“It is better to travel well than to arrive.”
Portal Rooms are Ugly
Can you guess which portal this is?
It’s Iron Forge!
If you take this portal, you can’t get back. You’d have to tram or fly to Stormwind. If you took the Stormwind one, you could get back. Some portals have returns and others do not.
There is a LOT being said about portals right now. Maybe it’s like moving troops to the border so we all talk about that instead of children in cages. We blog and post on forums about our fury at portals when we might be asking other, more pointed, questions about the state of game play.
I am mostly okay with change. If Blizzard needs to clean up their design, then now is a pretty good time to do it. As long as it doesn’t create confusion. That is my concern.
I’m old! I’m an old player! When we were taking our love letters to the kings in each capital during this past holiday, I had to remember that taking the portal to Exodar meant that there was a portal to Darnassus right there. Will it still be there on Tuesday? That is the only time I take those portals, during that holiday.
And portal rooms are ugly. Where will this portal room be in Stormwind? Do I have to fly to the throne room? Have mercy on me if I have to ride on the ground, Stormwind is a human capital and it is crowded and tiny and twisty and turny.
As of this writing, at this moment, I can’t recall how to get to Outland. I have an engineering portal, which I tend to use if I want to get there. But I don’t remember where there is a portal. Maybe if it is in this massive portal room in Stormwind, then that’d be my first easy choice in how to get there.
The World of Warcraft is huge! Expansions upon expansions. When I read “world quests” in the pre-launch of Legion, I was stoked to think I’d be flying over to Tanaris or Grizzly Hills to kill a rare dragon. I want them to use all of their art assets. This is a big game, it is daunting to me when I return to Draenor and try to think hard about where the Black Rock Foundry is because it’s been a while.
If this new portal room cleans up confusion and is the first best place to go to travel, then we’ll get used to it. Maybe even set our hearth at the inn right next door to the portal room.
On the other hand, if I get lost and can’t find how to get where I want to go: I’ll be unhappy.