jadedmusings: (ATLA - Chibi :D)
2013-11-26 11:07 am

WoW: Update on my guest appearance on Justice Points.

The episode is live and you can listen to it on the webpage or download it for later. I had a blast talking with Apple Cider Mage and Tzufit and would love to do it again. We covered a lot of ground using Aggra as sort of a jumping off point for mothers in Azeroth and WoW in general. I was nervous the entire time and, of course, feel I sound like a dork, but I always do. :)

Now if you'll excuse me, after falling down my cinder block steps on my bottom this morning, I've got a day full of pain killers and sitting on pillows ahead of me. Oh, and raid tonight.
jadedmusings: (Sherlock - Moriarty omgwtf)
2013-11-17 10:42 am

I'm going to be a guest on a WoW podcast! (AKA WTF am I doing?!)

Apple Cider Mage (Twitter) and Tzufit (Twitter) have invited me to discuss mothers and motherhood in Azeroth for Episode 20 of their Justice Points podcast (a fantastic podcast, by the way).

[Pause here while I breathe into a paper bag and tell myself I'll survive.]

It started with some of my (usual) ranting on Twitter about what's become (or not become) of Aggra since she became a mother, and as I did talk about mothers in WoW as part of a blog post on my, sadly, neglected WoW blog, they asked me to join them for an episode. My qualifications? I'm a mother who plays WoW? I worry I'm getting in over my head, but I have been looking over and working on the show notes and already we have tons to talk about. I think there's going to be a huge chunk of time talking about Aggra's seeming absence so far in discussion of the forthcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion, plus Chris Metzen's statement that WoD is going to be a "boy's trip" to explain why Thrall is going without Aggra.

Some of you might know I don't even like Aggra all that much, particularly as some of the way she talks to/treats Thrall in Twilight of the Aspects pegged on me as a bit of emotional manipulation and abuse, but it's been so damn hard to ignore how she's pretty much getting shelved of late. And then add it in with the multitude of unknown and dead mothers, well, I could go on for days. Don't worry, I'll keep it down to about an hour of chatting with two amazing WoW personalities.

(OMG Apple Cider Mage follows me on Twitter and wants me to be in her podcast. OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG.... Um, ahem.)

It's not just going to be an episode about Aggra. So far in the notes I've pointed out the long list of NPCs whose fathers have both a name and a story to go with it, yet we aren't so much as given a name for their mothers (Garrosh, Kael'thas, Jaina Proudmoore, Varian Wrynn, Lorna Crowley). There's also mention of mother's who have died in childbirth (Elena Mograine and Leza Sunwalker), and then the moms we know who are still around, but aren't mentioned much (Moira, who has to let Varian take all the credit in the Blood in the Snow scenario for bringing the dwarves together; Veressa Windrunner, though I only recall seeing her standing by cheering while Jaina purges Dalaran). There's going to be a (tiny so far) section on foster/adoptive/surrogate mothers and using those terms very broadly (Rheastrasza being the strongest example I could think of for this).

The thing is, my lore nerdery only goes so far and I'm struggling to name mothers in Azeroth who have relationships with their children apart from Alexstrasza. I can name father/daughter and father/son interactions (i.e. Darius/Lorna Crowley, Varian/Anduin Wrynn). Also of note is Med'an, Garona's son, but someone told me on Twitter that he might have been ret'conned out of existence? I see no notes on Wowpedia about this.

I also have mentioned types of mothers and how, in most all forms of entertainment, mothers tend to suffer from being portrayed as what type of parent they are versus what sort of person they are. Not sure if that'll have time to get into the show, but it's in the notes.

Anyway, we record the episode on November 23 and I'll be sure to post again when it goes live, that is if I don't succumb to my anxiety.
jadedmusings: (Sherlock - Three Patch Problem)
2013-09-12 06:59 am

[WoW] Oh yeah, I have this thing...

