Back on the sauce

Posted by melcene (3056 posts) -

So, the hubby and I are back on the WoW sauce. 
 
We had stopped playing (again) back in May, when most of our guild up and walked out because a couple of our best people decided they were leaving.  Though we hadn't  been playing since then, our accounts were still open.  I kept meaning to shut them down, but it didn't happen.  Then by the time September rolled around, I figured I'd just keep them open till the 6 year anniversary anyway, so we could get whatever pet and Feat of Strength.  When the anniversary rolled around, I told everyone I'd be shutting down the accounts right after the anniversary.  After all, I have law school coming up next year (assuming I'm accepted) and I can't afford the time required to play WoW, AND work full time, AND go to law school. 
 
So the anniversary was the 22nd (November, that is).  Only I thought it was the 23rd.  So I logged in a day late and missed my effing Feat of Strength.  And there's no pet this year anyway.  So I had logged in to check if I got the achievement, to find out all my talents had been reset and the world was changed and blah blah blah.  I show/tell hubby, then proceed to log off.  Think nothing of it for the next couple days because I had Thanksgiving to worry about. 
 
That is, until the hubby decides to patch and check out his toons.  And I know that if he's logged into the game, that means he's thinking about playing again.  Damn him!  So we're both playing again... I think I finally have all my toons spec'd again after the talent resets. 
 
I'm kinda glad that we left with no guild pretty much because then I don't have to worry about getting caught by people who want to do stuff.  I can hop on and off the game pretty easily without feeling responsible to anyone. 
 
I'm not sure about all these changes from Cataclysm though.  Some of the classes seem to play completely differently now.  But some are a lot more fun too.  I'm not sure what I think about the changes to the world.  I'm fairly ticked that the Defias seem to have completely disappeared (what's the lore behind that?) and that WPL and EPL have dropped like 10-15 levels.  The game changes are so expansive that I really just want to start a brand new toon.  But I can't, or won't, do that until Cata comes out because I only have one space left on my server, and that's going to be for my Worgen Druid.   
 
Honestly though, I have to give Blizz some props.  This is a helluva lot of work (new areas we'll get in Cata plus all the changes to old world) they've churned out in the same space that it took them to do BC or WotLK. 
 
My biggest problem with being back on the sauce is that when I'm on the sauce, I'm heavily on the sauce.  All I can think about today is how I want to get back home and work on my toons.  Ugh.

#1 Posted by melcene (3056 posts) -

So, the hubby and I are back on the WoW sauce. 
 
We had stopped playing (again) back in May, when most of our guild up and walked out because a couple of our best people decided they were leaving.  Though we hadn't  been playing since then, our accounts were still open.  I kept meaning to shut them down, but it didn't happen.  Then by the time September rolled around, I figured I'd just keep them open till the 6 year anniversary anyway, so we could get whatever pet and Feat of Strength.  When the anniversary rolled around, I told everyone I'd be shutting down the accounts right after the anniversary.  After all, I have law school coming up next year (assuming I'm accepted) and I can't afford the time required to play WoW, AND work full time, AND go to law school. 
 
So the anniversary was the 22nd (November, that is).  Only I thought it was the 23rd.  So I logged in a day late and missed my effing Feat of Strength.  And there's no pet this year anyway.  So I had logged in to check if I got the achievement, to find out all my talents had been reset and the world was changed and blah blah blah.  I show/tell hubby, then proceed to log off.  Think nothing of it for the next couple days because I had Thanksgiving to worry about. 
 
That is, until the hubby decides to patch and check out his toons.  And I know that if he's logged into the game, that means he's thinking about playing again.  Damn him!  So we're both playing again... I think I finally have all my toons spec'd again after the talent resets. 
 
I'm kinda glad that we left with no guild pretty much because then I don't have to worry about getting caught by people who want to do stuff.  I can hop on and off the game pretty easily without feeling responsible to anyone. 
 
I'm not sure about all these changes from Cataclysm though.  Some of the classes seem to play completely differently now.  But some are a lot more fun too.  I'm not sure what I think about the changes to the world.  I'm fairly ticked that the Defias seem to have completely disappeared (what's the lore behind that?) and that WPL and EPL have dropped like 10-15 levels.  The game changes are so expansive that I really just want to start a brand new toon.  But I can't, or won't, do that until Cata comes out because I only have one space left on my server, and that's going to be for my Worgen Druid.   
 
Honestly though, I have to give Blizz some props.  This is a helluva lot of work (new areas we'll get in Cata plus all the changes to old world) they've churned out in the same space that it took them to do BC or WotLK. 
 
