Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 13: The WoW race you just can’t stand

Cinder and I have opened up our shared blog topic challenge for everyone to join in on. The more the merrier! Every second Saturday we post a new topic that’s open for a fortnight for everyone to write about. Cinder and I will link all  posts for this topic on our shared blog website here.   This fortnight’s topic was  suggested by Thebmatt from Your Quest Log Is Full and it’s for us to talk about the WoW race we really don’t like.

There aren’t actually any playable races that I don’t really like, though when I look at my alts I can see distinct bias towards the ones I actually do play. However, there are lots of non playable races that drive me crazy. Murlocs and Harpies with their screeches are pretty high up on my list but the absolute worst though, is the Thistleleaf npcs that can be found in Val’sharah. Their voices are so annoying!

The lines they randomly say are funny when written down:

“This one’s slow. Someone get me a dagger!”
“Oh yeah, come on, come at me!”
“Ohhhh, let’s kill it!”
“I just soiled myself”
“Can’t see…too much pain.”
“Just wanted…a little fun.”

but their voices.. ugh. I actually find myself getting really cross when I have to go into their areas if there’s a world quest up because I have to listen to these horrid little imps. There has been quite a few times WoW has been muted just so I can get my questing done in peace.

My extreme dislike of these npcs means I will actually go out of my way to avoid the areas they are in when I’m passing through Val’Sharah just so I don’t have to hear to them.

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 12: Design your own Zone

Cinder and I have opened up our shared blog topic challenge for everyone to join in on. The more the merrier! Each Saturday we post a new topic that’s open for a fortnight for everyone to write about. Cinder and I will link all posts for this topic on our shared blog website here.

My all time favourite zone is the Ruins of Gilneas.  I love the spooky deserted English/Scottish countryside feel of it.  I head up there fairly regularly just to spend time exploring in the deserted Gilneas, poking my head into all the gorgeous little houses and wandering through the rooms of Greymane Manor.

I’ve made quite a few Worgens to get to see Gilneas in its hey-day. One of my biggest regrets about the zone is that more of the houses in Gilneas city itself aren’t able to be entered into. It would be awesome to be to click on a door and have it open so you can go see inside. Given how much I Iove Gilneas, it shouldn’t be surprising that I really enjoy going to visit Bradensbrook in Legion, as it uses a lot of the same architecture and feel of the zone.

So if I could design any zone; I would want to actually take the existing Ruins of Gilneas and modify it a little into an awesome enchanted adventure zone. I’d like to see secret passages inserted into Greymane Manor that you can activate by clicking random panels on the wall and get to wander through secret rooms hidden away. Or stepping on  specific floor boards that then open up staircases that lead down into winding tunnels that could come out into main city or even down onto the beach. I want a library inserted that has all of the readable books that are currently available in the game in the one place, and I would put in  extra books where the text is actually clues or maps to follow to go find random treasure chests.

I’d like quest givers to be there but their quests would be randomized each time you talk to them and offer a series of riddles or clues that you would have to solve to reach the next part of the chain or next quest giver.

One of my favourite books when I was little was the Folk of the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. So I think the insertion of a big spooky forest that you could wander through with daily shifting paths that lead to secret little dells with random portals  that lead to other places would be awesome. No names or distinguishing features on the portals so stepping through them is an adventure in itself as you wouldn’t know where you might end up. You wouldn’t be going to this zone with your hearth on CD. Oh and no big spiders in this forest, we’ll stick to populating it with the cuter critters of Azeroth.

I would adore to be able to have a zone that you can just visit solely for the purposes of exploring and each time it’d be slightly different so exploring and meandering through it would feel a little new each visit.

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge: If I couldn’t be a Druid I’d be a….

Cinder and I have opened up our shared blog topic challenge for everyone to join in on. The more the merrier! Each Friday  we post a new topic that’s open for a week for everyone to write about. Cinder and I will link all posts for this topic on our shared blog website here and you can find Cinder’s awesome post right here.

This weeks topic is all about what would you play if you couldn’t play your main toon? I thought this was a particularly relevant topic at this point in time, given how much 7.1.5 has changed the playstyle of a number of classes. I’m rather lucky in that I absolutely adore being a Druid so it would take a lot to get me away from playing one.

But it’s no secret I’m a serious altoholic and every time I spend a bit of time on an alt I generally end up falling in love with it for a bit and sometimes secretly wishing I’d change mains. Then I come back to Z and remember all over again how much I love the totalness of what a Druid offers like access to all the specs, and the different forms and a healing style I really enjoy.

If I had to change away from a Druid… It would be a tough decision because there’s quite a few classes I really enjoy playing. It definitely would number one have to be a class that has a healing spec because I really like healing, make that really really like healing! So that narrows the choices down to Shaman, Priest, Monk or Pally.

And that’s where it gets harder because each of those classes bring something really fun and each has drawbacks to them. Monk and Pally have the same set up for specs, Tank, Melee Dps and Heals, making them the most similar to Druid in that regard, but I’d really miss having a ranged os so they’re out. And while I really like Monk healing, I’ve never been able to get my head around Paladin healing. Too many hands, or Blessings or something but it’s just never clicked with me.

I like Shaman a lot, visually the Elemental spells have to be one of the most spectacular; throwing Lava and Fire and Lightning through the air at your enemies. And getting a fire elemental to come and attack with you for a bit is pretty cool, but as much as I’ve levelled a Shammy to max level each expansion, it’s just never grabbed me as a healing style though they have some great abilities with their healing totems.

And that leaves Priest, which would definitely have to be my favourite healer next to Druid. It’s also the healing style that is most closest to Druid. It has a ranged os which is pretty fun to play though I’ve never actually spent that much time as a Shadow Priest outside of levelling. But if I couldn’t be a Druid, there’s probably a very high chance I’d end up as a Priest.  I’d miss so much of what I love about Druid but there’s some really good perks of being a priest.

Their spells look amazing! All flashy and golden light. A priest in action looks stunning. Even more so now in Legion.

And I love that a priest can pretty much be any race. While I love Night Elf Druids for Alliance, I’m still not 100% sold on being a Troll (though they look so much better now than they used to)  and I really don’t like Tauren,  so a Priest would give me far greater range in being able to play a race I really liked.

And as much as I love my Druid, leather armor looks nowhere near as awesome as cloth. If I played a Priest, I’d probably spend all my gold in a matter of days from transmogrifying constantly.

Choosing another class to main would not an easy choice because there is just so much I love about being a Druid but each time I play my Priest, I’m reminded over and over there are some pretty great features to them as well.

If you had to swap mains, what would you choose?