Give Me Some Guild Love

“Cock your hat – angles are attitudes.”
Frank Sinatra

Give Me Some Guild Love

How much information on changes to the guild lifestyle, interface, perks and rewards have been data-mined? Zero

Every small aspect of the game has been updated; even a little animated graphic when you look at flight paths! It’s great and we get change, often when we don’t want it!

I am shocked that there is no guild love. The MMO vibe is to play with friends. Friends invite friends to be new players. Belonging to a guild should not be mandatory; with this we all agree.

I can think of things and I’m just some dude sitting in the corner. A 24 hour “Hero for the Day” title conferred by the Guild Master or a subtle proximity glow when guildies are near each other. How about, I don’t know, new (and interesting) Achievements?

Blizzard said years ago that they wanted to dial back the Armory. And they did, we could trigger emotes, once upon a time. I think the Armory should be part of their mobile app suite along with PvP Pet Battling, Auction House, maybe even Fishing. Mind you, I would never do that sort of game play but I think it should be there.

The Armory is important. Sites like Ask Mr Robot rely on it to do their work. I think the WoW Progress site does too.

In our guild, someone might put up their birthday as a calendar event. Normally, players will buy a Dalaran Cupcake or some-such jive and wrap it as a present and mail it to them with a Happy Birthday note.

If it is one of your Best Buds, you might go to the Armory and see which pets they don’t own and hunt it up; buy it, craft it or it is a dupe on your own list. We can not do that with Toys or Wardrobe! I think this is a Major Fail on Blizzard’s part.

When I log into WoW, that is not when I want to do my research. I want to play; I’m excited to party up with friends or do stuff. I don’t want to be mousing over a long lost toy or piece of wardrobe; bouncing over to WoWhead to find out the ifs and whens. Not when there are 360 toys!

C’mon Blizzard! Give us some Guild Love and (also) update your Armory!


Legion Beta: Day Two

“You don’t have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.”
John Ciardi

Legion Beta: Day Two

I am wondering why we have to wait until August 30! Of course, I know that there is a lot to do but the improvements from day one to two were big. We helped with the Stress Test and the disconnects were fewer by far.

I collected my poor dead Druid and ported back to (new) Dalaran. Since I had miserably failed so bad on the Artifact quest (resto with balance affinity), I decided to give a hunter a try. I’m a veteran dps as a hunter!

Beast Mastery is very (very) different than before. The focus regen is mostly passive, so you wait to cast a spell. Even worse, you are looking at your action bar for it to come off cooldown. I hope it gets faster, better, stronger.

I did the opening scenario and went to Dalaran. I have the Artifact quest but ran out of time to try it out. You can’t do anything else — the Artifact quest is the only quest, the flight points don’t have any connections; that is that!

I will probably wait until we can do Character Transfers. Most of my questions are the type of knowing how to get a solid start when Legion drops. Sure, the Artifact but the fishing Artifact too. Professions will need to be addressed early on, I want and need to know all that stuff to be confident.

All in all: Day Two served up a much smoother and cleaner experience. My friends, there is hope!


Dalaran Hearthstone

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”
Maya Angelou

Dalaran Hearthstone

My sole venture into Beta yesterday rewarded me with a (new) Dalaran Hearthstone. Adding a home-base Hearthstone, like our garrison, was genius. My quandry will be: where to set my Hearthstone?

Once upon a time, one would level and put the Hearthstone in the zone’s inn for rested xp in between bouts of questing, exploring and leveling. It had a one hour cooldown and that … was life! As our Worlds(s) of Warcraft have expanded, getting around is very important to our playtime and playstyle.

My playstyle is not a frontal cone cleave, I am more of an AoE Starfall kind of player. I’m all over the place. In WoD, I set my hearth to Stormshield and then to Tanaan. I found that most players had set their hearth to the Shrine in Pandaria! Much smarter, I wished I’d thought of that sooner; too much wasted time.

Setting our Hearthstone is like an anchor to our daily approach to the game. Will it be another portal fail in (new) Dalaran? Setting my hearth to the Shrine isn’t very exciting. I might put it by something I do every day like a pet battle or a profession daily. By the way, I’m assuming that there will be fishing and cooking dailies in (new) Dalaran that are as fun as the old dailies.

