Suramar has become, at least for me, something of an irritation. It’s not the sweeping plotline that bothers, or indeed the amount of time I have to spend fighting stuff to get anywhere. It’s the Night Elves. Whether trying to redeem themselves, attempting to reclaim their heritage or telling me how much they’ve suffered, Elves are the new Orcs. I know nobody gives two stuffs about Dwarves or Gnomes or even Humans any more, because we’re simple and uncomplicated beings who didn’t destroy the planet with our obsessive desire for magic. Elves however? All over the possession and destruction and rebirth which is lovely and everything, but after a while you just want to slap them and get on with something worthwhile. Yes, I understand how many of you lovely Druids are really digging this whole redemption and rebirth thing, but
you’re only orcs with a makeover there’s more to life than just Arcane magic. Hell, even Khadgar went Frost this Expac.
The amount of time I spend underground currently is telling: it isn’t just flavour, that I get. Plot has very much indicated it is below the surface that matters, that our Titan planet wants us under its skin and investigating below. On a purely practical point of order, if you have to supply a shed-tonne of content, there’s only so much surface area on a set of islands to explore: to give more depth you really do have to go down and exploit the Y axis for all you’re worth. So here I am at 6/7 Leyline doobreys, with Ancient Mana coming out of my ears. I have Withered Training to start this week, and from what I’ve gathered from social media, this is Jousting Redux. I’ll let you know how I get on.
However, this will be this week’s main task. BECAUSE MOUNT.
I’ve not touched my Class Order Hall quest for a bit, neither have I chased after the History of Illidan Stormrage and ideally both of those need to be poked at some point to move the whole story-line onwards. Let’s face it, there’s so much else that I need to do, would like to finish, should think about completing… nah, let’s not go there. I looked at the Vanity Pet World Quests yesterday, and then realised that the latest achievement ‘challenge’ is funny. Yup, it actually made me laugh out loud when I grasped what was being asked. All those battles, over and over again, with teams of the same type of pet? I got fed up of beating trainers quite quickly when it became apparent what I’d need as currency in Draenor to buy pets, but I persevered. Once I have enough for the last Toy I need? Not doing any more. In fact, even after I tried my best to rekindle interest in this side of the game? I’m done.
I just want to collect pets, please stop making me fight with them. If I have to battle to ‘buy’ then so be it, but I have absolutely zero interest in doing ANYTHING else once I have, because it is time now I want to spend playing my character. On reflection, the Celestial Tournament was the final rivet in that cage, and now that the game has changed and I cannot just cheese everything to move forward? Not bothered at all. I applaud all for whom this remains both relevant and significant, that you have the time to be able to do all of this in your day, but I’d like to write my own stuff more than complete Achievements. No ‘sweet’ pet or shiny reward will change that. Allow me a way to buy any pets I want with gold, stop sticking them behind ridiculous gating mechanisms, I can then make a choice based on income and not time. In fact, if you just took their AP away for good and returned them to being cosmetic only? I’d be more than happy. I just don’t have the time any more, why I haven’t played Pokemon Go for weeks either.
Time’s the one reward you cannot offer as incentive, that I simply don’t own to ‘spend.’
Ironically, were it not for the Mobile app, I’d be lost, because that has allowed me to work towards the Mount quest without the need to log in, meaning the Real World can still be a priority but I get my time to ‘play’ as a bonus, mostly waiting to pick up children or in car parks. Once upon a time I’d have spent hours at this point in an Expansion grinding reps to Revered, now I’m only just getting to the point where I’m happy most things are at Honored. This is a far longer road that I travel this time around, but I cannot complain. If it mattered enough I’d be in the game doing it. It is my priorities that dictate what is important, and that’s why I have nothing but praise and delight for this Expansion. I don’t expect to be catered to when I’m not committing myself to what the game offers. That’s absolutely 100% fine. It’s doing a brilliant job, and will continue to do so without me sitting in front of a screen 24/7. It always has.
It would now, I believe, be de rigeur to go onto Twitter and moan about how ‘awful’ it is I can’t do what I want in the time I have available… except I don’t have time to do that either. I have five days of really important, real life commitments that can neither be shirked or ignored, and I have another 30 minutes before I have to be out of the house. I absolutely get I’m the problem here, so please don’t use me as an example of what’s wrong with Legion. Nothing is wrong with it, you just don’t like what you’ve been given, so either live with this or move on. I don’t have time to write one of those posts either this week, so if we could just all agree that this is great and we all have our own perception of truth? Fabulous.
Time to queue the missions on my phone before I leave the house.