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September 28, 2012

AFR #201 – Common ground zero

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Doing the Theramore scenario was a strange experience.  As a piece of gameplay, I loved it.  It was dynamic and challenging with a faster flow than the cc, pull, position, fight, heal up, move on staccato of dungeons.  Coordinating with two other people was much easier than with four others and the scenario allowed multiple ways of accomplishing the same goals. I can’t wait to do more scenarios

As an experience for my characters, it was horrifying.  My Alliance characters arrived at the scene of a horrible attack too late to do anything but stop it from getting any worse.  By the end I felt like we had achieved nothing.  (Yes, I know there’s some mumbo-jumbo about a focusing doohickey, but that has no emotional impact.  I shouldn’t have to read a novel in order to understand what’s going on in my game.)  It felt like one more crushing defeat for the incompetent Alliance.  When I got home I checked my mail and got a tabard for a bombed-out hole in the ground.  Great.

My Horde characters ran roughshod over the Alliance as usual and all was fine until the end.  When the smug blood elf (really, do they come in any other variety?) explained about how our assault was nothing but a diversion for the real attack with a weapon of mass destruction, I felt both sick at the thought of what I had helped set in motion and angry that all the hard work I had just done had in the end been meaningless.  I was not a proud warrior fighting for my people, I was the patsy in some warmonger’s game.  I got home, checked my mail, and got a toy bomb.  It made me sick to my stomach.

I suppose Blizzard could say that they wanted to provoke an emotional reaction, and they did, but I won’t be playing Theramore again soon, if ever.  That’s not what I want in my games.


  1. Yeah, I heard enough about it that I just avoided it… well, that and because even though I mostly play Horde side, the crap deal the Alliance gets pisses me right off. Not enough to destroy Southshore, take over Azshara, mostly destroy Ashenvale, and make travel along the path in north Felwood impossible, now this? *snarl*

    And having just finished the Jade forest… I haven’t felt so sick since finishing Hyjal. If the rest of Pandaria is like this, I’m not going to be a happy camper.

    Comment by Ayshela — September 30, 2012 @ 2:55 PM

  2. Jade forest was the worst. However, pandaland is not so bright and cheery a place as the flowing beer might make it seem.
    There is a lot out there that is really well done, and nothing else is going to make you nearly as upset as that last little scene where I can only say that ‘Both the Alliance and Horde act like they relieved themselves of their brains quite suddenly.’ Yes, it is supposed to be Sha influence, but that was a planned fight. As a choice of battlefield it was rather retarded.

    Comment by Robert — October 1, 2012 @ 6:13 AM

    • yeah, I didn’t expect it to be a happy-funtimes expac, but the “lead you in, lead you in, smack you over the head with stupidity/ignorance” was a little over the top. yeesh.

      Comment by Ayshela — October 1, 2012 @ 1:32 PM

  3. Nerd alert: It was the Focusing Iris that that smarmy punk converted into the Theramore Bomb. It was initially in the Nexus, and Malygos was using it to siphon Azeroth’s magic energies (’cause regular mortals weren’t worthy of it), and in Cata, Thrall was using it to keep the Maelstrom from ripping everything apart. The dude who stole and turned it into a bomb was a former member of the Kirin Tor, so I imagine that right now they are PISSED. GG, Garrosh, you’ve succeeded in alienating not only your last ally on the other side, and possibly the most powerful gathering of magic users on the planet.

