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The biggest news this week was the raid changes, but other than that its been pretty quiet.
The Flight of the Draenei and Their Role in Cataclysm
The Loremaster's Corner is back this week with our continuing look at the races in World of Warcraft and their role in Cataclysm. This week we look at the mysterious race from space, the Draenei. Who are they? Where did they come from? These questions are more are answered in this week's Loremaster's Corner.
Weve been doing a lot of serious WoW theorycrafting Overpulls lately and I think we should take a break from all of the serious talk, all the arguing about casuals and hardcores, or ponies that have people raging like mad. This time Id like to talk about three things that are a bit fun: cats that play WoW, how Pokemon and WoW are related, and why youre a terrible person.
We'll be running some super seriour articles about the latest Cataclysm reveals, so look forward to those soon!
Cats That Play WoW
I have a cat named Oreo. Hes a wonderful small black and white kitty that has a very annoying attitude. He loves me, you see, he loves me more than most cats love their litter box. He wants to spend every waking moment with me and, like some kind of jealous girlfriend, demands that time is spent with me feeling the same towards him. If I go into the kitchen he will gladly hop on the table and meow until I pet him, hell watch as I cook, and he loves playing WoW.
As a matter of a fact, he loves playing WoW more than he loves his shredded up mouse toys. He will hop on the keyboard and move around on it watching the character run around much like the kitty vs. ipad video that went viral recently. Many times this has resulted in my death from either being ran off a cliff, moving towards an enemy I shouldnt be near, or off the edge of Outland.
His destructive behavior doesnt go unnoticed. I do attempt to remove him from the keyboard but he has another trick up his sleeve. My UPS (the battery backup for my computer) has a rather large power button thats also his favorite thing to step on and listen to the awesome noise it makes. As my computer blinks off I have to curse to myself. Hes killed me in WoW yet again. As a matter of a fact, hes the ultimate PKer.
Do you want to know what the worst part is? After the computer turns off, he returns to the table letting me know of his misdeeds with his demands to be petted. I have to give in. After all, you cant deny someone who is so cute even when theyve got more kills on you than legitimate players have.
WoW is Actually the Sequel to Pokemon
You know, the story is a lot like Pokemon, especially from the Humans perspective. You start Pokemon running out into the woods and being pulled back to Professor Oaks house. This could be construed as the cutscene and your characters background for being equipped to deal with the world. Afterward you do some light battling in the starter area, are shown the ropes by Professor Oak, and are then sent on to the next town of Viridian City/Goldshire.
The same applies at the second city, but major shops are now available along with more pokemon/abilities. There is no gym leader or anything challenging, so you continue on to Pewter City/Westfall. Here is the real challenge. You need to warm up before you face the gym/Deadmines and defeat Brock/Van Cleef. Overall, all of it is rather easy and a great warmup.
Of course, loyal Overpull readers know that I see the Scourge exactly like Team Rocket. Well, more accurately, the Burning Legion is Team Rocket. Everyone else is kind of the rogue Pokemon you have to fight to get from point A to B. In vanilla WoW you mostly deal with what I consider Team Rocket and the elite four (Ragnaros, Nefarion, Cthun, and Kelthuzad) while in the later games you deal with Team Aqua (Illidan and the Blood Elves) and Team Galactic (Arthas and his crew). Were a ways off from Pokemon: Black & Whites release so well see who we can relate to ol Deathwing.
Now, if only you could battle legitimately with your non-combat pets instead of having only a few combos who fight.
Youre a Terrible Person
The title says it all. You are a really bad person. This was a forum post of mine once before, but I figure Id share it all for my Overpull readers on this day of Overpull randomness.
Lets say youre a Human. You start out your adventure by slaying a few wolves, innocently enough. Then you move on to Kobolds in order to clear the mine. Thats not necessarily that bad. Its not until when youre close to leaving that you commit your first homicide. A group of bandits have set up across the river at the vineyards and need to be killed. You take out a few and return, your clothes and sword dripping with the blood of your fellow humans. Justice has been carried out. Youre then told to finish off the rest and take out their leader. You obey, regrettably, and begin the assault. By the end the entire farm is covered in blood and you return with the bloody head of their leader. The officer pats you on your back and sends you to Goldshire.
At Goldshire you dont run into a lot of troubles, you kill some more Kobolds and a few Gnolls, but nothing is as bad as the farm that you had came from. That is until you get to Westfall. You are asked to start at the tip of the beach and begin killing, all the way until you reach a town now occupied by these bandits. You rush in emptying the entire town. Returning, youre told to group up with a few others and clear their secret city under the ground.
You oblige, again, moving in and killing human after human. You slash your way from the start to the end with a group of four others. At the end you find their ship and their purpose. They were not mindless bandits but were instead exiles. Exiles from the kingdom you were protecting. They were engineers and carpenters who had rebuilt Stormwind after the first war but were denied payment. Of course, that doesnt matter to you. They have money and loot. Taking your sword you thrust it straight through one of the best engineers Stormwind has ever seen. You then leave out the rear exit, never looking back (until Cataclysm!).
You have saved Stormwind but at what price? There was no reasoning, no diplomatic envoys to attempt to tell them to return and receive payment along with reintegration to society. There was only your sword, staff, or dagger lunged directly into everyones chest, head, or throat.
From there you enter the world at large and wipe out an entire faction of centaur, you clear out many enemies with no scrutiny as to if an action is good or bad. You even go so far as to ignore the reason why. You just ask for a location marked on your map before you rush out and take on your next kill task. You kill dwarves, humans, gnomes, goblins, gnolls, kobolds, orcs, blood elves, high elves, and whatever else stands in your way.
Speaking of blood elves, you wipe out the majority of their race in Netherstorm. Do you question it? Do you go, hrm, this is the last of their race except for those in Silvermoon. Should I really be doing this? No, even as a Blood Elf you have no qualms mass farming your own race in order to pick up their medallions to prove how cool you are.
By the time youre level 80 you will have killed 10,000s of enemies if not more. All while yawning, with a bored hint to your voice as you slash through enemies with no afterthought.
Remember that one mans justice is another mans tyranny. Every story in the game has two sides. Every enemy you face thinks theyre the righteous crusader of everything good. Even Arthas believes hes doing the world a favor with his unholy crusade. Then again, dont think too long, or next time you take on that random enemy you might hesitate for a moment
and that moment might be your last in the world of Azeroth.
Well what do you think? Do you think my cat could play Pokemon on the iPad? Would Arthas even buy an iPad? Come to the Ten Ton Hammer forums and share your opinion.
-David "Xerin" Piner