Wrath hype has me hyped

All the new news about Wrath of the Lich King has worked; I’m hyped. I feel like I’m a teenager again looking forward to the new Bard’s Tale game, or hearing that Terminator 2 will be released soon (a bit fanboy, but that’s what its like).

Go a Googling if you want to read all about the Deathknight, so many sites have the content now that I’m expecting to read it on a t-shirt any day now.

The new Northrend zone map looks great. WoW Insider has a post with the opening music (updated link), which has a true Blizzard feel. Not to mention that the start of this feels so close to the Conan-movie-ish music that Blizard has used since day one, that the makers of Conan must have some interesting music to differentiate themselves.

Gameriot also has some patch notes, which smell official and offer some pretty sweet abilities for out classes. If they are fake they are a good job, and either way it makes me smile to think about.

I’ll get back to running in circles, giggling like a school girl. Yay!

Best thing in WoW patch 2.3

The best thing in the patch is the Engineering mounts – this adds game flavour, and thats one thing that WoW has that keeps it interesting.

See youTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTp9uYnyGLA

And a short summary on WoW insider: http://www.wowinsider.com/2007/10/12/patch-2-3-on-the-ptr-engineering-flying-machine-reagents/

I had to laugh – Warcraft Expansion 2

A few of the readers on Slashdot whipped themselves into a frenzy of apathy and opinion; which is typical of that lot.

However this was what I took away as the best of that conversation:

Warcraft Expansion is:…..

An alternative, high-end crack-cocaine for more advanced fiends.

Re:wow
Except with cocaine you don’t have to grind for 10 hours to get a “hit”.

Re:wow
Yea, usually crack ho’s only need 3-5 hours of grinding before earning enough for a hit.

Re:wow
Sounds great, but I’m not sure I want to do the quest line that unlocks that hero class. 😛

Minor Wishlist for Warcraft

Most sites and blogs there days have lists of changes, so here is my take.

For the most part this is all about the cosmetic or peripheral side of the game, and thats because I’m not a fan of PvP, which seems to be the focus for development until recently.

1 – Turn off displaying Shoulder items just like Helms and Cloaks.Some of the shoulders just look plain sad, and I’d rather not see them. This could be taken to an extreme, and disable any item, but thats a bit to far.

In a perfect world the items would have a transparent or selectable colour, which matches the base colour you select, or the base colour of the Tabard you are wearing.

This way your Fire Mage can have red highlights, the Pallys can all be pink-ish, and Undead characters can maintain their EMO black-look.

2 – Give characters a Guild-bank which is visible to all members, but only an officer can hand out gear. This does not need a DKP-ish tracker, and could easily be part of a wider guild-friendly update.

Pretty low priority, but a big change that would help the community feel of the game.

3 – Make the multi-mail sending part of the default game. Please, its just such a core need that it sucks to have to add this via a mod.

4 – Create Scrolls, and other single use disposable items. These could be added into enchanting, or added as a new profession like Scribe.

5 – Create Bows, Arrows, Staves, etc = Woodworking Profession. Hunters and Rogues would be interested, as would all staff wielders.

6 – Move some Cloaks into Tailoring, and keep some in Leatherworking. Or just add new ones in Tailoring as it does not make sense.