    As for the comic and your comments, I do agree that the flow and style of Scenarios is refreshing and interesting, and I do look forward to trying more of them. However, I feel that they will be sour in many players’ mouths, given their first taste. 😦

    Comment by The Risu — October 1, 2012 @ 1:41 PM

    • Well, pissing EVERYONE off is a good lead in to him being the big bad boss, I suppose… :-S

      Comment by Ayshela — October 2, 2012 @ 12:54 PM

  4. Pretty much what is written there. I remember feeling the need for justice to be done after reading the book. In game, well…
    Nothing. The only thing I got from playing the scenario was a raised eyebrow followed by “That was it?”. In the book, Garrosh has made incredibly reckless moves against more or less every faction that is not Horde. Knowingly killing a leader of Kirin Tor? Check. Knowingly killing a general of the Sha’tar? Check. Stealing a VERY important item from the blue dragon flight and killing five of their more important members (with what seems to be a weapon speciffically designed to kill blue dragons)? Check.
    Do we get to know about anything of all that?
    Nope. The factions that were assaulted by the Horde in Blizzard-sanctioned lore even still remain neutral. The Horde did some very horrible things and what follows?
    Nothing. At all.

    I have to say, it is getting tiresome. At least it meant that start of Pandaria was VERY sattisfying… There just needs to be more of that. And then something that would all of aforementioned make sense…
    Ingame. Not in another book.

    Comment by Serenais — October 2, 2012 @ 5:08 PM

  5. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only person who feel so divided on the Theramore scenario. I want to say again that I really like the way scenarios play and I can’t wait to play more of them, it’s this piece of the story that left me feeling like I needed to take a shower (well, first hit something Garrosh-shaped very hard, then take a shower). Thank you all for reassuring me that I’m not alone.

    Comment by wowafr — October 5, 2012 @ 10:41 AM

  6. The entire matter regarding Theramore gave plenty of players a sour experience, to the point that Blizzard admitted it had messed up. I know I felt peeved about Theramore going bye-bye — even though I’ve always been a Horde player — instead of having an actual in-game launch event. (I still don’t buy Blizzard’s excuse on that.)

    That all being said, I wish my Horde toon could have gotten the tabard instead of the mini-mana bomb.

    Comment by Chrystie — October 7, 2012 @ 11:48 PM

  7. I strongly believe, from what I see in the comments and the flow of these comics, that Blizzard has succeeded in what it was looking for. By invoking feelings of disgust and uneasiness in the players about their factions and the way or the reasons they do things, they give the player the feeling that he wants to allienate himself from such senseless conflict. Now, how can a player do that? Roleplaying gives many options but game-wise, I see Wrathion as the third option, the leader to follow away from the stupidity and murder that both the Horde and the Alliance seem to love to inflict on each other in this expansion. Blizzard DID mention that they wanted to focus a lot in the conflict between the two major factions, and they have achieved that quite splendidly. If you really think about it, when WoW finally comes to an end, at whatever point of time that may be, don’t you want to at least know what happened to your factions? Who won in the end or if peace was made? I strongly believe that Blizzard is working towards that end, to bring a decisive but also satisfying solution to World of Warcraft. I’m not saying it will happen soon, the game may have 2 more years in it, it may have 5, it may have 10, I have no way of knowing that.

    In conclusion, as a Horde player through my entire career of six years, I right now really wish I could roll alliance, form a raid and go smack Garrosh in the head, since I can’t do that with my orc.

    Comment by Ailabel — January 10, 2013 @ 7:06 PM

  8. I haven’t played any scenarios, but I was genuinely saddened by the big fight in Jade Forest. Then my hunter (my first to hit 90, just last week; I’d stopped playing for a while, when said hunter was in the 70s?, just after MoP came out because Life) spent time traveling around, genuinely helping the natives, getting to know the new land, and had to report back to Admiral Taylor, convalescing in some inn. Watching him and the Orc going at it with their inane recovery-bed threats, I just wanted to smack them both over the heads. And then Taylor goes and sends me off to carry out his plan of “getting the natives on our side”. Wanted to shoot an arrow into his knee and explain to him how the Pandarens don’t WANT our fight, don’t WANT to choose our sides, were doing just FINE without us, and how he and the other leader are stupid, arrogant ….[string of insults]…. JERKS.

    Somehow, I don’t think I would’ve made a good colonist.

    Comment by ButMadNNW — July 19, 2013 @ 2:04 AM

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