Posts Tagged ‘Discussion’

Discussion :: What Did You Think of Blizzcon 2010?

So Blizzcon this year has come and gone, and not without some pretty big announcements. While there was nothing seriously earthshattering that we didn’t expect, the con did give the community some new ways to interact with Blizzard developers, outed the fact that we’ll see some new music from Blizzard soon (and in-game music will be available to buy as sheet music, too!) Cataclysm is going to be as epic as everyone thought it would be, and there are even more changes in store for us very soon.

What did you think? What are some of your takeaways from Blizzcon 2010? Let us know what you thought of the show – even if you didn’t go – in the comments!

Discussion :: How’s that Patch 4.0.1 Working Out for You?

So it might still be a little early to ask the question we always ask after every major content patch or series of changes, but we’re going to ask it anyway: How’s that patch 4.0.1 working out for you?

See that image up there? If you haven’t been paying attention, Druids lost the ability to permemently stay in the Tree of Life form, and to boot, they lost the familiar old stubble-legged tree that we’ve come to know and love. Now, when they turn into a tree, they become the model you see above (with different colors to match their character appearance) and can only stay in the form for 30 seconds. Makes staying in tree form during boss fights pretty difficult, don’t you think?

In 4.0.1 we essentially all got a brand new game. Add-ons are still largely broken for a large part, the UI and graphics have been updated remarkably, Archeology has been added to the game, and all in all the groundwork has been laid for Cataclysm to be released.

In the interim though, what do you think? How have your characters been adjusting to the changes? Any highs or lows to report? Are all of your add-ons still busted or did you make it through the changes unscathed? Sound off in the comments!

Blog Azeroth Shared Topic: What’s in a Name?

One of the things I’ve missed doing is taking part in the Shared Topic discussions over at the Blog Azeroth forums. I’ve done it before here several times, and it’s been a lot of fun; now it’s worth looking back to the WoW blogging community again for some ideas, inspiration, and engagement in between trying to cover WoW-related news and events.

So, with no further ado, this week’s shared topic is What’s in a Name?, submitted by Llani of the blog Pocket Heals, who says:

What takes the longest to choose, is the first thing people see, and is the one thing they always remember about you and your character?

Your name.

How did you decide upon the name for your character(s)? Did you delve into Norse, Greek, or Roman mythology? Did you choose a name from one of your family members? Did you mash the “Random” name generator button in vain until you stumbled upon something you liked? Is your name a play on aspects of your class, using spells or other traits? Did you play around with syllables, vowels, and consonants until you found something that you loved?

How long did it take you to come up with your name? Do all of your characters share the same ‘theme’ or naming convention? Have you ever run into someone who had a similar name? How did you feel? Does your character have a partner with “the other half” to your name (such as “Salt” and “Pepper”). Do any of your characters have a “themed” guild that goes along with your name? Do you have a nickname that your guild, friends, or significant other has given your character?

Has your character name become your online persona, or maybe the other way around?

Do you have any tips for naming your characters in WoW, or any other game? Resources, name generators, mythology websites, sources of inspiration, etc.

If you are an avid roleplayer, how was your name decided upon by family/friends? Did your character choose the name later in life or were they given it at birth? There are whole stories behind naming/birthday celebrations that I am sure are floating around out there.

So much can be said about names. What does yours say?

In her post, Llani goes into detail about the names she’s chosen for her mains and her alts, and it’s really interesting to read how other people come up with the names that identify them.

Let’s see if I can do the topic some justice.

The first thing I try to do when I roll a new character is to see if I can name one after celestial objects, many of which have Roman or Greek mythological roots. I start looking through Wikipedia for the names of moons of Saturn, for example, or Jupiter and Neptune – asteroids with names, and stars and galaxies. I have characters name “Anake” and “Oberon” and “Psamathe,” for example. If I can find an astronomical name that sounds nice, I’ll use it. That’s kind of my first line of defense when rolling a new character – looking for celestial objects I can match a character up to that don’t sound silly or often-used, like the names of planets in our solar system or frequently cited objects in science-fiction.

Still, I’m clearly not the only person who thinks this way, since I frequently try to roll new characters and find all of the names I can think of or research are taken. If I can’t come up with anything, I start reaching farther into mythology. If I still can’t find anything, I’ll start reaching in general. For example, my current main, “Shoryu,” was named while I was watching someone play Street Fighter Alpha while trying to come up with a name for my character. I remembered a while ago from the game pamphlet that shipped with my old SNES copy of Street Fighter II Turbo that “Sho-ryu-ken,” stood for “Rising Dragon Fist,” and thought it would be cool to name my character “Rising Dragon” in whatever fictional psuedo-japanese the game employed.

My bank alt, “Iczier,” was a tribute to a really old anime series I watched years ago, called Iczier One.

In all cases, I try to find a name that would match up with the gender and the race of the character I’m rolling, even if there isn’t a consistent theme all of the time. My very first character was a Tauren Druid, and since the Tauren remind me so much of Native Americans, I wanted to find a name that wasn’t contrived or misappropriative: a stumbled on “Mahota,” while browsing a list of names on the Web.

Still, I agree with Llani: your character’s name is one of the few things people will remember about you, and the one thing they see all of the time that distinguishes you: much more-so than yoru character’s appearance or gear. What about you? How do you come up with your character’s names? Do you have any stories about how you named your main, or the theme you use for all of your alts? Share your story in the comments!

Discussion :: Have You Given Up WoW Until the Expansion?

