Whenever I am playing a game for an sort of extended period, especially when it is my main focus, I start mentally building up a list of gripes, the little things that, while not game breakers in any way, start to annoy me or get on my nerves.
And when I get five that stick in my brain at the same time… which can be the main challenge, as my short-term memory like a sieve… I write a blog post. So here we are, five small… and probably non-controversial… changes I would like to see in WoW.
Free the First Bag!
There was a time when that first bag, with its 16 slots, was the anchor of all of our bag space needs. There was no worry about having to replace it because 16 slot bags were rare and expensive. I remember feeling great joy at having one of those old school, 16 slot, travelers backpacks drop way back when. That was huge.
That was also at least seven years ago.
Since then we have gotten netherweave bags (16 slots), and frostweave bags (20 slots), and embersilk bags (22 slots), and probably something in Pandaria, plus quest reward bags and boss drops bags, which has pushed the 16 slot bag from a object of intense desire to a default, baseline item.
We haven’t hit the bag slot nirvana of EverQuest II and 90 slot bags, but 16 slot bags are pretty ho-hum these days. They are the stuff of uncared for alts. On my regularly played characters, that 16 slot first bag is the smallest bag they are carrying and, in the case of Vikund, my main of mains, the smallest bag he owns.
So I would like to be able to replace it. Or upgrade it. Or, Blizzard, if you just want to spread the love universally, make it a 20 or 24 slot bag.
Larger Quest Log
I know, I know, we got an quest log upgrade from 20 to 25 quests back with the 2.0 patch for The Burning Crusade. I am sure that seems like just yesterday for some. But I also know people who have forgotten that the cap used to be 20 quests.
And I’ve gotten by pretty well with the 25 quest cap, especially since Blizzard started doling out quests in smaller batches at each quest hub. 25 was barely enough in Outland, where you could vacuum up a dozen quests at a time. But Blizzard has balanced that out some since then.
At least until now. Juggling garrison quests, zone quests, holiday quests, and whatever else shows up, I have managed to bump into the “quest log full” error a couple of times in Warlords of Draenor. It hasn’t come up often, a couple of times at most, but I am generally brutal about deleting or not picking up quests before I need to. It is unusual for me to hit the quest cap.
So I am wondering if it might be time to bump the limit up to 30? I mean, we got five more quests the last time we came to Draenor. It seems appropriate to get five more now.
That Ramp in Thunder Bluff
I have been admiring my daughter’s Horde garrison, which she describes as ‘put spikes on all the things!” So I started looking at my own Horde characters to see who I might be able to level up eventually. The closest to Draenor is a Tauren druid in his mid-60s.
I went to log him in, just to see where he stood. I could actually send him a bit of heirloom gear and probably level him up quickly enough, once I get around to it.
He was in Thunder Bluff, where I tend to hang out as Horde when possible, but I wanted to fly him over to Orgrimmar. So I mounted him up on his Horde chopper and headed towards the flight point at the top of the central spiral, only to be dismounted on the way up.
I had forgotten about that, and how annoying it can be. There used to be a similar scenario in Stormwind, which Blizzard fixed about four years ago. So I was wondering if we could get that same fix for my Tauren brothers and sisters.
Another of those “fixed years ago” things was having to dismount to do any number of things. Blizzard changed things so that we wouldn’t get that “You are mounted” error when we tried to take a flight or use a vehicle for a quest and so on. And, for the most part that fix seems to have been good. It probably fixed 95% of the occurrences of this issue.
But there is still that five percent. And it isn’t just in the new content. I got an error about being mounted while trying to accept a special ride in my garrison. While this is the weakest of my five gripes, I still wonder if somebody at Blizz couldn’t go look into this, or at least make sure devs are following whatever best practices are required to make sure that old, old fix for this applies.
Stop Making Me Delete Things
This is actually one that has bugged me for quite a while, but was brought home to me again with the 10 year anniversary gift. We got the Molten Corgi pet, which was one per account. However, Blizzard gleefully mails it to every character on your account the moment you log them in. So after the first time you redeem it, the rest of your characters get a useless bit of bag filler.
You cannot do anything with it, save delete it… or stow it away just in case something changes. And, of course, deleting the item is accompanied by the ominous “Are you sure? Please type out ‘DELETE’ to do so” dialog.
This has always struck me as wrong, handing me something where the only option is to waste bag space or delete it. And this goes for gear and toys and whatever else, and has led me to hang on to items “just in case” Blizzard changes their mind on this. So, in my bank I found I still had this.
The Onyxian Whelpling, that was the five year anniversary gift. He pre-dates shared pets, but wasn’t destroyed on use so you could pass it to alts as they came along. I also saw Mr. Chilly sitting in my bank as well.
I am not sure what the best answer is here. For some of the gear items, just let me vendor them. But would that work out for things like the Molten Corgi? All I know for sure is deleting them is counter to my instincts.