Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Day in The Life of the Raid Design Team: Hellfire Citadel

Lead Raid Designer:
    Okay folks it is time for us to design the new raid for 6.2 and I want to hear some ideas.  We have a couple of guests today with us sitting in to see how we develop a raid.  They are the winners of the selfie picture content.  So welcome Bob and Mary.  Lets show them the best we got so they can see how much work and effort is put into designing encounters.
Entire Design Team:
    (Blank stares)

Lead Raid Designer:
    Lets start with going over the ideas we came up with to start from last week when they come in.

(Bob and Mary are shown in and seated)

Bob:
    Good morning.

Designer 1:
    Good morning folks, so you want to hear about some of the ideas we have already come up with.

Bob:
    Sure, tell us what you have come up with so far.

Designer 1:
    Well there's a void zone and avoid fight; a void zone, stack up and avoid fight; a void zone and adds fight; a void zone, avoid and adds fight; a void zone, avoid, stack up and adds fight; an adds, avoid, stack up and adds fight; an adds, void zone, adds, adds, avoid and adds fight; an adds, adds, adds, void zone and adds fight; an adds, adds, adds, adds, adds, adds, spread out, adds, adds, adds and adds fight; and a push back, adds, target switch, adds, debuff, adds, split group, adds, kiting, adds, stack up, adds, spread out, adds, void zone and, of course, some adds who summon more adds fight.

Mary:
    Are there any fights without adds in them?

Designer 2:
    Well, there's an adds, void zone, stack up and adds fight. That doesn't have MUCH adds in it.

Mary:
    I don't want ANY adds.

Bob:
    What about the void zone, avoid, adds and stack up fight?

Mary:
    It's got adds in it!

Bob:
    Not as many adds as the adds, void zone, stack up and adds fight.

Mary:
    Look, I wouldn't mind the void zone, avoid, adds and stack up fight, without the adds.

Designer 1:
    Uuuuuuggggh!

Mary:
    What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like adds. Maybe a fight or two, but not that many adds, not is nearly every fight.

Entire Design Team:
    (singing) adds, adds, adds, adds, adds ... adds, adds, adds, adds ... lovely adds, wonderful adds ...


Designer 1:
    Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have a void zone, avoid, adds and stack up fight without the adds, trust me, we know what is good for you.

Mary:
    Why can't I have fights without the adds?

Designer 2:
    Because then it wouldn't be a void zone, avoid, adds and stack up fight, would it?

Mary:
    But I don't like adds!

Bob:
    Don't make a fuss, Mary. I love it adds, heck I want even more adds, adds, adds, adds, adds, adds ...

Entire Design Team:
    (singing) adds, adds, adds, adds ...

Bob:
    ... stack up, adds, adds and adds fights for the win.

Designer 1:
    Stack up is played out, we are not doing much of that this time.

Bob:
    So you'll add in more adds instead?

Designer 1:
    You mean an adds, adds, adds, adds, adds, adds, adds, adds, adds, and adds fight?

Entire Design Team:
    (still singing) adds, adds, adds, adds ... (etc.)

Bob:
    Yes.

Designer 2:
    We will make that the first fight, great idea, one fight down folks thanks to Bob.

Entire Design Team:
    (still singing) adds, adds, adds, adds ... (etc.)

Designer 1:
    Arrggh!

Entire Design Team:
    ... lovely adds, wonderful adds.

Designer 1:
    Shut up! Shut up!

(The Entire Design Team shuts up momentarily. Chris Metzen enters the room dressed in a Thrall cosplay oulfit.)

Chris Metzen:
    No fight is complete unless it has Trall to save the day, even if it is full of adds, void zones, adds, avoid, adds, massive explosions, adds ...

Entire Design Team:
    (Singing) adds, adds, adds, adds ...

Chris Metzen:
    (As he leaves) My nipples explode with excitement...

