What Warcraft can learn from Swtor

I’ve been trying to finish a post for a while, my draft folder is getting larger, I guess my brains all over the place right now. Anyway, I finally felt in the mood to play some Warcraft. This is probably linked to my guild healing from the brink of death and finally killing the last three bosses in Throne (Ahead of the Curve wahoo). I haven’t been playing much Warcraft lately, logging in to raid and that’s been it. Instead I’ve filled my gaming time with Marvel Heroes or Swtor.

Anyway I decided I’d do a spot of levelling, for my Warcraft fix, as even though I’ve not touched my alts this expansion, it would be nice if they were level 90 ready for next expansion, which will hopefully be more alt friendly. Perhaps because the most recent levelling I’ve done before this was in Swtor I couldn’t help but make comparisons. Unfortunately for Warcraft they weren’t favourable ones.

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The 100th Edition

This isn’t my first attempt at keeping a blog. I have tried a few times before this and I just never kept it up. After I’d abandoned it for a few months I removed it in embarrassment. None of these attempts reached more than a dozen posts, mostly a lot less than that. So to some bloggers the milestone of 100 is nothing, easily and quickly passed, to me it means a lot more than that. I debated what my 100th post should be about. Should it just be a normal post, or should it be something?

When I started this blog I called it a “Warcraft and Swtor blog”, when I stopped playing Swtor I changed it to just a “Warcraft blog” which is what it remains as. I’m increasingly blogging about other things than Warcraft but it remains at it’s core a Warcraft blog. I think I hold that responsible for the success of this blogging attempt. In the past it was just a blog, not about anything and consequently it didn’t have any posts. I’ve tried not to get too personal with the posts as well, and do more opinion or discussion pieces. Sometimes I’ve failed with that, but I don’t talk about life here, which means I don’t regret what I post, there is nothing to worry about.

So this post is going to be a bit of a mixed bag, just something to mark the milestone of 100 posts, then I can get on with writing the next 100.

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The Power of the Mind

This has been ticking at the back of my mind ever since The Grumpy Elf said something about approach a few weeks ago. He said that the players that just didn’t care, the Donald’s of the world if you will, actually had a lot more fun, than those that try their best.

I haven’t been playing much Warcraft lately. I’ve still been turning up to raid night, I’ve done a bit of the new holiday, I’ve tended my farm and done my research occasionally. However, I haven’t really been playing it. This will be the second week in a row that I haven’t valor capped. I haven’t gone and farmed for a Primal Egg lately, I haven’t done any mount farming lately despite only needing 4 more to hit 200. There’s things to do in game and I just haven’t been doing them. Why?

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Why I quit swtor

It wasn’t so long ago that I wrote a post explaining why I was still subscribed to swtor even though I wasn’t playing that much. I meant every word that I wrote and the only thing that has changed has been time. I realised that I couldn’t justify paying a subscription to something that I wasn’t playing at all.

Swtor was a ton of fun, it really was, however it was an mmorpg. The mechanics and everything were just too similar to warcraft. When I was burned out of warcraft I didn’t want to play swtor either, when I wasn’t I was back to playing warcraft. Part of what kept me playing warcraft was my friends, playing swtor was a lonely business. Another part of it was concrete goals. I’ve been playing warcraft for nearly two and a half years now and I have a list of what I’d like to accomplish, I actually posted about that the other week. It also just feels like there’s more to do in warcraft. I know that the comparison isn’t fair as warcraft’s been out eight years and has had three expansion packs. If it’s any consolation swtor’s graphics are better. With swtor I was levelling from the beginning and there’s only so much questing I can do before the novelty of the voice acting wears off.

Anyway, I cancelled my subscription today and made the modifications to this blog turning it just into a warcraft blog. I will, of course, blog about other games occasionally, but the main focus is no longer split. I had high hopes for swtor but at the end of the day it just couldn’t hold my attention. There wasn’t enough hours in the day to play them both and without the social connection swtor was always going to lose.

Swtor timeout

I haven’t been playing Star Wars: The Old Republic at all. I don’t think I’ve logged on for at least a month, time gets away from you and so I’m not sure how long it’s been exactly. I logged on very briefly to check out the legacy system but I hadn’t played properly for a couple of weeks before that. I still have a subscription to it though and I actually still think it’s a good deal, but I’m not playing – why?

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Addon Reliance

Been a bit lazy lately with blogging. I ran out of steam and saved up articles and then let it slide. I don’t want to do that and so I’m going to try my best to blog regularly.

I challenge to you name one warcraft player who doesn’t have at least one addon. If you can name one I’ll be surprised, and I’ll also call whoever you named an idiot. A lot of addons are quality of life improvements, some are essential and it’s surprising how quickly you integrate the use of them, and how much you miss them when suddenly they aren’t there.

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Legacy Disappointments

There’s a lot I like about swtor and one of the parts I really like are class quests so I’m an altoholic in this game. The part about patch 1.2 that I was most interested in seeing was the expansion of the legacy system. Unfortunately it isn’t all I hoped it would be. I don’t like negative posts so this isn’t just a rant, promise. Also, this is three days late but better late than never right?

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Swtor wishlist

Given that swtor is still a very new game, and consequently that neither I or anyone has been playing it that long, it’s not really fair to have a wishlist. After all, it’s not really had time to refine itself the way warcraft has so it seems a bit mean. Then again it still is refining itself so a list of what I’d like to see on swtor’s to do list isn’t out of line.

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My paladin is jealous of my bounty hunter

I defy anyone to have two of the same sort of thing and not compare them – it’s impossible. I’ve been comparing warcraft and swtor since I first set foot on Hutta and surprisingly both have come out rather well. Swtor is different enough from warcraft to be able to stand on its own and the reverse is also true. I chose to play a bounty hunter first in swtor and I chose to play a mage first in warcraft. It’s far too early to say whether that bounty hunter will be my main or not but for the time being it is.

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The Legacy System

There’s been a lot of news lately about the Legacy System which is being further developed in patch 1.2. I say further developed when I suppose really I mean developed at all. As it stands now the legacy system is non-existent, existing only to be added too in the future. That future being patch 1.2. So what is there to say about it? Well actually a fair bit, about a posts worth in fact.

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