Prison Server… ::Facepalm::

This one wreaks of a PR stunt that five people came up with in the conference room on their lunch breaks. A prison server? Really?

We get told all the time how operating servers costs this company so much money.  We have to fight tooth and nail for a server PEOPLE ACTUALLY WANT TO PLAY ON, and they create one to house cheaters and rule breakers. Makes sense.

“Drunder will get no customer service support and it will require a maintained membership to access and play.”

So… just like the live servers?

This is a server our Customer Service Game Masters have requested over the years in order to manage disruptive players. They will determine who goes there.

“Unlimited Power!” – Palpatine The one CSR left after the great purge.

…players can use our /petition system and ask to join Drunder.

So in order to alleviate the CSRs of their hefty work load, we allow people to petition to join a server that exists to punish the bad people. Yep that sums it up.

Early Thoughts on my Return to WoW

Yeah, I returned to WoW. I’ve put in a few hours casually over the last 4 days and have to say I’m starting to really, really enjoy the leveling experience in Warlords of Draenor. In fact, so much so that I am regretting having not played from the beginning. Technically it would have never worked given I was busy getting married, etc., but there is definitely a twinge of “Ugh I missed out on this in its heyday.”

This post is simply going to serve as a place to dump a few quick thoughts on my experience thus far, and maybe even get a little bit of your feedback and help on some questions.

I decided to roll up a Hunter. I plan to convert him to a melee spec Hunter when Legion launches. I’m enjoying how Hunters have changed since I played one as my Main from Vanilla through WotLK.  Any advice on a particular pet?

Khadgar has Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian

Why does Khadgar have Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian?

Lore

I love the emphasis on lore and story. Right from the get-go we meet Khadgar and Durotan and really big players. So much early RTS lore being thrown at me. However, I’m sorta confused. So uh.. where’d Khadgar come from? Wasn’t he in Outland in Shattrath? And why does he have Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian?! Isn’t that Medivh’s staff?

WoW Garrison

Having a useful, functional place to upgrade and work on is a welcome change of scenery

Garrisons

The Garrison system is fantastic. I think adding a place to call “home” is definitely a much needed change of pace from everyone roaming around a capital city. The feigned sense of social contact in WoW was off-putting. We were never there to chat. At best it made for inspecting people and suffering from gear envy. Having a practical and useful place that generates items, income, and something to do — a reason to log in that isn’t the same kind of daily quest — is welcome.

Atmosphere & Quests

The zones themselves seem much grander than typical WoW expansions. MoP was so bland and the lore and atmosphere stank in comparison. I really feel a sense of “Warcraft” here.

Quests in Frostfire Ridge were quite good. I like the emphasis on cinematic and leading me around via story. On the main map there is a Story Progress indicator which is nice to see how far I should be progressing through a zone. Thus far, the story has taken me to all of the outposts and I feel like I finished everything I wanted to do in Frostfire Ridge by the time the story took me to the next zone.

[Spoiler ahead] When Ga’arn told his brother the tribe needed their Warchief and Durotan’s eyes widened… then Ga’arn sacrificed himself and yelled “LOK’TAR!!” I had the best nerdy goosebumps and was on the verge of getting emotional. Whew… starting to feel it again… okay, moving on.

Questing itself is definitely not bad. Yeah, it’s the same old stuff but man when you go to other games and do their quests and you come back to WoW it’s like a warm chocolate chip cookie giving you a hug. As far as themeparks go, WoW is king and no one else should even try.

WoW Rare mob spawns

Gathering treasures and hunting “rare” mobs adds fun

Treasure and Rares

One of my absolute favorite additions are the treasures and rare mobs/items around the map. I LOVE the exploration element that exists even when I cheat with this UI mod that shows me where everything is located. Personally, seeing these rares on the map is even more push for me to go out of my comfort zone. I also like how they can require a little effort and acrobatics.

Gear Upgrades

REALLY cool feature I just discovered is random gear upgrades. I got a quest reward that I swear went from a green to an epic. I now have like 5 epics that are way better than the quest reward was going to be. Such a neat dynamic element to a very stale questing model.

Gorgrond

I’m excited to see what adventures the next zone brings

I’m just now entering the second zone: Gorgrond. Setting up my outposts was yet another “cool, that’s neat,” moment. Those moments will keep me engaged and wanting to continue logging in to level.

Assassin’s Creed Rogue Review: A Must Play

Assassin's Creed Rogue Story

This post will contain spoilers for Assassin’s Creed Rogue, Unity, III, etc.