(Cut to an historian)

Historian:
    Another great blizzard victory was built at the blizzard headquarters at Irvine California. Once again the blizzard's strategy was the same. They did exactly what they wanted to do, damn the community and damn Mary and her reluctance to enjoy the content being fed to her and they assembled a raid so single focused in mechanics that nearly every single fight had the same exact mechanic of adds in it.  After it was released they assembled to celebrate their great victory in raid development at a local watering hole.  They celebrated their creation of a raid that consisted of adds, more adds. adds that had their own adds and began to sing the blizzard raid design team theme song for 6.2 of adds, adds, adds, adds, adds, adds ...

Entire Design Team:
    (singing) adds, adds, adds, adds, adds, lovely adds, wonderful adds. Lovely adds, wonderful adds ...

Friday, August 21, 2015

Lady Luck Hates Me

Did you ever get the feeling that luck in the game isn't really all that luck based?  Almost as if blizzard has some program going on in the background that dictates luck and it really isn't all a function of the random number generator.

It probably all boils down to being lucky or unlucky but sometimes it feels as if it is you against the world.  This week was one of those weeks, once again, were it felt like that.  Being I had not raided on my hunter much in the past few weeks I managed to save up a few coins for this weeks run.

I rolled on two trinket bosses and every tier boss we beat as well as one other boss, kind of by accident, and won nothing.  I've learned to expect that.  But luck did shine on me, in a sense.  The hunter tier token dropped off of two bosses.  We never see the warrior, hunter, shaman, monk tier tokens.  They are things of myth, they do not really exist, or so I was lead to believe.

So here I was all ready with my /roll on the first one and I get a 94.  I am excited, I might actually get a tier piece.  A 94 is a solid roll.  The two shaman, two warriors, one monk and three other hunters of course were all rolling as well.  I watch the rolls go by, a few 60s, an 80, but nothing even close until the last person rolls, the monk, with a 95.  Son of a...

Such is the story of my life, we move along and the second tier trinket from the warrior, hunter, shaman, monk tier drops. Seeing one boss drop one is a miracle of all miracles but seeing two different bosses drop a tier piece I can roll on in one night is unheard of.  That piece never drops.

I feel that after my 94, and loss that followed, that I wasted the only good roll I will see for a while.  I hit /roll anyway and see a 90 pop up.  Awesome, two good rolls in one night, this must be a banner day for me.  The only other thing that dropped that I could have rolled on was a trinket with a gem slot off the second boss, which would have been really nice, but I rolled like crap on that one.

Being I am writing this post I am sure you can guess what happened on that tier piece.  Yeap, someone rolled a 91.  Once again I was beat by one.  It has become the story of my life.  Even when I have a good roll, I lose.  Even if I see something drop I can use, I lose.  While it is true RNG is RNG sometimes you can't help but think they system has something against you.

There is a new player in the raid, the girlfriend of one of the regulars.  She has quickly become a very good player and is really working hard to get better and it is noticeable from week to week.  She is getting much faster at responding to mechanics, she is getting better at her numbers.  Heck it is rare to see someone with as little experience as she has (only 3rd week raiding) even approach 70% potential this quickly nevertheless getting to, and over, the 80% potential marker on some fights on the logs from last night.

So why do I bring her up?  Something her boyfriend said on voice chat and a tin foil hat theory he has. 

See, she has luck, luck beyond luck.  I mean insanely sick luck.  She goes to solo old stuff, the 1% mounts drop stuff, and she wins the darn mounts her first or second time in.  She has received all the mounts, and multiples of each, from the big four rares on T2.  She has won a piece off the world boss every single week since it came out.  She has managed to snag 18 medallions of the legion.  When she uses a coin she is rocking an over 50% win rate, even if it is not always something she needs.  When she gets a tier piece, it is always either warforged or with a gem slot when she clicks on it.  When the mythic dungeon week was around she got the best in slot trinket from the box, and during the dungeons every drop she got was a 705 piece.  She is already rocking a 708 item level, basically 15 item levels higher than me, and she has only been playing 3 months.  Three freaking months, do you believe that?

