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Shamus Plays WoW #6: Overwhelmed by Kobolds

Shamus Young | 1 Dec 2010 13:00
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Note that this screenshot is from Cataclysm, which doesn't properly start until next week. I'm showing it here for the benefit of readers who haven't played World of Warcraft and don't know what the city looks like.

There have been a lot of changes to Stormwind, but the biggest change is that fact that in Cataclysm you can actually view the city from above. See, back in 2004 it would have been madness to try and show a city this large and detailed. So the city was designed to limit visibility. Each district was surrounded by a wall, and there was a set of canals between them. The doors in these walls didn't line up, which prevented you from looking out of your current district, over the canals, and into another district. This meant your computer would never have to draw more than one district at a time. It also meant the entire city was damned annoying to navigate. If you approached the city on a gryphon, the approach angles were set so that you couldn't really look down and see the whole city.

The place has opened up a bit in Cataclysm, and it's now possible to fly directly over the city. There are other, more destructive changes, but we'll get to those next week when Cataclysm goes live.

"So why are we here, again?" I ask as we stroll into town.

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"I'm going to tell the authorities about the slacking guards in Goldshire!" he announces.

Norman leads us to Cathedral Square, at the heart of the city. There are some official buildings there, and he meanders from one place to the next, complaining loudly and getting nowhere.

Finally I can't stand it anymore. "You're wasting your time," I tell him.

"Azeroth needs help, and those guards are doing nothing while kobolds multiply around them! Someone here is in charge of those guards, and when I find him-"

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"It doesn't matter. None of this matters," I say patiently. "Look, pretty soon a dragon is going to show up and wreck everyone's party. Until then, this is just a bunch of wanking."

"That's ridiculous! A dragon?"

"Look, I'm not some two-bit chump summon. I'm the real deal. An important field-agent demon with a line on the secret happenings of the universe, and I'm giving you an insider tip: A dragon is about to kick your asses to Kalimdor and back."

Norman is red with fury, "I've had enough of your lies! I command you to return to the abyss and let me summon a different demon!"

"Not happening."

"Fine. We'll see about this."

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