Archive for May, 2010

Ending their World: I finished the Draeni Starting Zone!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 23, 2010 by Razorstorm

Yesterday I completed the climactic quest for the Draeni starting zone, Ending Their World, on my new Draeni shaman, Versuvius.  This is a quest given to you by Demolitionist Legoso over at Vindicator’s Rest. Apparently it is only available to Draeni players, which is only appropriate.  It also appears, according to some discussion on Wowhead about this quest, that you have to also have completed What We Know, though it appears the quests following that are optional.  Ideally you do What We Know, followed by What We Don’t Know, then Vindicators Rest, and then you can complete a much of Clearing the Way while doing Ending Their World.

This quest is awesome!  I think its the coolest escort quest I’ve seen so far.  (Note: I’m sure there’s some better one out there, I just haven’t done it)  You are escorting Demolitionist Legoso to the Vector Coil, which the Blood Elves are using as a generator of some kind.  The area is swarming with elite Blood Elves.   You really need two people to do it, though Demolitionist Legoso is totally badass.  He will tank, he will heal, and he will generally pound in some pretty Blood Elf faces.  And then, he blows up the Vector Coil.  Now you have to slay the Blood Elf leader, Sironas.  What’s awesome is that Sironas looks alot like you.  She’s an Eredar.  I honestly can’t remember if that had been revealed before hand, but I apparently missed it, so it was an exciting revelation to me!

Sironas getting ready to do something epic! ... Ya know... she's kind of hot!

You then press ahead up and around the Vector Coil.  You see Sironas standing siphoning energy from the Vector Coil, standing at the focal point of 3 electrical arcs.  You kill a bunch of the Blood Elves protecting her, and then you go after her.  Though it is not timed, it has the feeling of the classic trope “Beat up the goons before the villain completes their master plan.”  She turns to face you, and then grows.  I mean she grows really big!  And then you get to kill her, all epic-like.  When you’re done you head back to Blood Watch to turn it in. 

Here’s the part I wasn’t expecting.  After turning in the quest to Exarch Admetius, as you walk out of his building at the top of the Blood Watch hill, you are greeted on both sides by all of the warriors of Blood Watch and every important NPC you’ve met so far: The Triumvirate Hand from there at Blood Watch, the fishing girl you greets you on your way to Azure Watch for the first time, High Chief Stillpine, and lots of citizens… and at the end of the aisle is the Prophet Velen.  He thanks you and proclaims you a hero of the Draeni people.  Obviously this made use of phasing, which is just so darn cool!

All I can say is, WOW!

If you are rolling a Draeni, do NOT skip this quest.  Do NOT leave the starting zone until you’ve done this, or at least come back at level 20 to do this quest.  You are missing out if you do. 

-Razorstorm

(NOTE: The screenshots are not my own.  I ripped them shamelessly from Wowhead.  I really need to remember to take more screenshots of the awesome stuff that happens.)

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Children of Cataclysm: a letter to Raid Warning Podcast

Posted in Uncategorized on May 21, 2010 by Razorstorm

I wrote an email to the guys at the Raid Warning Podcast, and then realized that it would make a really good  blog post.  So here it is, exactly as I sent it to them.  Share your thoughts on the subject of how “Children of Cataclysm” will experience the game.  If you haven’t listened to Raid Warning, do it.  They are a ton of fun!  Find them at www.raidwarning.net.

Dear Raid Warning,
This is a response to a discussion from Raid Warning #43, your discussion about what a new player will experience after the Cataclysm hits.
BTW- I love the show guys.  I especially appreciate your round tables. I’ve been listening for several months now.  Keep it up.  You have a nice balance of quality content discussion, and fun screwing around.
 
I am a “Child of Wrath,” a player who didn’t join the game until WOTLK was out.  I didn’t buy the expansions immediately, but rather as I’ve leveled, so I think I have a pretty good idea of how Blizzard handles this.
 
