Saturday, 8 March 2014
What is a difference between a traitor and dissident? In eyes of the Blood Elves, there is none. There is a reason for that. What separates the High and Blood Elves is not the colour of their eyes, but their name. They are one and the same. There is a extensive amount of history and tragedy involved when it comes to the descendants of the Highborne.
It all started a long time ago, when Night Elves were still considered a common plebs, and Highborne were the masters of arcane. Something their direct descendants, the Blood Elves still remain. But in order not to prolong things any more than it needs to be, I will start with the last schism that occurred among the elves.
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
This week was another beta weekend for the Elder Scrolls Online. You can read part one of my thoughts about the game here. Instead of tinkering about how to proceed, I decided to just continue where I stopped with my High Elf Templar. Questing around Auridon and helping the queen against all the usurpants that seem to forgetting their place. I come to think the new queen is too soft on those rebelling wretches, but her word is the law. At least as long as I successfully repel all the assassination attempts on her.
Before I go on, I would like to say a few words about the plate armour. This is a problem that is in many ways specific to plate, but seems to be ignored in most of the games, let alone in an MMO. You see, unlike cloth, leather, and even chainmail, plate armour is a different sort of beast. While yes, it is crafted to fit an individual, it is more like wearing a turtle's shell, then a sweater. In essence plate armour does not fit you, you fit the plate armour.
Monday, 3 March 2014
Alternative card backs are coming to Hearthstone. There are five of them for now, my favourite being the red and gold combination. You can read the original source, and preview all the card backs here yourself.
The brown card with iron-looking frame will be reward for reaching Legend Rank. My personal favourite, red and gold will be earned by participating in ranked games, which I think is great, because it means I will soon have my favourite card back available. The yellow, amber-like card back will be a reward from promotional events. The last two, clouds and rainbows, and green-coloured glass are some sort of upcoming reward. More details to come.
Friday, 28 February 2014
Previous week there were two updates concerning the new models that will grace us with their presence come Warlords of Draenor. I must say, maybe it was too much information but I was not impressed by the facelift the new dwarf and orc female received.
I tried to reconcile this with the fact that I do not really play any female characters in World of Warcraft. The only female character I have is a blood elf mage that was supposed to be my bank alt, but due to her professions and all the vast amount of cloth I possessed, she ended up somewhere in her fifties. But it did not help, the dwarf model still appears to me so unnatural, fake.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
This week in Community Blog Topic we ask ourselves, how would we make professions better.What we need to ask ourselves is, why are professions not picked because they are fun and useful, instead of how much gold we can earn with them. When I first picked Engineering on my Paladin, I did so because back then Paladins lacked any kind of ranged attack, and it could be a nightmare leveling up if you could not pull mobs individually.
What I resent, is the fact of how useless some professions can be these days. I have not leveled up any of the secondary professions since Cataclysm with the exception of Archaeology. And the latter I did only to get a Fossilized Raptor, but gave up on the idea once I got Disc of the Red Flying Cloud.
Monday, 24 February 2014
For some time now I was always despairing when playing Arena in Hearthstone. I am not particularly superstitious, but I was really starting to think that the fifth win was jinxed, as after I won for five times, I always immediately lost all the remaining games. I could never reach sixth victory. This would be nothing special if my runs in arena varied in success. Then I could blame my incompetence. But I always started losing after five wins. It was this barrier that made me a bit superstitious.
So, the other day I started another arena run. I was fortunate, and was able to pick my favourite class, a Paladin. Some people might say this does not play any role in arena, where the draft is random. While this might be true, it is only partially so in my opinion. The class that is your favourite is usually the class you know best, because you played the most with that said class. Over time you acquire a certain feeling, an instinct when and what is a good play.
Friday, 21 February 2014
I started writing a review of sorts for the first three books from the Malazan Book of the Fallen series written by Steven Erikson. Soon I came upon realisation that it is too great of a challenge to put it in words while still making any sense. It is just too epic. Too much is going on at every turn for me to be able to describe any of it in a cohesive and understandable manner. I could try, but I am afraid that half of it would be lost on anyone who has not read the books, so I would rather not.
Thus I came to conclusion. I should just recommend to you the series. Start with the first book, titled Gardens of the Moon, then move to second called Deadhouse Gates. And when you are done with it, grab the third book and go all the way to the last, tenth. You will be making yourself a favour if you love epic fantasy.