Monthly Archives: February 2012

#32 Thank you Galileo

Today’s blog post in honoring the great Italian physicists and astronomer, Galileo Galilei. He was the first one to suggest that it is the Earth that rotates around the Sun, not the other way around.

via Wikipedia

His discovery was considered blasphemous since it was against everything that the church, the most powerful actor in society at the time, believed about the movements of celestial bodies. The church held the belief that the Sun and the other planets rotated around the Earth, it must be since God put so much time and effort into making this magnificent blue planet just right to be inhabited by his favorite beings. So why wouldn’t He make everything else obit around it

Even though the Church placed pressure on Galileo to retract his statement, Galileo kept to his research. Sadly this lead to the church making his life incredibly unbearable, leading him to spend the rest of his life under house arrest.

He is also responsible for having an extra day on leap year. Galileo’s studies said that the Earth rotates around the Sun every 365 1/4th days, so adding an additional day every fourth year would keep all of our calender more accurate. (Another problem that people at that time experienced, there was none of the calenders kept to the staied accurate over the years)
That leap day on February 29th is the true reason for me praising Galileo today, his hard work and research we all get one more day in February. That means that I have 24 more hours to get all of my midterms out of the way before Blizzard holds it’s eagerly anticipated March press release for the information about Mist of Pandaria.

Oh, and you guys thought I would not tie it back into WoW

I don’t think I could properly make it through the week if I had to work on my papers (one of which involved Galileo’s work, how could you guess), study for my tests, and constantly keep my eye on the Internet for the any breaking news about Mists. Luckily, I will be completely done with my midterms tomorrow, giving me a full day to work on Friday’s blog post. That is if we actually get any news this week….

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#31 Death of Deathwing and the mageless cycle.

Last Friday night was an important night for me and the guild I’m in, not only was it the first time that our ten man raid group killed Deathwing in Dragon Soul, it was also breaking a cycle that had occurred ever since since I joined my current guild, at the very beginning of Cataclysm.

Ever since I started raiding with my guild there seemed to have a pattern emerged. I would participate on current raiding content, fighting through all the other bosses, then we would end up hitting a small wall at the last boss. Then we would spend a couple of weeks perfecting our attempts on that last boss. Perfectly normal right?

Well there would always be a raiding weekend where I could not log in, may it be for working reasons, school or class commentments. Something stopped me from joining the raid group to fight besides them at the last boss. Lo and behold the weekend I could not make the raid times was the same night that the raid group would overcome that progression wall and down the hardest boss without me there to offer my fireballs and skills.

This did not just happen one time, no. This occurred for every single. new raiding content. It happened when we where fighting Cho’gall at the beginning of cataclysm

D'oh, well there's always next patch....

It happened again when we traveled to the firelands in patch 4.2

The tears I shed when I heard the news could extinguish every last burning ember in the Ragnaros's Lair

It also looked like it was going to happen again in Dragon Soul when I had to leave town for Boston, because of  the Model United Nations event two weeks ago (For new readers you can read all about it in Be MOP post #27)

I was so worried about me missing my chance to partake in my guild’s history that every morning of the MUN event I would go to my WoW remote app on my phone just to see if the team did kill Deathwing, continuing  the cycle for the final raiding patch of Cataclysm.

To my luck the Blood’s Shadow (leave it to the Orcs to make the best nicknames for villains) did not fall that weekend, allowing me to see the full fight of the last boss for the first time with all my friends.

I finally get to be in the group photo for the Guild's website!

Hopefully this cycle is completely destroyed, and won’t happen again for when we enter the next raiding content in Mist of Pandaria. If it hasn’t you will be able to hear all about it on this website.

With a shiny new staff looted from Deathwing, me and my chicken is ready for anything.

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#30 The Baby’s Coming

March is just around the corner and that means that Blizzard will be holding their press release very, very soon™ and that means that the WoW community will be flooded by news, story ideas, and of course people analysing every bit of information.

As I think about all the fun that I will have in the new continent, the new Pandarian race, and the new instances and battlegrounds I have to remind myself of the news that Blizzard has sold one million annual passes. That means that I am going to be playing with more than a million other players with Beta keys, all trying to be first to experience everything new and I will be competing with many, many other bloggers who will also be covering the expansion.

Since this is my first time covering a game’s testing cycle, I am slightly over whelmed by the thought of covering everything that will be talked about over the months.

So this had made me think of what should I do to be different the other people out there. I’m currently thinking of possibly opening up a YouTube account to record some of my experiences through the Beta.

