I kind of blow hot and cold on World of Warcraft. I’ll go months and months without playing, then dip in again for a while, before getting fed up and walking away again. The cycle goes on and on, but I do have a lot of affection for the game and the stories behind it. I’ve played since 2004 and don’t see myself getting rid of it entirely in the near future.
The latest expansion, Warlords of Draenor, is proving to be a lot of fun. I like the simplifications that have been made and the streamlining Blizzard has done. One new feature I absolutely adore is the new Garrison. It seems that the powers that be within the Horde or the Alliance have noticed that you’ve saved the world a dozen or so times by now and have decided to stop sending you out, lonesome Joe, to do their bidding. They are now trusting you with resources and soldiers. Early in the expansion, you get the chance to build a little outpost of your own in Draenor and customise it with a choice of buildings and goodies. I think it’s not only fun and cool, but characterful and the chace to have a lot of fun with the social and roleplaying aspects of a game that seems to have forgotten what the fourth and fifth letters of MMORPG stand for.
Anyway, here are a few snaps of my paladin, Aesoph, posing in his Garrison. This is the Alliance version, as my Horde characters are a little father behind:
As I said, I just love this stuff!
Oh, and a happy new year, when it comes!