Friday, 28 February 2014

Thoughts on female Orc and Dwarf models

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

How to Make Professions Better

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

Hearthstone: Breaking the Magic Barrier

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

Friday Musings: Malazan Book of the Fallen

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.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Power of Transmog: Viridian Knight

For the longest of times I thought it impossible to make a decent transmog out of green pieces of armour. I thought it impossible because the different hues of green never matched, green was the detail colour, or I just had misfortune of not coming across of a lot of green coloured plate. But as I was able to see the transmog Ilmyrn wore, I felt like trying again, taking his own transmog for the basis.

The thing with this armour set is that it can be worn by any of the three plate-wearing classes, Paladins, Warriors, and Death Knights. It has a bit of sinister feel to it. The part where a bit of experimentation will be required are pauldrons, as my variant includes a Horde specific quest reward. There are alternatives, but they are more, well more Alliance to be frank. If you expect Horde to be all about spikes, then Alliance should be all about clean armour without spikes and things threatening to poke an eye out of a fellow soldier standing next to you.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Elder Scrolls Online Beta: First Steps

The NDA for us mere mortals was finally lifted, and I can stat talking what the game was all about without getting in too much trouble with their legal department. So that is good. Now first things first. Before I even start writing about my impressions about the game, I want it to be clear, that I will not be buying the game. This was something I accepted even before I tried the beta. The price of the game does not sit well with me, and that is that.

Let us start at the beginning. Over the years I had the chance to create my character from the most spartan, to the most detailed and overflowing with details character creators. Ranging from World of Warcraft all the way to EVE Online and Guild Wars II. I often found myself forced to compromise. Either the nose was not ok, sometimes the chin, other times beard and hair. So, I am happy to report that I finally managed to create a character where I did not have to compromise.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

My thoughts on the preview of Garrisons

This week Blizzard posted another blog post talking about the progress they are making with the Garrisons. They focused on the Alliance, and said the next time they will show more of the Horde side. You can read the whole post here.

What was shown on the Alliance side was impressive. The buildings, while clearly new, still carry that old scent of the Warcraft of old. They managed to capture, what I would call the essence of Warcraft. I really liked how they went about the upgrading the buildings. How a tent filled with books can in time transform into a full fledged Mage Tower.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Friday Musings: My Arrogance, and a bit of Drama

The following conversation was a product of Doone's post Quest Log: Stereotypes in Games on Xp Chronicles. It is an interesting read, but, since disagreeing with the author I earned status of persona non grata, I decided to finish the debate here. Because frankly, I do not appreciate the Doone's tone. A fair warning, this post will contain some crude language, and I apologise in advance for it, those are not my words, they are Doone's. After you read all three comments, there will be my analysis of sorts.

I will say, had Doone given me the chance to post my response on his post, I would not be writing this here. I tried twice with my response, it was deleted both times. The second one even ended with a question mark. As it is, I cannot help it. I hate loose ends, I like to close things. Even when it comes to drama. My comment focused on the first part of his post, talking about the construct of the noble savage.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

How to Paladin and Nostalgia

At times I cannot but reminisce over the good old days of fame and glory. Even though nothing was as ever as epic as I recall it to be, or as grand as the passage of time makes it appear. I blame pre-expansion blues. This strange lull, when there is no new content on the horizon, but we know what is coming in the Autumn/Winter. As I was thinking of these good old days, I recalled a series of videos of How to paladin.

If you watch the video, and then find any other in the series, I think there is over forty of them, you might appreciate my effort of trying to find the first video I watched in the How to Paladin series. All because I remembered how Shepiwot, the hero of this series, is dancing around Shattrath.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Rites of Passage; New Warcraft Holiday

This week we have another Community Blog Topic, this one, asking what new Holiday would we introduce to World of Warcraft and on what it would be based. To be honest, I think most of the major holidays are well covered. The problem I have with holidays in WoW, is that once you get your purple dragon, there is no real incentive to participate in any of them beyond trying to collect all the remaining mounts. I will get you one day too, Big Love Rocket...

First I thought I would write about Masquerade, a holiday based on the Carnival of Venice. As I started thinking about it though, I came to conclusion that someone else is bound to come up with the idea of Carnival, although it might be based on Rio de Janeiro. Thinking on it, we already do have one major holiday in World of Warcraft where we wear masks, that is Hallow's End. Thus I concluded March would need another holiday. I decided on Rites of Passage.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Friday Musings: 100th Post, Housekeeping, and Voluntine's Week

Hundredth post is here. Achievement unlocked I guess. Some would consider this a milestone of sorts. Considering my pace of writing, though, it seems more of a pit stop. There is really not much else to say about it. Maybe a moment of introspection is in order. I am having a bit of trouble what I want to say here. Thank you to all of you who read these ramblings? I guess.

Yes, lets start with that. Thank you for reading my ramblings, and sharing your own opinions. I know we might not always agree here, and sometimes our opinions will just clash, but I still appreciate it. It breeds discussion and healthy discourse. Or so I would like to think. I prefer to think it is so.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

The Ways of Light

In previous post I examined what the Light is, or more exactly, what it could be. There is an old joke among theologians, that states God loves them most, because every day he learns something new about himself. In that manner, we should approach the question of Light as well. Nothing we really know about it is certain or even conclusively true. Most of what we know about the Light is the result of a well-aimed guesswork, and some rational speculation.

Now, that all that is out of the way, we should probably focus on the question in what ways does the Light manifests on Azeroth and beyond? What is required for Light to grant us its assistance? How common is Light among the denizens of Warcraft? There are probably some other questions that should be answered, but I cannot recall any of it at the moment. Let us see where those questions take us.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

The Nature of Light

What is Light? Where does it come from? Where does the Light reside? Is the Light what we would otherwise consider for a God? To where does the power of Light extend? Is anything outside of its reach? Is everything withing the reach of the Light? What is the opposite? Who believes in Light?

Those are just some questions that I want to answer ever since I started writing posts about new races becoming Paladins. I dabbled a bit in each of the posts about the nature of the Light, but I think we need to clarify it. To determine once and for all the extent and power of the Light. Otherwise we are just circling around the issue as some cat would around a bowl of hot milk.