It’s been more than a week since BlizzCon, and I’ve been suffering the most terrible case of writer’s block since I got home. I had such a fantastic time that I’ve been stuck in ‘play’ mode since then, and I’ve been trying to put off going back into ‘work’ mode for as long as possible.
The convention itself was a lot of fun. I was ticketless when I flew to California, but was pleasantly surprised when I arrived that a guildmate (X, you are awesome!) had an extra ticket for me. The plans I had of sleeping in and lazing around the hotel quickly went out the window and I ended up seeing a number of panels the first day and catching the live raid and doing a bit of wandering around the second day.
The preview panel was the most exciting panel for me. I’m not totally sold on the pandas. I’m not against them, they’re just a little too cutesy for me. That problem, however, is easily solved by not playing one. Pandaria looks gorgeous, the new creatures look cool and the Monk class looks very unique and like it could provide a welcome change of pace to those who are burnt out on the current classes.
I’m interested in how the talent changes go. I like the idea of streamlining things – getting rid of the spells you don’t need for your particular spec, and automatically giving you the ones you do need – but I do think that having only 6 choices of talents is not enough. I’d be happier to see a talent choice every 10 levels rather than every 15. I also think that for some classes, especially Druids, having 18 talents that apply to 4 completely different specs is overreaching. Also, a lot of the talents say PVP to me, more than PVE.
Overall I thought the preview of the next xpac looked great. There were lots of small, quality of life type changes, along with new things to keep people interested like challenge modes (definitely looking forward to these), account-wide achievements (yes!) and pet battles (umm…to be honest I’ll probably skip this feature). Regardless of what was being introduced, I found the panels themselves very enjoyable. The atmosphere was great and it was nice to see the developers up there talking about something they obviously love and take a lot of pride in. Also, Greg Street was wearing the most epic purple shirt I’ve ever seen on Friday (which I totally wanted to steal) and Cory Stockton is adorable.
One of the things I enjoyed most at the convention was the Live Raid. It was great to see two über guilds go head to head in the Firelands. They made it looks so easy. It was hilarious hearing everyone in the crowd (myself included) hold their breath as Vodka almost drove Lord Rhyolith into the lava and gasp in dismay when their tank dropped on Baleroc. I just wish I could have heard them in vent.
The convention wrapped up with the absolutely amazing Foo Fighters concert. I was actually considering not going to this (because I am a silly, silly girl) and I am so glad I changed my mind.
As fun as the convention was, it was not my favorite part of the weekend. The best part was meeting and hanging out with my Apotheosis guildmates who were also there. It was really cool to meet a lot of the people I’ve been playing with for the past 6 months. Whether we were suiting up for our fancy steakhouse dinner on Thursday, chilling at the pool bar, drinking too much at the Twisted Nether party, or just hanging out in the hotel until the wee hours of the morning, I was always having fun.
I also met a few other bloggers, though not as many as I expected since I’m kind of shy about introducing myself and I was generally preoccupied with my guildies. The people I did meet were really friendly and great though, and I’m glad I had a chance to talk to them.
Since I’ve been home I’ve been a little sad. BlizzCon was such an awesome time, there were always friends a few steps away and always something to do, so being home is a bit of a let down. Dammit, I’m being sappy. I’m done here.
How was your BlizzCon?