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Roleplaying in 2014

Roleplaying in 2014

Changes to World of Warcraft and Gaia Online, among other roleplay options, examined.

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First, I really don’t consider myself much of a roleplayer, except that I play RPGs and use my characters where I can, or just create characters based on existing models in a game. Just that it happens I use my own character, in this case, Nyrva Dragonwood, as an RP character in some games. And it’s just to use the character, I don’t roleplay her or talk in character, etc.

But I’ve been weighing my options in terms of my gaming and online entertainment.

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Gaia Online has ended, it seems, their longstanding run of Zomg. The game is no longer featured, accessible, or playable anywere on their site. Since that game is no longer available on Gaia online, I would presume all character data, items, achievements, and related play materials are all gone.

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Gaia’s player housing is one of the only remaining options for using Gaia characters in a roleplay-type situation. But this is more like a virtual dollhouse rather than a game.

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One of my Gaia alts, “MIB Agent 51” with his vehicle at the “Rally” and his “Insurance Company”. This “undercover” agent I created is kind of a joke – especially since he stands out so much in this crowd of well-decorated characters. But he’s really in the “insurance business” and of course, is behind all the conspiracies we know all about, except that “they don’t exist”.

With the end of Zomg, there are no real online roleplay options for Gaia anymore. The only other roleplay for characters in Gaia is their “hangouts” like the “Rally” which are nothing more than a chatroom with Gaia dolls, rather than actually being a game. (Strangely, Gaia classifies and lists this as a “game” when it’s just a chat room.)  And they’ve now launched another site, Tentacl.com,  which I expect will be the end of Gaia Online itself, soon enough. The days of Gaia itself may very well be numbered if Tentacl is successful. Who knows. Honestly, I haven’t done much with Gaia at all in the last year. With the demise of Zomg, I rarely have any reason to go on the site anymore.

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Two original characters of mine as Gaia Sprites- Mychelle Blackwood (top) and Nyrva Dragonwood (bottom)

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As for making custom avatars, I can achieve most of what I want via tektek.org as far as that goes.

World of Warcraft

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Dual-boxing on World of Warcraft.  My Pandaren Windwalker Monk, Milwaukee (left) and my Blood Elf Beast Master Hunter, Nyrva (right) – at my monk’s garrison on World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor.

I must say, despite criticism by many WoW fans, I rather enjoyed much of the lore behind Mists of Pandaria.

I am rather disappointed with the new expansion, Warlords of Draenor  — many of the features we were told would happen from Blizzcon 2013 never made it into the game. These include putting garrisons anywhere we wanted, capital cities for Horde and Alliance later changed to Ashran, tabs for BOAs and tabards — totally gone, no plans in sight. And they told us we’d get flying in 6.1 and how have gone back on that too, and told us no flying. But this didn’t come from a blue post on Battle.net. Rather, it was a hidden, clandestine, off-Blizzard site like Reddit, where they decided to finally reveal this. (I don’t pay attention to sites like Reddit and Twitter, etc. I feel like I shouldn’t have to police those sites to get relevant news about my games- that should come from the official source to me.) Blizzard seems to have very little credibility in terms of what they say they will do with their games as opposed to what they actually do with them.

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As for the new expansion? While I enjoyed the awesome cinematics and leveling, the endgame absolutely sucks. The terrain is a twisting maze of cliffs and canyons with “jump puzzles” similar to what you’d find in a Super Mario game. With the total removal of flying, and no hope for flying in sight, Blizzard actually expects people to not only level without flying (reasonable expectation), but they expect everyone to put up with 2 years of a 2 tier expansion that will now, apparently, have no flying. I suspect flying will no longer be allowed in any future World of Warcraft expansion as Blizzard’s way of cutting costs, and catering solely to the  demands of the “Vanilla WoW/hardcore” crowd.

As far as the whole flying issue goes on WoW, I love the blatant hypocrisy of those who are of the “anti-flying” crowd who have the audacity to want to force their play style on the pro-flying crowd but then have the nerve to use the in game “flight masters” or flying mounts of any kind in any of the old zones. Those people should only be allowed to own and use ground mounts.

Endgame sucks and is very limited. You can farm your garrison, do PvP, and wander through the terrain doing dailies like a Super Mario, jump-puzzle character. You don’t get to do dungeons or LFR if you don’t first do, and clear, the silver “Proving Grounds”. Otherwise you have to find people to pug with if you want to do instances. This won’t serve as any gate since people can join premades through the new in-game “oQueue” feature or sign up for runs on sites like Open Raid.

I love WoW overall but I hate the new expansion. The storyline (finishing off the Iron Horde, and developments with the Burning Legion aside) pretty much seems to end in Negrand where you finally kill Garrosh Hellscream.

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I hope the next patches will have something of a redeeming quality to justify the changes, and especially, the “no flying” stance. (Not to mention I have spent $150 on store-bought mounts I can never fly on in the new content! Plus all the mounts I have farmed because they could fly. I’m peeved about this!)

I hope the next expansion will be some real quality material instead of a rehash, and reboot of previous expansion material as well. While I liked the revisit to the Burning Crusade content with some new twists, I’d prefer to see some all-new material, expecially with the changes to the Horde and the Alliance we saw at the end of Pandaria.

I am checking out some other games, just not wanting to put so much into WoW anymore. I will still play, but I will cancel it if they keep making boneheaded decisions as what they put out for content.

I’ve been trying out some other online games, in addition to exploring other single player options. I might even hook up my old Playstation 2 again for some of those games I haven’t yet finished.

That’s all for now. hope to post more soon!

God bless! 😀

JW


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