So his theory is this, because she is new to the game, the game is giving her a lot of stuff.  It is letting her win often, it is trying to get her hooked.  Just like the slot machines in las vegas, where you put in 20 bucks and it lets you win 40, but then sooner or later, after you have had a taste and are hooked, it stops letting you win and starts draining your money.

He says because I have been constantly subbed for such a long time and have remained active and I am always soloing old raids, there is no incentive for the game to give me anything to try and hook me.  I am already hooked.  So I am looking down the long road to getting things because they think I do not need to get things to keep me playing whereas she is still new so they are still feeding her all the lucky drops and luck with coin rolls and such.  But once the system feels she is hooked enough, she will be in for the same hell I am.  Okay, maybe not as bad, but not as good of luck as she has been having.

I must admit, it does make a little bit of sense.  Thinking of it as something that would want to get you hooked so the easiest way to do that is to give you a taste of what it can be like when you win stuff.  And quite honestly if I were coding the game I would do that exact thing, when someone was still new I would give them a luck buff, if you will, that is not is seen by anyone to try and get them hooked.  It is actually pretty damn smart coding if it is true.

So perhaps the RNG is not really all that random but completely and 100% by design.  The people it feels it needs to hook have more luck, the people it thinks are already hooked have less.

Or maybe random is just random and his theory means nothing.  But it does make one wonder.  When I am treated as if I pissed in lady luck's cheerios and she is treated as if she is best friends with lady luck, maybe there is a new player luck buff.

Do you think that is possible?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Patch 6.2.2 Coming Sept. 1st... or Not?

Let me start this by saying I am confident that the 6.2.2 patch will be coming September 1st because blizzard has been overly cautious lately with so many of their "broken promises" complaints, and other public relation screw ups, this expansion.  I believe they would not have announced a set date unless they were pretty damn sure that is when it would be ready.  The last thing they need is more bad press.

It seems that I am not the only one that thinks that way either.  Lore, one of the more liked of the community managers, seems to believe the same based on a recent post that warned us that it is possible it might not be on September 1st.

He, like myself, (I believe) is most likely sure it will be on September 1st, but he felt it necessary to protect the company he works for from more bad press and mentioned that unforeseen circumstances could happen that might delay it and for us not to take the date as set in stone.

The sad part is he should not have needed to say that, but he did.

I agree with what Lore posted, I agree that what he posted needed to be said, even more so now than ever before.  Any time there is any sort of release like this there is always a chance that unforeseen circumstances can pop up and cause the patch to be late.  That is just he way things are and we, the players, all know that.  We have always known that.  We have always excepted that and accepted the fact that maybe it might be delayed because it has happened before, rarely, but it is not unheard of.

I honestly believe that before this expansion, and the public relations nightmare it has become, they would have never needed Lore to come out and say that.  If something popped up that delayed it they would have just made a post saying the patch was delayed a week.  There would be some grumbling of course, and a few people calling for their heads on a pike, as always, but most of the community would have been willing to accept that "shit happens", which quite honestly, is the complete and total truth, shit does indeed happen sometimes.

So what has changed?  Why did Lore feel the need to state something that everyone should know without the need of it being said?

Blizzards handling of issues this entire expansion and its communication with its player base has been dismal at best, and calling is dismal is being polite.  There have been so many "promises" that were broken, so many hopes built up that were let down, so many ideas spoken about that went no where, and so much double talk and back tracking from representatives of the company that the player base just does not have it in them any more to just accept that something happened that would delay the patch.  Even if they do know that it can happen in the back of their head, they can not, will not, (and perhaps should not) believe anything any representative of blizzard says any more.

The people have learned not to trust the company any longer and rightfully so.  Blizzard, in a whole, has done nothing to inspire belief in what their representatives say.  In fact it is quite the opposite.  The player bases trust level is probably at the lowest it has ever been in the company.

