Monday, August 20, 2012

Coming Back to WoW

As I hinted at in my last post, I've returned to the lands of Azeroth. I'm still playing SWTOR, too, but when SWTOR announced it was going Free to Play in November, I decided I should check out what WoW was doing.

SWTOR Free To Play

I'm just not a fan of the Free to Play model, and I'm really confused by SWTOR's. You get the entire leveling game for free, levels 1-50 which gives you all the incredible class stories that BioWare made. What you have to pay for is Operations (raids), War Zones (battlegrounds), and Space missions (a very fun little mini-game). You also have to pay for extra characters slots, and bag/bank space.

Essentially, I can pay for each class story I do, and that seems completely fair to me.

It was when I started working on my Smuggler, and I noticed I was zoning out during some of the planet quests that I knew I was in trouble. The class quests are fantastic and unique for each class. You also have a planet quest line that every player of your faction does for that planet. I found these fun twice (once on my Knight and once on my Trooper). Third time around, they weren't as fun. The class quests tend to be pretty spread out. With the Knight, you seem to get about one per zone, but with the trooper, it felt like one every other zone. In retrospect, I wish they had gone much heavier on the class quests.

Everything Changes

When I left WoW, I was on my dwarf hunter. For a while now, I've missed playing my Paladin. Of all the classes in WoW, I think the Paladin fits me best. I love the lore of the class, I love the Paladin heroes like Tirion and Uther, and I love all the pseudo-religious connotations of the class.

I was still on the fence, but then I found out that a couple of my former guild mates were also planning on returning. One of them already had. He hooked me up with a Scroll of Resurrection. He told me to try it for a couple of days and see what I thought.

So I'm going to try it for a week and see what I think when the free time on the Scroll expires.

I logged into my Paladin and was completely overwhelmed. My addons were gone and all I had was the default UI. I didn't know where anything was, or even what gear I had on. My bags were absolutely full.

That first night, I didn't do much more than transfer a bunch of stuff into Void Storage. I really wish they had this feature in the game before I left. I also really wish there was a way to show off your Void Storage. I was a terrible pack rat before I left. I wonder how many Horde Paladins have Verigan's Fist in Void Storage.

I haven't done anything with Transmog yet, but I'm going to transmog something into Verigan's Fist.

I'll see what kind of trouble I can get into tomorrow.

(P.S. If anyone needs a 24 port hub, I have one for sale on eBay.)


typhoonandrew said...

I'm glad you're looking at returning as I always got value from your perspective on Pallys back in the day; especially when I was playing mine as a main at the same time. Bravo sir!
I hope you find MoP to be interesting enough to dust of the blog and give me an idea of what to do too - I've been pondering if my Pally should return from the cupboard, or keep the DK. Godo too that you know what you like with regard to SWToR. The free to 50 is tempting to play for me, given how darn good the first 10 levels were. For raids and guilds though, I don't think swtor can pull me away from wow.

Ardent Defender said...

Welcome back again and finally posting.

I resuscribed for a month on this past Saturday night and it has pretty much mirrored your experience. Only thing I didn't know or was aware of Void Storage or what it was and have yet to try to figure out that Transmog thing.

So far it's just been slow going but most of all it's been overwhelming logging in first time in well over a year. I took on look at my character logging in and couldn't figure out what anything did.