We have met the competition, and it is us

Over the last few days we have had a couple of our core raiders inform the team that they would not be raiding for at least a couple of weeks starting with Classic release, in order to concentrate on what they expect to be a totally absorbing, blockbuster experience. This, of course, will totally torpedo … Continue reading We have met the competition, and it is us

Initiate destruction sequence

Last night, in what is beginning to seem like a bizarre reenactment of Ground Hog Day, we doggedly wiped over and over again on the second boss in Heroic Crucible of Storms. No, we did not kill him. What with the July 4 holiday and all, we basically have one more raid night left before … Continue reading Initiate destruction sequence

Learning curves and Plan B

Two somewhat disjointed things to talk about today — but hang in there, they are connected. One is a techno-babble Blizz announcement about Patch 8.2 changes to their user interface. The other is that I spent many hours — in fact all my usual weekend game time and then some — playing Final Fantasy XIV. First … Continue reading Learning curves and Plan B

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

Whither World of Warcraft?

whither INTERROGATIVE ADVERB literary, archaic 1 To what place or state. ‘whither are we bound?’ ‘they asked people whither they would emigrate’ 1.1 What is the likely future of. ‘whither modern architecture?’ I admit I am something of a logophile. Some words just make me happy when I can use them. Whither is one of those. It … Continue reading Whither World of Warcraft?

A small mental exercise

Over the past few years, I have written several times about WoW’s player groups, often asking the question, “Who does Blizz think their player base is?” Although lately I have accused Blizz of designing only for elite and professional players, I really think it’s more the case that they don’t have a clear idea of … Continue reading A small mental exercise

WoW trends, part 1

Now that I have had a few more days with Battle for Azeroth, one thing that strikes me is the clear emergence of trends and patterns for this game — many were started in Warlords of Draenor, further developed in Legion, and seem in BFA to have emerged as full-fledged and constant features of the … Continue reading WoW trends, part 1