So please, do not worry about the September 1st release date, it will most likely be fine.  And please, do give Lore a break for warning people that shit can indeed happen.  He is just telling us what we all should already know.  The only difference is, that now, if he did not say that, people would all jump on blizzard saying they "lied" and all Lore was doing is protecting the company he works for from having to deal with that possibility, no matter how slim.

As I said, its sad that he even needed to say that, but he did.  And he needed to say it because before this point, so far this expansion, all blizzards representatives have done is burn all the bridges of trust the player base had with them that had been built up over the last 10 years.  That trust is gone, wasted, thrown away for no other reason than bad communication or misleading communication.  So now, even the little things like this, the possibility that a patch could be delayed, which in the past went by unsaid because everyone understood that, need to be said. 

I see people on the forums jumping on Lore for saying what he said and I can only scratch my head.  People, you wanted honesty?  He is giving you honesty.  Sure, what he said should not need to be said, but he was right for saying it.  Get off the poor guys back.  The only thing he is guilty of is being honest with the player base with that statement.  I know the player bases is not used to the representatives being honest with us so they forgot what honestly looks like, but Lore does not deserve crap for warning us of something we all should have been smart enough to know on our own.

Now, all I need to do is give myself a reminder to repost my flying post on September 1st.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I'm Tired of Being Let Down

It is my own fault, I'll admit that.  I saw an 8 hour downtime scheduled for yesterday and figured maybe we would be getting flying.  I figured wrong.

It made me happy thinking flying was coming because it would allow me to do the things I waned to do but I didn't want to run around and do now because it would take so much more time to do so, like get all the pet battles on T2 done daily and finish off the pristine artifact digs.  Stuff like that is something I was looking forward to doing when flying came.  Stuff I wanted to do, but not stuff that was worth fighting my way through mobs every day to do.

There is a huge difference between fun and annoying and flying is the key.  Doing that stuff and fighting your way back and forth to everything is annoying, flying around and hitting the pet battles and dig sites only is fun.  At least for me and I was really looking forward to doing just that yesterday but I was let down.

I made a fun, and hopefully humorous, post yesterday to welcome flight and when I saw that there were no posts anywhere saying flight was added as the day went on I was saddened with the realization I was wrong, flying was not being added, we had a 8 hour downtime for nothing.  I felt let down once again by blizzard because something that we should have had months ago, check that, at launch of the expansion, was still not added to the game.

I did not even log on last night, reset day or not, I did not care.  For all I know they could have added flying and no one made any posts about it.  I never logged on to even check for myself.  But I find it unlikely that flight would be added and no one said anything, so I am glad I did not log in last night.  If I did, I would have just felt let down.

From back in beta when we wrote post after post about there being no content at level 100 and blizzard still released the game with nothing to do, we were let down.

When we filed bug reports on beta that the garrisons kept crashing, with so many fewer people, but they assured us it would be fine when it went live, because apparently if it crashes with 100,000 people doing it than it will surely be fine when 10,000,000 try right?  And we were let down.

For all the people that excitedly looked forward to bladespire and karabor after it was announced they would be our main cities, even if I happen to agree with their removal as we spend all our time in our garrisons anyway, and ended up seeing them removed.  They were let down.

The scaling of raids were so dreadful, and people mentioned it over and over.  10 man normal felt  closer to the hardest heroic boss than it did a normal fight when you compared it to the exact same fight with 30 people on normal.  But what did they do, nothing, or tiny bits that are still not enough and to late after it was released.  And we were let down.

The people who looked forward to ashran and had to wait for 2 or 4 or 6 or more hours in queue to get into one.  They were let down.

They released a content patch that was almost completely content free with 6.1 and expected us to accept that there was a lot of new content added to the game, when in truth everything in 6.1 was either a fix, something that should be been included at launch or something that should have been held back so it could piggy back on a real content release.  And we were let down.

There is the customer service, that I admit is stellar at times, that seems to be getting worse over all.  Even more so when I put in a ticket about a problem and the response I received said "that sounds like a problem, you should out in a ticket" as the reply to my ticket.  And I felt let down.

