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World of Warcraft Expansion: Wrath of the Lich King One Week Review

Posted by Susan on November 24, 2008

ALL I CAN SAY IS – I Just wanna play all day!

Great job Blizzard – you nailed it.

Well the expansion has been out just over a week and I have to say that I am pretty impressed with its content.   The landscapes are amazing, and the quests are pretty cool. Blizzard has tried very hard to make the environments very interactive, users can now destroy buildings, and hijack vehicles to complete quests. This makes levelling your character an interesting experience.

In contrast to the previous expansion, blizzard has developed this one on previous Lore, this gives the user a more personal feeling to the game – we aren’t just going to a new place to complete objectives, we are learning about how our characters came to be allied the way they are, why we have the abilities we have, and the story about how we all fit together in this vast and creative world.

Users are enjoying the variety of moving through the world – in previous experiences there were only two ways to travel the world a griffin or a hippogriff (well for the alliance anyway). Now you can take a bird, a dragon, a plane, a tank, the options are endless. Blizzard has out done themselves.

Now that isnt to say that I dont have problems with blizzard’s expansion. Levelling may be fun with all the new things to see, but its hard to level with your friends. Blizzard has made it that you unlock zones but doing chain quests, one after another, you finish a quest, more become available. The problem with this is if you are levelling with your buddy and you do even 2 or 3 quests without him/her and you both are way off in terms of doing the same quests.

The New Dungeons in the expansion, are interesting, making the events of killing them very interesting – bosses may summon clones of themselves, or create a shadow of you that attacks you – this makes the events interesting and challenging.

Well, so far I have only heard good things about Blizzard’s latest baby and personally i have had no problems myself – more to come later in the week, I gotta go PLAY!!

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World of Warcraft: Lich King Released – The New Addiction

Posted by Susan on November 17, 2008

What can I say? The Expansion is out and we are all busy playing. I will say that I am suprised to see how many people were scouring the net for information on what to expect as the expansion approached. It seemed like this blog exploded with views the night before. But thats to be expected, we all want to know what happens, what to expect, and how to plan our time.

I think thats what scares me, with all this new content, all this stuff to accomplish and do, I think that I, among many other gamers, will feel like there is so much, that sleep will be somewhat of a commodity. I myself am already feeling that addiction kick in again like when I first started wow. That feeling like it is the only thing to do, hell its 3 am and I am playing as we speak. Its just crazy.

It makes me wonder, do we have addictive personalities? or is the game just addictive? I am not sure if that makes sense, but its 3am, cut me some slack, I am open to opinions and thoughts… Goodnight gamers! GAME ON!

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World of Warcraft Pre-Expansion Problems

Posted by Susan on November 12, 2008

Blizzard Continues to Have Problems Pre-Launch

After all the waiting yesterday, all the patience until 3am, and what does Blizzard do for the gamers that keep them in business – NOTHING.

My level 70 Night Elf Druid Aarowen

My level 70 Night Elf Druid Aarowen

So, Wrath of the Lich King is gonna be in my hands in less than 12 hours and my thinking at this point is – so what? In the past 24 hours I have barely been able to play, because Blizzard has had the servers down because of a “mail system issue”. Then I finally get on and think that Blizzard is trying to be nice for all the lost game time by providing us with free epic pvp gear – but no, I log in this morning and find that it is just a glitch!! Grrr.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the game, and I will be getting the expansion at midnight tonight. I just am wondering if its worth it to stand outside in the cold for hours, to get a game that will most likely have serious problems for the first 2 weeks of its launch.

It seems to me that Blizzard has been pushing this launch so fast; and maybe its due to some loss of gamers to warhammer – but that loss is so small – the game is still “home” to many individuals – at lastest count about 8 million subscribers – so why push a launch so quickly and run the risk of major problems?

I guess that we will have to keep the faith with Blizzard and their team that they know what they are doing – I just hope that a lot of home bodied gamers are not dissapointed. We don’t like to have to go outside in the sunlight, it ravages out poor pale skin. LOL

I will be sure to post as soon as I have the expansion up and running!

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Is Blizzard Ready For This Expansion?

Posted by Susan on November 12, 2008

Ok! I am totally frusterated!

The World of Warcraft Expansion: Wrath of the Lich King, is less than 24 hours away, and everyone is stoked and totally excited about its launch – however, today blizzard has had all the servers down ALL DAY!

The reason? Something wrong with the in-game mail system. Personally, I am a little skeptical. Many forum pages have individuals claiming that they have already purchased their copy of the expansion, and I wonder if maybe, this was blizzard’s attempt to keep those individuals from playing before the rest of us get to.

I think that is one of the biggest thing about this expansion, it is not suppose to be revealed until tomorrow at midnight – well tonight at midnight. But to hear that individuals in the states have already received their copies….and purchased at a 7-11? Its frustrating considering I pre-ordered my copy months ago.

7-11 purchased game

7-11 purchased game

It seems the Blizzard is trying to make up for the problems associated with the Expansion – not only for the massive delays in the latest patch, to which gameplay was stopped for a day, but also for todays disruption. People have noticed that there are 3 free days of gameplay added to their accounts, and today, free epic gear was made available to individuals from in-game vendors. However, it is not clear if the gear is a bug in the game or something of a peace token from Blizzard – who knows that there were a lot of very irratated gamers today. The forums online exploded, so much so that Blizzard actually shut down their forum page – most likely due to the massive influx of individuals wanting to vent their frusterations about not being able to play – again for the second time this month.

