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One of my favorite places in all of Azeroth is The Hinterlands. I always make an effort to come out to this zone to quest. I know a lot of people dislike it, but I love it. I think I’ve done it on every character that I’ve got. I think the troll lore is fascinating, and really enjoy many of the troll towns that are in the game. I find this particular zone peaceful and tranquil, in a very sort of naturey way. I think that this is the true habitat of the trolls of Azeroth, and I’m not sure if there is another zone currently in the game that exhibits it quite as well. I also have fond memories of coming out and doing the Jintha’Alor quests, trekking up and through the cave for the Ancient Egg. Dying as the runners got loose, or you made one too many friends
Of the zones that becomes drastically changed with Cataclysm, I really hope that this one doesn’t get destroyed. I hope that the forest here stays mostly in tact. I think I would become very sad if I came out here and found it a barren wasteland, torn apart.
I think it’s partly because of it’s rich Troll Lore, which I love (plus they’ve got great music!).
And I think it’s partly because of how beautiful the zone itself is.
What memories do you have of The Hinterlands?
From the title of this post, you have learned two things. One, I liked R.E.M. in the 80s (laugh it up, they were still a good band!); and two, I’m going to be talking about the already very talked about changes to raid structure that were just announced in a Cataclysm preview. I know that I’m a little late to the party here, but that’s largely because I am not entirely sure how I feel about these changes. And to be completely honest, I’m still not sure how I feel about the changes.
So what do I think? I just don’t know. Let me try to break down my thoughts a bit. Read the rest of this entry »
When I first leveled Beru, I never spent any significant amounts of time in Thunder Bluff. In fact, of the three horde cities at the time, it was quite possibly the one that I disliked the most. I was constantly lost on the different tiers, and could almost never find where I was going. Outside of getting to Thunder Bluff, and being ported there to fly down to AQ, I am not really sure that I spent any time of significance in the zone.
Which in hindsight, is a bit of a shame.
When I faction transferred my baby druid (formerly Berutoo, now Elentari), she started in Thunder Bluff. And because I wanted to go slow and appreciate everything before it all changed on me, I left my hearthstone set to Thunder Bluff for a very long time. As a result, I came to realize that I quite enjoy Thunder Bluff. The music is peaceful and pleasant, and once you stop getting lost (and frustrated because you are lost), it is truly a gorgeous zone. Sometimes I just sit there and listen, and relax. I go there for all of my Auction House needs and all of my training just so I can enjoy the town.
Thunder Bluff has become one of my favorite places in the game, it’s just a shame it took me 5 years to explore and appreciate the zone. The lore is rich, and you see it throughout the zone, and appreciate it. The colors are beautiful and well done, and the scenery everywhere is lovely.
Now that I have appreciated the zone, I am a little bit sad that it might change. I wonder what is going to become of it in Cataclysm, I hope that it retains is grace and sense of peace whatever else happens. How about you? What memories do you have of Thunder Bluff? Is there anything that you hope Cataclysm doesn’t change?
Unless you’ve been trapped under a boulder that was hurled at you by a Gordunni Ogre, you are probably aware of the many changes that are coming our way with Cataclysm. Including significant changes to the original two continents of Azeroth that we were introduced to 5 years ago. If the hype we have been provided is to proved true, the worlds will be sundered and changed forever. As a result, there will be life in places that were cracked and broken before, and destruction in places that were formerly lush.
Now, before I had learned of Cataclysm, I had seriously considered making this my last expansion. But when I learned what was in store, I was hugely excited, and couldn’t imagine hanging up my mace just yet, and so I committed myself to at least one more expansion of the game. Because, well, who doesn’t want to fly into Nefarian’s lair to enter a dungeon?!
However, Cataclysm has done more than just get me excited to see all of the changes that are in store for us, it has also sent me many trips down memory lane. It’s been years since I’ve done anything other than rush my way to Outlands/Northrend in the old world. But now that I know that everything is going to be irrevocably changed, I have been taking the time to re-explore the game as it was when I first picked it up. The game that I grew to love, not with the fancy demons of the Outlands or the frozen wastes of Northrend, but with the original artwork and lore that was presented to me 5 years ago.
I’m leveling one last tiny alt before Cataclysm hits, and I’m taking my time doing it. I’m appreciating everything as it is now, because in six months, I don’t know what it will be. And that is kind of exciting. I’m in no rush to get anywhere. I run places instead of flying just to explore, and when I do fly, I often do it with my UI turned off just looking at what’s around me. Sure, I have memories of what this was like when I first encountered it, but like all memories, sometimes time makes them dusty. In essence, I am making memories that will be fresh when the world sunders, so that I can vividly remember what has changed. And my screenshot folder is busting at the seams as a result!
My challenge to everyone is to make, and share, your own memories before Cataclysm hits, and then revisit those memories after the world sunders and see exactly what has changed. You don’t have to do it on an alt, you can take your main and explore somewhere that you remember from your first experiences with WoW but haven’t been back since. But the goal is to appreciate what is there now, and explore how it changes. To remember things before it’s too late for them to be remembered! Take screenshots and share stories of new and old memories. But tuck a few things away in your scrapbook so that you have it to remember before it’s too late! And share them with all of us either on your own blog, or in the comments below, or even in my own future make a memory posts!
Coming Soon: Beru cleanses in Thunder Bluff!
“A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.”
I’ve had a few things running through my mind lately, so I thought I’d get them out of my head so that maybe they would stop picking at my brain and give it some rest! These are just my random thoughts, thrown together in a random fashion, likely in the same jumbled fashion that they are floating around in my head!
The Lich King
1.2% That was our wipe last night in our 25 man raid. He’s a goner soon, no doubt about it. But why does it always have to be the 1% wipe? I’m actually pretty excited about this. Even if we don’t snag the kill tonight, for whatever reason, he has been put on notice. I’ve been incredibly proud of our guild progress this expansion. Sure, maybe we are “months behind” on some things, but we’ve actually done just about everything available in the game thus far. Overall, I think we are in a pretty good place as a guild, and that makes me happy.
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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 »