Monday, February 11, 2008

Upcoming Releases

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I try to keep the stuff that I discuss with you guys fresh. I know there’s already a group of websites dedicated to ‘news’ from WoW and I KNOW there’s enough bloggers out there dissecting every single piece of WoW information under the sun. I try not to follow the trend because I want you guys to come here for something else. Be it looking at build trees, me rambling on about leveling or my guild or even the movie of the week.

I’m going to break this trend today because there are two things that have me really excited about the upcoming future of WoW.

The First: WoW Miniatures.

I came late into the WoW mania. I would say that Comics was my gateway drug. I’ve been collecting comics for close to sixteen years. In that time my collection has been destroyed twice and rebuilt twice. I don’t like to think about the amount of money that would be overall. I do enjoy reading the books that I collect though. A few years ago there was a small business owner that was opening a shop; the shop was going to be games and comics. During my time of hanging out, reading comics and talking shop I got into card games. I’ve never been one for Magic. I know that it’s a HUGE thing in some places but I didn’t like the mechanics of the game and just walked right on past it. When the Versus Game System came out, I got caught up. They were using Marvel and DC characters in the cards and the mechanics seemed simple enough. I even went to a few of those card game tournaments. It was fun. Unfortunately the VS gaming system didn’t really catch fire in the great Northwest like it did in the East coast, so I never was able to really get good games going.

Then came the miniatures. I didn’t get heavy into it. It’s been around for a while if you following gaming. There’s table top for just about anything you can think of. Warhammer is a table top that’s making the jump over to a MMO later this year. WoW is going to be invading tabletops by year’s end. While I’m not much into going out and finding a group of people to play against, I love collecting figures that I think have a cool look to them.

Blizzard is really snatching up two different type of players by putting out this little marvel. First, obviously, is the table top players. It’s a bit of a coup as they are trying to steal away some Warhammer veterans and add them to a new stable, it’s something that will more than likely happen considering the number of players that are currently paying a monthly fee to visit Azeroth whenever they feel like it. The second demographic is the collector. I know that Fingerprints or whatever is making a figure that is supposed to look like your in game character for 100 smackers, this is a luxury that many of us will not be able to pay for (Or will want to pay for) this is a nice way of getting something similar. I know that I may not buy the unopened packs but I’ll search through the singles for the ones that strike my fancy once they are available.

The Second: Patch 2.4

Bosque is sitting pretty at 67 and my hope is to get him to 70 before week’s end. This means a lot of questing and killing and hopefully, instance runs. I will be honest and tell you that the last instance I ran I believe I was level 64. It was Slave Pens and since then I haven’t had a nibble at the instance apple. Of course most of the reason for that isn’t because I’m not looking, it’s because you’re either a real lowbie or you’re a 70 on my server. While I have the other 70s at my disposal I’m tunnel visioned to get to 70 with Bosque, he’s pretty much become my main and besides, I want FLIGHT FORM damnit!

With 2.4 there are no changes to Moonkins at this time. That may change, you never know, what I am excited about is being able to hang out in BT or MH without having to do that insane amount of running around to get attuned. While I understand the reasoning for making someone become attuned, I have to say that it’s pretty ridiculous. I don’t want to have to do twenty five steps to be part of a twenty five man that isn’t always going to run and where I have as little as a 1:25 chance of receiving a drop that’s going to be worth wild for me. That’s just me!

The other thing that excites me is that with 2.4 we’re going to have a new region to work on for money, reputation and nice upgrades. I’m hoping that Moonkins aren’t forgotten too much in this situation.

Now while Gamgam and Luciel will ALWAYS have a spot in my heart, looking at some of the things that are changing for the class really don’t make me want to RUN onto them and get them geared. Likewise for McGregor, tanking is fun but expensive and get one bad run under your belt and suddenly you’re the WORST tank in the world to the rest of the server. That’s not something that I’m looking to doing. You think about it, healing and tanking are the two things that are either congratulated or blamed for the success of a run. DPS is always needed and honestly, to stress yourself over a game is not what I’m looking to do, hopefully neither are you.

So while both still exist, they will be seeing the light of day a little less as time goes on.

2.4 does promise to change some things but I’m looking forward to being able to run some new five mans and see some nice new upgrades. While PVP has been very good to Bosque, I’m not wanting to spend the rest of my months between now and WotLK in Battlegrounds grinding away honor.

What about you guys? What are you looking forward to in 2.4? Are you leveling alts or are you working on something more? Have you considered how many of your toons you’re going to level up to 80 when the expansion comes out? I wanna know!

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