Wednesday, April 11, 2012

More from the Mists of Pandaria

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With the quests working again, mostly, I have been immersing myself in the Beta some more.  I was up a bit later than I should have last night.  I can't get over how pretty the starting zone is.  I'm the kind of girl that loves Teldrassil and the colorful nature feel it has.  Pandaria looks nothing like Teldrassil, obviously, but it still has the vibrant feel that I love.  I have been taking tons of screenshots, though I will only be showing a few at a time.

It was hard to get a good shot of the Water Pincer because it kept dying.

From a distance the Virmen look like Oracles (WotLK) from afar.  It is probably so they can use some of the same animation cycles. 
MaePin at what looks to be an alter.

Or maybe it is just a lovely meditation spot.

I'm not really sure.  It was just out in the middle of nowhere.
More elemental/animal spirits.

What, if anything, has you excited about Warcraft's newest expansion?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Leveling a Druid, One Zone at a Time

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn
The Mists of Pandaria Beta was having some trouble over the last couple days.  Gathering quests were pretty much impossible because the items wouldn't respawn.  Being that only the Beta was broken, I hopped on to my actual WoW account for a bit.  I have a druid I made named Tranquils (yes, Alt-itis), who I am trying something new with.  In the past I have gotten rather frustrated with how fast one levels while questing.  I would be in a rather interesting quest chain, and the quests would become grey.  Being bullheaded, I would finish said quest chain and end the end would skip entire zones because I was now too high a level for the monsters and quests.  Luckily, Blizzard now has an NPC you can visit to stop gaining experience.  For just 10 gold your character can stop leveling, and for another 10 gold they can begin again.  I am sure this was implemented for twinks who PVP, but I have found my own use.  Once the quests Tranquils has start to grey out I go to the magical NPC in Stormwind and pay to stop leveling.  When the quests become orange, or I enter a new zone, I pay to undo it.  This way I can full enjoy the story at my own pace, for once.

From Queen of the Night Elves to Queen of the Naga
I am sure some of you are wondering why I would do such a thing.  The story to World of Warcraft is actually quite fascinating when you take the time to really immerse yourself.  Plus, so much has changed with Cataclysm and I have had trouble really soaking it all in.  For example, I had started the quest chain that leads to a battle with Queen Azshara before, but I never finished it.  If you know anything about WoW lore, then you know Azshara is a pretty big deal.  The Burning Legion and the Naga are because of her.
Just strolling with my crew.

One with nature.

This just looked pretty.

Friday, April 6, 2012

My Journey into the Mists of Pandaria


Yesterday a new batch of Beta Keys went out for World of Warcraft's newest expansion, Mists of Pandaria.  I feel rather lucky to have gotten one of the invites.  Blizzard's latest addition has had a rather unusual impact on my life, but that has more to do with the discovery of the red panda than the game.  I made it to just shy of level 6 last night before deciding to call it a night.  I know that may not seem like a lot of game play if you haven't been in the Beta yet, but 6 levels can be a life time.

The new character creation shows promise.  I am not one for change, but I have been trying to keep an open mind with each tweak I find.  When it comes to Pandarians, you have the option of a red panda or a traditional panda.  (Side note, red pandas are not actually pandas I discovered.)  I wasn't going to choose a red panda, but they get a big fluffy tail.  That sold me.  The different faces all seemed to be pretty much the same, aside from the different eye markings.  I am hoping that when the expansion is complete that there were will be a tad more customization.  It is quite obvious they have more planned down the road. For example,  they have a section for hair color and ears, but there is only one option for each currently.

The biggest problem with the Beta is something that, unfortunately, is out of Blizzard's hands.  A massive overcrowding of the inconsiderate and ignorant.  I learned something new last night that I highly suggest you should try if you are ever in a situation where the NPC is literally buried by idiots.  Go to Key Bindings and find "Interact With Target" and set it to a button you rarely use.  I chose the "=" button.  This allows you to use the target command to target the quest giver/merchant and still interact.  The best example is what I went through last night.  I typed "/target master" to target the buried NPC and then "=" and the quest popped up.  The good news is that so many people get stuck at some point during the first 5 or 6 quests that the heard really starts to thin out by the time you finish burning the Edict of temperance.  (Tip: Group up to burn the Edict.  The area is very crowded and you have better odds of someone succeeding in a group of 5.)

The starting zone is absolutely breath taking.  I may have scoffed when this expansion was first announced, but I now find myself truly excited.  I have a few more screenshots I have taken so far to share.

Amberleaf Scamps are new elementals.  I giggled when I saw them running about.

Hozen are an interesting bunch to fight.  The best defense if one of them jumps on top of you it to roll.  That will knock them off.

This fire spirit cat thing is so beautiful.  I need him as a figurine!

A villager trying to protect himself from the Hozen attack.

An area where the different ponds turn you into different animals.  I may be a skunk, but I laid a beating of that crane.

I have no idea who Jojo Ironbrow is, but he seems to be popular.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Warcraft Moments

Cataclysm hit the world of Azeroth hard.  Reading these made me a little sad.