There are the voices that speak for the game telling us we are getting flight, then we are not, then we will see, then it will come in 6.1, then we will see, then we are not getting flight all, then we are getting it in 6.2.1, then 6.2.1 passes by and 6.2.2 is on PTR and it is still not here.  Back and forth and back and forth they lead us with never really telling us anything.  With these mixed messages and false or misleading statements made to the public most people have lost all trust in anything they tell us.  And we were let down.

I could go on and on, but the bottom line is that this expansion has just been filled with one let down after another.

I am tired of being let down, I am tired of feeling as if blizzard does not care any more, I am tired of being lied to or mislead over and over.

I don't know why it is that I am still stupid enough to believe things will get better but I do, or I hope.  I don't know about anyone else, but I can not wait to turn the page on this expansion and be done with it, because to me all this expansion will ever be remembered as is one giant let down.  Legion can not come soon enough if you ask me.  Lets hope that isn't an even bigger let down because I am really tired of being let down.

Monday, August 17, 2015

An Ode to Flying, Oh, the Places You'll Go

Soon flying will be upon us and for a while I was thinking of writing a post about what I plan to do when we get flying but instead I figured I would do something else.  I could write about things I have been putting off for a while now while I waited.  Things like leveling more characters, exploring some more, doing some archaeology, doing more pet battles, you know the things that flying makes more enjoyable.

But I am sure many people have written stuff like that and I like to be different so I present to you, for your amusement hopefully, a poem if you will, stolen in tone and more than a few words from the great Dr. Suess in this story, Oh, the Places You'll Go.

Please enjoy.

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

You have ideas from your questbook.
You'll use mounts and not shoes,
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.

No flight masters passenger as you look over 'em with care.
To some you will say, "I don't need you down there."
With your head full of plans on a mount and not feet,
Looking for pets to capture to make part of your fleet.

And you may not find any pets
you'll want to bring right home.
At least not right away as it goes
so you'll head to the next zone.

It's opener here
in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people that fly
no more footsy for you.

And then things start to happen,
archaeology found orge stew?
I'd suggest you don't eat it.
But I guess that's something you knew.

OH!
THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!

You'll be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.

You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the grounded gang, in the air you will lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you'll be atop all the rest.

Except when you land.
Because, not all stops will be planned.

Because you never know what you'll see
trust me that is true
the rare mob here
and a missed treasure too
yes it can happen to you.

You can get all hung up
collecting what you had missed.
but you know you'll fly on.
one more pet off your list.

You'll come down from the air
for a dig sight here or there.
And the chances are, then,
that you'll find a pristine celfhoof hair.

But when you hit a Slump,
you're not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
with flying is easily done.

You will come to a place where the map is not clear
Some trees have some danglers just dangling there.
Flying through them you could scrape your elbow or chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you go in, should you turn left or right...
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it is when you have flying you'll find,
for a high flying flier you made up your mind.

You can get so confused
so many places to race
dodging rylaks at a break-necking pace
and landing at that rep grinding space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
But it is YOUR useless Place...

...for people just waiting.
on the top of a hill you go
or out far to sea you can go
or landing on a branch you can go
in the fog, rain, sun or the snow
or flying around for the queue to pop Yes or No
or exploring while you watch the queue timer grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for that blue wild pet
or waiting around for the raid to start
or waiting, for the rare to spawn
or to get to the next dig sight
or to reach heights you have not met
or to get invited to that pug
Everyone is just waiting.

NO!
That's not for you!

Somehow you'll escape
with all that flying and soaring
You'll find the bright places
where the game is not boring.

With your mounts wings flip-flapping,
once more you'll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you're that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!
There are places to visit and pet battles to be won.
And the magical things you dig up like an orc disco ball
it will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You'll be as famous, as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you fly around on TV.

Except when they don't
Because, gnomes making tvs, they won't.

I'm afraid that some times
you'll play lonely games too.
Flying around by yourself
'cause you need time for just you.

All Alone!
even if others are there or not,
because in the air you feel freedom
and you'll like that a lot.

