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November 28, 2014

AFR #319 – Special interest

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I’m with Gord and Alaxia here, as you can probably guess.  The Draenor introductory experience is really well-crafted, polished, and a good introduction to the new expansion.  I have nothing but good things to say about it as a gameplay experience.

I’m just completely not interested in another expansion all about bad orcs doing bad things.  Introducing them to me like the opening credits of an 80’s adventure show doesn’t change my mind on that.  I’m sure it’s a nice shot of nostalgia if you played the old RTS games, but I didn’t.

Now, on the other side of that introductory experience is a fascinating world full of wonderful things to explore and I’m having a great time there.  I would be perfectly content to tromp around Draenor and never see any of those big-name orcs from the starting experience again.

April 4, 2014

AFR #286 – Distaff dissed

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If you’re a female lore figure in World of Warcraft, expect to have your family and friends brutally slaughtered in front of your eyes.  It’s a rite of passage, like getting your driver’s license.

Even Donna, the little girl in Stormwind, is on her own child-sized version of a rampage of revenge against William for stealing her dolly.  It’s like Blizzard doesn’t know what else to do with female characters.  (Other than, of course, have them pop out a baby or two and then disappear entirely.)

January 24, 2014

AFR #276 – Sideways to the present

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“Greetings, people of Azeroth prime, this is Garrosh Hellscream.  I will unleash the Iron Horde on your world unless you pay me a ransom of… one million gold!

“Uh, Garrosh– this is post-Pandaria Azeroth.  You get a million gold just by doing dailies for a week.”

August 16, 2013

AFR #253 – A little perspective

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It amazes me that there are still some people out there complaining that the pandaren “don’t have any basis in lore” or “are just an April Fool’s joke.”  At this point in the game, the pandaren have a stronger place in the lore of Azeroth than even humans do.  They have a much richer backstory and a more complex culture than any other race in the game, and their culture and story are all there in the game for us to experience without having to read novels or comic books to understand it.

Now, that’s an entirely separate question from whether you like the pandaren or not.  You are completely free to like or dislike anything in the game and no one can tell you otherwise.  I’m not all that excited about the pandaren myself.  De gustibus non est disputandum and all that.  But no one can say that Blizzard has not done an amazing job of developing and realizing the pandaren as a race.

July 9, 2013

AFR #245 – Wise and otherwise

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My guild saved the world and all I got was this purple shirt.

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