Should the Ironman Challenge Become an Option in WoW?

Iron Man Challenged is so popular, I hope Blizzard adds it as an official option when rolling a character one day.  It seems like it would be an easy thing to add, just tick a box and you can’t equip uncommon armor, enter instances or BG or learn professions…  Oh and when you die your character is dead forever.  Official integration would lead to a few ‘convenience’ features, like an official leader-board, and the ability to mail all your gold from your dead character to one of your living toons.  Heck, it could be as simple as having the title “Iron <name>” on all new toons that is then lost the first time you die or equip an uncommon/rare/epic item.

The best time to have added a leveling challenge would have been right after Cataclysm.  New leveling content and an incentive to run it in a new way.  Perhaps if they rework the level content again (unlikely) they will add it.  I think they are close to making boosting level at the beginning of an expansion so cheap and easy as to make leveling in the old world irrelevant.

wowchallcrestI was checking out the leader boards they have at wowchallenges.com. Their other challenges are really interesting too.  Along with variable levels of the Ironman (such as Tinman) They have a Pacifist and Blood Thirsty challenges.

Pacifist has gotten a lot of attention from Polygon’s series “World of Peacecraft” staring the gnome rogue Raandyy, and before that the extreme efforts of the pandaren shaman Doubleagent.  In the past, I’ve said that Pacifist should be a separate ‘class’.  I say that because I think it’s the easiest way to make a character that does not have the ability to attack.  As a class they could get a low level sprint and some kind of aggro reducing ability.  Lorewise they could be cast as Merchants, leading to them being unfriendly/neutral with the opposing faction.

Blood Thirsty is challenging (all grinding mobs, no quests), but it feels like it’s missing something.  If Blizzard added something akin to Blood Thirsty, I think they would have to amp it up. They could making it starkly the opposite of pacifist and put you are at war with BOTH Alliance and Horde.  Those characters would need to have their own starting zone.  Story wise, they could lump all those characters together, like remnants of the Twilight’s Hammer, or make them unique per race, like Leper Gnomes and Grimtotem Tauren.  Something that puts them on the outside of society story wise.  There are certain places that tweaks would need to be made so that these characters could get around the world, like up to Northrend.

The biggest challenge I see with making these philosophically, is that they can not join groups or guilds.  Not being able to party up puts these type of characters at odds with the social nature of the MMO.  That being said, I don’t think anyone would play a challenge mode as their main.  I would love to see some new ways to play baked right in as an option.

WoW Challenges can be found on their website at wowchallenges.com and on Twitter: @WoWChallenges

Hallowed Wand production!

We’ve been cranking out these babies like crazy this year!

http://www.wowhead.com/item=20399/hallowed-wand-leper-gnome

I love having a season when I can visit Stormwind, Orgrimmar, or any other place I like with impunity.

AND!  With our newest invention I can come and go from garrisons as I please!

http://www.wowhead.com/item=128660/ghoulish-guises

Dress up in your leper gnome costume, or force you guards to dress and send pictures to me @siccothermaplug !

The bet with @Arakkoa

I actually hope I lose, lol.  I do WANT to see Mekkatorque added to the game (It makes it for more likely that I will be added!).  And the fervent fandom that has grown around Pepe has stopped making sense to me.

Plus, with a real life, work and kids, I have not drawn anything in a while.  It’s be nice to HAVE TO draw something so that I actually do it.

ArakoaI’ve asked @Arakkoa before what distinguishing characteristics Verroak has, but I all remember him saying was “He’s real old”

Come on Verroak!  Lets have it!  Beak shape?  Plumage style?  Plumage pattern/color?  Moles frekles?  A feather that breaks the pattern? Cracked beak? eye color? Extra hunch, Light Hunch?

When other Arakkoa describe Verroak, what do they say?  “Oh you know Verroak, he the one with the __________.”

The Bet is ON!

I have a bet now with @Arakkoa of https://arakkoa.wordpress.com/ fame.

He thinks that Mekkatorque will be added to Heroes of the Storm BEFORE Pepe is added to HotS.

I think that Pepe will make it in to HotS ((either as a Skin, Mount or some kind of new cosmetic accessory any character can wear on their head)) BEFORE Mekkatorque makes it in.

the wager?  Who ever loses has to draw a picture of the other persons character exercising their craft.  I’ll draw a picture of Verroak mixing potions, OR he will draw a picture of ME piloting a giant mech!  This all hinges on what they announce before the end of the year. *Edit: 01/01/2017

With Blizzcon coming up, surly the roster for HotS will be expanded.  Who will it be?  The racial leader of the ever overlooked gnomes?  Of the bird that is a bird, that sits on you head and wears funny hats!?

From “Cut Short” to “Etherwalker”

If you’re reading this, I expect you’ve read “Cut Short”, The leader short story of ME Sicco Thermaplugg (also that other guy, Gelbin Mekkatorque). It’s by Cameron Dayton @CameronDayton, and is the most important and in depth piece of fiction for gnomes in Warcraft.image

Dayton has written a new book called “Etherwalker”

It’s a great mix of machines and fantasy.  If you are a fan of fantastical adventures this will be right up your ally.  I am enjoying it immensely! It’s a little like Neuromancer meets Mad Max.

The first 3 chapters can be previewed for free through Amazon.  I read them and got hooked.  Definitely go check it out!

(There is even a hidden gnome!) http://amzn.to/1Q8NsyX

 

Gnome Pride Rant #OOC

Why do I have Gnome Pride?  Why do am I annoyed when people make fun of gnomes?

I consider my self an above average intelligence person.  I’m of average-ish height.  For some reason I feel personally slighted when people make fun of gnomes.  Most people I dismiss.  But when someone that works at Blizzard makes fun of gnomes, it really irks me.  I’m not sure why.  Maybe it’s because I’ve played off and on the same Gnome as my main for 10 years.  I’ve invested a lot of time in to the game through that character.

I play a warrior.  As a player my character can never be the hero of the day, but I have no surrogate in the story. If you play an orc Shaman, there’s Thrall.  None of the Warriors in game do I feel like my character can relate too.  All the Gnome NPCs are so busy being engineers (Mekkatorque included) that none of them seem to have time to be Mages, Rogues, Warriors, etc.  Professions in Warcraft define very little about your character except maybe which mount they ride.

We’re coming off a World of Orccraft expansion (featuring Draenei), and are about to roll in to a World of Elfcraft expansion, and I know there is never going to be a World of Gnomecraft expansion.  I feel like admitting it will make it come true, but I already know it’s true, so no harm admitting it right?

The Legion announcement left me a little deflated.  It has a lot of cool stuff in it, but I was having such wonderful time imagining about what else next expansion could have had in it.

Playing a gnome is like being at a 7 course dinner, and while everyone else keeps getting different things to eat, for some reason they give you a salad for every course.  I see appetizers, entrees, and desserts, but they aren’t for me, I have to order off the kids menu.

Hearthstone was the best we were ever going to get it with Goblins vs Gnomes, and we still got second billing.

I made the @SiccoThermaplug twitter handle to make noise for more gnomes in Warcraft.  I really enjoy doing Sicco and am not going to stop.  I created the account with the idea that others like @Gnomeregan4ever or @HTMekkatorque would have more to say if there was a foil around for them to batter around.  I’m still going to do that, but I feel like I need to admit to myself that it is not going to work.

I’m not sure what the point (if any) of this rant is, but there it is.

/end rant.

Gnome_Crest