Things I'm Excited About In Game

Anna mentioned today that she's not interested in speculation, partly because she's so busy with game stuff that's going on right now, and that made me think about things I'm excited about in game that's live, not coming up in a future patch. I've been playing a lot of WoW lately — or I was before my gaming rig blew up (possible hard drive failure), and here's what I've been up to:

* Agness has been leveling up her fishing and cooking, using the awesome Level Your Cooking While You Fish! guide from El's Extreme Anglin'. She's just reached Northrend, and I've been doing a little RP writing to get her caught up to where she'll be in game in a few weeks (computer permitting). She's about halfway through L69–not quite the same level as her husband Vaelen, but really close; in a level or two, she'll be caught up, and Val will be switching to Vaelen, since he's the alt Val most wants at L80.

I am really excited about the RP, even if my RP tendencies are very writing-oriented and not so much on-the-fly in-person. (I freeze up at major RP events and have trouble following fast-paced multi-character real-time conversations.) Being able to have Agness chatter at Vaelen in-game will be a lot of fun. :) It's been a long time since they adventured together — pretty much since they hit 60 and we both changed mains (me to Ovistine, Val to Valinar). Then I re-rolled Agness, so when Vaelen went from 60-71, he was mostly playing with Nancie — who doesn't have any RP with him to speak of. Dual paladining is fun, but there wasn't much RP involved. I can't wait!

* Nancie hasn't been very active — primarily because I can't decide what to do about emblems for her. I'm trying to decide if I want to get her some heirlooms. I also want to get her PvPing again. And I need to get her leveled up. Now that you can gain XP in battlegrounds, I'll be really tempted to do that! It depends on whether it's faster to quest or grind it out in battlegrounds. I also need to decide whether to move Nancie to a different account, so she and Ovistine can actually take on Wrathgate together.

* Ovistine has been on hold, too — and she may be more thoroughly on hold in the upcoming days. One thing that's going on with her has to do with future changes, so I'll save that for the future section of this post; otherwise, I desperately want to move her and Nancie through the events of Wrathgate, because it's going to have some major implications, some of them right away.

* Teuthida has gotten to go out and adventure and see the new instance, which has been fun. Kinda buggy, but fun. I need to find someone who can cut her a Reckless Ametrine for her new chestpiece.

All right, so that's what I'm doing now. And in the future…

There are a lot of things we're hearing about — some confirmed, some not. The retuned Onyxia makes me whoop with glee (really! there was whooping!), and I'm looking forward to the Coliseum opening up further.

But one of the big things people are talking about is opening up class choices to different races, and let me tell you, I am wildly excited about that — I'm just waiting to find out if it's true.

Most notably, it's the idea of dwarf shamans that has me excited. The dwarves I know have been clamoring for it since the introduction of Alliance shamans — after all, with the Wildhammers, it just plain makes sense!

But on a personal front, the idea of being able to keep the class I love best at endgame (shammies forever!) but, potentially, tie it together with my all-time favorite RP main (Ovistine forever!), is — needless to say — incredibly exciting. I love being a shaman, no question, but between the fact that Ovistine has more history with everyone — especially including Valinar — and the fact that I just plain like playing a dwarf better than I've ever liked playing a Draenei (there's a reason I have two separate dwarves and only one Draenei character!), I'm very interested in the notion of rerolling shaman. :D And, er, possibly going enhancement as an off-spec! Maybe! (YOU NEVER KNOW. I COULD EVEN LIKE IT.)

I even have an RP storyline figured out for this; it has to do with Wrathgate. But in the meantime, I'm also kind of tempted to roll Ovistine as a hunter. (Really!) Mostly because, darn it, I like the hunter class, and I don't have one Alliance-side. She'd be a hunter-gatherer (*groan*), with two of the three gathering professions — undecided about which ones. The only problem is that until Wrathgate, Ovistine's a Priesty Priest Of Priestiness And Nothing Will Ever Change That (She Thinks). So playing Ovistine-the-hunter would mean making sure everyone understands that, in-character, she's not a hunter, she's a priest.

And what about just plain re-rolling, as in with a character recustomization option? I've been asked, if I were able to reroll Teu-Shaman as a dwarf and recustomize her, would I just dwarfify her and have a ready-made Ovistine? What if you could simply reclass? I don't know if either of these will actually happen in game, and I'm not holding my breath. And I'm also kind of relieved that it's not a question at this point, because a.) Ovistine-priest becoming Ovistine-shaman would require a hell of a lot of new gear AAGH, but then b.) Teu-shaman becoming Ovistine-shaman just seems unfair to Teu. Even if I have Emergency Backup Teu (the mage), I can't say I really want to have Teu-shaman just… gone. It doesn't seem right.

There's also the fact that Teu, as a draenei, does bring along that 1% hit aura. >_< I'm pretty sure my raid is cool enough that they'd be willing to deal with one fewer squid in the raid when the next expansion hits — after all, when a new expansion comes out, there's always a scramble to see who changes mains and what opens up for people. (Overall, in our raid, we had, I think, three people change mains with Lich King, plus a bevy of alts coming around and several new faces.) Losing your only regular resto shaman might be less than ideal (I do pine for more resto shammies!), but I don't want to not be a shaman. I just want to be a dwarf shaman — if I can. :) (And let me tell you, the desire to figure out what Horde race would transform to Dwarf, and roll a shaman with that race, and start playing them up right now so I don't have 80 levels to make up when the expansion hits, is very great.)


Q. Will I be able to choose the race on the opposite faction that I want to change to?
A. Yes, but you will only be able to switch to a race that has your class type available to it. So if you play a human paladin, you’d only be able to change to a blood elf paladin.

So, uh, I had been thinking about rolling up a Horde shaman anyway

Frankly, there are too many things going on in my head to make any good decisions just yet. Until we have real information, I'm going to stick with what's already clear and established — namely, Agness's leveling, Nancie and Ovistine's need to at least go through Wrathgate, even if I don't know what's going on with Ovistine afterwards, and Nancie's return to PvP.

And I need my *&#% computer back. Hopefully sometime this weekend we'll have a chance to figure out WTF is wrong with it. *whimpers* (Let me tell you how much I am not looking forward to having to reinstall everything I own — though, on the bright side, quite some time ago I added my gaming rig's WTF and Interface directories to my Live Mesh, which means they're backed up and some of my pain may be alleviated. Live Mesh = FTW FTW FTW. If you are not backing up your important files already, I strongly recommend doing so, and there are many free remote storage services available!)

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