Today I’m going to try Withered Training for the first time, but before I do, I’d like a quiet word in the shell-like of the Kirin Tor. Whoever’s doing the scouting of unusual Ley Phenomena needs to extend their range a bit. In fact, if truth be told, I’ll hope in 7.1 or beyond there’ll be more than the three ‘World’ quests currently available for the faction.
Capitalisation aside, I shouldn’t be complaining. I get to choose the faction I can favour as a reward, PLUS goodies chest AND Artefact power. Really, what is the problem here, Alt? Well, playing as I am outdoors on 10-15 FPS in high traffic areas, steering a Mount or solving an ‘Enigma’ I can’t actually see or follow well in murky water? This is probably easy peasy for all of you on mega awesome rigs or possessing brains that can memorise patterns really fast, but because I can do/have neither of these? Bit of a problem. Even the Flight Balls thing is a tad tricky when your spacial awareness isn’t 100%. I appreciate that ActiBlizz is going for the ‘different’ here (a la Ogrila in TBC or the Gold runs in Pandaria) but not so hard that people will just not bother. Having said that, I’m no fan of any of these when the mechanics aren’t 100% solid (many of the Mana Runs I have to guess direction because I can’t see new patches spawning) but I hardly enjoyed the ‘Simon’ puzzles and had to write them down to progress. Now I have squared paper by my PC and as the Enigma puzzles draw out? I repeat them in front of me to work back from.
All this for a computer game I ASK YOU.
I have been trying to work out what I’d pick as ‘alternatives’ to these quests, and I think we couldn’t go far wrong with a ‘we need to take Ley readings from various places on the Isles, go measure in these places’ travel quest. It might also be nice to have an Arcanometer that ‘charges’ via other World Quests, so if you do all 4 of someone else’s, that’s 50% towards the total. Maybe we could have something that isn’t purely puzzle based for those of us incapable of doing these things, and therefore Devs could humour us that you’re clearly better at it than we are. If all else fails, you could stick in a jumping puzzle and watch me lose the plot and flip my keyboard n total frustration. Don’t make me tell you about that three hours in Blackfathom Deeps back in Vanilla. I like you too much for that.
There’s one other option I like the idea of: maybe a quest line in 7.2 to obtain a map of ‘Notable Arcane Hotspots’ across the Islands and every day you get things to uncover as the energy rises and falls. Maybe one day it is a chest that is only visible if you collect the right gemstones to stare through (making arcane goggles) or perhaps the local Murlocs have the half a dozen shards of an ancient crystal needed to reflect light. You could reuse the ley lines ‘focussing’ system. There are lots of possibilities. If we could just have some new puzzles?
That would be ace, ta.