[WoW] 10 Years, 10 Questions

This is in response to The Godmother’s post wherein she presents the 10 questions to World of Warcraft players. 1. Why did you start playing Warcraft? I’m honestly not sure any more, it’s been so long. I think it was mostly just idle curiosity, piqued after I saw an advert somewhere about the free trial, and simply wondering what all this MMO lark was all about. 2. What was the first ever character you rolled? Caerath, male human rogue, currently kitted out in some heirlooms but stuck at level 60 for the past 6 years or so. »

[WoW] Ups and downs of scaling

As suggested by a recent leak, the next World of Warcraft expansion may introduce level scaling, similar to how Guild Wars 2 does it. The basic idea is that when you enter a zone or instance, your level and gear are scaled down to the maximum for that place, making much more challenging than it’d otherwise be. Up There are a few positives to scaling, based on experience with the system in GW2. First off, it makes old content ‘relevant’ – raids, in particular, become much more interesting when they’re more or less the same difficulty as current content; »

[WoW] Walls of text

World of Warcraft is a complicated game. The Godmother’s recent post on the matter, and specifically on ways to improve the in-game ‘player education’ aspect of it, comes just as Bhagpuss published a post on a similar topic, that of how newbie-friendly the game is. Both posts shine a light on the unfortunate fact that honestly, WoW doesn’t do much within itself to guide new players, or veteral players facing new content. Sure, it’s improved over the years, and things like the new talents system mean fewer objectively bad decisions can be made out of understandable ignorance, »

[WoW] Guide: using Hugin for panoramic screenshots

Quick link: Hugin Panoramas are cool -- they show a much wider/taller view than it's possible to capture in one shot, and do so in a way that doesn't have the same weird rectilinear or fisheye distortion you get from regular wideangle or fisheye lenses. Here's an example of what I mean: If you actually go to the instance and stand in the same spot, you'll notice right away that the view isn't nearly as wide as this. Here's another example: Again, if you go here, you'll find that you can you can only see around one third of »