Surprise! No, I’m not back at the wheel yet, but this newfangled internet thing seems to have actually found its way onto Her Majesty’s Ships, so while I can’t play for another month I can at least write about playing. A poor second best, but beggers can’t be choosers.
One fact that hasn’t escaped my attention is that it’s just over a year since I was last stuck in some godforsaken military outpost with little to do other than read WoW Blogs, all of which inspired me to start my own, the results of which you can see before you. One year later, two facts leap to mind. The first is that Pew Pew Lazerz is a year old and I hadn’t noticed. The second is that there’s nothing written on another blog that I can’t shamelessly rip off and use as inspiration for my own!
So, drawing “inspiration” from one of the posts at Egotistical Priest I’ve enjoyed reading on those long night watches, my question to you is this:
If you could sit down with a WoW developer over coffee and bagels for a half hour, what would you ask them to change about the game?
I’ll kick off with a few examples.
1. Remember at Blizzcon before WotLK was released when the devs said Mages were going to be the undefeated, unparralled, unrivalled masters of AoE damage? Apparently what they meant by that was they were going to give everyone an AoE ability that was just as good as anything we had. Except for those classes that already had better AoE than us. Obviously. So what I’d ask for is something, anything, that mages could do better than, or at least as well as, anyone else. Just a friendly word of warning before someone shouts “portals!” or “Gief cake!” We have very long memories, we hold grudges and we can set you on fire by just thinking about it.
2. This next one I read over at Egotistical Priest and I think it’s awesome. Make Consecration heal any friendly target standing in it. There may be a dozen different reasons why this is never going to happen, but I don’t want to think of any of them because the idea is just so awesome. It doesn’t have to be a massive heal, let it tick for the same amount that Consecration already does damage. Paladins won’t care, they’ll be too happy to finally be able to heal more than one person at once without a bandaid or a glyph. It even makes sense from a lore perspective. Take a good look at your nearest Holy paladin. More armour than the USS Missouri and a shield you could block the Death Star’s exhaust port with. WHY is he/she standing at the back with the squishies? Alexandros Mograine, Tirion Fordring, Uther the Lightbringer… these names ringing any bells? When the brown smelly stuff hits the air recirculation unit, these were not people you saw at the back, hiding behind the priests. Get the paladins into battle where they belong!
Except Galadan, obviously. He’s too pretty to get his armour dirty.
3. Make flying mounts work everywhere. Yes, I know it would mean a crapload of effort that could be used making new stuff instead, and I know it will never happen. But we can fantasise.
4. Let Calli be a Gnome.
5. Get someone who’s actually been to Scotland to do the Dwarf female voices. Please.
So. What would your choices be?