Battles and Brotherhood

garrisonI have to say, I’m really enjoying the Warlords of Draenor expansion. Like someone on Twitter said the other day, this one feels very “Warcraft” compared to the last one, Mists of Pandaria. While I definitely enjoyed parts of MoP and it was gorgeously designed, I never really felt like I was part of it. It felt like a weird spin-off of everything before it. It felt odd, as my Undead Rogue, to be standing in the sunny, lush lands of Pandaria with its blowing flower blossoms and bright colors. I never felt at home there.

This one feels like it’s all come back home. It’s all dark and foreboding, like the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. There are angry Orcs everywhere fighting against other angry Orcs. Though, I’ve mainly played Horde so far. I only got my Alliance character up to garrison intro level, I assume both sides are similar. With the Horde quest lines, you feel part of everything that is going on. You’re dealing directly with Durotan and his son, Thrall (though, I don’t think he knows that, yet) while they stand in your Garrison as you fight your way across the world of Draenor. I especially liked the final quest in the Frostfire Ridge area, called The Battle of Thunder Pass. It was like a small dungeon run (and very 300-like), but solo (along with a lot of AI players.) You got to take down tons of enemies and then a few big, elite boss-type enemies.

The garrison stuff is a nice addition. Sending your followers onto side missions is fun. You sometimes get nice rewards for it. I only have three extra buildings so far, since I’m still trying to determine what exactly they all do and what would be best for my character. I did like the initial Garrison Invasion quest. I guess these become more common once you hit max level and start defeating enemies from specific factions. Once you kill a certain amount of these enemies, their faction will attack your garrison. This allows you get some neat rewards.

I have not done any PvP or much else other than questing, though I expect to try some of it out. I hear the WoW 10th Anniversary stuff will be happening soon. This is opening an old-school type Team Deathmatch PvP area called “Tarren Mill vs Southshore” that brings back the feeling of the old Hillsbrad Foothills fighting between factions. Plus, if you win, you get a neat title.

Munchin’ on Some Grindage

To all you young kids out there, that’s a quote by the greatest star of the 90s, Pauly Shore, from one of his greatest movies, Son in Law. It also describes my relationship with World of Warcraft again. I’m back. Though, I never said I would be gone for good. I’ve been away long enough that everything is new to me again, which is pretty enjoyable.

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This is also how I looked when I logged
into WoW for the first time.

I popped in finally late on Friday, and compared to a lot of people, I had no problems getting in and playing on Eitrigg. I’ve learned through my many years of game launches (on PC and on consoles) that’s it’s always good to wait a few days. My only Level 90 was my Dwarf Hunter, Gertbee, so I used him first. He looks much more badass now with the updated character models and he doesn’t run like a derp anymore. I made it through the initial Draenor quests with him and started his garrison.

I spent a few days internally battling myself trying to figure out which character to boost to 90. One path was to boost a lower character that I’ve been slowly leveling up, but with my now limited time, I wasn’t sure if I would play them anyway. The next path was to boost my Alliance Auction Mule. I try to keep that character pretty level so I can disenchant things, etc. But, I felt that may have been a wasted boost. The last path was to boost Sideshow since he was still only level 87. In the end, I decided on the last path. I wanted to do the Horde quest lines, but I wasn’t looking forward to getting him to 90 before I could do that.

So, I boosted Sideshow. I didn’t really read any fine print, so while I was happy to see him in new, sweet-looking gear, I was a bit worried when I logged in found his bags completely empty and only like 3 skills to use. It turns out, if I would’ve RTFM, that they mail you your old belongings and they slowly unlock new skills and talents throughout the initial quest line. Honestly, I think that is a slick process, especially if you’re new to the class you’re boosting. It allows you to start out slowly and learn the basics, just like when you start a new character.

Now, both of my characters are about at the same spot. They’re both level 91 and have done some basic garrison stuff. I’m excited to get more into my garrison as that looks like a lot of fun, sort of a casual side to the main game. Plus, it gives you all sorts of bonuses to professions or mounts. I also like the follower system where you send them on quests. It’s very similar to the Assassin’s Creed thing where you send your assassins (or ships in AC IV) on quests, and I imagine some other games have done it before.

I’m glad that I’m thoroughly excited for this new expansion. While it’s not as exciting as my first time in game  or that of the my first expansions, it’s a nice feeling to have again. Maybe one of these days we’ll get Syrana back in.

On a related note, I started a character that I play along with my 4-year-old. She picked a Blood Elf Hunter named Risaralissa (randomized choice.) She holds the run button and occasionally hits attack buttons while I steer and keep her alive. She’s really enjoying it so far, but we’re only like level 7. I hope this experience will be a good topic for some future posts..and maybe some videos? Who knows. She’s a little ham.

Diving In

My exploration character. Hopefully the badass angle keeps weaker pirates away.

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Eve Wormhole

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Paying to Game

Coins

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Assassin's Creed IV

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GTA High Five!

GTA V

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I'm starting her early. Headshot!

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It’s Good to Be the King

CrusaderKings2

Another Steam sale has come and gone and, as you know from past posts, I'm a sucker for those. This one was no exception, though I definitely didn't spend as much as I did during the last Holiday one. I did pick up a bunch of good titles that were on … [Continue reading]

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Euro Truck Simulator 2

I've spent the last few days hauling lumber, coal and sometimes peas across Europe. You may openly mock me, I know I would have. I recently picked up Euro Truck Simulator 2 on Steam. I also have to admit picking up Farming Simulator 2013. The … [Continue reading]