And when you're alone, there's a very good chance
you'll hunt down creatures that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between gorgrond and tanaan,
that can scare you so much you won't know what your planning.

But on you will go
to face the beasties most foul.
On you will go
to sneak up on that pet with a prowl.
On you will go
casting your chrominus' howl.
Onward to many
a legendary battle,
though your tush may get sore
at least your mount has a saddle.

On and on you will fly
And I know you'll fly far
and face up to your challenges
whatever they are.

You'll get caught up, of course,
as you already know.
You'll get caught up with all there is to do
avoiding those many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you fly
Fly with great care and great tact
and remember that Life is
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your dismount button with the one on your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)

KID, YOU'LL FLY OVER MOUNTAINS!

So...
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
You're off the Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your flying mount is waiting.
So...get on your way!

Monday Random Thoughts

- I actually got to raid this week on my hunter.

- Sadly we only got 8 down this week thanks to missing a few key people.

- But at least I got to raid some.

- I am always happy to be raiding on my main, even more so now that I get so little chance in to do so.

- I will need to think of extending soon, we can only manage 10 in the time we raid, so it is either get faster, or extend.

- I think extending is the right answer.

- I had won a BRF heroic tier piece the other day and this was my first chance to test it in a real raid.

- Amazing how upgrading just one piece makes such a difference.

- More so how amazing it is being it is a piece from the old raid that made the difference.

- I would have loved to see what I could do with all 4 being heroic if adding one was so noticeable of a difference.

- Anyone else think the power creep from one difficulty to the other is way to high?

- That replacing a normal piece with a heroic piece should not have been as noticeable as it was.

- One piece, huge difference, means way to much difference in stats between difficulties if you ask me.

- Won a 705 neck piece that has critical strike and multistrike, woohoo.

- It has to be an upgrade right?

- Nope, my 691 piece with critical strike and multistrike and a gem slot is still better.

- Sorry, you know blizzard did something wrong with their scaling when a 705 piece still falls short of a 691 piece just because of a gem slot.

- I guess that is part of the reason my item level is still so dreadful.

- Even when I get something that looks like a clear upgrade for me, it is not.

- Oh well, I'll keep it in my bags so at least my bag item level went up even if mine did not.

- I am pretty sure that when you sign up for a pug it shows the item level in your bag, not the item level you are wearing.

- At least I think that is how it works.

- I think I am a magnet for weird comments, or out of nowhere comments.

- Was flying down to DS to do my standard mount run and zoomed past someone else flying down.

- They whispered me saying "I have 310 flight, how did you just blow by me."

- I said, I cut corners tight so it only appears I was going faster when in fact I passed you because I am actually taking a shorter route.

- It was an honest answer and it was true.

- I did not have any additional speed boosts, just chose my route better.

- I cut corners as tight as possible which means I appear to be moving faster than someone key turning and traveling in the middle of the road.

- In LFR this week I had two of "those" questions, one was the standard "what are you doing here" comments I get from time to time.

- People see someone with high numbers and automatically assume they have no reason to go there.

- I do it because I need tomes as I know I am not always going to be raiding on my hunter.

- But I responded, "For practice" to him, which is what I usually say when someone asks me that question.

- It should not seem that odd.

- I had one member of my guild that did the LFR sometimes 10 or more times in one week.

- He would do it over and over again to practice his timing so he could become a better player.

- And trust me, it showed, he was amazing.

- I can't wait for him to come back, miss having quality talent like that.

- The other comment was just a weird one, and now I can chalk this one up as the second time someone has whispered me this.

- "Can I have your babies?"

- Yeap, that is the whisper someone sent.

- Funny part is that is now the second time someone whispered that to me.

- I did not respond, but I did laugh.

- I think it is my transmog that gets some weird attention sometimes.

- Either that or I am a weirdo magnet.

- Still does not even close to the comments I have received over the years on my female tauren.

- Some I would rather not even repeat but lets just say they are in the realm of "I want to milk you baby".

