|Jawbone dings 100 (first 100 of WarLords of Draenor)
||[Nov. 16th, 2014|04:50 pm]
So, for the first time ever, I managed to take time off from work etc to dedicate self to playing WoW at the start of one of its expansions. I've been playing since January 2007 (The Burning Crusade).
Thursday I had a online quiz for my finance class - got 13.5/15 on it. I also had a work social excursion during lunch hour to L'Atelier des Saveurs. Its a 1-1.5 hour cooking class, guided by a chef, and you eat what you prepare. It is starting to become something of a quarterly tradition for my sub-department. Two of our financial institution's retained lawyers from Quebec City came down to join us (although I think both also had business reasons to be in Montreal). This time we made Cantonese style stir fry chicken. Sadly, due to lack of sleep, I think I might have forgotten my rain coat at the place, or possibly at work.
Temple got diagnosed with type II diabetes, which surprised me because she's tiny and skinny. Guess I had some incorrect preconceptions about diabetes.
Friday, my hard drive crashed hard. Kenny saved the day. He lent me his tower to keep playing WoW during my staycation. We also took my comp down to the shop for upgrades and replacements. Since the HD went I am replacing it with an SSD drive. Since the back USB ports are wonky, I'm replacing the motherboard, which means CPU is getting upgraded to. Lastly, I'm replacing the tower since my front USB ports were completely shot (to the tune of I managed to corrupt my iPhone trying to synch it through those ports - bad connection). $1000 for parts, $200 labour and insurance, $125 for Windows because for the life of me I couldn't find my Windows CD key _anywhere_ (checked notes on external drive, hardcopy diaries, email... nothing...). Would have rather not had to spend money just now. Reckon going forward I save up $1200 every 3 years for upgrades and replacements.
Aside from launch hiccups, massive DDoS attacks, and complications because they tried launching with Cross Realm Tech (CRZ) active in Draenor... I honestly feel that Blizzard has hit it out of the ballpark with WarLords of Draenor. It is my new favourite expansion, surpassing Mists of Pandaria. I'm even at the stage of accepting that flying is bad for the game and being okay with flying in WoD only being activated with the last content patch, possibly even 7.0.0.
Questing feels better than it ever has, and the story pulls you in and doesn't let you go. Best flow to date methinks. For some of the burning villages stories, I mentally compared some sequences to levelling Aldmeri Dominion in TESO (I got fed up with TESO because it wasn't WoW), and WoW wins by a landslide.
I will say playing on a friend's comp, even if I was using my own peripherals, feels like borrowing clothes. Functional but not quite yours.
I really like how professions work through and are augmented by your garrisons, particularly the buildings associated with a given profession.
The follower system is addictive too!
I loved riding alongside the Frostwolves, they've been dear to my heart since my first Alterac Valley battleground. The garrison abilities per zone that you pick up are interesting. There's no choice in FrostFire Ridge - you get Call to Arms (infantry). In Gorgrond I took the Lumbermill which gives you a shredder that can fly for 30 seconds (big hint that flying in Draenor is 6.1 or even later). In Talador I took the Artillery Strike option (at one point, late in that zone I had a demon lock follower bodyguard*, a ghostly ogres buff, and artillery strike every 3.33min - I was literally chewing things up!). In Nagrand, I opted for wolf cavalry (outdoors you fight & interact with objects from wolf back - I loved it).
I've ventured a little bit into Spires of Arak but have not yet set foot in ShadowMoon Valley, or the bulk of Tanaan Jungle**.
It is fitting that I hit 100 in Nagrand, which has always been one of my favourite zones.
Lastly, I would add that despite technical difficulties, I was the 10th player in my guild to hit 100 (took me 4 calendar days). Once we have 10 geared players (including 2 tanks, 3 healers, 5 dps) we start raiding! =)
* - some followers have a bodyguard trait, if you assign them to a level 2 or 3 barracks, they will come with you as guardians into the wide world. If they die, they return to barracks for 60 min to recover, and you need to pick them up again.
** - all new arrivals get filtered through Tanaan Jungle intro sequence.