So this had made me think of what should I do to be different the other people out there. I’m currently thinking of possibly opening up a YouTube account to record some of my experiences through the Beta.

But I want to know what my readers want to see me cover in Mist of Pandaria
-Any special focus for PvP or on PvE?
-Are one interested in the quests or lore development ?
-Should I keep this blog focused on in-game news only or should I also keep tabs on In Real Life
events too?
-Should I even bother with professions and the changes to the Auction House?

So I’m asking you, yes you, to post a comment below and give your opinion. I will try my best to accommodate all  the requests of  everyone.

Oh, I almost forgot that this is Be MOP's 10 week birthday. Yay!

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#29 YAKETY YAK, don’t talk back

This title was inspired by one of my childhood favorite songs, a cover by the Olsen Twins. (LINK HERE)

Last night, via Twitter, Bashiok announced that the Pandrian’s racial mount will be a yak type creature

I’m happy that there’s at least one more new mount to collect in the expansion. I am also glad that the polygon count of yak is way higher than any other mounts we have so far.

I always get a kick when I remember that any new pets or mounts in the Blizzard Store and any added in Cataclysms has more polygons than a male night elf. (which I should remind a certain shadow priest in my raid, when he gets too full of himself)

I hope that since Blizzard is planning to have Pandarians to both the Horde and Alliance side, that Blizzard’s game developers will add variety to the mounts. I was not happy with the Goblins, and later the worgan mounts, both new race had only two mounts, one normal mount and one epic mount.

The problem is that there was no variety to them, the epic mounts had no other different colored armor. When I want to ride a certain mount I, like many others, want my mount to be slightly different than the other people riding the same model in the city.

I just want to be a unique little snowflake...just like everyone else

This variety complaint will become especially important if there’s only one or two mount designs that both factions share. It might be very confusing in battlegrounds if you see an enemy panda riding a yak that looks almost exactly like the mount of the friendly panda right next to you.

Although Blizzard have decided that the yaks are racial mounts, they have not said if they are going to be changing the mounts for which faction you choose after level ten and hopefully this will be addressed when the beta testing begins.

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# 28 Dragons and talents and milestones…Oh MY!

Last week offered two of WoW news, between the new Blizzard store mount and the release of the updated class talent trees. Of course these stories had to happened after I set up the Wednesday and Friday posts. That’s what I get for trying to prepare blog post during some of the busiest week that I could not connect to the Internet.

Because I cannot write an in dept analysis of both the new mount and the talent trees, in fear of seeming out of dated when I talk about the other later in the week. Since this blog is suppose to cover the next WoW expansion. So today I’m going to talk about the talent trees and abandon any hopes on having a full post about the mount.

I will say this about the Heart of the Aspects before we continue: Blizzard answered the call for what the geeky guys to get their geeky girlfriends for valentines day

This was my first clue that there was a new buyable mount

So with the updated talent trees Blizzard has said that not only it it still a work in progress, but also that if you do not see a talent you were looking forward to there is a good chance that it will be reworked into the class as spells or as glyphs. (Which was good, because the Polymorph talent level seems like a waste of a talent level if the expansion does not requires a heavy use of that spell)

I would like to restate that I have only really played a mage in all my time in WoW, so that is the only class I feel that I can confidently talk about.

Before

New and Improved

The last level of the talent trees also has a completely new spell, rather than mages getting a choice of three spells which we have already received and got to play with since before catalysms, mages now get a choice of new ways to regain mana and add a bonus of Spell Power. Whether it be a no cool down Evocation (which grant Spell Power once you the channel) , a rune to place on the floor to increase mana and Spell power when you stand on it, or a damage absorbing shield that grants you mana back, giving you a choice of talents that is based on what play style you play, and what boss fight encounters are you up agaist. If you are fighting a boss that does constant raid wide damage, you pick Incanter’s Shield, but if there is a fight where you are running back and forth during the battle (like Ragnaros) then picking the Rune of Power would be in your best interest.

Since these updates, I’m actually feeling really good about Blizzard’s choice in remaking the talent trees, they have more direct choice of play style than they did before.

P.S I would like to take this time to announce that last night Be MOP just reached it’s 1000th view!

Ding!

I would like to thank everyone who helped reached this important milestone, thank you for coming to my blog, you guys have encouraged me to continue with this project.

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# 27 Where I compare Model United Nations to World of Warcraft

This weekend I prepare to go on my annual trip down to Boston for the Harvard National Model United Nations event as a member of my college’s Model United Nations club.

