November 24, 2010 – 1:38 am
“Anything that can happen, will happen, and at the least opportune time.”
Which is, I suppose, my way of saying “Hope y’all enjoy the Sundering”.
Thanks to Blizzard’s choice of timing, the first response to the Sundering happened while I was getting my house ready to have 10 people here on Thursday. There was no time for me to prepare my characters for it, I was offline all of Monday night, working a late shift. All the RP that’s happening tomorrow will happen while I welcome my guests, pick people up from the airport, and try to juggle two ovens and getting 2 pies, 2 casseroles, a lasagna (plus the rest of dinner for 8), and bread made. Thursday is, of course, devoted to celebration. All the stuff that will happen in-game, on forums, and on blogs on Friday will happen while I make brunch with my family and my husband’s family, or while I’m at work juggling a Black Friday sale – repeat for the rest of the weekend.
Basically, I’ll be lucky to get online by Monday evening, and I have no idea what will have happened between now and then.
I have no idea why Aely suddenly and mysteriously went absent while the biggest change to the known world happened around everyone else. She certainly owes both Arrens and the Riders an explanation or three. I have no idea why Angoleth went from actively involved with the elemental defense to AWOL.
This whole first week of RP is lost, and those kinds of responses are hard (if not impossible) to get back. A lot can happen in the first week, and when things are new and drastically different, the RP usually picks up dramatically.
All the various story bits that were planned for right when the Sundering happened now have to wait (and may need explanations as well). My “first impressions” will either be made at an off hour when nobody is online, or in the midst of whatever else starts up this week, trying to catch up and respond to 14 things at once.
The thrill of the response, of everyone figuring things out together, isn’t something I’ll get to take part in, and that makes me kind of sad.
I realize a lot of bored college students will log a TON of hours this week, and bored career people whose businesses are closed on Friday will do the same, and that a lot of the Riders have most or all of this week off, with big plans for RP and in-game events. I know Blizzard has a December 7 deadline. I know the world outside the US doesn’t give a flying f-sharp about some other country’s made-up holiday devoted nearly entirely to food and sunshine-blowing pseudo history. I love my family and my in-laws, and I know that I’ll have a good (if slightly stressful) time with them this week – something I am very thankful for.
But I’m still disappointed and disconnected from my friends, and even though I know and understand why, it still kinda blows.
(Writing this post means a 1:30am bedtime instead of “just” 1am, so it’s less edited than usual. My apologies for errors and a greater than usual level of whiny. And if it takes me longer than usual to reply to comments… well, I think that’s self-explanatory.)
November 8, 2010 – 9:53 am
There are quite a few differences between a character that did their leveling in original WoW, and a character that leveled in Burning Crusade, and still more for a character leveling in Wrath.
I had two characters at level cap in the original game – Angoleth, my hunter, and Aely!Priest. During Burning Crusade, I leveled two new characters to cap – Annorah and Aely!Pally. In Wrath, I added Annie Mae and Annylais (who is 71).
Right now, I want to talk about three of those characters – namely Angoleth, Aelflaed, and Annie Mae.
Annie Mae, as a Wrath leveled Gnome Warrior, was riding a Stormwind Horse at level 35. Meaning she was exalted with Stormwind by then, purely through doing quests in Elwynn Forest, Westfall, Redridge, Darkshire, and Azuremyst, plus The Deadmines and The Stockades, and a few other assorted quests. As a Gnome at level 80, without even finishing her “Gnomeregan Valiant” quests, she is max-rank exalted with Stormwind and nearly exalted with the other four Alliance factions. She would get there easily through finishing the Valiant dailies, but I’m too lazy to do them on multiple characters.
Aely, as a Burning Crusade leveled Human Paladin, has her Crusader title, and was exalted with all five Alliance reputations well before she finished with the five sets of Valiant dailies.
Angoleth, as a Night Elf Hunter and my original main, isn’t even revered with the Alliance reputations, even though she’s finished two of the Valiant daily sets (Darnassus and Exodar). I tallied up the amount of faction rep you get with the various Alliance races for doing all of the Valiant quests, added it in… and she won’t even be exalted with her home faction (Darnassus) when I finish.
Reputation was a different beast back in the day. It was harder to find, slower to earn, and had different weight to it.
You received discounts on your repair bills only after you got to Revered, and those discounts applied to anything purchased with that faction – like epic mounts (which cost 1000 gold back then, which was a lot more gold than it is today). So Angoleth, at level 60, did every low level quest in Elwynn and Dun Morogh, trying to get to Revered with Ironforge and Stormwind (which she eventually did, barely) to help with her raiding repair bills and the cost of ammo. She did the same with Darnassus, getting to Revered to help with her purchase of an Epic Mount (the same reason I started PVPing with her, since back then if you had a Sergeant title, you got an extra 10% discount on mounts).
Which leaves me with a level 80 character who will be buying Champion’s Writs to fill out her faction reputation for… well, probably a long time. And possibly annoying everyone in Alterac Valley as I try to do turn-ins for spillover rep. One of the few benefits to all the PVP I did in the original game (aside from the kind of awesome Grand Marshall’s Crossbow) – I’m already exalted with the Stormpike Guard.
Actually, I think that was the only faction – other than the Hydraxian Waterlords – that I was exalted with when Burning Crusade launched. Go figure.
At least she’s almost honored with the Timbermaw? (Boy did /that/ grind take a long time)
Anyhow, I’m not really sure what else there is to say about it – I can’t change what quests I’ve already done, and I don’t really have any other way of increasing faction rep outside of the Tourney dailies and PVP. I’m certainly not saying that we should go back to how things were; obviously, I’ve benefited from the changes on other characters.
I’m just a little frustrated with how slow it’s going as I try to catch Angoleth up with my other, newer characters.
November 4, 2010 – 11:07 pm
Pure dumb luck. I did a pass by the spawn points in Storm Peaks – no wolf, so I went to swing back through (just in case), and s/he spawned underneath me. Trapped, tamed, done. Commence squee.
Now s/he just needs a name!
Edit: I think I’m going to go with Signy for her name.
November 3, 2010 – 9:28 am
With the Wrath event, we had the Zombiepocalypse. So far, we’ve not really seen the big invasion that will take place… but we CAN start thinking of a silly name for it. What will the Doomsayers tell us is coming?
Leave suggestions in comments!