement, plus races… Goblin and Worgen.

That is, of course, about as spurious an easter egg if I ever saw one, speculation on new races based on art for two new Halloween masks being datamined up. But hey, when you dream, dream big!

Me, I’d love to hear about a new expansion… and a new Heroic Class, a healing class that had as epic a starting quest chain as Death Knights, but that starts their real life in WoW at level 68, not 58.

That’s right, flood my life with overpowered healers. The horror… the horror.

What crazy off the wall things do YOU hope get announced in Blizzcon?

Blizzcon is coming!

And I’m still not going. 🙂

If you just got DirectTV, you have until October 9th to sign up for exclusive coverage of the entire event, as well as getting the Blizzcon Polar Bear mount!

If you already have DirectTV, it looks like you can sign up at any time, including on the last day of Blizzcon (October 11th) through your set top receiver.

I’d also like to remind you that our two favorite Druid knuckleheads are getting ever closer to finding their way to Anaheim.

Hopefully, the next time they drop 50 gold, it won’t leave them hungover and covered with feathers in Tijuana Gadgetzan.

I’m looking forward to hearing what Eustacious and Doodlebug discover in Anaheim!

Perhaps they can discover where our bear armor went? I understand that Patch 3.0 will have a slimming effect. Bears on a diet?

One thing I’d personally like to know from Blizzcon, is whether the Tokyopop style of comics will be done for the Diablo or Starcraft worlds as well. I loved the Sunwell Trilogy, and I’d be very excited to see a Starcraft series of comics come out.

Some can haz a second chance at Blizzcon

As most of you know by now, I’m sure, when Blizzcon tickets went on sale, there were a lot of problems.

My two good friends, Doodlebug and Eustacious, are pretty crushed. They are friends that are doing The Road to Blizzcon comic, and were actually going to meet together in real life and go to Blizzcon together.

Doodlebug got his ticket… Eustacious was online at the same time as Doodle, both were talking to each other, cheering each other on… Eustacious had his tickets too, but once he got to the actual ‘pay and place your order’ screen, they were sold out.

On the official World of Warcraft site, Mike Morhaime has made an announcement about the problems people had with the Blizzcon tickets.

Blizzard Gamers,

On behalf of everyone at Blizzard, I want to apologize for the challenges and frustrations you experienced while trying to purchase BlizzCon tickets on Monday and Tuesday. BlizzCon is about the positive experiences you all have had with Blizzard games. As a result of this week’s events, the excitement that many of you felt about the show has turned into dissatisfaction and disappointment.

Due to these circumstances, we’ve reevaluated our convention hall space and come up with some solutions that will allow us to offer 3,000 more tickets for sale. We know this will not be enough to satisfy the very high level of demand for tickets this year, but we want to ensure that BlizzCon remains a great experience for those of you who are able to attend. To avoid the issues many of you faced this week, we’ll be selling these 3,000 via a lottery. We’ll post further details once our plans are finalized. Please note that the lottery will only be open to those with an active Blizzard Account as of 9:00 PM PDT on August 12, the time that the “Sold Out” notice was posted.

I, and everyone else at Blizzard, share the frustration and disappointment that many of you have expressed as a result of this process. We’ll do what it takes to avoid this type of situation in the future.

Mike Morhaime

May I say, from the depths of my heart, that I hope that everyone that I know, and everyone that visits here, who truly wanted tickets to Blizzcon gets lucky on the lottery.

Sadly, someone has to lose, so let it be all those faceless strangers that aren’t wise enough to read my site.

For myself, there shall be no Blizzcon.

Cassie and I talked about it, and we agreed that if we’d discussed it 9 months ago, and made plans to have it be part of our families’ week long summer vacation, then we might have been able to swing it. Having to buy a $100 ticket for our son Alex would have been stupid, but okay. We could have done it. But we didn’t.

Maybe next year.

For myself, I’ve got a friend with Direct TV.

I’ve already talked to him, and I’m gonna give him the $40 for the Pay Per View of the Blizzcon, and he’s gonna Tivo it for me and give me the code for the polar bear mount with the murloc hat.

Then he’s gonna make me some tapes of the 16 hours of Blizzcon off of Tivo, and I’ll be able to watch it in the comfort of my own home.


Is it the same as being there?

No, but this way I can drink lots of Guinness and shout insults at the screen as they announce lies about my Druid getting Dire Cat form.

Good times, good times….