WoW character creation woes, or why I’m a neon bear
Hello! I’m back from vacation, and it was lovely!
While I was away a good friend came up with a modest proposal: leveling up new characters in WoW with the goal of spending one night a week doing all the instances at the proper level. Some quick research showed that even without counting heroic versions or scenarios there are still 80 dungeons in the game right now. 80! That is a lot.
I’m not terribly interested in WoW but I am highly interested in my friends, and so I decided to join in the shenanigans. On Saturday I sat down with the goal of creating a new Horde character that had the option of tanking dungeons. It was more difficult than I anticipated.
The big stumbling block with creating new characters in WoW is that the original models are really, really old. If you haven’t made a new character lately it’s easy to just kind of wave your hands about this fact, but I found it extremely hard to “settle” for an old model when the new ones are just so much better.
And not just better in actual pixels or polygons or whatever — goblins and pandas, for example, have oodles of character options while trolls have four faces and four hairstyles. Still. 8 years later.
(Honestly even the panda creation options feel really limited in the era of Neverwinter’s hand size sliders and FFXIV’s tail options.)
I was also frustrated by the distribution of classes between races. I don’t like playing Warriors (they’re too mundane, in the classical sense, for my tastes) and I figured everyone else would be rushing to play a Monk. This left Paladins and Druids, only.. goblins and pandas can’t be either of those.
Clearly Blizzard has put more thought into class distribution than I have, but this bugs me. Pandas love nature and goodness, right? I can sort of understand the character motivations behind not having goblin paladins, but players have been denied tiny bear tanks for too long.
Okay, so if the Pandaria and Cataclysm races were out, what about TBC? That’s.. oh, blood elves. Pass. (They’re just too valley girl for me.)
And that is how I became a troll druid, despite the sub par character models. At the end of the day being a punk rock bear means I don’t have to look at my weird hair options, I guess.