Where no Stubborn has Gone Before
First, I want to draw attention to Navi’s Anti-Asshat Week. I fully support this initiative! She decided to invoke this week of social justice because of a horrible event that happened to her friend Genowen. The community has been consistently reduced to trolls and jerks because of the silence of the rest of us. Is it more trouble to stand up for what’s right? Sure is. Is it more emotionally draining than just shutting down and ignoring it? I have no doubt. Is it still the right thing to do? You bet your ass it is! So this week, if you see someone behaving badly, politely point it out. If it stops, great! If it escalates, don the fiery armor of righteous indignation and shut the asshats down by any means necessary. Our very digital culture has been threatened by those who would verbally abuse others. Evil thrives where good people fail to act.
Now, back to your regularly scheduled post.
I had a beautiful moment the other day in Kun Lai. I was running around on my shaman with my wife, leveling, doing quests, meeting the Grummle, finding Anduin, etcetera. I’ve really been enjoying sticking my nose in little nooks, looking for the scrolls that are hidden around the land. I’ve liked that Blizzard did something to encourage some type of exploration. Of course, the response I’ve seen in guild is people getting achievement after achievement, clearly following some guide and just scooping them all up, but hey, to each their own.
I was climbing a mountain to find some dude when I noticed a small, unmarked trail that seemed to keep leading up to the summit. Sure enough, as I followed it, I found myself at the top with a shrine to some Brew Fellow. It was a nice moment, an exploration success. Then, as I turned to go back down, I misstepped and fell. I didn’t die immediately, but it soon became apparent that the mountainside was littered with mobs and I, in my weakened state, didn’t have many options. I went on a course of healing, running, fighting, dropping, and so forth again until finally it was too much and I died.
I couldn’t get back to my body. I attempted to go all the way around and back up the mountain, but I simply couldn’t figure out the course I took to get back to my grave. I couldn’t climb directly to it, as it was behind the Dooker Dome, and I couldn’t figure out how to go all the way around and drop to it without missing it. I couldn’t rez.
To avoid this in Wrath, when you died in areas with a lot of elevation differentials, you got a spirit griffon to get to your body. It was an inelegant solution to a problem, but at least there was a solution. I don’t know why there wasn’t a similar mechanic in play here.
It’s a minor thing, I know, to take rez sickness, but it really, really irritated me. Here’s Blizz offering up a new course of adventuring, a chance to explore, and my reward for DARING to do it before I could fly was 10 minutes of uselessness. i’ve never understood the limitations of rez sickness; if you want to penalize my xp through a direct reduction or a slowing of xp gain, fine. If you want to break all my gear, fine. But to reduce my stats and damage by 75% is ludicrous. Maybe that was a “penalty” at 60, but it’s essentially a 10 minute time-out at 89.
If I’d just waited a level, of course, I could just fly around. But that’s not REALLY exploring, is it? The point of that little trail was to encourage people on ground mounts to go see what’s up there. One misstep, though, and you get to spend 20 minutes trying to get to your body only to then get to spend 10 minutes doing nothing. I lost a half hour of play – and my wife did, too, since she was waiting on me – because I wanted to see what was at the top of a mountain and I made a tiny movement in the wrong direction. That’s not an incentive to explore; that’s an incentive to go level in dungeons.
So it was a minor thing, and I got over it pretty quickly, but it left a slightly sour after taste in my mouth towards this two-faced gesture of exploration that Blizz put forth. Sure, go explore, but prepare to get screwed if you make a tiny mistake.
Or course, you can just wait until you can fly and then go look up guides to grind through it as fast as possible.
Stubborn (and wishing he had slow fall)