I worry that I’ll miss out on solutions. The mining pick in the Spires of Arak to speed up my mining was something that I’d have hated to miss out on. There is sure to be plenty of odd speed boosts, tricks, gliders, portals and more in Legion.

I think the only answer for me in discovering the nifty solutions is by following the bloggers and also the information sites!

Where to set my Hearthstone is a tough choice!

Beta: Day One

“I have ever been the queerest mixture of weakness and strength, and have paid heavily for the weakness.”
Annie Besant

Beta: Day One

They wanted us for Stress Testing and I was glad to be cannon fodder. They needed that testing as it is surely Beta.

Here is what I know with a new character (no transfers yet):

  • You start in Stormwind
  • You have 680 gear
  • I choose night elf druid: healer with the balance affinity
  • No toys, no heirlooms, two pets (?) and a lot of mounts. The Appearance tab (not called wardrobe) only had the stuff I was wearing.
  • The Scenario of the Burning Legion invasion stuff took about 20 minutes to get in. It is broken right now. I finally put the game in windowed mode so I could surf the net.
  • The hot tip is to stick with the King (finally did the scenario).
  • There is a cool teaching area on the docks of Stormwind where they show you all of the demons you’ll be facing.
  • No thorns for druids.
  • You will need 1700 Pet Charms to get the stuff from the seller in Dalaran.
  • You can’t back your camera up — you are stuck about 12 feet behind your character. For me, it felt super cramped.

Once I got to Dalaran, I couldn’t go anywhere. So, I took the Artifact quest and died. And died. And died. I couldn’t do it as a healer with some dps spells. I was very frustrated at myself, thinking I sucked.

Finally, I simply ported back to Dalaran (you get a special Dalaran hearthstone). To try to get some sight-seeing in, I jumped off the edge! And disconnected!

I can see why the developers didn’t want the Water Strider. My first instinct was to hop on my strider and go scooting around the edges of the zones; which I did.

Someone got Realm First in cooking! I had a good laugh at that.

We have new name plates. They look like the thin lines from Tidy Plates. I finally found how to turn them on after streaking through some mobs and (dying).

I got to Azuma, which I thought was a scaled zone but all the mobs had ?? for their levels and ran out and pwned me.

My dead body has a wisp over it in the ocean and it keeps disconnecting.

The transitions from area to area (even in Dalaran) can disconnect you; it’s very fragile right now.

It was fun. I’m glad I could help out Blizzard with their testing.

Two things I walk away with:
One, they have a lot of programming to do to smooth stuff out.
Two, I began to really feel that Warlords of Draenor is d-o-n-e.


Blogs and the Beta (notes)

‚ÄúThis wasn’t just plain terrible, this was fancy terrible. This was terrible with raisins in it.”
Dorothy Parker

Blogs and the Beta (notes).

My goodness! I have been all over the place today.

I visited Darkmoon Times which pointed me to Bubbles of Mischief with a posting on the Warcraft Movie perks. Even if you plan on taking a break from WoW before Legion, you’d want to log in during the initial movie release. Two Tmog pieces for horde, two Tmog pieces for alliance and one achievement for each! Pretty sweet!

Blizzard Watch stepped up to the plate with some heavy duty Alpha work looking into Legion: A snapshot of World Quests. It looks to be a bit daunting at first, 35 quest choices on the map! Yikes, my quest log only holds 25. We’ll tame that beast, I’m sure. I hope that we can share World Quests and party with a friend.

The Beta patch notes are up.

Only a few surprises: one looks to be a Catch-22.

  • Equipment limits on the amount of crafted gear that can be worn have been removed.
  • The Obliterum Forge, unlocked with a questline at level 110, will allow players to destroy their crafted gear and obtain Obliterum. Obliterum, in turn, can be used to make crafted gear more powerful.

Crafting and burning gear for the upgrade mats looks brutal.

I can’t find it now but tier sets will have a chance at six gear slots (to build a four piece set). Which slots will those six be? We do see that Legion cloaks, rings, and items worn on the neck are no longer tied to a specific primary stat, and will remain relevant between specializations., so; which pieces do we craft up? Those three?

Also; this caught my eye:

  • Characters can now change between any of their specializations at most any time for a progressive gold cost. Action bar configurations are saved for each specialization. As a result, Dual Specialization has been removed.
  • Characters can queue up as any role that is available to their class and will automatically switch to the suitable specialization when entering the Dungeon, Raid, Battleground, or Arena without any gold cost. For example, a paladin might be questing as Retribution but queue up in Dungeon Finder as a Tank. When the paladin enters the dungeon, they will automatically switch to Protection.

