I haven’t had a chance to really play Mists of Pandaria yet, so here’s another photo op! After infiltrating Theramore, I claimed the city for myself! On my right is Mooglegem, and on my left is the warrior Vylane of Draka (from a random group).
I wish they weren’t my enemies in this situation. Sorry you three!
In other news, happy Mists of Pandaria! The attack on Theramore triggers the war that’s the start of Mists of Pandaria, so since I don’t actually have anything to say about Mists of Pandaria yet, this seemed like a good post for today.
Next WoW novel set to focus on Vol’jin, Anne Stickney, WoW Insider, 9/13/12.
Yes, yes. Yes, yes, yes. (Please let Vol’jin kill Garrosh at the end of Mists.)
“Appear Offline” coming soon to Battle.net, Adam Holisky, WoW Insider, 9/20/12.
We’ll finally have some privacy on Battle.net!
No Greg, you’re missing point, TyphoonAndrew, TyphoonAndrew’s – Eye of the Storm, 9/20/12.
TyphoonAndrew responds to Ghostcrawler’s post in which he states that he believes players were expecting a big event instead of the Theramore’s Fall scenario. Nope, we were just expecting something coherent.
Spiritual Guidance: Guide to Mists of Pandaria discipline priests, Dawn Moore, WoW Insider, 9/19/12.
This could be important for me.
Breakfasts Topic: Do you use items from your guild bank?, Lisa Poisso, WoW Insider, 9/19/12.
Lisa discusses how she’s never sure what she can take from the guild bank. I know that feeling.
No nerfs, no lockouts, no consumable restrictions for Challenge Mode dungeons, Olivia Grace, WoW Insider, 9/13/12.
Some explanations for Challenge Modes.
Why the NFL’s Chris Kluwe will always be @ChrisWarcraft on Twitter, Lisa Poisso, WoW Insider, 9/14/12.
An interesting article about and interview with NFL player and WoW player Chris Kluwe.
An interesting look at ArenaNet’s idea of endgame.
RaF Mount For Five Bucks?, JD Kenada, Amateur Azerothian, 9/15/12.
Give this a read if you want to get the RaF mount for $5.
After running through the Theramore’s Fall scenario last night, I can say that I was pretty disappointed. I like the concept, but Theramore’s Fall was not very interesting. I hope it isn’t indicative of the other scenarios. Obviously, I’ll be spoiling the scenario in this post. At the end, in a separate section, I’m going to be spoiling the novel. It’s worth noting that without being familiar with the novel, the scenario makes no sense at all.
My first complaint is about how the scenario is integrated. What are we doing? Why are we here? How would I even know about this scenario if I didn’t read blogs? There’s nothing in the actual world. There should have been something on the Warchief’s Command Board along with guards barking out instructions. “All able-bodied members of the Horde are to report for war immediately!” Of course, you’re not going off to the main battle for Theramore. When you talk to the guard, he could say something like, “Warchief Hellscream has requested the best of the best for the special mission. You look like you have what it takes. Report to him at once.” Garrosh could have some dialogue before queuing you for the scenario. But no. There was nothing.
Instructions are displayed on the screen. I actually like this because it makes it clear. However, there was no explanation for why we were doing these tasks. I would have liked an NPC to tell us the instructions. I started on a Horde ship docked at Theramore and was tasked with rigging explosives on six Alliance ships. Why were there explosives on those ships? I don’t know. Who’s telling us to do this? I don’t know. Stage two tasked me with informing a goblin that the explosives were set, allowing him to blow the ships. There are Horde NPCs along the docks but not much real fighting. In Stage three I had to defeat some guards and the flightmaster. He was a simple boss. It was time to defeat a siege engine in stage four. Fun little enemy. It was nothing compared to actual bosses, but when you think of scenarios more as quests (possibly without tanks or healers), it seemed decent. It’s worth noting that there don’t seem to be armies anywhere. Where’s the Horde? Where’s the Alliance? It doesn’t make a lot of sense.
At that point a cutscene is played showing an airship stationed by goblins dropping a huge mana bomb on Theramore. Where did they get the mana bomb? Was there an actual battle or just the bomb? Without the novel, this isn’t answered.
I received a bag at the end of the scenario that contained five Horde symbol fireworks. You can kind of see the symbol in my screenshot. It didn’t actually look much better in the game. I suppose this is kind of realistic. Fireworks usually look almost how they’re supposed to look.
Zidormi, the NPC that usually stands in front of the portal to the Caverns of Time in the Violet Citadel, now stands near the western bridge leading to Theramore. She’ll temporarily phase you back if you want to see Theramore in its previous glory. I don’t know if she’ll be here permanently, but I really hope so. I like being able to see the old content.
Here’s a quick bullet-pointed summary of the novel that helps explain the scenario.
Pretty much none of this is explained in the scenario. Some of the details are likely not needed, but the scenario needed a lot more lore than what was in it (none). The book, while excellent, is missing a couple things as well. Most notably, I’d like to know more about Malkorok and how the Horde obtained the Focusing Iris.
Character development was excellent for the most part. I can see how Jaina would snap even if it seemed a little extreme. Garrosh has gone all out war-crazy. It seems odd that he was against the Forsaken’s use of the blight but is okay with the huge mana bomb. I suppose you could assume that he’s decided that enough is enough and is now willing to go to more extreme tactics; However, we don’t really get in his head enough. It’s just not explained.
Varian is becoming a wonderful character. He’s war-crazy side seems fully integrated with his logical side. I love that he’s proud and accepting of Anduin now. Varian seems like the kind of noble king that the Alliance deserve. I’m starting to wish my character could look up to him.