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Flight Returns In Patch 6.2

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Oh look, flying is coming back to Draenor after all.

I can just imagine how that meeting went.

Dev 1: Have you seen the forums? Or twitter? People are actually unsubbing because we told them we’re not allowing flying.

Dev 2: Flying. Bah. Flying devalues the content that I – I mean, we, developed.

Dev 1: I don’t know man. I mean, they really seem passionate about it.

Dev 2: Sorry, I can’t hear you. I’m bathing in the tears of the masses.

Dev 1: Dude, you don’t have to be a dick about it.

Dev 2: I’m not being the dick here. They’re the ones who want to bypass game mechanics and content. Flying trivializes everything! I won’t have my – our – work being trivialized!

Dev 1: There’s got to be some kind of common ground though. A happy medium. Maybe we can gate it a little, make them get a couple of achievements to unlock it.

Dev 2: (frowns) All.

Dev 1: All… what?

Dev 2: All the achievements. Yes. If they want to fly over my hard work and piss on, they’re going to have to crawl through it first. Crawl through it all! Muahaha!

 

Aaaaand scene.

While not as dramatic as that (I hope), Blizzard has lined up quite a few hoops for players to jump through if they want flying in Draenor. In a blue post, Blizzard said that they understood people might want to fly once they’ve “fully experienced the game’s world content.” And since this is their world, and their content, they’re going to make damn sure players fully experience it before their feet ever leave the ground.

Wowhead, being so damn awesome, already has a guide set up to help walk you through getting this done. They’ve done all the tough stuff. All you need to do is read and do as you’re told. It’s not rocket science; it’s just putting in time. From what I’ve read, Blizzard isn’t asking anyone to find the square root of anything. Just keep doing what you were doing when you were leveling through the content the first time, and you’ll be fine. There’s just a few things to do, like:

Aside from the starter zones for the opposite faction, this isn’t that difficult to complete. Get on your ground mount of choice and start riding. Having the Stables in your garrison will help keep you on your mount, and at Level Three will help you cover ground quicker.

  • Collect 100 Treasures.

If you have the Handynotes addon, you can’t help but see things things on your map. You have to cover the ground anyway (see above), so chances are you’ll be riding by the damn things while you explore. Declutter your map by picking them up as you pass.

Come on. Chunks of these were probably done during the leveling process since folks just love them some content. Also, cutscenes.

A pain in the ass at best. You can actually purchase many of these through your garrison vendor.

Okay, this is a slap in the dick. Again, Wowhead’s guide will make this relatively painless. Or at least, as painless as a rep grind can be. There are quite a few ways to augment the process (Trading Post at Level Three gives a 20% bonus to rep gained, for example) which will shave time off the road to Revered.

Now I know that there are folks who will be less that ecstatic about these “gates to progression”. They’ll  complain because they have limited time to play, as if there’s a race to fly. Or they might complain because they’ve never had to do so much work before when it came to flight, and Blizzard is just being impossible to deal with. Suck it up, princess. As dreamy and magical as it may be to lose yourself in an online video game, soaring through the digital skies, you are not entitled to that ability. You don’t have to fly. You want to. Nothing Blizzard is asking you to do is difficult. It’s just time-consuming. Put in the work and you’ll get flight on all your level 90+ characters. It may take you a little longer on a limited schedule, but so what? What’s your hurry? Blizzard isn’t asking anyone to play differently. Just play.

“What about you, smart guy?” asked no one. “Are you going to unlock Draenor flight? Or just sit behind your keyboard and by smarmy?”

I just might. Might be smarmy, and might try to unlock flying. It’ll give me something to do, and down the road it’ll make leveling easier. If I get it, great. If not, well sucks to be me.

Not really. It’s great to be me.

WoW can be funny sometimes. A month ago I was struggling to find things to do. Now between Harrison Jones quests, making piles of gold, and getting one character ready for the push for air superiority, I’m swamped. I may not bother leveling Number Ten because I just don’t have the time.

Right now, that’s a good problem to have.

Bitter Much

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You see that guy up there? The scary-looking Tauren in the picture? I have discovered that he’s the only reason I’m still playing World of Warcraft.

You may have noticed that I haven’t been writing much lately. Yeah, about that. Honestly I have no excuse except for one. It’s not that I’ve been busy at work (because I have but that’s not the excuse). It’s not that I haven’t had time, because one of the perks of being a shift worker is that you end up getting a fair number of days off. And while I do have plenty going on during that downtime, I like to squeeze in a few hours of WoW time and get my geek on, as they say.

I tweeted this about four days ago, because gaming angst is what Twitter was built for. That, and porn bots.

Staring at the character selection screen and thinking to myself “What the Hell am I supposed to be doing?”

That gem got one Favorite. Thanks @Sophaera!

But that happened. I had just returned from running errands and sat down in front of my computer. I logged into WoW, got to the character selection screen, and stopped. NOTHING was motivating me to take the next step. Not even the things I wrote about in my previous post! Stables, mounts, pet battles, PVP, none of it made me want to click that button.

Obviously this affected the blog. Most of what I post here are things I hope people find helpful, or at least somewhat informative/entertaining. But the main reason I post is because the content I’m discussing is content I’m currently engaged in. When I’m into gold making, I post gold making videos. When I find cool nuggets of info, it goes into a post. The lack of posts is a reflection of my gaming experience. Literally the only reason I have anything at all to post is because my Tauren DK looked cool and I wanted to know how badass a Blood DK would be to level. Turns out, they’re pretty badass.

I was trying to go to sleep this morning (night shift starts tonight), but between the dog barking and a quasi-dream about someone breaking into the house and smashing my head in while I slept, sleep wasn’t gonna happen. I then made the mistake of going on Twitter and read about people bitching about the Timewalker Dungeons on the PTR. Down the rabbit hole I went, reading a few patch 6.2 notes.

That’s when it hit me. Maybe this game wasn’t for me anymore.

FUCKING PEPE DISGUISES! ARE YOU SERIOUS! PATCH 6.2 – LET’S DRESS UP A VANITY BIRD!

Okay, I know that there are things in the game that aren’t for everyone. I know this, and embrace it gladly. World of Warcraft has something for pretty much everyone. Lately I’ve been struggling to find that thing for me.

– Raiding: right now, too much homework involved unless I found a very forgiving team.
– Dungeons: I said this on Twitter, and I’ll say it here – I don’t care how cool you make a dungeon, or what drops in it, or even if it gives you a five dollar coupon for pizza. If I have to sit around with my thumb up my ass for 20-30 minutes before I can even get in to start running the damn thing, I’m not doing it.
– PVP: I’m not pro. I’m whatever very not pro would be. But when I was running BG’s on my Warrior, things were fine if I had a healer nearby. But that doesn’t happen often, which leads to spending fifteen minutes for what, fifty honor points?
– Garrisons: Fuck this. Seriously. If you took the garrison function out of Warlords of Draenor, there’d be a few dailies to do, and raids. Servers would be filled with tumbleweeds. Pepe, that stupid bird that people seem fascinated with, comes from garrisons. Music box, followers, and selfie cams. And more mindless busy work in 6.2 when SHIPS! Followers at Sea!

Right now, leveling is my jam. I try to get as much done in the time that I have. Between a few hours last night and a couple today, my Blood Death Knight is at 99. One more level and then… what?

It’s people, I think. That’s what I need. Somehow I need to find a people that I enjoy engaging with online, in game.

That’s something I think I’ll work on when I get back from my vacation. Two nights of work, and then five days in sunny Florida. When I get back, I’m hoping my head will be in a better place.

Do you play WoW? What is keeping you playing right now?