The Cataclysm That Was…
Ok, so I took a day off yesterday so I could play a game. First time I’ve ever done that by the way, and despite that, I still felt a little silly explaining to my wife why I was taking the day off and why we couldn’t take advantage of that time by going grocery shopping or doing any one of the other dozens of things that I could be doing before my impending, all expense paid trip to Vegas this Sunday (have I mentioned that I love my job?). She was actually pretty nonchalant about the whole thing and went shopping by herself and left me to my own devices for about 6 to 7 hours. That woman is the greatest, I tell you!
Anyhoo, like several other folks, I didn’t end up logging into WoW at “midnight” like I thought I might. I know, <GASP!> right? For me it was mainly due to the fact that “midnight” was around 2am where I live and I just didn’t feel like putting up with the long queue’s and or other common problems associated with new expansions on launch day, but also because, strangely enough, it just wasn’t that pressing for me. In fact, I didn’t log in until around 9:30am the next morning after having breakfast with my wife and puttering around the house for a little bit.
Upon logging in I immediately set about creating my Worgen Warrior. Yep, that’s right, I created a warrior despite reading this and this. Just call me a glutton for punishment, I guess. So after creation, which I must say is a pretty sad experience (C’mon Blizzard! 6 years and this is all you got?), I got busy with the new Worgen area. I have to say that I think that Blizzard did a great job with the entire area. From start to finish I found myself stopping to read the quest dialog before moving on which, for the most part, I usually skip over.
If anything really stood out for me and got my attention during my adventures in Gilneas, it was The Shattering (at least that’s what I think it was). One minute I’m in a basement (quite far from the Gilnean shoreline) turning in a quest, when all of a sudden <BAM!> a huge earthquake strikes the area and next thing I know I’m stepping out of the basement onto beach front property! I think I actually felt my eyebrows arch as I muttered something to the effect of “Holy Crap! That’s awesome!” Good job Blizz, good job. It’s been a long time since a game garnered such a response from me. :-)
By the time I was done for the day, I found myself in Darkshore at level 13 or 14 ready for further adventures. The plan now is to hit 15 so I can begin earning my tanking stripes by running the low level instances through the dungeon finder. Hopefully it won’t be too brutal and I won’t get disgusted with the abuse I’m sure to get thrown my way if even half of what I’ve read regarding tanking in WoW is true.
I’m actually liking the Warrior so far but I have to admit that I miss my hunter’s pet and the ability to kill elite mobs, solo quests recommended for two or more players and of course the speed at which one levels with the Hunter. On the other hand, I love the way Lycaneus (I know, so original huh?) looks. His /roar emote is the shizznit, and, at level 20 I get to drop on all fours and run like the wind! Now, if they only would allow the Worgen to leap and bound and scale walls like the NPC Worgen do in Gilneas… wouldn’t that be EPIC? /Roar indeed!
I do have to mention one thing that bothered me though. And that was that despite the good time I was having running around hacking and pillaging my way through the new area with my Worgen tank , I couldn’t help but shake my head (and yes, be a little disappointed as well – can anyone say ez-mode?) when a “server wide first” message informed me that so-and-so had just hit 85… Really? Really? 85! A mere 8 hours after launch! I mean come on people! You wait two years for new content, bitching and whining the entire time about the lack of new content, only to blaze through it in 8 hours?!? Yeah, ok, whatever… I know it’s their dime. I just wish I knew some of those folks in real life so I could knock the snot out of them the minute they opened their pie-holes to complain about the lack of new content next week…