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war

 … Meh! At least that was my original thought. But give me this – I was doped up to my eyeballs on pain-killers, morphine, and a host of other drugs to stop me screaming in agony. As someone who mains Horde, but plays both sides, I have never had an overwhelming response to the faction war, especially when Blizzard always seems to have such a huge Alliance Bias, and when the news of Battle for Azeroth broke, my drugged mind was like baaaah, big deal elf stabbin elf, human stabbion orc, nothin new to see here.

With Sunday morning came a bit more actual alertness and I managed to really look at what had been announced with cleared eyes.  While I was still a bit meh on the whole war thing, the thought of the incipient arrival of the Zandalari, finally taking on Azshara, of a renewed look a scenarios .. these were enough to perk up my interest and after review give at least a nod of approval to what seems to be coming post legion … Read the rest of this entry »

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Group Shot (well most of of the group, or at least those sober enough to be the for the group shot) from the 4th Northern Dragons Guild Meet, Echuca, Circa 2012

As some of you may (or probably don’t) know, the Guild I am in turned Ten back on the 11th August, and surprisingly most of those I play with even today have been around with us for 7 or more of those years, with a few like myself dating waaaaay back to when the guild initially formed. The Northern Dragons have been a home away from home for all but about 8 days of my total wow lifetime (those days being the ones where I levelled in Mulgore before braving the Barrens), and I have to admit I regret none of it, and can candidly state that I probably still wouldn’t be playing if it wasn’t for the people I played with.

After 6 Expansions, 7 Guild Meets, 2 Deaths of players, lord knows how many great nights raiding, plus endless frustration, its been playing this game with great people (and a few not so great) not just from around Australia and New Zealand but as far away as New York, Montana, California, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Europe that has made this about the only game with I have ever stuck with for more than a month at a time let alone over 10 years!

So to those that were there are the start, those that have joined recently, and those that have stayed with us all the way through … congratulations on 10 great years!

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Brokenshore

I have been meaning to do this for a while now and kept putting it aside for other more important things, like trying to finish off transmog sets, or getting the next Emissary Quest done. Nevertheless Here it is, my review on the ups and downs of Legion to date .. things I liked, things I didn’t and things I think needed tweaking.

So without further ado, here goes ..

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Hillsbrad

Cometh? It is Heareth! Is that even a word? Probably Not.

It has been a while since my last post, my most humble apologies, but with my Beta access which, yes, I eventually received, and my inability to sometimes not rant and rave about what I enjoy or hate .. I decided it would be best to avoid posting as I would be too tempted to post spoilers.

As it is let me say that having tried most of the Artifact Intro Quests, a number of each of the class hall quests and work on the world quests at the “end game point”, I am really, really looking forward to legion. That is it! No spoilers and no more for what is to come except that possibly you should keep your eye on Velen, Ysera, and .. well everybody.

Back to what is happening though – the Burning Legion Invasion of Azeroth and the fight at the Broken Shore ..

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fight

Not necessarily more brains, but at least something to occupy it.  I was lamenting the other day to one of my fellow guildies that although I loved the new Star Wars movie I was dissapointed that the 25+ years of stories, games, comics, and more that made up the expanded universe had been dumped by Disney and relegated to Alternate Universe.

I understand why it was done, but to see the work of so many both the good (like the Timothy Zahn Novels) the mediocre and the bad was a bit of a blow. I didn’t think it was all great, but the sweeping story of major and minor characters across numerous forms of media had kept me following the story of  the Star Wars universe avidly from my Childhood until recently. At the moment with the whole “Galactic Reboot”I am still wondering if I should invest myself in all the new literature and beyond the movies material coming out .. but that is a tale for another time.

The reason I bring up the whole Lucas Alternate Media Universe  is that it was an incredible way to build on the foundations the movie had laid, and make you more invested then ever in major, and especially minor characters, and it got me thinking that I would like to see more of this with Blizzard.

So far Blizzard has done fairly well in their non-game meterials, their short clips like the Burdens of Shao-hao (yes, I probably mangled that name) and the Lords of War were truly epic, their mini-stories, especially during Pandaria, were great and their novels are always entertaining especially from a world building view. But I want more.

I would love to see a series of short clips about the rise and fall of the Black Empire. I would love to see novels fleshing out the tales of Darrowshire, or the fall of Zul’jin. I would love to see more short stories, comics, audio tales, video clips and even mini-games that will flesh out the history, the characters, the places, and races of Warcraft.

I want something that doesn’t detract from the game but enhances it. I want to see Blizzard bring in a raft of talent to flesh out this incredible universe. Give me a reason to feel invested in the characters, to want to see Lantresor out of the mine n the garrison and laying waste to enemies, to want to find a spark of sympathy for Magatha Grimtotem, or any number of reasons. I just wants more ….

I think 2 short stories a month, a novel every three, and a video every 6 is the least we should get … don’t you?

Doomhammer

Bah, I know I won’t get it but I can hope can I not! Anyway, I will eagerly await the upcoming Chronicles Book, and the new novels coming.

Note: The images used today are cropped images from the fantastic work of Markus Erdt .. you should check out his stuff at http://www.niefali.com/

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