First of all, sorry for the quiet. Lots of things have been happening, which I'll get into later. I just haven't been in a mood to share some stuff as of late, mostly because I fear people getting sick of my whining. I'm still here, still reading everyday, just never sure what to say or do. Everyone here is all right for the most part; the only big thing is that I need to see a doctor soon about some physical matters, but so far there's been other matters standing in the way such as the kiddo needing glasses now (we knew it was likely to happen--he made it to fourth grade whereas I had to get them in the third grade) and other assorted real life stuff. The good news on that front is that he got some awesome and stylish frames that only enhance his cuteness. I keep telling him how lucky he is to have the option of wire frames instead of the ugly plastic monstrosities I had to choose from.

Anyway, let's move onto WoW stuff. I have some thoughts regarding Lor'themar and Sylvanas and 5.4 (it'll all be put under a cut, don't worry). I'm still raiding and Tuesday we hit the new Siege of Orgrimmar raid and we've managed to get down the first four bosses (the first wing) on normal mode. It's pretty great, except for the part where I'm still side-eyeing how the hell [spoiler] is still fucking alive at this point, but that's a different rant and has nothing to do with this.

Lor'themar you canny bastard you. [Here there be spoilers.] )
jadedmusings: (Supernatural - Castiel pass the ammuniti)
2013-05-01 12:25 pm
Entry tags:

WoW: Because Sam just doesn't understand.

I must have ALL THE MOUNTS! But this isn't just about the mount, it's about working to earn all the world event achievements over the course of a year and the fact that I've waited a whole year to try again for Children's Week.



Yes, I got School of Hard Knocks this morning, and I rocked PvP in PvE gear, and while I won't ever rule out PvPing regularly if I have a group of friends, for now I don't have to worry about ever stepping in a random BG again. :D
jadedmusings: (Supernatural - Castiel pass the ammuniti)
2013-04-16 01:29 pm

WoW: Update of Updated-ness

It's been a while since I've talked about WoW, mostly because I've been busy in WoW and doing different other things, like mentally preparing for Sam's little sister's wedding next month as well as fending off his mother's insistence that we get married as well.

First and foremost, I'm raiding again! I'm raiding and doing awesome! After casually looking for a new home for raiding, both Horde and Alliance side, I found a new home in Enigma. This was the guild that resulted after I tried out for a raid team that fell apart the weekend after my audition. They moved to Wyrmrest Accord and asked me to join them there since I was already on the server. Even better, I'm raiding on Folami, so hooray for Warlock butt-kicking.

Anyway, it took us some time to form our team, but man, what a team. Last week we cleared (10-man Normal) Mogu'shan Vaults, Heart of Fear, and then went 3/4 on Terrace in two nights. Yep, we raid only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and still managed to clear more content than I ever did in my old guild. Our raid leaders are awesome, picking only people who know their class, are respectful, and who are willing to put in the effort to learn the mechanics of the fights.

The team meshes well together, and we joke over Mumble while downing bosses. We know when it's time to be silly and when we need to be serious. Outside of raid, the guild itself is fairly active. We do a lot of PvE, and now a few players are starting to RP a little, so that looks promising.

As far as individual stuff, I'm RPing a little on the side, hoping to work my way back to group activities at some point. However, I'm not in a big rush as I'm having a blast just settling in to raiding again. As far as the whole warlock Green Fire thing goes, I'm on the last boss like a lot of warlocks and will be throwing myself at him again when I feel a little better. (I've got a really bad cold.) Also, I've had a couple of gear upgrades since I last attempted it, so here's hoping the added boost will help.

Apart from that, I've been learning how to play a Retribution Paladin, and I'm actually topping damage charts in LFRs with him. I've also got a Hunter I'm doing pretty decently on, would be better if I could ever get his blasted weapon upgrade, but the loot gods love to laugh at me. Blue-side I've got a mage and shaman, but I haven't really played with either of them since joining Enigma. Besides, Horde has always been my home.

So things are better now, in-game speaking, and I'm fitting in fairly well. I mean, I'm still the weirdo, but I'm the weirdo who brings cookies and immolations to raid, so that helps.

Anyway, just an update.
jadedmusings: (NCIS - Jimmy Geekalicious)
2013-01-02 02:03 pm
Entry tags:

WoW: Attention Lore Nerds!

Skolnick of the podcast Warcraft Less Traveled has organized (with help) a book club for 2013 called Warcraft Well Read. The first book will be Christie Golden's Rise of the Horde beginning January 6, currently $8 for the Kindle edition. From what I can tell, the idea is to read one book per month.