- Some people really need to get out more if they think whispering stuff like that to someone they think is female is acceptable conduct.

- I read a post where some guy was complaining because he had been soloing a raid for three weeks and the mount has still not dropped.

- Do you believe that, he has been doing it a whole three weeks and it has not dropped.

- The horror of it all.

- How can you live like that, it must be unbearable.

- Do people really think that you should get 1% drops after doing something 3 times, or even 15 times if you did it on 5 characters for those three weeks?

- I've had many in the 200s.

- I had one in the 800s.

- And I could guess that my attempts at the stone core mount have to be well over 1000 by now.

- I was doing it 5 times a day back in cata, yes I was soloing it from the week of release, and I did it so many times over all my characters during the expansion, plus all the attempts in the years that past.

- And I never saw it drop, not even in one of those pugs.

- So to say it is over 1000 times is probably very realistic.

- Sure I got the vortex pinnacle one after only 17 tries, but that is the exception, not the rule.

- If he is complaining enough to make a thread after 3 weeks I should be ready to jump off the top of the empire state building using his time schedule.

- It makes me wonder if people really just want stuff handed to them with no work for it.

- I love my onyxia mount, even if I never ride it, because I had been soloing it since wrath to get it.

- I love it because of the work I put into getting it.

- It was the journey to get it that was the fun, not the actual getting it.

- In a strange sort of way I was sad when I got it.

- I had been doing it every week on at least 4 or 5 characters for so long.

- It was like losing a friend having no reason to go there any more.

- A couple of weeks ago I went there to kill her just for the hell of it.

- I missed her, is that weird?

- Not saying I don't want things to drop because I do.

- But it is one of those catch 22s.

- If it does not drop, I have something to do.

- If it does drop, I have the excitement of getting it.

- So there is good to come from it either way I guess.

- But I still say I hate RNG.

- I would rather there be an internal counter or something so that once you have done it 100 times it automatically drops.

- That would be cool.

- And at 100 times, even more so for a raid, you earned it.

- Because for a raid that means 2 years worth of trying, if you did it every single week.

- So yes, I would say you earned it.

- A lot more than some guy that has been trying for a whole three weeks.

- Funny part is, if that were the case were you got it after you killed something 100 times I would have most of the mounts I seek already.

- Even more so since this expansion when nearly all my characters can solo some of the stuff and I do things more than before.

- Sometimes even when I have good luck it is bad luck.

- Opened T2 on my warrior finally, and yes I still a few 100s that have not yet.

- Remember how I said clicking on the baleful pieces it seems I never get one that has the right stats I want on it?

- First one I click on my warrior has the perfect stats on it.

- Even better, it upgrades to 675.

- For my warrior nearly every single piece I have a 675 would be an upgrade.

- But this one piece I already have a 700 in that spot, and that 700 already has good stats for me.

- And that is one of only 3 pieces where 675 would have not been an upgrade.

- So I had good luck, finally got the right stats, and got it upgraded, and it is still useless.

- Sigh

- I can't win with my luck sometimes and even when I do, I still lose.

- And people wonder why I am grumpy.

- Have a great day.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Where Would You Want Your Class Hall?

We already know of a few of the places where class halls are going to be.  Places like the lights hope chapel for paladins and the dalaran sewers for rogues but for most classes we have heard nothing about where their class hall is thus far.  So lets play a game of where would you place your favorite classes class hall.  Remember it needs to be a neutral place, based on the design they are using so that both sides use the same hall.

I personally like the choices of the lights hope chapel for paladins and the sewers for rogues.  I think they both fit extremely well.  But for some classes I really can't see where they could go, at least if only considering places that already exist.  So we might need to make up some new areas.

Druids would be a simple one for me in my opinion.  They already have their own zone as it stands and will be getting more love in the legion expansion.  But that zone, Moonglade, really seems to be the best place to set their class hall.  First off they have an ability that brings them directly there, which would be an amazing boon, and some might say quite unfair for them, but no other class has such a perfect place mostly unused that could house a class hall so easily.  If druids class hall is not in Moonglade, blizzard is doing it wrong.  The place was built to be the druid class hall back in vanilla before class halls were even a dream in some developers mind.

