When raiding dies

Last night we made 25 attempts to kill heroic Uu’nat in Crucible of Storms. Notice the term “attempts” — no, we did not kill him. We managed to scrape up 15 raiders, and Blizz had even made a few minor nerfs to the fight aimed at smaller raid groups. But still we were unsuccessful. We … Continue reading When raiding dies

Player housing – could Blizz really pull it off?

A while back — maybe a couple of weeks? — MMO-C posted a quick summary of a recent 4FanSite interview with some Blizzard devs. One tiny comment seemed almost earth-shaking, coming from Blizz.  The original quote from the German site was: Housing ist bei Blizzard ein sehr großes Thema. Die Entwickler sind noch am Überlegen … Continue reading Player housing – could Blizz really pull it off?

Forget flying, when’s the next expansion?

Last night, during a dismal raid night, the full failure of Battle for Azeroth really hit me. I have been loathe to render final judgement on this expansion, but I think there is no longer any use pretending Blizz can and/or will do anything to salvage it. It’s a big fat epic fail, worse in … Continue reading Forget flying, when’s the next expansion?

What I heard, part two

Finishing my take (it’s a long one, get comfortable) on the March 21 Live Developer Q&A: Caverns of Time portal. This will return in “the next content update”, which I guess means 8.2. I did find it interesting that Mr. Game Director Hazzikostas, who in the past has not shied away from reiterating ad nauseam … Continue reading What I heard, part two

Pie and irrationality

Yesterday, of course was Pi Day. As has become traditional in our house, I picked up a couple pies I had previously ordered from The Happy Eatery Bakery in my town. (If you are ever in Manassas, do not miss this place, it is really superb, totally unsolicited endorsement.) The pies do double duty — … Continue reading Pie and irrationality

Battle for Azeroth spiral?

Raid night last night. We continue to make slow progress in Heroic Battle of Dazar’alor, after last night we are still only 4/9, though getting Opulence down was kind of fun. Then we hit a wall on Conclave — that damn frog seemed to be one mechanic too far for us. We will figure it … Continue reading Battle for Azeroth spiral?

Unfocused focus

Some days when I sit down to write this blog I have to really scrape to come up with a topic. Other days there is so much to write about that the problem is choosing and limiting the blog’s topic scope. Then there are days like today, which seems to be a witch’s sour mash … Continue reading Unfocused focus