I figure I'll do it. If nothing else, I won't suffer through terrible writing alone. There's also apparently a Good Reads group, but I need to dig up the link for that.
jadedmusings: (Ming Ming Sewious)
2012-12-19 08:15 pm

WoW: Shhh, don't tell anyone.

Don't tell anyone, but I sort of slipped and fell into PvP the last couple of days.

I know, I know, I'm one of those "PvE ONLY!" types*, but well, I wanted the Merry Maker title, and 2013 is the year I want to get What a Long, Strange Trip it's Been, so I had to go in and kill some Alliance scrubs as a little helper. I did at least purchase PvP gear (the Contender's Silk set) so I wouldn't be completely sucky, and I looked up Affliction warlock for PvP so I could pretend I had half a clue with my off-spec.

Anyway, a friend agreed to sort of hold my hand and went with me for Alterac Valley a couple of times. I ran in, had no clue what I was doing, was having to learn new ways of moving and casting at the same time (which I'd already had some practice with PvE thanks to Kiljaeden's Cunning), plus acting defensively as I took the Grimoire of Sacrifice talent which means I have no pet out. I kept saying, "I have no idea what's going on! What do you mean 'backcap'?" to my friend, who reassured me and explained some of the lingo.

Honestly, it was just like my first time raiding, though a little less awkward this time around as I actually know a thing or two about my class. I'm not the best out there, obviously, and in fact I probably stink quite a bit, but I've been having a blast even when I'm dying five times in a row. I never thought I'd like PvP, and so far I've been pleasantly surprised that the chatter hasn't been any worse than what I encounter in an LFR. I've only reported one person so far for language, which really shocked me.

So, yeah, I've been enjoying it, especially when I nail other warlocks. My only complaint so far has been the freaking rogues and their Sap. Nothing like riding with a group on my mount and getting Sapped, and it always seems to be me, the cloth wearer, they pick on. (My DoTs manage to at least put a dent in them even when they kill me, however.) And as I'm earning Honor Points rather quick, I've managed to purchase more PvP gear to increase my Resilience Rating. I'm pondering taking my Monk, who's still sitting at level 10, through battlegrounds when I get around to leveling her seeing as I've leveled multiple characters via questing and the dungeon finder. Might be a nice change of pace.

So if you're Horde-side and feel like dealing with a noob in random battlegrounds, give me a poke.

* = Though, really, if someone had told me there are battlegrounds where I get to fire missiles at Alliance members, I'd have probably tried it out a long time ago. It's the simple things in life.
jadedmusings: (Sherlock - Moriarty omgwtf)
2012-12-18 12:28 pm

WoW: Jaina behaves as predicted, Garrosh goes too far. (Dominance Offensive)

If nothing else I can at least say I got to see Lor'themar Theron flip a freaking bench into the fountain at Silvermoon. Of course the Dominance Offensive climax was incredible, and the two last parts of it started in Dalaran and then ended back in Pandaria with Garrosh doing something even I couldn't have predicted. I literally nearly started crying at the computer and had to log off to process what happened because it was the literary equivalent of a gut punch.

And all I can say is that the Horde is so fucked, and we kind of deserve it.

Here there be spoilers. LOTS of spoilers. And kind of image-heavy. )

All things considered, I don't see how in the hell they're going to draw out waiting until the end of the expansion to take out Garrosh and name a new warchief. Too much has happened, and he's gone way too far now to turn back. The Alliance is going to retaliate, and it's going to be ugly (as it should be).
jadedmusings: (Sherlock - Moriarty Honey Crown)
2012-12-13 06:38 pm

WoW: Lor'Themar Theron, you are one delicious Regent Lord.

SPOILER ALERT!!! Under the cut are spoilers for the Dominance Offensive story line.

As I said on Twitter, 'Oh shit, son.' )

Anyway it's nice to see my favorite race getting some attention and watching Lor'themar grow a spine. This also has some serious role-play implications too, I'm sure.
jadedmusings: (ATLA - Chibi :D)
2012-12-02 12:43 am

WoW: And I still have my hunter to go...