It took months for our Model UN group to file the paper work, to get assigned a nation (this year we were lucky enough to snag the islands of Saint Kitts and Nevis),  to do the research about our nation, learn about our nation’s culture, our stances on the predetermined issues that we will be talking about in Boston, and what nations we should ally ourselves based on our history’s political activities. All this work, leading up to this one weekend event.

During this week, as I was gathering my things I needed to make a good impression to the other college students that have flown from all over the world for this event, it dawned on me that the way student delegates prepares and acts at Harvard’s Model U.N is just like how gamers prepare themselves to play a great game of World of Warcraft. I know it might sound crazy, but I truly believe there is a connection that could be drawn.

Both type of  people have to find out who they are suppose to role play as, whether it be a Spaniard, a Chinese, a Dwarf or a Blood elf, then they learn about their ethnic background and history. Then the delegates and players must learn how to act with other people and choosing who to ally with.

Whether we are in a World Trade Organization session or in a Warsong Gulch Battleground, we are supposed to know what  the people we are playing as would  think about certain ideology and which certain groups we are supposed to befriend.

Once we find out who we are and who supports us, we start to prepare ourselves.The students and the World of Warcraft players search through their wardrobe  to find their best suits to wear and their best outfits to make themselves appear better than normal, in order to fight for their cause.

I quote this at every Model United Nation trip, and for every 10 man raid.

This weekend I will be equipping my Navy Blue Wool Blazer, (which increased my New England Intellect racial), while adding my NH  Boys State pin (+10 Politics Knowledge) as well as my President Award for Educational Excellence pin (+15 to Education).

+5 to proper attire, +20 to dance

Once we are all prepared, and ready, the battle begins. Each student delegate enters the room of their assigned committee, in which they will be fighting for themselves and for their nation over the course of a tiring three day weekend. The students will have to think fast about what their political stances are, who to support and who are the enemies to their cause. The difference between a battle in a committee, and a battle on the fields of Azeroth, is that this weekend I fight with the arcane text of parliamentary procedure, not with magic spells or axes.

As the weekend goes on and people fight one another, there will be talks of alliances , tales of deceit and woe created over the course of the cutthroat talks. You can bet that at the end of a day, when the delegate’s stomachs are empty and they have spent a whole day in a room with the same people, that sparks flies and the talks will get heated.

This is an actuate artist’s interpretation of how the delegate of Russia acted last year at the end of a really long talk.

But most importantly, at the end of this parliamentary battle or at the end of a match in Arathi Basin, everybody will hang up their suits of armor and our differences to go socialize with each other, not as the nations we represent, or the characters we choose to be, but as people who find the fun in these experiences. We will begin talking about our personal experiences with this organization, while trading and making new stories about our past experiences.

No matter how heated it gets in the debates we come to the realization that it was all good fun when we say goodbye to each other at the end of the weekend.

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#26 What promise will Blizzard fail to provide for this Expansion?

Since 2007, I have played World of Warcraft through the pre-expansion build up of both the Wrath of the Lich King and Cataclysm. Through the countless articles I read covering the previews of the game,  I have noticed a curious trend of Blizzard always had one feature in their expansion that they fail to complete before the expected due date.

In Wrath, Blizzard had the infamous Dance Studio service that would let you choose a different dance style for your character, that never made it to the live servers. And  that the fans are still eagerly waiting for. Blizzard also completely killed the idea for aerial vertical  PvP scenarios. This failed service would not be as bad, looking from hindsight of the problems wrath had with vertical mechanics, if they did not advertise this feature on the finished product on the box art

See it's right there, go grab your Lich King box and look at the flap.

In Cataclysm the game designers promised another cool new way for character customization, called Path of the Titans, allowing you to choose a religion of sorts, picking a specific titan following, and completing weekly challenges that would allow you to advance through the ranks and get more glyphs as rewards.

A photograph of Path of the Titan. From Wowwiki

If you play World of Warcraft now, you will notice that this was another service that got the ax. Although some of the path of the titan’s aspects was rolled into the archeology skill and the new layer tier of glyph, I am still counting this as a failure to deliver.

So when Blizzard plans to release more information about Mist of Pandaria next month, you will know that as I  review all the new potential content, I will be also be thinking on if any of these promises will be see the light of the final release date.  I am thinking that I should start a  Be MOP betting pool, after march, about what features Blizzard said will be dead in the water. But that’s for a future post.

 

((P.S I do know that some of the reasons Blizzard would kill an idea  is because they could not get the game mechanics to work properly, or they could not balance it with all the other parts of the game, but it is still an interesting pattern))

 

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