I’ve been so busy these past few days, sorry for the slow updates! I’m playing lots and LOTS of consoles lately, but I have definitely been putting in a good chunk of hours into WoW as well. I’m level 100 and basically working my way through Nagrand with a fine-toothed comb to complete all of the quests and absorb the story. Spires of Arak was really kinda boring and I feel like it contributed very, very little to the actual overall story. I think one boss may have come from the whole zone that meant anything… maybe not even that. Nagrand was a breath of fresh air, and I was immediately experiencing the story again.
I’m not making money at a reasonable rate yet, and by reasonable I mean to afford to pay for my subscription. Can one of you gurus out there give me advice on how to earn money? Every day I send my companions out on their missions but that only makes a few hundred gold (maybe 1/4 of them are 100) and I guess I should focus on fleshing out my garrison. Yeah… I definitely need help with what buildings and what to do.
The dungeons I’ve done so far have been a little bit of a let down. I did the first two on normal mode and they weren’t really special. I was also a bit shocked by how the loot worked. One person got loot at a time from the bosses and it was random. For some reason I thought everyone got loot. I’m going to have to review these loot changes again.
In general, the end-game in WoW is still really crappy. I don’t enjoy dungeon grinds at all. I want everything remotely imaginable done to reduce the grind and the annoyances for dungeons and raids so that I can simply jump in and jump out and experience them. I want my WoW to be like a FPS game where I jump in and play, experience the game to its fullest, and jump out. In a weird way, the more themepark it gets the more I want it to fully commit and just go all the way. As my time to play a game like WoW becomes more finite due to busy RL schedule (and my desire to play lots of other games too), I do find myself wanting that “niche” MMO where I can get things done — mind you, I still want that big epic and involved MMO too. There’s a spot for both in my life, hence why I have less time for a game like this.
Valor is coming back to WoW, but now it’ll come back in the form of just upgrading items rather than there being a valor vendor. I love the idea of a currency that complements items that drop in a dungeon rather than competes with them — the dev insights on their blog are 100% spot on, and I applaud them for finally making this realization. More of this kind of stuff, please!
My last point tonight is that on queue times. Holy crap the wait times of 45 minutes for a dungeon are murder on someone like me who might play WoW for 1-2 hours tops. Thankfully I have so much more to do still in the form of questing, but if I had finished everything? The queues would make me quit. That needs to be fixed.
Legion can’t come soon enough.