So, this happened tonight:



My draenei Paladin, Aridhana is level 90 and I have a friend trying to convince me to take her through heroic dungeons. As much as I love PvE, I'm not so hot with melee DPS, but at the same time I really like the changes made to Retribution, so...I might force myself to get over my fear of looking like a noob and give it a whirl after a little research and some reforging.

I have to credit the WoW Pro Leveling Guide for taking me through three level 90s now. If you want something that'll get you quest achievements, tell you where to go so you can get the quests done faster, and even show you a few extras, get this add-on. Without it, I wouldn't be able to do this crap so fast.

Oh, and for the record, she's already Honored with the Shado-Pan and hasn't done a single Golden Lotus daily. Those commendations you can now purchase for the Pandaren factions at revered work cross-faction and are applied to normal questing too. Once I finish Dread Wastes I imagine I will be very far along with the Klaxxi too.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go take a couple of Ibprofen for my stiff neck and back, and go fall over in bed with my Kindle.
jadedmusings: (ATLA - Toph Rocks Fall)
2012-11-29 03:59 pm

WoW: Um, Mr. Kosak? WTF R U DOIN?

Just saw this on Twitter:



And Jaina called for genoicide in Tides of War. Meanwhile Varian has apparently found his inner peace or at least has suddenly become reasonable.

What are the odds that Tyrande will be talked down from violence by Malfurion, Velen, et. al just like Jaina was talked down by Kalecgos and Thrall in Tides? You know, so women get to be unreasonable and emotional while the men around them act like cool, logical creatures despite the fact that EVERY OTHER TIME they're not.

Now I almost feel guilty for praising Kosak for the Dagger in the Dark Scenario.
jadedmusings: (Ming Ming Sewious)
2012-11-28 02:24 pm

WoW: My Ridiculous Transmog

What's the fun of playing a fantasy game if you can't indulge in a bit of ridiculous dress-up now and then? The robes were obviously designed with the male gaze, but I felt like being audacious because, well, I always feel a bit outrageous on Folami because I rock the Warlock like whoa. Plus, as much as I've loved the designs in MoP, I'm getting sick of looking at it. So, anyway, here you go, this is quite possibly the most ridiculous transmog:



Told you it was classy.

For information on what I used, I posted a list on my RP-specific Tumblr. [WARNING: That tumblr is very NSFW though this specific entry is fine. Be warned if you go looking through it.]
jadedmusings: (NCIS - Tim Doubts Your Sincerity)
2012-11-25 03:45 pm

WoW: Working on something, need to add to this list.

I'm working on writing something about Blizzard's constant "fridging" of female characters in World of Warcraft, so I'm making a list. Some of these women are never seen on screen, but considering they are wives/mothers/daughters to important male NPCs in WoW's story, I felt they deserved acknowledgement. Plus, usually while the mothers (i.e. Liane Menethil) have no real part of the story, their husbands get to hang around and do important things or be important sources of development for their sons. Some mothers of important characters have never even been given names. Yes, men die in WoW, but often they die doing courageous things like self sacrifice (case in point: Rhonin in Tides of War) or die in battle protecting loved ones/homeland, not die passively while other things happen to them (such as childbirth).

I'll be adding to the list when I have time, and feel free to add more if you know of the names.

Liane Menethil - Arthas Menethil's mother. Fate is uknown, but Chris Metzen said she likely died before Third War during Blizzcon 2011 (according to Wowpedia). No discernable impact on Arthas's story.

Tiffin Wryn - Varian Wrynn's wife, Anduin Wrynn's mother. Killed by a stray rock thrown during Stonemason's Guild riot in Stormwind. Angst fertilizer for Varian and used to explain his overprotection of Andun Wrynn.

Elena Mograine - Darion and Renault Mograine's mother. Death due to complications from childbirth (Darion). Gives her husband Alexandros Mograine a tombstone to talk to in the first Ashbringer comic.

