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

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

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 arti­cleWrath 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