It was announced today that Blizzard is giving the Darkmoon Faire a facelift, and as overdue as I believe it is, I think its a step in the right direction, a better direction. Just as I believe that Transmorgification is a big step in a good direction.

So far Cataclysm has been a fairly  atypical expansion. Only 5 Levels instead of 10, less dungeons and raids (so far) but a huge revamp of nearly every old zone – overall Cataclysm has been a huge overhaul and now they are adding to that. They are revaming content that is available for limited time each month (and hopefully improving it enough to keep us going back), they are introducing what is basically an appearance tab, which people have been asking for for years on end. Additionally they are adding more dungeons, another raid and presumably more gear.

While there are some people complaining that not enough attention is being paid to new content rather then novelty I would argue – new content is great but novelty will last. I may for example not use the Barber Shop much on my main toon .. after all I made him the way I wanted, but I have a guildy who loves it and is racking up hundreds of gold. Novelty will give me something to do outside of raiding, and that is what I need.

How often do you find yourself simply logging in just to do the latest progression raid, or grind out the weekly dungeons or dailies.  Once i finished loremaster, a second time over, I have been searching for something to do solo outside raid times, outside dungeons, things I can do without needing a group.

While solo play is not the aim of a multiplayer game there should be enough of it to amuse me when I am not involved with group play .. but after 5 years, and having done most soloable acheivments, it doesn’t feel like it, and dailies do not feel like I am reaching for some end goal.

The Darkmoon Faire and Transmorgification are a good first step in that direction .. and with that on the horizon who knows what else we can hope for. Player Housing? More novelty items through crafting? Epic Solo Quests? .. The sky is the limit with te possibilities.

So for me if Blizzard can keep pumping out enough solo content alongside group content then things can only get better.

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