Leza Sunwalker - Dezco's Sunwalker's wife. Dies during childbirth in Krasarang Wilds questline. Twin sons survive. Dezco still compelled to go on with his healthy sons to find Vale of Eternal Blossoms (Leza's vision). Every time you encounter him after Krasarang, he's carrying his sons around and seems relatively fine for someone who just lost his wife, and doesn't really mention her again. (She's the proverbial straw that broke this camel's back and pushed me toward making this list.)

Kael'thas Sunstrider's mother is never named. Neither is Varian Wrynn's mother, though oddly enough we have a name for his grandmother.

Fandral Staghelm lost his unnamed mate during childbirth. She gave birth to a son, Valstann. Valstann dies during War of the Shifting Sands (surprisingly enough), but not before marrying Leyara and producing a daughter (Fandral's granddaughter, born after Valstann's death), Istaria. Valstann's death drives Fandral insane, and then Istaria is killed during a Horde attack on Ashenvale. Fandral, completely mad now, allies with Deathwing and Ragnaros and compels a dstraught Leyara to join the Druids of the Flame to seek vengeance against Malfurion Stormrage. Leyara is killed on the Molten Front by Malfurion Stormrage and Hammul Runetotem (oh, and the player).

Sylvanas Windrunner - I put this here because here is an example of an incredible woman and brilliant military strategist who pretty much single-handedly kept the orcish Horde from invading Quel'Thalas only to be brought down by Arthas Menethil when the Scourge marched on Quel'Thalas. Sylvanas, of course, was not only killed, but received the crueler torment of being made undead and a prisoner in her own body compelled to slaughter her own people by Arthas. While she later became a Horde leader of the Forsaken and played a major hand in the war against the Lich King and reclaiming Lordaeron for the Forsaken, some might argue her character development since then has been rather disappointing.
jadedmusings: (Sherlock - Wrong)
2012-10-26 10:41 pm

WoW: Sylvanas Windrunner is Not Your Pin-Up

Subtitle for this post: And the Horde is Not Full of Homophobic Asswipes

"I've walked the realms of the dead. I have seen the infinite dark. Nothing you say. Or do. Could possibly frighten me." - Sylvanas Windrunner


Earlier today I visited YouTube, like you do, and I checked out OMFGCata's announcement for their contest "Convince the Pandaren to join your faction." The premise was that since we Americans are in the midst of a Presidential election, fans should make a political ad for either the Horde or Alliance in order to recruit the Pandaren to their side. Pretty awesome idea, I think, and Blizzard thought so too, so they offered up some pretty awesome swag, including several World of Warcraft books, the monopoly game, among other neat stuff that may or may not be on my Christmas/Birthday wishlist.

Anyway, today was the big announcement and, perhaps unsuprisingly, Slightly Impressive won for the Alliance with their very humorous ad highlighting the (mostly) better parts of Stormwind, which I think was also featured on WoW Insider a couple of weeks back. I was pleased to see the ad that won for the Alliance didn't amount to, "The Horde is evil!" and that it managed to poke fun at itself in a light-hearted way.

And then they showed the Horde winner, which not only has some casual homophobia, it ends with an image of Sylvanas Windrunner in a blatant sexual pose with someone screaming "For the Horde!" (Content warning: Homophobia and gross sexism.)

Out of 160+ videos with something as professional and cute as Slightly Impressive winning for the Alliance, the best video chosen by OMGCata (and Blizzard?) is this fucking poorly animated bullshit? Are you fucking kidding me? And Jesse Cox, I am so disappoint, son. Dude, this sums up your feelings on the Horde? (Yeah, yeah, I know you were being flippant and making a joke, but I know underneath was that old chestnut of "Hurr, hurr, Sylvanas is hot, and the Alliance races are all a lot of girly men." Seriously, GTFO my Horde with that bullshit.)

Here's the thing: Sylvanas fucking Windrunner was, in life, Ranger General of Silvermoon, leader of all (then) high elven military forces. She and her sister commanded the troops that drove back the orcish Horde and kept them from invading Quel'Thalas. After being killed and turned into a banshee by Arthas, she eventually seized upon the opportunity to break free from Arthas's control over her to retrieve her body and (with a little help from Arthas's/Ner'zhul's enemies) reclaim Lordaeron for the Forsaken and is now one of the Horde's racial leaders. In a forthcoming patch to Mists of Pandaria, Sylvanas will play a major role in removing Garrosh Hellscream as Warchief of the Horde.