Changes made to the world at large are experienced by anyone with the Vanilla set.  Buying the Burning Crusade expansion opened up the higher level cap, unlocked Jewelcrafting as a profession option, unlocked the Draeni and Blood Elves as races options, and unlocked the new areas introduced with Burning Crusade, namely the Draeni starting zone, the Blood Elf starting zone and Outland.  If I tried to hop on the boat from Auberdine to Azuremyst before I purchased Burning Crusade, as I indeed did try to do, I receieved a little message saying “This area is only available to players with the Burning Crusade exansion.  However, any changes made to the Old World over time were still experienced by me just like anyone else with all of the expansions.
 
Buying Wrath of the Liche King unlocked the higher level cap, Death Knights, and the Northrend areas.  Again, any changes made to the Old World over time were still experienced by me just like anyone else with all of the expansions.
 
Based on these experiences, here’s how I expect things to go down for “Children of the Cataclysm” who buy Vanilla after Cata hits, or anyone that doesn’t immediately buy the expansion.
  • Vanilla will continue to be sold as the starter.
  • Any map area that has existed previously will be still be accessible in its new and altered form.
  • Obviously any mechanical changes to classes and races.
  • You will still need BC or WOTLK to access the Draeni and Blood Elf starter zones, Outlands, and Northrend.  You will also need those expansions for the introduced races and professions and expanded level cap.
  • When you buy Cataclysm, only then will you get access to the 85 level cap, the new races, the new race/class combos, archaeology, and any Old World map areas that did not previously exist in Vanilla.  You will not be able to enter Gilneas unless you have the expansion.  I also wager that some other areas will be added that you will not be able to enter unless you have the expansion.
So really, unless I want to play Worgen, Goblins, or the new race/class combos, a new player could very easily buy Vanilla and need nothing else until they hit level 60.  They will still be able to explore the very altered Old World, with the exceptions of areas that are newly introduced.  This is how it was handled with the Blood Elf starting zone, which is on the same Old World continent, and accessible from the plaguelands.  You just couldn’t cross the magical line unless you had the expansion.
 
From a marketing standpoint, I expect they will either continue to sell the current battle chest, and force you to still buy WOTLK and Cata seperately, or they will put Vanilla, BC, and WOTLK in a new, larger and more expensive, battlechest.  Or maybe they will create a Battle Chest 2, where they combine WOTLK and Cata.  Interesting possibilities.
 
Just wanted to share my thoughts. 

Recently Obsessed with Lore: Story of Arthas

Posted in Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 by Razorstorm

Okay, so lately I have become quite obsessed with WoW Lore.  I have been skewing my voracious appetite for WoW media, (blogs, podcasts, etc) to favor stuff that is dripping in lore (Mmmmm… lore drippings… yum).  It actually begain about a month ago when my wife and I spent several hours watching some YouTube videos about Arthas.  I feel the need to highly recommend the 12-part series “Story of Arthas” by Glyndis08.  It is a artfully strung series of cinematics and game sequences from Warcraft 3 that shows Arthas’ arc from paladin to Lich King incredibly well.  I totally recommend watching them.

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         Video 9

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I highly checking out this well done sequence.  I really feel like I finally got a good grasp of the Lich King storyline. 

More posts to come on my exploration of WoW lore and role-playing.

-Razorstorm

Lyrical Screenshots (thanks Anea!)

Posted in Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 by Razorstorm

Thanks to my friend Anea at Oh Look an Alt, I have something fun to put up.  I’ve been very distracted lately, mostly with rolling a new toon on Earthen Ring and role-playing.  Oh, and getting a new job.  So anyway, very distracted. But this was a fun way for me to get back on the blog horse!

So… post a screenshot and attach some song lyrics to go with it.  Here goes!  It’s an old pic, but I love it so!

Look for the Bear Necessities, those good ole Bear Necessities! Forget about your worry and your strife! I mean the Bear Necessities, or Mother Nature's recipes, that bring the Bear necesities of life!

 -Razorstorm