Garrisons Are Not Housing, Even If We Wish They Were

Massively has a pretty fierce takedown today of Garrisons in Warlords of Draenor, the next WoW expansion. Author Eliot Lefebvre seems disappointed in almost every aspect of the feature, saying, “[Garrisons are] a half-baked Facebook game integrated into the leveling experience. Except those usually give more housing options.” Dang, dude. That’s cold. I’ve played with Garrisons a bit in the WoD beta, and to be...

Friday Five: Silly Things I Thought as WoW Newbie

While I dabbled in Everquest classic, WoW was really my first MMO. And boy, was I a noob. (Props to the IRC crew for contributing to the list. Also bottom-stirring yogurt eaters for life, suckas!) 1. Shaman can tank. Shaman did (maybe still do?) have a shield equipped in the default character screen, so I figured they could tank. To be fair this was back in the day when most of us didn’t really understand the game’s...

Dear WoW: Be Back Later

After an extensive break during Cataclysm, I rejoined the masses in Azeroth in September 2013. Patch 5.4 had just landed, and I had a whole expansion of content to explore. And it was good! I have really enjoyed Mists of Pandaria, with special mention to the Legendary quest, the introduction of flex raids, and challenge modes. The Pandaria zones are pretty and have neat characters and fun quests. Monks are totally a hero class without...

Warlords of Draenor Launch Date Speculation – Blizzcon 2014 Edition

Reminder: We want your questions for Cat Context’s Second Birthday on Sunday! Leave ‘em in the comments or on Twitter! I was legitimately surprised to see the announcement today that there will be a Blizzcon this year. The convention for all things Blizzard will be on November 7-8 in the usual Anaheim location. Blizzcon is a lot of fun for fans, and a great place to meet your guildies. And while I don’t know for...

The Joys of Not Knowing Everything

As I mentioned before I haven’t really been following all the Warlords of Draenor alpha stuff but just based off my Twitter feed and a few blogs the information has been flowing fast and furious, to the point where someone even set up a simulated server with the alpha client so they could take in-game screenshots. Yikes. WoW has had a tradition of providing almost complete access to data from the moment it launched, and to a...

Making Gold in WoW: 2014 so far

As I’ve mentioned before one of the things I love to do in MMOs is use the auction house to make my fortune. There are a few reasons for this — I genuinely enjoy activities that might require spreadsheets, and as someone who budgets fiercely in real life I like being a shopaholic in my games. At the same time, I’m kind of lazy. Daily quests are a total drag, and farming seems like a lot of effort for little return. I...

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