My main is a hunter so I have been thinking where the hunter hall could be.  If they mentioned it already I did not notice it, so I will instead let my mind run wild and see where we should have our class hall.

There is no place that already exists in game that really jumps out immediately in my mind.  There is nothing in game in terms of a building that just screams hunter like the lights hope chapel screams paladin.  Add that to the fact that hunters as a whole usually feel more like the class least likely to create a fraternity of their class.  Maybe a group of big game hunters talking about their hunts while swilling beer in a lodge could fit but in game most hunters are not the big game hunter type.  That is in Nessingwarys wheelhouse.  The hunters we play in game, at least to me, come off as loners, us with out pets, taking on the world one hunt at a time.  We are the planning and stalking types that kill for the betterment of us as individuals when required to do so or our society as a whole, not the jump out behind a bush to kill a deer type of game hunter.

Being the slow pace and intense planning involved in a good hunt, as we do them, I would not expect the place that we would call our class hall to be hidden.  It would probably be some sort of building that people would pass by and think nothing of it.  It would blend in, it would seem inconspicuous, not drawing any attention to itself, just like we as hunters do when we are out in the wild.  We blend, we do not stand out.  Leave the flashy lights to the paladins.

I could perhaps picture a farm, a large farm out in the middle of nowhere.  We would need space for our pets because we don't go anywhere without them.  Even when we are doing a lone hunt our pets are never far behind waiting for the moment to pounce should we ever call for the need of them.  Our pets, our companions, are important to a hunter so a hunters hall needs to not only have a place for the hunters to mix and mingle, but a place for our pets to run free for a bit and, I guess, mingle as well with the other hunters pets as I am sure they have stories they wish to share as well.

So being there is no place in game that stands out as a place I would like to see as a hunters hall I will have to make something up.  My first idea was in southern westfall because there is a lot of green area for our pets to roam, some mountains around it so it would be an area that would make for a perfect point of defense if need be, and most of that area is currently unused for the most part.  Some minor quests, very few, all low level mobs that would not be missed if they disappeared, and nothing other of conciquence otherwise.

I could see some carving out of the mountains, some free ranged space for our pets out in front, and it is in an isolated place.  So it seems like a good idea to me.  The only thing I would have a concern with is that it is one zone removed from strormwind which means it is really close to alliance territory.

I then started to think of any other area that would fit for hunters in the vein of what I already have in mind.  A place where we could be most secluded and have room for our pets.   Another place that seems like it could fit were we could put a hunters and their pets is in Feralas.  There are a few areas there, if cleaned out some, that could make a reasonable place for hunters to have their hall.  The ruins of feathermoon seem to be one of the top options in my opinion.  Losing the couple of quests that are there would mean nothing really in the long run.

Want might even better would be if somehow we could raise and then shroud the island to the south of it that went underwater in cataclysm.  Isle of dread, if I remember correctly, is what it used to be called, where we would go to farm the chimaerok meat.  The zone had a few quests objectives back in the day but nothing the average player would have ever ventured there for and as it was an elite area even before it suck, it is a place many even knew it was there.  It was forgotten before it was even lost.  For a place of seclusion there would be no place better.  It was surrounded completely by mountains and lush green lands from one end to the other.

That would be my ideal place to put the hunters hall.  Sure, it is kind of out in the middle of no where, but it is a place were we can be alone, we can have our pets run free, and it has some history, even if long lost, of being a elite hunting ground, which, after all, it what we are, hunters.

I am sure there are better places out there and I am sure that blizzard would never raise a sunken island for us hunters to call home even if I think it would be rather cool, so it most assuredly will be elsewhere.  But where?

Where do you think would be a good place for your class hall?  Or if you already know where your class hall is, would you prefer it being elsewhere, and if so, where.