I’m again sitting in a computer lab while my creative, intelligent children take a soul-draining test on the computer. To be fair, though, it’s a relatively short one, and the questions are pretty good about focusing on critical thinking. Still, I could be doing something meaningful for the students instead of something to quantify their learning for the admin.
So it goes.
I set a goal to ding 100 over the weekend but didn’t make it. Instead, I enjoyed watching The Walking Dead with my wife and taking a nice, long nap. I would have made it, I think, if I hadn’t done those things, but I have no regrets. I came into work Monday morning at 98, so I just decided to get a level a day and ding on Tuesday, which I accomplished. I might have been able to ding faster, but I found myself getting sidetracked a lot. This is actually a good thing, though, as it means I had more impetus to explore and just take in the sights.
I liked the treasure and “hidden” follower system quite a lot. It encouraged exploration a bit while not making it completely mandatory (at first). I also feel like I did a pretty good job finding the “hidden” followers. I looked at the end of each zone to see who I’d missed, and I only missed one or so in each zone. The garrison, too, is fantastic, though I’m willing to bet the novelty of it will wear off for a lot of people in a month or two. We’ll see. I wasn’t able to level my garrison to level 3 right away because I didn’t know to save my resources (I didn’t look up anything ahead of time to avoid spoiling it), but I’m sure I’ll get it today. I’m excited to see what new opportunities it brings.
One minor detail I didn’t like about the follower tab is that it shows followers that are mutually exclusive; for example, it shows all three from the early quest, even though you choose only one, so it looks like I “missed” those other two. It also seems to show horde-exclusive followers (Pleasure-Bot 8000, specifically), which makes me wonder if it’s mis-reported as horde only or just shouldn’t display there. I hope they fix that in he future to only show followers you missed and can actually get.
One of my favorite things about the expansion is simply encountering old friends again. I bumped into Lunk, for example, the ogre who used to sit in Shattrath and who began (IIRC) the Ogri’la chain. I saw Lantressor the Blade and learned a bit more about him. From a lore perspective, I really feel like this has fleshed out BC even more while simultaneously adding a new storyline of its own. The one problem I’ve been having – and I read all the quest text the first time through – is keeping track or who came through the time shift with me and who’s original to the this timeline. Maraad, for example, I think he came with, but shouldn’t he have a counterpart here? Where the hell is Thrall, for that matter? He’s probably just a kid, but shouldn’t he be around? Someone said he’d been born less than 25 years ago, but that doesn’t sound right. I don’t really know, though, and that’s what’s bothering me.
Overall, I’d rate this as the second best expansion after BC. I’d put BC at the top, and while I know a lot of people complain about it, I don’t think it’s fair to judge it equally against later expansions. For its time, it was pretty ground-breaking: flying, heroic dungeons, better “hubbing” of quests, etc. Sure, there were elements we’d not consider a bit out-of-date, but I think they worked then, even if we have a better system now (like gating heroics behind rep as opposed to gear score or proving grounds achievements).
I think this expansion is light years better than the last two, both in terms of story, integration into the previous game, and leveling. Of course, I can’t really judge the end game just yet, so we’ll have to talk more about that later.
What have you all liked or disliked about it? I’m curious to hear your feedback.
Stubborn (and 100)