For years, people have been telling me to watch The Big Bang Theory.
"Lots of WoW references," they say.
"You'll get the humor and cameos," they told me.
Well, after a bit of prodding from Katie on a boring night a couple of weeks ago, I finally relented. It's a good show, although they need to detail their WoW playing a bit more ... And Age of Conan, really?
Q for the Queue: Has anyone heard what will happen to the story in the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor once Mists of Pandaria is released? Will Pandas leave their starting zone, travel through time to fight Deathwing, then travel through time to fight Illidan, then travel through time to fight the Lich King, then back to fight Deathwing, then finally back to their original time to do Pandaria stuff?
Yup, pretty much.
If you're asking for the entire old-old-old world quest chains to change, that's just not going to happen. Blizzard has said before that each expansion area should be seen as a chapter, and right now, those chapters are kind of out of order (with the post-Cataclysm Azeroth coming first, followed by Illidan, followed by the Lich King, then back to post-Cataclysm Azeroth). But, this is what happens when you have a game as old as WoW. There's really nothing that can be done.
Anybody else not able to gem/reforge some gear items? Haven't seen any word about it.
Check to see that your addons are updated; disable them if necessary. Mine were not allowing me to reforge my gear right away, but once I updated one (I'm not sure exactly which; I use the Curse updater), then everything worked fine.
Am I the only one who wishes that you weren't forced to sit in Org compared to the other capitals? I mean I personally prefer Undercity. I like its setting, its layout, but because all the important npc's are in Org I would have to be there for most things. Why not have those npc's in each capital, I mean they all share trade chat so why force people to be in one specific city? Hell, Thunderbluff doesn't even get a damn barber shop!
No, I don't think you are at all.
This is a double-edged sword though, and it's hard for Blizzard to strike the correct balance. Everyone is in these cities because everything is there, and sometimes uniquely so. This leads to the other cities' being deserted but a great feeling of community and population within the game at the populated cities. Have you ever played another MMO where the main city is empty? Yeah ... those suck. Blizzard doesn't really want that. But if you space things out too much, then that's what you have.
So what's the correct balance? I don't think there is one; we just have to take what we've got.
Question for the Queuemmunity: In June I became a Dad and, needless to say, there's a lot less time for WoW. I dropped out for a bit, but would like to get back into the game on a casual basis; I can for sure work out one or maybe two nights a week. What I'm wondering about is how to best optimize that time? At the moment, I'm stuck on picking the right class but any other tips are welcome. What would you recommend for a low maintenance toon used mostly for PUGs? Some friends suggested rolling heals/tank to keep the queue times low; other friends say go with DPS as I won't be missed as much if I have to dc on short notice. Thoughts?
Congrats on entering fatherhood!
I'd shy away from tanking and healing. Those two types of characters will force you to have a deeper understanding of the encounter mechanics, especially before you enter the dungeon or raid. That means study time prior (if you don't want to wing it and risk making a critical mistake). DPS is more forgiving, and you're not going to have to worry about occupying such a key position. If you need to leave to deal with your kid as a DPSer, chances are it'll not be a big problem for your groupmates; but if you need to leave as a tank or healer ... well ... game over.
I'd also highly highly recommend joining a casual adult guild, even if you only raid once a week or once a month. You'll be able to get people to run dungeons with in there, and that'll make your experience a thousand times better. Playing the game with other adults who know that family comes first makes the world of difference.
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