The Cataclysm has Struck in WoW

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While the actual game isn’t due out for another couple of weeks, looks like Blizz is trying to set some of the changes in motion already.

Orgrimmar is totally different which is actually pretty awesome. Yeah it’s a bugger to find anything, but it looks so cool that it’s worth it. Though really, I can’t say bringing the Goblins in was such a good idea, they’re polluting the hell out of one part of OG. It’s actually kind of funny really. Though I have to wonder whether or not they would end up butting heads with the tree hugging Tauren.

So far I’ve surveyed a LOT of changes to the game. Not all of them though, not even remotely. Honestly I think I’m going to have to start some new characters just to see how much the game has really changed.

Even Brill, the Undead starter city got quite a face lift. There’s even an awesome new statue of the Dark Lady right in the middle of the town. I love the new mad sciency aspect that the Forsaken took on in WotLK. It’s nice to see that theme pushed out into the old world.

Some of the big changes I noticed that I didn’t expect? Well Thousand Needles and the Saltflats are totally underwater. No more annoying race show. Then again though, what’s going to happen to the Acona chickens? No more Chicken pets? Who knows.

Gadgetzan is now beach front property which is kind of neat. I’ll miss that graveyard that used to be right next to it, but I’ll live. What would be really neat is if there were a folding chair you could use in game to lay out on the beach and fish. Hey it does look like some kind of vacation spot now.

The Barrens of course is quite different, there’s a big cleft running through it. That and Desolace now has trees. I mean the Kodo graveyard, it’s green!

I didn’t log into the Alliance side yet, but from the Horde side it really is quite unique. I can say that it’s nifty to see Tauren Paladins and Undead Hunters already in game.

I have to hand it to Blizzard. Really by starting early they have a chance to iron some things out before Cataclysm is really available. This gives folks a chance to iron out some bugs before all hell breaks loose. I mean of course when everyone and their brother start logging in for the push to 80 in pursuit of the fat lootz.

Really for me though the adventure will be in looking at a world I used to know like the back of my hand and seeing all of the changes. Now it really seems like Azeroth is more alive than I’ve ever seen it. Sure it may just be something bright and shiny that will wear off in time, but I’m looking forward to exploring the changes anyway.

It’s new, different and exciting. I like it.

For the Horde

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The first night I played WoW I got recruited to the Horde side by a random nice player. I really can’t thank that player enough because I really did like the Horde side.

Really it was the Undercity that sold me. I love how creep-tacular that place really is.

Yesterday I also had a blast in [The Battle for the Undercity]. The Alliance, well they get to kill the Putress, but the Horde, well we get to take back the whole damn city.

The Undercity is my favorite location in the game, AND I got to fight alongside one of my favorite game characters The Dark Lady herself Sylvanas. What’s not to love? I mean really.

These instanced quests, while yeah kind of annoying because they’re not part of the actual world, are still neat. It makes me feel like I’m living a part of the history of the World of Warcraft or rather part of “The Lore”.

Usually you just battle through things and the instance is always right there the next day. Hell if it wasn’t how would you get those awesome shoulders one day and the tank get that chest piece the next. *shudders* Even with leveling, the next time you come through that same troll won’t take the bone out of his damn nose and beat those friggin’ Murlocs himself. Lazy bastard.

Thank you Blizz for letting me battle just once with the Dark Lady. And as always reminding me of why I love the Horde side oh so much.

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The 80 Blues

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I just realized that another good friend of mine hit 80 while I was nixxed from playing wow.

Another real life friend of mine thinks I’d enjoy raiding and even be good at it. She’s also in one of the better Horde guilds on my horde server. Not a guild I’d mind being in.

My Mom still doesn’t have an 80 but she’s much closer Alliance side than Horde. I also haven’t really had much if any contact with poeple I enjoyed playing with on my Alliance server.

At this point I don’t plan on quitting wow again any time soon. I’d really like to hit the level cap, see what the end game is like and find a guild home. I’d also like to get as much of this accomplished as possible before Cataclism lands.

I didn’t think I’d ever want to be a raider, but I would at least like to give it a try so that I can close the book on it.

The downside is that my DK won’t have the same role flexibility that my paladin has. But with only 4 levels left to 80 I really just want to say f it and just level her anyway.

Mostly though I am worried that I will have leveled my DK and no one will have a need for one. Better yet that I’ll suck at raiding as a DK because I won’t get my rotations right or get the right gear/enchants/buff foods etc.

Then again maybe I’m overthinking this. If I do the research when I get where I’m going I’ll be fine. And if not, well that will tell me everything I need to know.

Quote for the day

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“Trying to “find yourself” in all the wrong places.”

Random though about things people do to themselves.

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A Relaxing Night of WoW

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I spent this evening hanging out with Moms. I did knock out a few quests before she logged on and finally got Geistig (Horde side) to 76. Yay!

After Moms logged I went back to Orgrimmar and then on to Gadgetzan. I’m working on the Horde Raptor mount you get by feeding the baby 20 times and turning in some other random stuff. So far I’m only up to about 5 teeth. I need to log in and feed the little bastard more often, but I haven’t felt like playing WoW much lately.

After that we did the bizzare quests in Orgirmmar to herald the coming Cataclysm. They were interesting, I just wish they’d let us keep the dresses. It looked pretty good on Geistig. Though it did look pretty funny with my cloth traveling hat.

Hey if I’m in the old world, my big bad DK doesn’t necessarily need her fancy Northrend helm. Well at least not until Deathwing blows up Azeroth right?

Once we finished up those wonderfully silly quests, we wandered around both old world continents for a while seeking out Tin ore. Mining on both of our Death Knights leaves much to be desired. The good news is though that my Engineer Hunter will get to reap the benefits of it, should I feel like leveling her again any time soon.

I’ve been debating getting serious with the auction house since I need to get up some gold for Geistig’s cold weather flying, but honestly I don’t know if I have the time or patience for that either.

Meh, I really need to get some more work done on my NaNoWriMo piece. I’m only at about 7k right now. Not bad I know but I’ve been obsessed with working on it. IE, I’ve been enjoying the story so far. I might have to let folks actually read this one.

That’s where I’m at. Embrace the Shadow.

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Quote for the day

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“My name will not go down in history, but history will go down in my name.”

Another gem from the boyfreind unit.

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