I don’t understand. Why would you be questing as a Ret Pally? Tanks and Healers have “meaningful” dps to quest with; why be in another spec — unless it is way (way) late in the game and you are leveling a second Artifact. Maybe that example is for playing in 2017: always good to think ahead.

I mean, really: are we being designed for playing in multiple specs or not? The rising cost of switching specs compounded with the long Artifact line makes me feel that I will be locked hard into one spec.

Uncle Wrath says: Always keep in mind that this is the beginning of Legion. There are patches planned ahead for massive changes, typically easing up on restrictions and ways for us to be more powerful.

Dev Chat: First Responders

“Why can’t I be the adorable one?”
Dorothy Kilgallen

Dev Chat: First Responders

(By the way, if someone were writing on Druid healing, they’d get a lot of hits. Everything that I’ve written on Druid healing was visited today from countries all over the world.)

There isn’t much going on in WoW; today I downloaded an addon called Rematch to track pet battle teams — woot.

The WoW community has a lot of impact on shaping my point of view. The Dev chat yesterday was interesting on many levels. I anxiously waited to see who would say what. I visited as many sites as I could find.

Alternative Chat was full of joy and excitement. This writer had a Fantastic Day with a cheerful “I told you so!” response to the news.

My favorite blogger, Misdirections met expectations with a thoughtful studied point of view with Legion Infomercial. This writer will always make me think about what I’m doing (and what Blizzard is doing!).

Gnomecore zeroed right in on the leveling problems that Watcher talked about. Gnomecore wrote on Leveling must be fixed!. He have the illustration that you can level out of Darkshore without meeting Malfurion. The Adventure Journal tells you to move to the next zone before you meet a major lore figure; bad design for our newer WoW friends.

Blizzard Watch was pretty silent. No heads up (that I saw) on the Dev Chat and a single post afterwards on the Beta Date drop. I imagine that they’ll step up, I sure hope so. The perspective of the BW writers is valuable to me and, well, everyone.

MMO Champs and Wowhead did their usual reporting without bias nor commentary. Both sites are loaded right now with Patch Notes and Blue Posts.

So … will I try the Beta? I don’t know!

Ask a Beta Tester

“The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.”
Oscar Wilde

Ask a Beta Tester

The Beta opens up for a ton of players, tomorrow: May 12, 2016.

They are not allowing character transfers at the start as they want to do Stress Testing and force the players to go out and … play! I know that I’d be in some corner messing with my Wardrobe like everyone else, so they’ve planned well!

So many of my questions rely on the character transfer as many are on professions and collections. For example, I want to know if the WoD LW 10% stat boost tent works in Legion because I could make a bunch of those now.

Non-Character Transfer Questions:

  • Leveling up your Artifact is your primary goal: at least for three months. By playing you will gain some currency. What is the best pay day; dungeons, questing, gathering? You can only explore once; do we earn big Artifact currency for doing the Pathfinder stuff?
  • Are all the tamable battle pets “in the wild” at level 25?
  • Is there anything (anything at all) about guild improvements in Legion?
  • What does the Achievement pane look like with it’s new search panel and are all the Achievements pre-loaded?
  • How soon can we set our Hearthstones in Dalaran; is it a quest or do we simply show up there? What is the flight time for a flight path from Dalaran to the farthest flight point?
  • In past Betas, they unlocked all the mounts for you. If they open the toys, I want to know if The Skull of the Mad Chief, Avianna’s Feather and Spirit of Shinri work in Legion so we can haul ass across the zones; opening up the maps and flight points. And, simply use them all of the time (the tool tip for Avianna’s Feather says only in Dreanor, but it works everywhere now).
  • Can healers (and tanks, I suppose) quest with the same ease as a dps class?
  • World Quests are gated until level 110, I assume Heroic Dungeons as well. What else? Can I explore the zone designed for level 110s?
  • How tough are the demands on your computer?
  • Can I start my Fishing Artifact immediately?
  • Do XP boosts like Accelerated Learning and Rapid Mind work in Legion zones?
  • Is Legion fun to play?

I’ll have more and so will you! Let’s plan now so that we can begin Legion with joy and not trepidation.