Monday, 21 June 2010
If I were bored...
2. Favorite raid or dungeon?
Used to be Karazhan, but I would by now shift that to Ulduar. Icecrown Citadel is actually quite fun as well, but Ulduar combines masterfully the comedy of Brann Bronzebeard with the tentacled horror from the past. The variety of ways to get into a hard-mode fight is also just brilliant - some are easy to start (beat a timer, press the red button), some require planning (so we're beating up the little guys first today, right?) and some are just flashing laser fun with fire and smoke and bombs and wheeeee....
3. Number one choice for a new playable race?
I'm not terribly bothered with new races, I have to admit. I'd like to see Murlocs, though. Nothing like charging the enemy with a fearless Mrgllbrgllhrgllll.
4. Class you suck the most at?
Difficult question again. From the leveling experience it would apparently be hunter. I find it slow and boring and cumbersome. From a raiding perspective it would have to be anything healerish. I am okay as long as nothing unexpected happens, but loose my cool when dps start blowing up and there is raidwide damage and fire and smoke and bombs and whaaaaaa....
5. Original UI or modded UI?
Slightly modded. I am personally actually a fan of Blizzards attempts to bring everything into the fold - but some things I cannot live without. My current version has more room at the top and bottom for bars and boxes and information and the game is a little compressed in the middle. Still - the layout is pretty close to the original.
6. Profession you've never levelled past 200?
7. Favorite flying mount?
Hmm. I like the blue dragonhawk and the purple dragon. I love the red protodrake because of all the work that went into it. My favourite would still be one I do not have: The Ironbound Protodrake from Ulduar 25 achievements. Working on it, I'm sure. Well... if I can find another 25 mad people. Our server actually runs a weekly weekend run for those achievements, but it's always booked!
8. Nozdormu -- friend or foe, you figure?
Double answer. Personally I think the cooler storyline would be him to be evil. Using us (that's the heroesTM) to steer history into a direction he deems right towards a goal that might spell the apocalypse for the world. The bronze dragonflight is not exactly known for their gentle treatment of Azeroth. I mean... we get hired to help the orcs invade Azeroth and the Lich King become the Lich King.
However, in game lore I have to grudgingly accept that Blizzard probably intends Nozdormu to be good. As with all (harebrained) plots lately, we were shown the Lich King actually needs to be present (and there always has to be one - oh yes!) and such.
So I suppose I'd like him to be foe, I suspect he'll be friend.
9. Useless item you have in your bank that you'll never get rid of?
Never is a long time. I currently hang on to several vanity items - tabards and trinkets, mainly. I still have my voodoo gnomes and my housekeeping army, for instance. If bank space ever were truly rare, I'd be quite willing to get rid of them, though.
10. Most expensive thing you've ever bought?
I think two single items are almost tied there. The Tundra Travellers Mammoth and the Pillars of Might. The pants cost me 9 saronite + fluff (at a time when the saronites were still going around 1800 gold or so?), the mammoth just money. Overall, the Blue Dragonhawk comes out easily on top, though. I mean - this little flappy is the reason I bought 100 mounts in the first place.
11. Favorite starting area?
Bloodelfie area by far. I prefer it to the Draenei actually - and the two new ones are just better designed, better streamlined and a more pleasant experience than the old world ones. I am really looking forward to the new starting areas with Cataclysm, however.
Did I mention the blue dragonhawk? Yeah? Well I personally think Loremaster is actually worse. So Loremaster wins the race.
It would have to be good old Mograine. Tirion rambles too much (should I learn something from this sentence?). Sure - he can break iceblocks and shatter swords, but by the time he actually stopped talking and got around to working, Darion would have beaten him soundly.
14. Game music or your own playlist?
Game music actually - and not turned up very much. I actually rely a lot on audio clues during gaming and I need to hear when an opponent parries or when I miss my smash-in-the-face. I get ridiculed for that a lot - feel free to join in *grin*.
15. Particular option or setting that you always toggle on a new alt/server?
All quickbars set to show, profanity filter to off and auto-self-cast on. Then we go from there. Usually the next steps are setting up the mess of addons that has piled up in the centre of the screen and sort them around a little.
