It started when I loaded up the washing machine an hour ago for the first laundry of the day.

I’d woken up early, because I wanted to read the Panda News. When I’d digested as much of it as I could stand I knew I’d have to walk away to let it all peculate around my brain. New zones, new dungeons, so much shiny… but the stuff I wanted to know wasn’t there. No professions. No real Hunter news. Nothing on how the rest of the Game World would react to all this change. Today was all about the Pandas, after all, the other stuff is sure to come along later. So off I went to work, and as I was loading the machine it hit me.

Something is not right with my picture.

I’m one of those people who processes her information best in a visual form, and bearing this in mind I tried to visualise what was bothering me. I saw my character weighed down by bags: the Vanilla one, the TBC one, the Wrath one, plus bags from Cataclysm and now Pandaria. Each bag has it’s quirks, it’s own sets of rules, and although there are similarities none of them are exactly the same. That’s good, don’t get me wrong, variety is great, and it’s clear to see how lessons have been learnt as this seven year journey has progressed. However, I’m forced to carry these bags, they have items in them I can’t put anywhere else. I really want one ‘container’ for everything. I’d like to be able to pack everything into one case and carry it everywhere and not have to obey lots of different quirky rules that have been left behind because they’re not End Level content, they’re just things that happen on the way to it.

This morning, I realised, I’d been given a shiny bag full of great stuff but none of the things I actually thought needed to be packed, and no apparent thought to all the other stuff I’m still having to lug around. I’d like one container for the lot. The Pandas may be giving me an 11th character slot, but they’re still making me haul their own baggage.

Yes, I even made a graphic.
The suitcase is available to buy here.

The item squish hasn’t come, and as a result I can’t help but worry that certain things might have been glossed over in an attempt to focus on Blizzard’s attempt to ‘bring the fun’ Yes, this is good, and I have no doubt that people will be flooding back to the game (especially Druids :D) The fact remains I’m not comfortable, this isn’t making me excited nearly as much as I think it could do, and it’s all because of the things I don’t know yet and nothing to do with the things I do.

I’m loathed to post this revelation for a number of reasons: it sounds like I’m moaning, and I don’t have any real reason to. There’s tons of great stuff presented to us here: perhaps it’s because I had to wait a week and I unduly hyped myself up for things I thought would be discussed and haven’t been. Perception is a dangerous thing, after all, and you’re never going to please everyone. The fact remains that all the information I’ve seen has been just that: information. There’s deliberately no spin on any of it because the sites I’m reading aren’t there to do that now, they’re here to give us the low-down and it’s up to us to come up with the reactions. All I’ve seen thus far has been unduly positive and frankly, that’s entirely understandable considering the great things that have been announced.

I don’t want to be a dissenting voice, but I’m uncomfortable. Maybe it’s all this excess baggage that’s weighing me down, I don’t know. I’d like to think there will be more and I know where will be, but I’m going to put my cards on the table now and say, I’d like more actual news and less entertainment.

God, that makes me sound so negative, but you know, it’s exactly how I feel.

The Beta announcement frankly cannot come soon enough.

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