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« on: June 29, 2016, 06:27:56 PM »

(crossposted from OO, since this subsection could use a shot in the arm smile)

Throughout most of my gaming life, I actively avoided MMOs. I could never wrap my brain around the idea of paying for a game, then paying per month to play it. I'm also not a social person by nature, so playing with others didn't hold much appeal for me. Guild Wars 2 completely changed my mindset, and I came away from that game entirely fascinated by the genre. I played GW2 for the better part of a year, then I jumped into the beta for Final Fantasy XIV. Three years and 1,500 hours and counting of FFXIV later, I find myself quite in love with MMO's. I've tried all of the major ones, capping out toons (at the time, anyways) in GW2, FFXIV, Neverwinter, SWTOR, ESO, and Tera. I play exclusively PvE, and mostly play solo unless the game requires grouping, something FFXIV does a lot.

Oddly, however, I never really got into WoW. I gave it a half-hearted effort a couple times, but the highest I ever got was level 12. I've always been completely fascinated by the lore and the overall world that WoW created, but jumping into a well-established MMO 10+ years into its lifespan is an incredibly intimidating prospect.

Looking through the upcoming release schedule and realizing that there really isn't anything coming out that I'm terribly excited about until September (Final Fantasy XV), I have decided to spend a month or two and give WoW a dedicated effort. If nothing else, just so I can say I did. smile

Rolled a Draenei Hunter on the Dalaran (high pop) server, and ran up to level 7 last night. It's actually quite fascinating to see the foundations of the game - both good and bad - in the starting zones. Even though the questing was very basic and the graphics are rough around the edges, the overall aesthetic and world are still stunningly beautiful. I plan on taking my time leveling up, as I'm in no rush to get to the cap. My playstyle is far more about the journey than the destination when it comes to MMO's, and I'm quite excited at the prospect of diving into such a richly developed world. I know there's an expansion coming out soon (August?), but I'm not concerned about getting to cap before then. If I'm still interested by the time it comes out, I may give it a shot.

If there's things you think I should know, I'm all ears. I'm also not opposed to jumping to another server, if folks think there's a better place I should start. Will post a few thoughts here as I go, if anyone is interested in hearing what a complete WoW noob might think of such a well-established game.
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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2016, 02:40:37 AM »

I loved WoW when I played it.  I loved the open PvP as well, but once battlegrounds were added I lost my opponents and the game became stale to me.  I did just go 1-20 for a Hearthstone unlock though.  Took the better part of a day.
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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2016, 05:19:01 AM »

I'd imagine that you will start outleveling quests pretty easily with how much they have sped up the curve these days.  I think when I first played vanilla WoW it took me like a month or more of hardcore playing to get to my mid 40's, and now people do that like nothing. 

So I would maybe start different characters for all the races so you can get to check out the starting areas and the zones next to them without feeling like you're wasting your time.  Or they probably have a system for leveling quests along with you now?  No idea, it's been ages since I played.
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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2016, 09:23:26 PM »

my account is still active and I think I have characters on Dalaran yell if you need some help.
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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2016, 05:48:20 PM »

I started playing again the last couple of days with the release of Legion.  It's been many years and it looks like they wiped all the characters off my account.  Luckily with the free lvl 100 it almost felt like I was just starting a new game from scratch.  (Interestingly, though, it seems like they retained my old hotkeys...). 

I've only played a couple of hours, but thus far I liked what I've seen.  The overarching storyline with the return of the Legion isn't anything particularly creative, but it certainly sets the stage nicely and the presentation is much more compelling and personal than what I recall from years past.  The game graphics are really feeling dated these days, but that is only a minor distraction.  The new cutscenes and addition of more voiceover work is impressive.  Most importantly the questing so far appears more focused and relevant to the core storyline, and thus draws you in deeper than in days past where it became difficult to remember why you were killing the 100th boar. 

I suspect I may not last too long in the end, but you never know.  Right now I'm pretty excited about the game again.
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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2016, 06:58:18 PM »

I haven't played since '14 and never got a character past 20-something, but figured with all this talk I'd check it out again. I rolled a Death Knight on Dalaran, but would be interested in just about anything.
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« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2016, 07:10:59 PM »

Apparently my tolerance for WoW is right around 15 levels.  Ran three separate toons up to level 15 in June, then ended up just getting bored with it all.  smile

Funny thing is, I still have this weird urge to go back and try again (for a fifth time) to see if maybe it clicks if I try some different race/class combinations.   That happened with FFXIV, where I quit playing my Gladiator, but got hooked and spent 1,000+ hours with my Bard.  The overall aesthetic and lore of WoW really appeals to me, but the actual gameplay just ends up losing me very quickly. 
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« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2016, 08:36:25 PM »

Quote from: BrianE on September 01, 2016, 06:58:18 PM

I haven't played since '14 and never got a character past 20-something, but figured with all this talk I'd check it out again. I rolled a Death Knight on Dalaran, but would be interested in just about anything.

I'm on Thrall, I believe Hark is playing there too.

I don't know if the lvl 100 boost is still available but if so, it seems like a nice way to bypass a lot of the old content.  Not that the old stuff is all bad, there's certainly a lot of good in there, but clearly Blizzard has devoted a lot of energy into making this new part of the game their focus.
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« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2016, 08:25:38 PM »

I finally had a few bigger blocks of play time to sink into WoW, and it's been largely very rewarding.  Presently I'm only in the soloing phase to get to 110, after which I believe a lot of new "endgame" options will open up.

While the core gameplay presently is still very much traditional WoW in terms of questing, they have done a fantastic job integrating ideas from other games like GW2 and Neverwinter to make it a much more pleasant experience.  For instance, the old problem of camping for a particular mob is mostly alleviated as everyone gets quest credit for a mob kill regardless of whether you are grouped.  That one thing alone makes questing infinitely more fun, as random people will help you out (and vice versa) instead of deliberately trying to horde (no pun intended) certain mobs.  All you have to do is tag something to get credit, and others don't really lose much (some mob xp). 

More importantly is that the new Legion quests are for the most part more fun/creative and purposeful than generic WoW.  Yes, there are still the old staples of Kill X and Click X, but there is enough variation and dramatic progression that you don't feel like you are just plodding from one spot to the next doing the same thing.  And again for the most part, every quest you do is at least indirectly related to the goals set out in the main storyline.  Sometimes the devs can't help themselves and throw in some old "kill x bears" or "find x doodads" on "y demons" quests, but there are definitely more creative quests and novel uses of the engine.

I believe there's some system in place now that allows you to try out different classes at lvl 100 for a brief period, but I don't know exactly how that works.  Either way, assuming they are still doing it, I definitely recommend using the lvl 100 boost and playing the Legion content.
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« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2016, 05:04:54 AM »

I have put a ridiculous amount of hours in over the last month.  I'm horde on thrall and we are in a discord server most of the time.

when you create a character, you can play at level 100 through the prologue, then the class hall quest, then pick a spec and do the artifact quest before it will lock your character unless you buy or use a boost.  It does give you a good way to see how you like each class though.
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« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2016, 11:41:49 PM »

Nice little review of Legion:

http://www.macworld.com/article/3121658/software-games/world-of-warcraft-legion-review-the-excitement-returns-in-this-online-role-playing-game.html

I have to agree with this review.  I'd long given up on WoW and only rejoined on a fluke, but thus far I've enjoyed my time in it more than I have in most of the newer, fancier MMORPGs I've tried these past years.  The caveat (sorry to be repetitive) being that I have been playing exclusively (solo) from 100 to 110 (almost there!).   
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