My biggest problem with being back on the sauce is that when I'm on the sauce, I'm heavily on the sauce.  All I can think about today is how I want to get back home and work on my toons.  Ugh.

#2 Posted by hexx462 (506 posts) -

The new quest design is phenomenal. I rolled up a troll druid for the hell of it and now can't stop playing it. Now that I'm knee deep in Azshara there's no way I'm not finishing as much new content with the new druid as possible. The writing on the quest text is downright hilarious at times and for once I'm immersed in the stories they're telling.  Even if you don't play Horde I highly recommend rolling up a new character just to play Azshara, it's massive (about 100 quests) and many of the quests are quite dynamic with great scripted content. 
 
So yeah, I'm "heavily back on the sauce" too. Blizzard...

#3 Posted by WJist (313 posts) -

Must resist....must resist....
 
Also, back when I played WoW like a year ago (the 3rd time I said I would quit, got back into it, but then eventually quit again), I never really got into the guild stuff because at the higher levels, the only thing I was really motivated to do were the battlegrounds and the daily quests.
 
Darn it! I'm talking myself back into this.

#4 Posted by tumes (206 posts) -

So I played a little WoW, never got into it, but am considering it just because of all this new stuff. Where should I start?

#5 Posted by Jack268 (3387 posts) -

Broken computer, this one runs 4.0.3 at solid 10 fps. Looking forward to doing hard heroics in Cata again nonetheless.

#6 Posted by gakon (1952 posts) -
@tumes said:
" So I played a little WoW, never got into it, but am considering it just because of all this new stuff. Where should I start? "
Wherever.  This expansion more than any other, Blizzard has gone out of their way to make the game newbie-friendly.  You can turn on "beginner tooltips" which will more plainly describe how spells work and when they should be casted.  The talent trees have been redesigned to be less about math and more about special effects and abilities.  When you level up, the game tells you if you have a new talent point to spend or class skill to learn.  Quest objectives and enemies are marked on your minimap.  When a class ability temporarily modifies or enhances one of your skills, that skill lights up on your action bar. 
 
But that isn't to say the game is being dumbed down.  Well, maybe it is, but most of this is convenience stuff, and it's still a huge boon to players who have been with the game for years. 
 
I'm not sure which classes are especially newbie-friendly (unless someone wants to share their opinion on what classes are "easy mode"), but it mostly depends on if you want to go melee or spellcaster, if you want pets or not, and if you think you're up for healing or tanking in dungeons.
#7 Posted by melcene (3056 posts) -
@tumes: Does that mean you only played trial, or you had a subscription for a short amount of time, but didn't get any toons very high?   If you only had a trial before, I would suggest going with a trial again.  If you have an account with some low toons laying around somewhere, dust off your account, but leave your toons where they are until you get a feel for the changes.   Mess with a new toon, or multiple new ones as you try out various stuff.  
#8 Posted by hexx462 (506 posts) -
@tumes said:
" So I played a little WoW, never got into it, but am considering it just because of all this new stuff. Where should I start? "
At this point just pick whatever class/race combo appeals to you and start. All the changes made to the original content at this point are part of the core game and do not require the expansions. There really isn't a steep learning curve anymore and the quests tend be more fun as opposed to grindy.
#9 Posted by TooWalrus (13177 posts) -

I want to start a new character, but I'm gonna go goblin, so I've got another week. Meanwhile, I'm playing Assassin's Creed. It's so good, I may not jump right back into WoW.

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#10 Posted by Oullie (59 posts) -

I wish you tons of luck in getting into law school and getting through it. 

I hear WoW is hard to quit. My brother keeps going back to it and it looks fine, especially since RPG's in general are huge, fun, time killers. Just remember to eat and feed any pets if apply :]

#11 Posted by gakon (1952 posts) -
@melcene: The Feat of Strength for logging in during WoW's 6th anniversary is actually starting today and will run for the next two weeks.  Strange, to be sure.
#12 Posted by melcene (3056 posts) -
@gakon5: Really?!  Yay!!!  I thought I missed it by a day because I noticed that my toons last year got it on 11/22. 
 
@oullie: I've probably quit and restarted at least once a year for each year that WoW has been out.  But that being said, I go back to other MMOs too.  I'm just an MMO junkie.  Unfortunately, since I'm the wife and my husband is old fashioned (or sexist, as some might call it), I do all the cooking, so there's no way he and our kid would let me play WoW without making sure they're fed lol
#13 Posted by hexx462 (506 posts) -
@melcene: Oh c'mon they'll be fine living off boxed mac'n'cheese and ramen. Just tell the kid it's preparation for their early 20's.

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