Back to Hibernation

Logged on a couple of times in my free week.

The Argent Tournament was interesting. My priest's dual spec was fun. Playing alongside my wife was fun.

I actually blocked out some time last night to take an offer up from a friend regarding running the Tournament of Champions. I was looking forward to it.

Of course, it ended up being patch day, and the servers were shot, yielding an infinite response after every time I tried to log in:

You have been disconnected from the server.

Waited a half hour, tried again, then another half hour, then another. Gave up.

What really struck me about this was that there was no official note from Blizzard about why it happened. No window on the login screen acknowledging the problem, no details on what the problem was or the progress on it. Nothing on the official website, either. I found an article on WoW Insider with details.

What a weird way to learn about the status of a game where you pay for every minute of service. Five years in and a patch still wholly kills their servers for a day.

Evidently it got fixed after I went to bed for the evening. When I tried to log on this morning, my free week was over. The error message after your time is up helpfully reminds you to go purchase more time to play. Time, like yesterday?

Same issues. WoW is a great feast, with tons of leftovers. It's just a poor snack.

My wife and I will probably check out Cataclysm. Given this handy reminder of uptime and login problems, we'll pass on the launch celebration, though.

Rebirth

The kind people at Blizzard sent me an email to let me know that they

  1. miss me
  2. would like me to come back to participate in WoW's five year anniversary

They did this by offering a 7-day free revisiting period so that I could see all the new fun they've added. Something about Onyxia being dual spec or something?

My wife and I often talk about returning to WoW. Our second daughter is beyond the six-month mark, and we almost somewhat have some time at night.

Returning sounds awfully tempting, but we decided that it was probably not the best idea. Still so much to do apart from WoW: parenting, career, other hobbies, friends, exercise, other family stuff.

But then she walked by when I had the email open.

"Is that an Onyxia whelpling minipet?"

"Yeah."

"Ohhhh, well it's a good thing that I didn't get an email, too." Then she laughed nervously.

Right, I mean lucky for us that they didn't extend the free week to her as well. We wouldn't play apart, so if they had offered… oh wait, there's her email too.

Well.

I mean, free minipet, right?

It's only one week, right?

Times Change

My wife and I were lucky enough to have our first daughter last year. We will be luckier still to have our second daughter later this year! The prospect of a second child has brought a lot of things into focus, including exactly how much time we're going to have to play World of Warcraft… which is virtually none, given how this first year of having one child has been. Continue reading Times Change

Wrath Emblem Design Revealed

Hidden in an otherwise bland post on the next season of pvp rewards, game designer Kalgan let slip how emblem progression is going to go for the rest of Wrath! Here's the relevant quote:

it won't be quite as easy to get deadly items via emblems of conquest as hateful items currently are via emblems of valor

Well, that's interesting. So what have we learned? Continue reading Wrath Emblem Design Revealed

Emblem Strategy for the Super-Casual

Update! This article is well-intended but the truth has been revealed, and I guessed wrong. More information in the article "Wrath Emblem Design Revealed".

However, it kills me to delete text, so I'll leave it here anyway. Also as a reminder to myself that design is opaque.


Only raid or instance once a week? Wondering what to do with those 25 or 30 emblems you've finally accumulated? Like real-life money, don't let those shiny tokens burn a hole in your pocket.

"But, but, but how can I wait? Zomgepics!"

I know, I know. The siren call of zomgepics beckon us all.

The emblem gear will (in all likelihood) be refreshed when a higher tier of content comes out, just like the Badge of Justice system did in the Burning Crusade. This means that your Emblems will (in all likelihood) appreciate in value.

Continue reading Emblem Strategy for the Super-Casual