Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Time On WoW



It is Christmas time even  in World of Warcraft.  I thought I would share some pictures of Stormwind during this holiday season.  Later I will post pictures of Ironforge and the Christmas Cookies I made.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Meet Marinda- A Cataclysm Picture Show


I didn't stay up till 3 a.m. Eastern like I had planned.  I was just to exhausted after working the midnight release.  On the plus side, I got McDonalds for dinner (yummy!) and the game installed before bed.  When I woke up today I hopped on and made a Worgen named Marinda.







So far, I am enjoying myself.  I imagine I will make a Goblin at some point this week just to try it out.  For now I will share with you Marinda's journey  thus far. :-)  If you want to see the picture bigger, just click away.


The create screen was nice because you got to see both forms at once.  You could click the faces on the bottom right to switch between forms for front view.  I was a little disappointed that whatever your human physical attributes were would affect your worgen form and vice versa.  It meant having to compromise on some things so both forms would be as close to what I wanted as possible. 
A montage of the opening scene.

The opening cinema for the Worgen was quite nice.  It gives a brief explanation for the wall that closed off the kingdom and the new threats that face the people of Gilneas.






 You don't start off as a werewolf.  You are a normal human and Gilneas is under attack by "wolf creatures that stand upright like men".  The beginning quest  lead you to your fate.  When you do get bit, it shows up as a buff.  Watch the buff because it changes over time, even though your character doesn't show any physical changes.  As a hunter, I got a starter pet a well.  It was the cutest mastiff.


Once you transform, there is another cut scene and you are phased to a new area.  There you begin quest as an actual worgen.  I was a little upset that as of where I am at they never stated that you can morph between forms.  Someone in general chat announced that those who haven't "/transform", so I was able to make a macro and go between the two.  When in battle it will automatically transform you back into wolf form.  I wonder if that will change as I level higher.  (I stopped at level 9 for a break.)
Poor Marinda

They discuss Marinda's fate.

 
Marinda is given a potion which may control her disease.
The Worgen starting zone is fun, so far.  I encourage anyone with the game to give it a chance.  Maybe make an alt just to fool around with.  In close, I leave some more pretty screen shots.





Monday, December 6, 2010

Cataclysm

At midnight World of Warcraft will release it's newest expansion, Cataclysm.  I would be lying if I said I wasn't absolutely excited.  On a personal note, I get to work the midnight release at a store that is throwing a little party complete with a costume contest.  I don't mind working the release because the servers won't be live with the full expansion until midnight west coast, and I am east coast.  I will be home with the game installed long before 3 a.m.  :-)

Most of the changes to Azeroth have already been implemented, and so far it looks great.  Cataclysm is a much needed face lift for Azeroth, mostly because the original game is the expansion in a way.  When Wrath of the Lich King and Burning Crusade came out new zones/maps were added that were not in the original game.  These new zones are pretty specific to their corresponding expansions, meaning once you would leveling high enough you would rarely need to visit older locations.  Even though each expansion was a graphical upgrade, the original maps were never really touched because there was no need to.

The basic plot of the newest expansion, for those who don't know WoW, is a giant death dragon awakens and in the process a series of natural disasters and such plague down on Azeroth.  These catastrophes change the landscape of Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms, giving the excuse to update the Vanilla scenery to match WotLK and Burning Crusade