The Rise and Fall of Goldshire

Down the road from Stormwind, nestled in the lovely Elwynn Forest, lies Goldshire. Perfectly positioned for the traveling adventurer to restock or for the merchant to rest before venturing further into the woods and world beyond. There are cows pastured behind the smithy and even an Abby up the road. But this once quaint town has been transformed into a veritable den of iniquity.

Long have I known that Silver Hand’s Goldshire was a seedy place to be avoided. However, when I returned to Amalya on the Moon Guard server I was surprised when one of my friends warned me to avoid MG’s Goldshire more that even SH’s. Surely it was presumptuous to believe that all Goldshire’s are the same. I was disabused of this notion when I went to the MG realm forums to check into the roleplaying environment. There, under So You Want to Transfer to Moon Guard, was the answer to my question.

11. Is there anything else I should know about?

Yes. For the love of God, and all that you hold holy, stay out of Goldshire. I mean it.

What more can there be said? Plenty. Goldshire to my uninitiated few is a starting area for people starting off their WoW life as a human. Since I prefer Elves and Draenei I’ve managed to avoid it for the most part. But what is it about this location which draws forth those seeking cybering and cyberstalking? This sort of behavior isn’t heard of in Azure Watch outside of Exodar or Dun Morough outside of Ironforge. Leading me to speculate this is perhaps a human problem. Alas, I was again wrong. (Really wrong)

Braving the seedy horrors I would be risking exposure to I rolled up a paladin (for the best chance to resist whatever evils I would encounter. A rogue would just be doomed) and made my way to the town. There I found all manner of races, classes, and experience levels mingling together and reveling in their wickedness. (I did say I was a paladin right?) My first thought at seeing this was my knee jerk, “Aren’t there chat rooms to do this sort of thing in?” Second was, really Goldshire? Since this wasn’t just humans here, there had to be something else. Could it be an insidious plan by the Burning Legion to bring about the fall of the Alliance? I think we have struck gold!

What else would explain the amazing power of Goldshire to draw players there regardless of what server they are on? This plot must be stopped and YOU dear reader. We could avoid Goldshire like the plague sore in Elwynn Forest that it has become. Or instead good RP could be introduced. Induce the Mayor to change the laws on public indecency, fighting in the streets, and public intoxication. Surely he has a family he is keeping far from the center of town to stave off Goldshire’s corrupting influence. Come Citizens! Take back your little quaint town! Root out this insidious Burning Legion plot to corrupt the young and experienced alike.

Published in: on August 28, 2010 at 11:10 am  Leave a Comment  
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Neverwinter Nights Resurrected?

*looks around and taps on the screen* I’m glad you are sitting down. We need to talk about the new Neverwinter Nights announcement. Talk a walk over to this article on PC World. Yes, you read that correctly! Cryptic is redoing Neverwinter as an MMO.

For those of you that may not be familiar with the awesomeness that is Neverwinter Nights 1 and it’s expansions (all other games should be forgotten, this is not just my inner Bioware fangirl talking) This is a game based on Dungeons and Dragons 3rd edition rules with the expansions bringing it more in line with 3.5 ed. At the time, it was awesome! Honestly the expansions are more awesome and Bioware knocked it out of the park with Hordes of the Underdark.

The world is set in the new 4th ed DnD version of Forgotten Realms. 4th ed seriously has a myriad of classes (in the basic Player Handbook alone there are 8 classes). So it boggles my mind that they have announced you will only be allowed to play one of five. I understand the idea that you then have an easier time of coding and planing for the class combination. However, you don’t capitalize on one of the best things about the newest edition customization through the plethora of choices! You have the opportunity to get the character that fits your play style best accordingly.

I don’t play the Cryptic games and I won’t comment on their ability to successfully launch this MMO. Cryptic is behind Champions and Star Trek Online, having seen both at Pax ’09 they were very pretty. They aren’t my genre of games *shrugs*. If you are familiar with their products, let me know how you find their game play.

I’ll be honest as much as I love NWN, this iteration of the game doesn’t rank on my to watch list. I understand Bioware is busy with Star Wars: Old Republic MMO (which IS on my watch list). I know I have a Bioware bias, I’m honest about it. In that sense of honesty, I’d rather have seen another Neverwinter single player/moddable game ala the first by Bioware. Even if it wasn’t going to be done by Bioware, so long as it was done better than Neverwinter Nights 2 and all the evil that game entailed.

What made NWN great and kept that game alive and beloved in the hearts of fans was the modding. Atari at least seems to have taken notice to this by announcing players will be able to create quests and content. It is interesting idea and I will look forward to seeing how that actually gets implemented. User generated content really is a great marketing strategy so long as they make it user friendly. This is something that players of FPS games are used to having with player made mods and maps. Remember Team Fortress and Counter Strike all started out as community mods for Half Life waaay back in the day. (Did I just date myself?) These mods were so successful with the community that Valve pulled these modders on staff.

Obviously, I thump the products I love (Bioware, Steam, DnD, and Wow).  Not to say I’m not open to a new studio taking over and doing something new and different, just give me choices and options when you do. The precursor to this MMO gave me great character customization (for the time) from both the class and skill choices to how my character looked. It also created a wonderful and thriving community which exists today. The real challenge is can Cryptic capitalize on this?

Published in: on August 25, 2010 at 11:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Summer Ends but Cataclysim Still Waits

As summer draws to its inevitable close, I ponder how have you beat the summer slump? We are still waiting for Cata to arrive in our mailboxes, game stores, or hard drives (direct downloads here is my nod to you 😉 )

If you haven’t thrown yourself into summery outdoor activities; how have you kept your interest in the game?

For myself it has been the rediscovery of long shelved alts. (We all know I have an alt problem) But these are alts made early and left in storage collecting dust. My shaman has finally made it to Outlands and ponders why tanks won’t let her get mana back to heal them. My pally has been remade into a tank and found the joy of instant pops in the Looking for Dungeon system. And not to be out done my baby Horde warlock has her fast spikey mount, affectionately named Spikey (what else?)

Of course this is sandwiched in with my daily soaking of Vitamin D aka walking. I lament only that the end of summer means the supposed end of grilling season.

Cataclysm still looms large over the gaming landscape, taunting the content and loots to be had once it arrives.

So how about it! How have you kept out of the summer gaming slump?

Published in: on August 25, 2010 at 5:30 pm  Leave a Comment