Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) is answering all kinds of questions today.
It’s Sunday! And there are plenty of questions to answer, so let’s just hop into them.
Q4tQ (but mostly for the readers): What is your favorite track from each of the WoW soundtracks?
I’m not going to list every track I love from every expansion, but the track above is one I’ve had stuck in my head recently.
QFTQ. Can someone please explain why we are supposed to take the Iron horde as a threat? At least the last time they invaded they were backed up by the largest and most experienced military force in the universe.
They’ve got some big guns in their arsenal. Far, far bigger than the small pieces we’ve seen so far. Oh so very much larger.
Question for the Queue: what hair colors would you like to see added to the new models?
I guess it depends on the race, doesn’t it? I don’t really have any particular colors in mind when I ask for more variety — I’d just like to see an array of them. Heck, give us a slider to pick our own, as far as I’m concerned! Or just open up all available hair colors currently in game to all races. Why not?
“Our” Rexxar….or “their” Rexxar?”
He is most definitely not our Rexxar! And that island isn’t the only place you run into him. I’m ridiculously pleased about that, because I love Rexxar, even if he isn’t our Rexxar, technically speaking.
Q4tQ: Do you like the current model of 3 raid tiers per expansion, or would you prefer more? On one hand you would have more content, which in this current drought sounds perfect, but on the flip side you risk people getting tired of being in one location for too long.
I think pacing content by raid tier is probably not the best idea in the world. But I don’t think that having three raid tiers per expansion is really a bad thing — it’s a matter of spacing the raids and patches out. We got a lot of patches very quickly early on in Mists, and now we have a very, very, very long stretch with nothing at all. I don’t think it had anything to do with the raid tiers so much as just the patches themselves — they could have been space out a little more effectively.
Q4tQ: Do you think we’ll see some real improvements to the “boys’ trip” thing, or are we stuck with the girls-got-cooties routine for WoD? I finally found Draka in the beta, and what does she get to do? Blow a horn. Are they serious?
There are a lot of really cool ladies this expansion. And a lot of cool dudes, too, but in no way have I felt, playing through beta so far, like this was some sort of testosterone-laden boy’s trip. Not in the slightest. Keep playing, you’ll see.
A. Is there any better picture on exactly how “required” garrisons are in WoD? B. Is the expectation that we’ll all be hanging out solo in our garrison waiting for queues to pop?
It’s hard to give a real answer to that, because we aren’t at a point where we can even get to max level on the beta, yet. At the moment, I’m not finding myself feeling constrained or limited by my garrison — it’s something I flit back and forth between as I’m questing. It’s integrated into the questing, as in there are quests that deliberately involve messing around with my garrison, but it doesn’t feel like some sort of requirement or grind, it’s something that goes on in the background while I’m doing my other stuff.
Will it feel like that when I’m max level? I honestly couldn’t tell you. But it’s absolutely nothing at all like the farm system in Mists, where you visited it every day and harvested crops and messed around with busywork. This is on a much larger scale, you get a lot of cool stuff from it, sending followers on missions is pretty entertaining, and I feel much more like I’m in command of something substantial, instead of just a peon running around doing poop quests.
I like it. The main reason I like it is because it encourages me to go do other stuff. At no point do I feel obligated to sit around in my garrison, at all. Even construction takes time to do — buildings take an hour to build at the moment, so while they’re doing that whole construction thing, I can go do something else. I don’t feel like I have to sit there and hover — I can go do whatever I’d like to be doing. It breaks up the feeling of endless questing in a really fun way.