16. Highest amount of levels gained in one play session?
I couldn't say, but more than 10. Of course - playing from 1 to 11 only takes about 2 hours, so a new alt can probably reach level 16 to 20 in one play session. I can't say I kept track, though.
17. Thing you'd most like to experience or see in-game?
I'd love to be there for a server-first raid kill. Going in without knowing the tactics in advance, making them up on the fly and getting a boss down. However, I am well aware of the limitations to my reflexes and skill, so that'll stay a dream.
18. Worst PuG moment?
Nothing truly memorable. I do leave PUGs now and then, usually when I'm in a bad mood anyway and someone manages to upset me. It's not worth the pain and I'd rather wait for 30 minutes or do something else. However, I don't hold grudges for long and I can't really remember anything truly horrid.
19. Best dungeon/raid moment?
At the moment our second Lich King kill. We had worked for a long while, the first kill was a bit lucky (2 people dead, I think) and I wasn't sure we'd be able to repeat that. We got the bugger again with only three wipes and always ended up in the last phase (well.. the one with the vile spirits anyway) every attempt. It just shows that we actually do understand that encounter now and it was not just a lucky fluke.
20. Worst quest ever that you totally hate doing?
If I hate it, I won't do it. There are no quests that are required to be done any more. However, there were a few I did not enjoy much. In no particular order:
- The escort following the "Flute of Xavaric" drop in Felwood used to be a lot longer - and the tree was pvp flagged. Try escorting a helpless NPC for 20 minutes through a "contested" area? Bleh. Made much simpler lately.
- The Margol the Rager questline for the key to the Searing Gorge. This one was practially required in the olden days (when SG had no flightpoint) and it was a lot of senseless running back and forth.
- The necklace in Uldaman. Allegedly my bile for Uldaman is never unfunny, and this is one of the bloody reasons!
21. First thing you do when you hit 80?
Hearth to town and get my training usually. Not like those weird people who just log off.
22. Character (of yours) you would RP as if you had to?
Probably Snack, my fine warrior. However, I find that a quest/raid based game is not as well designed for roleplaying as a more open (sandbox) game - I never particularily felt like roleplaying in WoW. Ultima Online and Star Wars: Galaxies were better suited for that.
23. Keyboard, mouse, or both for using abilities?
24. Thottbot or WoWhead?
Wowhead since it became available. Back in the days I used to use Thottbot (rarely) and Allakhazam (more frequently). Both are slow and horrible compared to the newer databases on the market, I thought.
25. Acronym you've seen in chat but don't understand?
Several. My favourite being IDD (and yes, Jakkru thankfully explained that to me today). I also had trouble with PMSL.
26. Plot point you'd like to see resolved someday?
Without reading a book you mean? Why does King Varian the horribly annoying have such a burning hatered for the horde? The same horde that was incredibly supportive in driving the demonic minions out of Azeroth. The guys we are at war against for no good reason. Actually: the war between Horde and Alliance would be even more interesting. Why?
27. Biggest thing you're looking forward to in Cataclysm?
I'm easy to please: New stuff! I want to be able to leap at my enemies and smite their heads with thunder, I want to fly my horse around Kalimdor and rain fire and devastation down on unsuspecting zevrah and I am really looking forward to more quests.
The overhaul of the graphics system is also a nice thing to look forward to. It's beginning to look a bit old-fashioned by now.
28. Guild event you'd like to see?
Chicken. All druids meet up on the flight platform in Dalaran and leap off the edge. Whoever deploys flight form closest to the ground wins. Bonus points for Boomkins who switch into owl-shape before going splat.
Most amusing anecdote to the above: When I suggested this in guild I got a lot of positive feedback. Two people tried it at once. One of them forgot she was on her Deathknight at the time, the other flew to the Violet Citadel spire and jumped. Know what you get close to the ground in Dalaran when you want to switch into flight form? "You cannot use that here" *evil grin*
2-0 for the floor so far.
29. Level range you hate being in?
1-20 because it's slow, you can't access half the abilities and some classes are just horrid in that range. I extend this to -40 for enhancement shamans. 78-79 is also not a big favourite of mine.
30. Favorite map to quest in?
I've seen that reply twice already, but yes. Nagrand is great. Although the starter areas in Lord of the Rings are rather amazing too.