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.


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?”


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.


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 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 Emblem Strat­egy for the Super-Casual