I think that my favorite Cataclysm announcement to come from Blizzcon was the introduction of Guild Leveling. When it was first announced it as a function, without going into any detail, I will admit to being trepedatious of the feature. I thought “oh god, I hate leveling in groups, this is going to be awful”. However, as I followed it through to the game systems panel, I found myself more and more excited about what it is actually going to work. In fact, I was so excited about it, that I’m fairly certain that I bored a good number of my party at Blizzcon talking about it.
Let’s take a look at the nuts and bolts of guild leveling, and then what I think it will do for the game. Read the rest of this entry »
Today I visited fewer panels than I did yesterday, but I visited one of the most interesting panels today, the game systems panel. This is actually the panel that provided me some information on what has become, I think, my favorite concept coming with the new expansion: Guild Leveling. I love it! I think that it is going to help guilds with loyalty, it’s going to make people re-think about “rage” quitting, and most of all it’s going to encourage people to help the guild…and then gain benefits for the guild. I think it is a wonderful idea, and I cannot wait to see it implemented. In case you couldn’t tell, I am really quite excited about this new development! I will give some more in depth thoughts on what I think the pros and cons of this are going to be, and how it’s going to effect guilds when I have a few more minutes to put my thoughts down.
This is also the panel that discussed the new “Mastery” effects, which I’m not quite sure how I feel about that yet. It also discusses the Path of the Titans, which I think sounds pretty darn cool. I like the lore that they are going to implement in this, and how you will use “Archeology” to uncover your paths. If they do it right, it’s going to be a lot of fun, I think.
I did play the Cataclysm demo that they had available today. I opted to play as a goblin (sorry Kae!) and see their neat stuff, while Brade opted to play as the worgen. The starting area was akin to most starting areas, and was lovely and colorful (think STV). Some of the quests were like all areas (collect 10 boxes, kill 8 beasts), but some of them were innovative and fun. My favorite was one where I was give a chain and told to be a weedwhacker and whack 100 plants. I really enjoyed whirling through the jungle :)
All in all, I felt that this years Blizzcon was a lot more fun than last years. I really enjoyed getting to hang out with some of my guildmates again, and just the entire atmosphere of the convention. I definitely had a lot of fun!
Talk to everyone when I get back!
I took TONS of really great pictures today, and came back to the hotel to download them, only to discover that I packed the wrong cord :( As such, I will have to post them on Sunday when I get back home!
I am sure that everyone is aware by now that the big announcement at this Blizzcon is the new expansion, Cataclysm. From everything that has been discussed so far, it sounds…interesting. There is another panel tomorrow regarding some of the more in depth changes that I’m looking forward to hearing. I am not going to regurgitate all of the news for you all, as others have already done it better and more in depth that I can! (I am beat!). But I will share some of the more fun things that maybe didn’t get picked up on the DirectTV feed/Live Stream.
They have the starting areas for both the goblins and the worgen available for play. I have not played them yet, because after standing in line for ~60+ minutes outside to enter the venue, and then another 2ish hours for the Blizzard Store (yes, I fail at pre-ordering) I didn’t feel much like standing in any more lines today. However, there is a chunk of time tomorrow afternoon that I intend to take a peek at them and will let you know what I thought :)
Brade played both the Starcraft and Diablo III bits that were available and said that they both were quite good. So, if you are interested in either of those platforms, I do not think that you will be disappointed!
I was able to get some up close and personal looks (and pictures) of some of the costumes (yes! I got the resto druid and the moonkin!) that I will post up for you all at home. The winner’s costume up front was just amazing, as I saw her early in the day. She 100% deserved to win, and certainly had my vote!
After visiting the figure prints booth, I have decided that I will be ordering a figure print. They look really great, and after having spent almost 5 years playing WoW, having something that will memorialize it for me years down the road seems like a decent investment, and a good story :)
The convention center itself is absolutely packed with people! I have been hoping that I might run into one of the World of Matticus team to get a picture and conversation for Aertimus, but even with their shirts I’ve not had a lick of luck in doing so! I will continue to keep an eye out tomorrow! The crowd seems to ebb and flow wherever the warcraft discussion was occurring, and seating is scarce! But so far all of the panels that I have been to have had great information.
I think the most interesting (non-expansion) bit of info that we got today was the way that battle.net was going to stream all of the Blizzard games together, so that someone playing WoW can chat with someone playing Starcraft, etc. I think that will be a unique and very interesting development.
I am also continuously amazed by the diversity of those attending the convention this year. I look around and am amazed at all of the different people that take part in the WoW universe. It really has become something that is so big, and so unique, that it draws people from every age and all walks of life. I absolutely love the diversity that I see when I look around at the other atendees. I honestly don’t think that I have the words to explain just how neat it really is.
I am basically on information overload right now, and haven’t had a lot of time to really sit down and “think” about any of the new things that were presented to us today. I imagine that process will occur on the plane ride home as Brade and I mill over the weekend.
All in all though, I think the best part about Blizzcon so far, just like in previous years, is getting to hang out with others from Monolith. We have an Ihop breakfast tradition that we have continued to maintain, and the conversation and commaderie is just wonderful. It is by far one of my favorite things about the convention.
Alright! Off to dinner for me now!
Brade and I leave bright and early tomorrow for Blizzcon.
We will be having dinner with some of our guild mates at one of my favorite restraunts in LA while we wait for the rush hour traffic to die down so it doesn’t take us nine years to get from LAX to Anahiem :)
In looking at the panels that will be up, and those of interest for me (I think) are going to be the UI discussion, WoW Class Panel, WoW Art Panel (although I imagine the boys are going to want to go to the SC II Panel), WoW Dungeon Panel and the WoW Q&A. I am sure that most of the big announcements will hit with the opening ceremony on Friday morning! Historically, I’ve not gone to the costume contest, but I think I may hang out and see what it has to offer this year.
I will try to update each night from the event with photos (must remember to pack camera cord!) and fun things that I saw throughout the day….and who knows, maybe there will even be a shot of Beru ;)
Ok! Off to pack!
Spending Cash – check
Bag – check
Comfortable Shoes – hmmm….maybe I need to go shopping ;)
Clothing in layers – California in August is quite warm…the Anaheim Convention Center is tempered to the North Pole.
Camera – check
A game plan – uh…need to work on it!
As I am working on getting everything together, is there anything that you guys would like for me to catch at Blizzcon and report back on? Anything that catches your fancy? Anything that you would like to see in photographs?
I’m afraid that I’m a bit too sheepish to actually go up and ask questions during the Q & A sessions, however…I intend to do nightly “Beru at Blizzcon” updates here on the blog. That being said, I’d love to know what kinds of things you all are interested in hearing back on about Blizzcon!
Reading: Sookie Stackhouse book 6
Working on: Three Lights in the Darkness ~ best attempt 10%
Keeping busy with: Work! OMG! WORK!
Feelings about patch 3.2: Mixed