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

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My Compulsion is Infrastructure

Sev­en weeks after we start­ed our Horde side project (lev­el­ing being friend­ly to fre­quent paus­es and sud­den stops), my wife hap­pened to walk by my com­put­er while I had my char­ac­ter select screen up.

“What are all those Horde char­ac­ters?!” she said.

“Oh! Well, here’s my auc­tion house alt, and my grind­ing alt, and–”

“I thought this Horde thing was a side project?”

Blink blink. “It is.”

“Are we giv­ing up our Alliance toons?”

“No! But we’ll need sup­port for our horde mains, too.”

“Our L32 mains?”

“We’re going to need gold for epic mounts and–”

She did­n’t actu­al­ly say any­thing to inter­rupt me, but her look cut me off. It’s the “you’re miss­ing the point” look.

“Um… yeah,” I said.

She’s right, of course. With­out even real­iz­ing it, I had begun dupli­cat­ing the entire infra­struc­ture that I have in place to sup­port our Alliance mains. Craft­ing alts, auc­tion house alts, and so on. That blink blink above is my brain sud­den­ly becom­ing aware of a pat­tern I had­n’t seen before.

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Guild Strengthening via Personal Achievements

Recent­ly, Kiki­das remind­ed me of a pop­u­lar thought in how to make guilds stronger: a guild house/stronghold of some kind, with var­i­ous cus­tomiz­able dec­o­ra­tions from tro­phies from kills and accom­plish­ments.

The prob­lem with guild hous­ing is that the room is com­mu­nal prop­er­ty. A brand new guild mem­ber walks into a room that has every­thing pop­u­lat­ed or emp­ty, just like some­one who has been there the whole time. Just like guild banks, you can’t have every­one edit­ing a room, right? I mean, I don’t let my wife edit my office desk arrange­ment (the mess is just so, thanks). Plus, you can’t take a guild house with you: if your guild goes south, you have to leave the house behind.

But why don’t we make guild suc­cess per­son­al, like the new Achieve­ment sys­tem is?

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Disconnectors: Internet Impaired or Pug Menace?

I went on my first pug raid in quite a while: a full Kara clear with my most­ly-bat­tle­ground hunter. It was decent­ly fun; Kara’s a good time although by now I’ve spent entire­ly too much time there. This being sum­mer and all, the raid chat­ter tend­ed to cen­ter around gen­i­talia and bod­i­ly func­tions.

Over the course of the 3.5 hour run, a total of five of the ten ini­tial raiders left dur­ing the raid, every one of them by dis­con­nect­ing with­out warn­ing.

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Maximum Performance Isn’t Always Maximum Fun

This is a thought in progress. A lit­tle ram­bling.

My wife is a com­bat rogue. Always has been. When she joined the game she fell in love with being a rogue, and she asked what the high­est dam­age ver­sion of rogue was. I went off to the inter­nets, and came back with the answer: Com­bat Sword build. So that’s what she chose. When we got to the endgame, she did the most dam­age in our 40-per­son raids, vir­tu­al­ly every raid. She gave the oth­er dps peo­ple fits. (although she nev­er spammed dam­ageme­ters) She flour­ished in that role.

When TBC was released, the raid­ing game was sus­pend­ed and every­one is back to the beau­ti­ful lev­el­ing game for a while. In TBC lev­el­ing, there are quest dag­gers giv­en through­out the lev­el­ing process, with rogues in mind. She thought, “why not exper­i­ment?” and then rebuilt as Com­bat Dag­gers.

Guess what? Com­bat Dag­gers is sim­ply more fun to play than com­bat swords. Man­ag­ing posi­tion and Back­stab is more fun than mash­ing Sin­is­ter Strike x1000. To non-rogues, I’m sure this sounds like a minor dis­tinc­tion. It sound­ed that way to me, and I told her so.

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