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Random WoW Shots

August 26, 2010

1. Northrend Is New Again

They conquered Azeroth. Then they plowed through Outland. Now the Terrific Tauren Two are finally in Northrend, beginning their adventures in Howling Fjord (by far a more preferable starting point than Borean Tundra).

The trip through Outland was pretty disappointing, to say the least. For years I’ve played Alliance and finally rolled Horde to see what the other faction has to offer. Playing the Burning Crusade expansion, entering a whole new continent, I had expected to see some Horde-centric content right off the bat. But from the outset, all the quests were essentially the same, with little changes here or there in the quest text. Even most of the Horde towns beneath their red-bannered facades were laid out just like the Alliance ones. Come on, Blizzard, boring!

I think I expected much the same when I landed in Northrend, and the prospects of having to repeat the same content I’ve already done oh so many times before made me want to stab a pencil in my eye. But ever since I stepped foot on Vengeance Landing, I’ve been pleasantly surprised. For one thing, how awesome is the zeppelin tower? It’s nice to know that I can still be amused by little things like that. And I’m loving the Forsaken-related quests, as I’ve always been interested in their stories.

2. Working The Remote Auction House

There are few things I dislike more than upkeep in MMOs. By that I mean things like farming for crafting materials, burning cooldowns or selling things on the auction house. Things that make the world go round. Chores.

Even with all the multitudes of addons and tools available to make auctioning easier, I still hate doing it. I know there are folks who live for the AH, but when I’m logged in and on the game, the last thing I want to do is waste time deciding how much each of the dozens or so items in my inventory is worth or figuring how much I should be undercutting some bastard. I’ve even resorted to sending all my auction items to my husband’s toon to have him sell them for me, since he doesn’t seem to mind doing it.  He’s been a good business partner, but I have a sneaking suspicion that he’s been skimming off my profits.

Anyway, everyone has their moments of sheer impulse. During one of mine, I decided to drop the $3 to takes to subscribe to the Remote Auction House service, figuring I’d give it a month or so to see what I think. I’d read a review or two beforehand and thought it sounded pretty nifty. But now that I’ve tried it out, what I really like about it is that necessary burdens like working the AH can be done whenever and wherever I have access to my iPod Touch and WoW Armory app — whether I’m in the backyard taking my dog out, lying in bed before I go to sleep, or relaxing in the bath (hey, I do love multitasking when I can). On the other hand, when I’m on the computer playing the game, I’m actually playing the game.

I also love the fact I don’t have to be anywhere near an auction house in game for the RAH to work. No more having to go out of my way to travel to a city, which is especially nice when you’re out questing in the sticks with an inventory near to bursting. I can go to any of my characters, access anything from my inventory, bank or mailbox and put it up on the AH no matter where I’ve logged out. I can also post to the neutral auction house if I choose to do so, which means that if you’ve got a friend, laundering money between factions has never been easier.

3. Setting My Sights On The Cataclysm Collector’s Edition

The contents are perhaps a little underwhelming, but I’m still pretty excited. Screw the DVD and the dumb cards, I’m all over the art book and the soundtrack (though Lil’ Deathwing is cute too). Having both of these included in a box pretty much guarantees I’ll be buying the Collector’s Edition…which also means I’ll probably be out waiting in a line in front of some Best Buy or Gamestop on the eve before launch day, waiting for the midnight release.

Would you do that for Cataclysm, or for any other game for that matter? What do you think of people who do that?

Personally, I can recall only three occasions in recent memory where I lined up for something nerdy in the middle of the night, and it’s always been a blast:

  1. One of the new Star Wars movies, but I can’t for the life of me remember which one. Okay, it was The Phantom Menace! I was 15 and foolish.
  2. Superman Returns IMAX 3D at the insistence of one of my friends (and this was back when I was a bigger DC comics fan).
  3. The Wrath of the Lich King release, where I found myself near the front of the line with a bunch of cool guys. For three hours we talked WoW, cursed the bitter Canadian winter, and watched as one of them did funny impressions of his boss.

Fun times.

Edit: Oh, wait. There was also that time at the bookstore with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Hee.