Meanwhile, Back in Azeroth…

I managed to get on last night post patch and get my hunter to level 68.

Actually, I did not have to do much.  Tistann was about 8% from level on Sunday, but when I logged in after the patch, he showed 100%.  A quick ride for some discovery and poof, level 68.  A little bit closer to level cap and being in position for Wrath of the Lich King.

Fortunately I have been logging into WoW fairly regularly, so I already had nearly 2 GB of the patch already downloaded.

The patch notes are a mile long and I did not read them all.  There was one nice item I saw as I scanned through though, a boon for those of us always running out of bank slots and bag space:

New Vanity Pet and Mount changes: Players will now be able to access their non-combat pets and mounts by clicking on the pets tab in the Character Info panel. These pets and mounts will be now learnable much like spells or abilities. Once a vanity pet or mount is learned, the icon will disappear from within a player

Ula will be happy.  She can now have all her pets with her every where she goes.

The achievement tracker was in.  I know this is going to feed the obsessive compulsive need in people.  I was a bit disappointed at how low my actual achievement count was on Vikund, my level 70.

Yeah, I can feel the need to fix that.  Crap, am I back and hooked again already, almost a month before the expansion?

The other item I liked was the new calendar.

You can use it for personal and guild activities, but one of the really nice things about it is that it lists in-game events as well, like the when and where of Darkmoon Faire, which I apparently just missed… again.

And yes, somebody is going to say “WAR has a calendar” and claim that Blizzard copied that idea, as though Mythic somehow invented the whole calendar idea.  When I compared the two, since the Twilight Dandies made level 2 and have a guild calendar as well, I felt that WAR’s was not as polished.  Functional, sure, but designed by the same person who did the auction house I would guess.  The WoW calendar feels better and looks quite a bit better, even if it does take up more screen real estate when open

The one thing that WAR’s calendar wins on is time display.  I believe WAR’s calendar converts to your system time while WoW’s shows the server time, which can be confusing if you play on a server out of your time zone, and doubly so if you play with friends who are also scattered across other time zones.

There were other new things obviously new with the patch like updated load screens, WotLK branding, a new login screen, and such, but I did not spend much time poking around, it being a school night and all that.

There were some issues with the patch that lead to extended downtimes, as reported by Massively, but by the time I logged on (9pm Pacific time) only four servers were still down and our own server seemed stable and reasonably full of people for a Tuesday night.

Otherwise there was the usual patch night follies.  All my Addons were disabled and such.  You really find out how much you use them when they are all gone.

Still, things looked good.  This is Blizzard’s first shot in it’s Lich King arsenal.  Come November I think we’ll find that report’s of WoW’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.

9 thoughts on “Meanwhile, Back in Azeroth…

  1. Hudson

    This is all nice and happy etc etc, but I refuse to give money back to WoW when all I am doing is leveling for 10 more levels with useless PVP to level cap and to raid and not have any ability to see the end game raid dungeons because I cannot play all the time.

    Patch or no patch, I am simply not falling for this again.

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  2. Wilhelm2451 Post author

    Yes, damn those naughty Blizzard people for tricking you in the past.

    Me, I’ll be headed back because I have no doubt it will be fun, and that is what I am paying to have, fun.

    If you don’t think it will be fun for you though, you’re right, you should probably look elsewhere.

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  3. Openedge1

    Yes, damn those naughty Blizzard people for tricking you in the past.

    Highly amusing. I think Hudson has been tricked by WAR also…

    Oh, and EQ2…

    Oh and Hellgate…

    Oh and…/loses track

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  4. darrenl

    …you know, with all of the achievement unlock bandwagon stuff going on, I’m wondering when/if EQ2 will offer that feature in some form.

    And for the record, I have no issue resisting WoW ;)

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  5. Wilhelm2451 Post author

    Well, technically, EQ2 has had some achievements since day 1. Slayer of Gnolls/Orcs and all that. A more formalized achievement system might be viable though.

    On thing I was struck by in the WoW achievement window was how accessible all the achievements were. You could easily make a “To Do” list from it. I compare this to the Tome of Knowledge in WAR, which I find less easy to deal with because of their insistence on the whole “book” metaphor for the display of data, and the titles and such in LOTRO, which also seem less accessible to me.

    And the people in Anaheim aren’t worried about you resisting, they have your wife to take care of that issue.

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  6. *vlad*

    My main gripe with the Achievement system is that it does not take into account a lot of stuff I have already achieved.
    I know, they already explained that they didn’t record a lot of the stuff, so there is no way to tell if I did something or not, but I don’t think they have looked hard enough.

    For example, apparently I never went to the Scarlet Monastery, which is a bit odd seeing as how I did all the quests for that place, and I am currently sitting on something like 2200 quests achieved, so they must know that I have been there if they have a log of all the quests I have done (including the one to kill the leaders of the Scarlet Crusade).

    As far as broke add-ons is concerned; the loss of Unit frames, Button Bars, Fubar etc make me feel somewhat helpless, and I wonder how I coped with the basic WoW UI for so long when I first started playing.

    I spent most of the evening sorting out my add-ons. One thing I would ask is, that when an add-on goes wrong, the big ‘Error! Error!’ message that Blizzard kindly displays for us, was moved from the centre of the screen to somewhere less obtrusive, so that I can actually see what I’m doing!

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  7. Wilhelm2451 Post author

    @Vlad – Yes, I had an addon that would make such errors a small button on the rim of the mini-map… of course, that is now broken as well.

    I was going to get all mad about them not scoring my instance crawls correctly, but then I realized I swapped over characters around Scarlet Monastery. Still, my tally does not add up, they did not all get counted including Scarlet Monastary, Shadowfang Keep, and Blackfathom Deeps. Bleh.

    So while I like the achievements and the interface for them, adding them in four years after launch and not being able to correctly account for a pile of stuff is a let down.

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  8. Eric

    Vlad, I think a lot of stuff wasn’t registered when the game started out. Weird enough my alt has more achivement points than my character from feb 2005, even though he has seen much more of the old world !

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