After all, there’s not a lot going on in the World of Warcraft right now, so who could blame you if you’ve been taking time off of the game while waiting for Cataclysm to ship. Have you been playing? How have you been passing the time?

A lot of other WoW bloggers I read have suggested that now’s the time to run as many randoms as possible, as many heroics as possible, and load up on badges and gear and heirlooms because they’ll all be more valuable as the expansion approaches, and they’ll all help you level from 80-85 or start new characters after Cataclysm.

I on the other hand, saddled with a mostly inactive guild that was never raiding class (we were social more than anything) and only a few friends who still play the game, have largely been taking the time off and away from the game (at least until I’m blessed by the Blizzard angels with a beta key.) until the expansion comes out.

So what about you? Has your guild been trying to max out as many characters as possible in preparation for the upcoming expansion and changes? Or have you been leveling alts as much as possible? Maybe you’ve all but abandoned the game for the time being and plan to come back when Cataclysm launches? Let us know how you’ve been passing the time!

New Female Worgen Models Unveiled

After a long wait and lots of doubt, Blizzard finally rolled in the new Worgen female models into the latest iteration of the Cataclysm beta, and they certainly look fiercer and more complete than the previous ones did.

Over at WoW Insider they have a gallery of several of the new models, and there are scowly, growly faces abound – which kind of matches up well with the male models, I think.

But enough about what I think – what do you think? Has Blizzard finally ditched the “super-sexy” approach to just about every female model in the game? If you’re inclined to play female characters in-game, will you roll a female worgen? Sound off in the comments!

Discussion :: Are You Going to Blizzcon?

I won’t be there, sadly, but I’m curious how many of you fair readers will be headed to the conference?

Blizzcon is only a few tender weeks away, and if you haven’t made your travel plans, or worse don’t even have a ticket, your time is all but running out. The show is October 22nd and 23rd in Anaheim, California at the Anaheim Convention Center, and there’s certain to be big news at the show, including lots of detail about what we can expect in Cataclysm, more stories on how StarCraft II has been doing, and maybe even some Diablo III news for those of us looking forwards to that title.

So what about you? Are you headed to Blizzon? Maybe you’ve purchased a virtual ticket? Or will you – like me – wait for the explosion of news that comes out of the show on various blogs just like this one and absorb it all as it happens? Leave us a message in the comments!

WotLK Bucket List

I sort of met a new blogger through random chance on Twitter. It’s a very small world, in the grand scheme of things, when you start posting what you’re doing in game on a site like Twitter. I started doing it simply for a couple of my friends, one of them including the blogger Kurn. There’s a whole bunch of backstory here, but to put it simply, come Cataclysm, Kurn is bring back the ol’ gang. And so, because of the the forums have been reopened for all of us who are transferring or have transferred1.

Through Kurn I kinda met Apple. Followed Apple on Twitter and then we were chatting and DruidMain joined in the mix.

DruidMain has made herself a WotLK Bucket List. And I started thinking, what would I put on that list if I were to make one. I have yet to actually sit down and create my list, but I’m sure some of my items will look similar to DruidMain’s list.

With Cataclysm just around the corner, what sort of things would you put on your WotLK Bucket List? What achievements or things would you like to see and do before the expansion comes out?

1: I transferred a couple days ago due to some ridiculous nonsense on my old server.

Discussion :: What Are Your Favorite Add-Ons?

Most guilds require their players to have at least some add-ons that make raiding and doing 5-man dungeons more bearable – threat meters like Omen and boss-fight helpers like Deadly Boss Mods, but while those add-ons are functional, and while they may be some of your favorites because playing the game without them can be less fun, let’s hear about some of your favorite add-ons for World of Warcraft!

What are some of the add-ons that have customized or tweaked your interface or your gameplay style to the point where if something happened to them you’d be lost, or at least looking for a suitable replacement? Are there any that have gone out of development that you miss to this day? Sound off in the comments and we’ll use your favorites in an upcoming feature!

Discussion: What Are You Most Excited About in Cataclysm?

What are you most excited about, now that Cataclysm is on the horizon?

Maybe you’re all set to roll a werewolf. Perhaps you can’t wait to be a Goblin. Maybe you’re not really interested in the new races and you want to see all of the zones that have been changed, or wrap yourself in the lore that will come rushing to the forefront when Deathwing is free. Maybe you’re just itching to see what Hyjal looks like now, or chat with Malfurion Stormrage now that he’s back?

Personally? While I’m thrilled about the opportunity to roll a Worgen, I’m just as excited about the new zones and the new quests, and I really want to see how the starting areas have changed and do all of the new starting quests. I get the feeling I’ll be rolling a lot of new alts and joining a lot of new guilds when the expansion finally lands.

So what about you? What are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments!

Discussion :: How’s That 3.3.5 Working Out for You?

So! A little tradition we’d slipped away from for a bit (but mostly because there haven’t been many major content patches since) but want to keep going strong are our “How’s that working out for you” posts when new content patches are released.

Now that 3.3.5 is out and about, Real ID has been added to the game (although it’s not making its way to the forums) and you can communicate with your friends across-realm (even though their friends can see you too,) and now that the Ruby Sanctum is open, how’s the content working out for you?

Have you downed Halion yet? Are you planning to, or is the Ruby Sanctum just not enough to bring you out of your post-Lich King-kill hiatus? Or maybe it’s Real ID that’s keeping you away from the game? Let us know in the comments!

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