Confusing and twisted?
No, I had no idea where I was going with that title.
I have returned, if not triumphant at least alive, from Cambridge, despite the best efforts of the X5 which is generally held to be the worst bus in the world. Seriously, it’s like trying to get across Icecrown without epic flying. I’m slightly twitchy from Lack of WoW, and I’m still catching up on both myself and the blogsphere.
I did, however, get to thinking about the Wailing Caverns run I was talking about in my last post. Even though it had its irritation, it did give me another rush of hot sweet love for low level instances. WC is pretty lengthy especially compared to the anorexic startlet style instances we get nowadays but I kind of like it. What can I say, I like something to get my teeth into. Innuendo aside, what I really like about WC is that it feels like you’re exploring a network of underground caves, full of stuff that happens to be living in there. Rather than a bunch of WoW players running a instance.
I actually managed to get us lost (look, I was holding Cartographer upside down, okay? No, I’m not stopping and asking that Druid of the Fang for directions… I know where I’m going) and we ended up back-tracking to find one of the Bosses. I know that probably sounds like it was an annoying inconvenience but it felt weirdly exciting. I can’t remember the last time there was more than one possible direction through an instance. We were somewhere big enough to get lost in. And that was good.
I kind of like the “made up by a 14 year old” year old feel of the place as well. I mean, come on, the bosses are called Lady Anacondra, Lord Cobrahn, Lord Pythas and, Lord “oh crap I’ve run completely out of snake inspiration, I’ll just go with the first thing I can think of” Serpentis. It’s nicely pulpy, and I prefer WoW when it’s over-the-top and slightly self-ironic than oh-so dark, man dark.
It’s a little saddening, in a way, that so much love has gone into this random cave complex in the middle of the Barrens when somewhere that ought to be completely awe-inspiring, like Azjol-Nerub, is basically just a pointless hole in the ground.
Anyway, as I say, I’m kind behind on my blogreading but here are a scattering of the posts that me go hmmm this week:
I’m not quite sure why I’m linking to Spinks because if you’re reading here and you’re not reading Welcome to Spinksville, quite frankly, ur doing it wrong. But everything she’s posted this week has been fascinating; however I was especially intrigued by this typically thoughtful and insightful post on Wowistocracy – the nature of inheritance in MMOs.
On a less absurd note, there’s a really nice tanking overview over at Aggro Junkie. I call it an overview rather than a guide because its about the role itself, rather than mechanics or performance, something I think is really necessary considering how little understanding there is what tanking actually means out there in PUGsville.
Finally, in a general rather specific way, I’m rather enjoying Zaphind’s musings on the game. Like me, he’s kind of a veteran noob, although he’s way more positive than I am (he even occasionally defends PUGs, the crazy crazy man)