She is, of course, an imperfect character and has recently gone from a tragic hero to skirting the lines of a villain (partly due to bad/inconsistent characterization on Blizzard's part), but none of this changes the fact that, at her core, Sylvanas Windrunner is one bad-ass motherfucker who would most probably fuck your shit up eight ways to Sunday if you tried to tango with her.

But let's just forget all of that and pose her in an X-rated "Come hither" way and say the Horde is awesome because we have one sexy woman who happens to be a racial leader. Let's also ignore the fact that she is, quite literally, dead and while she is remarkably well preserved, her skin is a corpse-gray color and she's likely rotted at least a little bit. (Fap away, boys! Enjoy your necrophilia!)

Look, I'm not even all that mad about the video. I'm just tired of every time there's a strong female character, one who actually has power and influence and could, in theory, really fuck things up for pretty much everybody in their world, she's reduced to being a goddamned sex object for the gratification of (heterosexual) males. I guess it's because so long as you can fuck her, you're not so intimidated? And it's not as if we women players have an over-abundance of female NPCs to admire, especially in comparison to the male NPCs. Hell, even in Krasarang Wilds I was treated to a questline where, despite all my efforts, a woman died in childbirth, but her husband's okay because she lived long enough to bring twin sons into this world. And don't get me started on Jaina Proudmoore in Tides of War.

Rage. Seethe. Boil.

What doesn't help is that Sylvanas's little artwork isn't even the only problem I had with the video. As I said, there's some casual homophobia and further sexism in there before we get Sylvanas. ("Don't join the Alliance! They have effemininate men who might like you in the gay way and we all know real men aren't gay!") I mean, I'm sure some people will say, "Oh, you're being ridiculous about this!" I really don't care. I'm going to call this shit out on the carpet when I see it, especially when it's a contest approved by Blizzard and by someone whose videos I usually watch specifically because he doesn't say horrible shit except on the rare occasion.

Bottom line: There had to be better videos for the Horde than this. Had to be. Even if it were the least bit funny, it's really fucking crappy production, especially when pitted against the Alliance winner.
jadedmusings: (Ming Ming Sewious)
2012-10-15 12:00 am

WoW: Another Long Grind

After doing my dailies today for the Order of the Cloud Serpent, I was less than 150 points from exalted. To say I was peeved is an understatement, so I decided I'd finally go looking for one of those onyx eggs for the 550 reputation. I didn't see one on the first pass through and decided to go do my other dailies, and then I came back through to look for onyx eggs. To my utter shock, I spotted one as I crested a mountain peak and I landed next to it, or so I thought. When I clicked on it, it told me I was still mounted instead of automatically dismounting me. So, I decided to click my mount off.

And I promptly slid down the incline and to the bottom of the mountain to my death. Yep.

Fortunately for me, despite being on a high population server and having seen several people wandering about looking for these eggs, no one snagged it in the time it took me to run back to my corpse, resurrect, and mount up to fly and land on the other side of the egg. Then it was a matter of turning the egg in (while picturing an in-character exchange with the NPC that amounted to, "Look, I died to bring you this egg!") and then a little cut scene, and voila!


Isn't she pretty?


One more mount added to my collection, and one less faction to grind reputation for. Now, I just switch to doing the Klaxxi dailies to replace the Order of the Cloud Serpent ones I don't have to do anymore.
jadedmusings: (ATLA - Chibi :D)
2012-10-14 11:15 am

WoW: Fangirl squeal goes here.



To which my response was, "I have to wait until April?!" And yes, it is indeed Michael Stackpole. I can't wait!

Now back to my water-less existence (going to turn it back on this afternoon) and my sore throat and slightly runny nose.
jadedmusings: (Ming Ming Sewious)
2012-10-08 12:13 pm

WoW: My son has such confidence in me.