With all these glitches before the Expansion it makes me wonder – how prepared is Blizzard for this expansion? And what further problems can we expect once everyone has it? There are already whispers from the beta testers that there are loading problems with the expansion – I guess I will find out tomorrow.

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World of Warcraft Expansion: Wrath of the Lich King hitting stores THURSDAY!!

Posted by Susan on November 11, 2008

Well the time has come, this week is huge for all us World of Warcraft gamers…

The Wrath of the Lich King


The Wrath of the Lich King has come! This expansion is Blizzard’s newest update to the World of Warcraft MMORPG.This expansion is probably a WoW players wet dream, with new professions, a new level cap, new zones, new arenas, and many other new things to discover, the game will be revitalized, and infused with more things for players to accomplish – so lets go over these new features:

The Death Knight

Well Blizzard is starting this expansion with the all new hero class called the Death Knight. Death Knights will be able to be created by players who have obtained a level 55+ on a server. There are rules to this class however, in that only those individuals with characters of that level will be able to make a Death Knight, and furthermore there is only One Death Knight to be made per realm (server). So far as the information has been filtered in, this is what we know about this class; there will be three categories of talents, Blood, Frost and Unholy. Blood refers to melee spells, weapons and health regeneration. Frost refers to controlling elements with high critical strike ratings and bonus damage. Unholy has heavy focus on diseases, minions, and AoE abilities. There are many new features of the Death Knight: I will highlight some here, found from sources all over the web – the point here is to give you the most information on the expansion as possible.

A Blood Elf Death Knight

Death Knights will have several features to make them stand out from the basic individuals of each race:

  • Voice emotes will be remodulated to sound more “evil”
  • Player characters will have glowing blue eyes
  • Skin choices that give the appearance of undeath
  • Unique character loading screen showing the character standing atop a frozen necropolis (shown in graphic.)

The Rune System

The resource mechanics for death knights are runes and runic power. A skilled death knight makes efficient, timely use of runes and runic power to maximize his or her damage-dealing or tanking abilities.

  • Runes: Every death knight ability requires runes, which come in three varieties: blood, frost, and unholy. Depending on the ability, it may require runes of a single type or a combination of types. When a rune is used, it has a cooldown period before it can be used again. Death knights can customize which array of six runes to have available at a given time, which can aid their ability to perform certain roles. For example, a tanking death knight may wish to load his or her rune array with more Frost runes.
  • Runic Power: As rune abilities are used, the death knight also generates another resource called runic power. The death knight has certain abilities that consume all available runic power, with varying levels of effectiveness based on total runic power spent. Similar to a warrior’s rage, runic power decays over time if not spent.

Death Knights are only part of the excitement associated with the upcoming expansion, and unfortunately Blizzard is trying to keep a lot about them underwraps – most sites are dismantled as quickly as they are put up, especially video. But here is the intro to the class that I found on youtube – very interesting, and goes into a very small amount of Lore behind the death knight class, and who the Lich King is.

Northrend

Another exciting aspect about the expansion is the creation of a new zone: Northrend. This area will allow not only the opening questing for the death knight class, but also the levelling for those level 70 to advance to level 80, the new level cap of the World of Warcraft. The new zone will contain, destructible elements, new quests, new zones, new battlegrounds, and arenas for players to discover and enjoy. The major advance in this element of the expansion is the ability to destroy environments, an ability and interaction with the environment not seen to this amount of detail in the game thus far. I personally cannot wait to see what characters will be able to accomplish in this new zone, and to what extent this destruction may entail.

New Level Cap 1-80

Well if you thought that levelling from 1 – 70 was hard enough, be prepared for even more! Although players may choose to roll a new Death Knight, they may also choose to level present characters to the new level cap of 80! Since the last expansion, many players have reached end game content, and as such blizzard wants to keep you coming back for more, so, why not make you push your player to 80! With the advent of new levels comes the more powerful spells and abilities that your character will learn, eventually reaching the new end game content and facing the Lich King himself.

New Profession: Inscription

This profession is already live in the game, with the advent of the latest patch from blizzard.

And boy might I add that sucker was a doozy to download! This profession allows characters to gain more powerful abilities through scrolls that may be added to their character. It will has two aspects: augmentation of abilities and spells with the creation of a new type of item (“scrolls”, for example, from ink, parchment and other reagents). Every player will get a new spell book page to which they can add up to six glyphs — currently ranging from one major and one minor at level 15 to three major and three minor at level 80.These make your character a little more powerful. I have noticed a great increase to my level 70 druid’s abilities since attaching them.

Make your character a little more powerful by adding a glyph – just purchase/make and travel to your nearest Lexicon of Power, found in most major cities in Azeroth!

Well, that is just a small portion of what we can expect to see in the latest expansion of Blizzard’s #1 game! And trust me there will be much to discuss, not only about the gameplay itself, but also the impact of the expansion on gamers, in weeks to come. Stay tuned, as this thursday – we all will have the chance to discover Northrend together.

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