Assassins’ Creed Rogue launched the exact same day as Assassin’s Creed Unity, received absolutely no press, and launched on “last-gen” consoles. Rogue’s fate was sealed before it even launched, and for whatever reason fell by the wayside as a game I had not even heard of — even as a major fan of the franchise — until just a few months ago. I’m glad I played because Rogue is easily one of the best in the entire series.

A Return to Great Storytelling

You’ll recall from my Unity review that I felt like Ubisoft abandoned the fantastic (and horrifically complex) story they’ve been telling for so many years. Rogue doesn’t suffer from these issues. In fact, Rogue not only bridges entire series into a complete package that actually makes sense — it actually brings clarity to Unity’s story!

You play as Shay Patrick Cormac, a novice to the Assassin order. After the Assassins keep making terrible decisions regarding the pieces of Eden and implementing an end justifies the means approach, Shay decides he has had enough and tries to put a stop to the needless bloodshed. He goes against the Assassins and ends up unknowingly joining the Templars as he seeks to help the British colonies defend themselves against the French. Ultimately he realizes he has more in common with the Templars, joins their ranks, and becomes instrumental in obliterating the Assassin Order in the colonies. [Read more…]

D23 Expo Gaming and Geek News

I’m a huge fan of Disney. My wife and I just renewed our Disneyland annual passes, and I’m eager to start going again once this heat weave we’re experiencing is over. Somewhat on-topic for our blog, Disney just had their D23 Expo over the weekend and announced some incredible news for fans like us as well as for gaming fans.

First…

Star Wars Land

Star Wars Land

I got chills when this was announced. An entire land at Disneyland (and Disney World) dedicated to Star Wars… it’s a dream come true. Star Tours the ride is already a must-ride for me every time we go. I spend at least 10-15 minutes in the Star Wars gift shop looking at all of the overpriced licensed goodies. Apparently the new Star Wars Land will have shops operated by difference species, and new major attractions featuring the Millenium Falcon and a “cinematic battle.” My fingers are crossed for blue milk at concession stands. I didn’t see an announced date, but I’m guessing 2017.

A little more on topic now… (Not that Star Wars and geekery are ever off-topic…)

Disney Magic Kingdoms

Disney Magic Kingdoms App Game

Disney Magic Kingdoms will be a Roller Coaster Tycoon style game where players can build their own Disney themepark. Starting with the iconic castle (which one I do not know, but I’m partial to Sleeping Beauty), players can place many of the rides and attractions from the parks including Haunted Mansion, California Screamin’, Astro Orbiter, and of course Space Mountain.

I’m assuming Magic Kingdoms will be a time-waster game. I’m okay with that, and I trust Disney to carefully control the experience, especially since it involves their brand in such a huge way. I’m betting we’ll see expensive In-App Purchases — the likes of which I will never, ever, purchase but always work hard to hopefully try and earn them in-game.

Nothing beats Disney quality. Their apps are phenomenal. I’m really excited to build the ultimate park, put Dole Whips on every corner, and pipe that sweet smell of cinnamon and sugar to every inch of the Keenland. Definitely putting this one on my must-watch list.

Lasted 2 Years, 2 Months, 3 Days, and 49 Minutes

WoD-Free-Trial… Before truly considering a return to WoW. Yeah, I was tempted when WoD came out. Yeah, I was tempted last week when Legion was announced. The temptation to return didn’t really sink in until tonight when I was sitting here with nothing on the PC striking my interest, my friends were all offline, and the TV was occupied. I suddenly realized, WTF is there to do? I need a MMO!

The K&G Community hasn’t made the temptation any easier.  Several still play, and the general consensus is that WoD is fun to level through. I’m not a raider anymore. I’m not interested in anything beyond seeing the dungeons. I would like to try the Garrison stuff, and you guys know me… I’m into that Farmville style house maintenance crap. I don’t know why, but I like it.

I installed the game tonight. Blizzard offered me a free ten day trial and I took it. Logging in tonight was a mixture of absolute confusion (I mean seriously 2 years), feeling a little dirty, and a twinge (just a little bit) of glee.

I’m confused about what to do, where to go, how to get started. I don’t know what class I want to play. I have characters across half a dozen servers and I want to find out where a couple of friends are playing.  Where are my peeps at? (Is that how they speak in WoW still?)

You’ll recall I want to play a Melee Hunter in Legion. If I get WoD and have a 90 Boost should I use it on a hunter? I want to play one for sure. Maybe save the 100 Boost for an alt when Legion comes out?

Anyway, I have 9 days and 22 hours to decide what to do. Your input and ridicule are welcome.

Edit: I guess I have enough gold to buy several months of free play time with Tokens.