Yesterday, I finally got to play again and managed to get my reputation to Revered with the Order of the Cloud Serpents. This meant, of course, I did the sky race for the first time. Before hand you're given a couple of quests showing you the route and then going through collecting the ten checkpoints. Despite this, I still had trouble following the route and missed a checkpoint, twice. Yes, pretty much part for the course for me when it comes to figuring things out, and of course the kiddo had come to see my new dragon and see what all the fuss was about. After turning in the last quest, I learned I'd actually get to compete in the race that day and this happened:

JADE: (Half-muttered.) "I'm so going to lose."
KIDDO: (Waits until I hit "Accept" and then runs out of the room.)
JADE: "Where are you going? I thought you wanted to see the race."
KIDDO: (Clearly distressed.) "I can't watch you lose!"
JADE: "...are you crying?"
KIDDO: (Beat. Sniff.) "No, I just don't want to watch you lose!"
JADE: (Suddenly feels immense guilt for her self-deprecation, even if it wasn't completely serious.)

I convinced him to come back into the room after assuring him I wasn't going to lose, that I just might come in second or third since it was my first time. Having said that, of course I earned the How to Strain Your Dragon achievement.

My child, I tell you, has no confidence in my mad WoW skills.
jadedmusings: (NCIS - Gibbs Headslap)
2012-09-23 01:34 pm

WoW: I wanted to be done ranting about Theramore....

...but then there was an "Around Azeroth" post on WoWInsider that just made me facepalm.

"Reading Tides of War just really drives home how awful of a role the Horde player has in this scenario: we are actually mentioned in passing in the book. We're part of canon now, but in a very terrible way -- at least if you're Horde. So, Jaina, while it's too little too late: I am sorry."

Except for the part where Baine and Vol'jin are both going, "Heeey, this isn't a good idea," even before they know about the bomb (which they only know about after the fact). And then Baine pulls his people back to Thunder Bluff and Vol'jin is obviously quietly waiting for an opportunity to safely rise up as the Echo Isles are rather vulnerable to an assault from Orgrimmar. As for Sylvanas and Lor'Themar, they apparently think so highly of the operation that they don't even show up and instead send their best two people (who are then murdered by Garrosh's Kor'Kron)*.

So yeah, the Theramore event had the backing of the entire Horde, except for where it didn't, and there was more than just the leaders and NPCs who were horrified by this. All my toons, even Folami who was looking forward to war, are horrified by this.

WAY TO FUCKING GO, BLIZZARD! Your scenario was so terrible as to make it look like the Horde is full of nothing but unthinking monsters and neglected to include even the tiniest bit of canon that would have established what happened in that very book you want us to read to understand WTF is happening here. And now I have to deal with all this "Bawwww, I want to change sides," and, "I'm faction changing!" because no one wants to be the bad guys, which while understandable is also annoying because, hey guys, remember when the Alliance used Theramore to send troops into Kalimdor to slaughter Camp Taurajo? Yeah, remember that? We don't hold the monopoly on pointless slaughter.

* = And I sincerely hope that while the mana bomb is of blood elf design, that Lor'Themar didn't know about it. The goblins "improved" upon the bomb's design, so I fear that if Lor'Themar pulls a Kael'Thas later on, as we will apparently be hearing from the blood elves in a future patch, I might legit have to drive to Irvine and deliver Gibbs-style headslaps to everyone on the writing team.
jadedmusings: (Sherlock - Funny little brains)
2012-09-19 11:37 am

WoW: The Theramore Scenario (And How it Fails)

(This is a copy of something I posted elsewhere. There'll be more ranting from me later about the entire problem with Thalen Songweaver and the characterizations of Horde leaders.)

I suppose from the title it's rather easy to conclude what my opinion was of the in-game event in which Theramore is destroyed. This isn't to say I that I completely hate everything about it, though I guess given that I feel it fails mechanically, lore-wise, and in execution it might seem that way. However, I love the idea of Theramore and feel that, in the right hands, it could have been utterly amazing and a dramatic prologue to Mists of Pandaria that would establish the tone for the newest expansion.

So, what went wrong? Everything, and allow me to break it down into sections because that is the only way I feel I can climb this mountain of fail.

(Note: This post will, unsurprisingly, contain spoilers, both for the Theramore scenario and for Tides of War. Read at your own risk.)

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jadedmusings: (ATLA - Aang Water Octopus)
2012-09-18 09:22 am
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