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Community vs. Community

Players celebrating the Midsummer Festival and dancing around the Midsummer Festival tree

For many of you it's no secret that I'm no longer at peace with being a raider. Yet I am one. My motivation for it is clear: The people in this raid group are members of my guild and for some reason they want me to be part of it. They're good people (ah for God's sake, try not to hear that sentence in Trump's voice) and although the raid group is still one in the making, our evenings can be quite funny. The third source for my motivation is that I really like the raid instances Activision-Blizzard design.

Roots

A screenshotof my death knight on her journey to receive the Maw of the Damned; somewhere on a Legion-infested world

Pretty much ever since Legion launched, a rumour circulates that at the end of the expansion we'd sacrifice our Artefact weapons. The rumour appears to be based in a developer statement according to which our characters would need to sacrifice something very important to them in order to prevail over the Legion. I'm not convinced of the existence of such a statement and didn't do research (lazy me).

Why I Waited

Published by Brunold on So, 09/18/2016 - 02:40 in
A screenshot of Ysera, the Green Dragon Aspect, in Val'Sharah; there are Malfurion and my main, too, but they don't really matter

Yesterday I secured the Tear of Elune (or that's what I've been told – as if Dalaran was a safe places, it's basically at the centre of attention) and thereby unlocked World Quests. However, since I'm not done with Val'Sharah and haven't finished the Archaeology quest, they're still going to be neglected. So far even the Suramar quests appear to be of more interest to me. I did the first few of them and really like gathering all these people and exploring ruins together with them. Yet I do look forward to doing World Quests.

Not that Kind of Person, Not that Kind of Game, Either

Missions are misplaced in this game. I don't feel connected to them and if I do them, I don't know why, other than that they're part of my order hall campaigns. As long as I didn't have a quest to do so, I didn't touch them, which means that when a quest came up, I needed to level my followers first before I could progress. Now, after a few very meaningless days in which I tried to level followers to 108 for the second round of missions, I'm pretty sure I'm done. I'm not the kind of person to stay in a city hub for long, anyway.

Of a Gnome, Who Took it Easy

Screenshot taken in Suramar, of a road ending at the horizon, leading through a forest of autumn-leaved trees

I started to add my voice to the noisy stream of feedback excreted from our community and now I feel obliged to continue doing so. At the moment that's not an easy task because I'm really enjoying the new expansion which is partly due to the way I chose to play this expansion. The last few years (since I had my break in January '13) have been a lot of navel-gazing about what I'm expecting from a video game, what should and could be expected, and things like that.

In Favour of Artistic Freedom

Published by Brunold on Do, 06/23/2016 - 11:09 in
A screenshot of the Fairy Dragon Event (fairy dragons gathering in a circle, casting rays of light which meet in the centre) and my mage attending it

Above everything else, in my opinion WoW is lacking overarching coherence and that's the greatest difference between a WoW 12 years ago and WoW in its current state. This can probably only be solved by giving its devs at least some artistic freedom. That is essentially the opposite of listening to your player base.

Expectations and Beginnings

Unrelated screenshot of my Dwarven mage alt facing Duskwood; a long, straight way framed by dark, winded trees

There's a discussion of sorts (or a sequence of monologues) going on about what one could expect his or her fellow players to know about the game they play, games in general, roles and abilities, and so

The Changes We Should Face

My character dancing in the lime light. Still purple transmog., fel-tinted glasses.

I sincerely believe that many people who give feedback currently are not interested in reason. I barely see someone getting his or her facts straight. To me, you don't even seem to care about anything but yourself. Otherwise I can't explain why you interpret a sentence, or a voiced line of thought, or outward appearance in the most negative possible way. The whole situation here is insane. For the most part, it lacks any interest in anyone who doesn't agree on your ideological line, no matter on which side of which topic you are, no matter if you consider yourself to be neutral.

Behold the Wrath of Percentaged Stats

Stats in Action, screenshot of then 10th anniversary molten core raid

Do I get stats? Do I not get stats? Do I need to put that label upon myself? No, I don't and that's why this post won't be short form.

I like what stats do and I like to play with them, none of this would get restricted with the UI changes. I like an Acrobatics stat that enables me to jump higher and longer distances, I like Dexterity that makes my character react faster, and Intelligence that enlightens the mystery of the Arcane Plane to my character.

It's Spring

Published by Brunold on Di, 04/12/2016 - 20:14 in
Gnomeregan, lots of technology, exaggerated and funny, very Warcraft

Today is Gnomeregan weather. Since you don't know what weather it is and maybe don't even understand what weather and an instance in World of Warcraft had to do with each other, I probably should explain that. As a bonus, the post will side-tackle Vanilla servers and nostalgia.

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