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13
Aug
09

How I would end Monk.

I don’t watch Monk. Not ever. I’ve seen a total of maybe an entire two episodes in bits and pieces.  So you’re probably thinking “Who the hell do you think you are, comin in here all grandiose and magnificent swaggerin’ about like you know who Adrian Monk is. I’ve been watching him since he was on Wings!” Well let me tell you something my friend, I know enough to write gripping television. I’ve learned from the commercials and the small amount I’ve seen to come up with an episode even I could enjoy. I like to call it: “Mr. Monk and the heart of darkness.”

So from what I’ve gathered, Monk for these 7 seasons has been a obsessive compulsive detective with an “assistant” who plays the straightface to his oddball antics that often lead to humor and clever solving of mysteries. I’ve also learned that Monk had a wife and she was murdered by someone whom Monk’s never been able to catch…his only failure. Apparently her name was Trudy and she died in a carbomb…a friggin carbomb? Okay…

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INT. MONK’S HOUSE

ADRIAN MONK is sitting straight up in a suit watching a home video. It’s very late at night. We can only see his face from the perspective of the television. The television is watching him. The colors change but his eyes never blink. We can hear the faint sound of a woman laughing.

Monk:

Trudy…

The screen goes black. We come back to MONK standing his back to us now, a brazen siloutte against the white fuzzy snow of his television. Monk takes a deep breath, then two deliberate steps. He pauses turns towards the couch and wipes the wrinkles out of the seat cushion. He continues into the kitchen.

INSERT: A closeup of Monks feet as they touch the porcelain kitchen floor.

Monk takes a glass from his cabinet and begins to pour some water. His hand shakes violently. The glass slips from his grasp. It crashes into the ground. Elgar’s “The Enigma Variations” beings to play. Monk looks down at the broken glass and whispers

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Trudy……..

Monk violently slams his fist into the counter, turns abruptly and throws a stool into the glass cupboard. It shatters and the stool breaks. He kicks over another stool but loses his balance and collapses wheezing on the glass covered floor.

Fade scene.

INT. MONK’S HOUSE

NATALIE TEEGER lets herself in when no one answers the door. The camera follows her through the house until she arrives in the kitchen to find Monk on the floor covered in minor cuts.

Natalie

Oh Mr. Monk.

Monk opens his eyes.

Monk

I have to clean this up

Natalie

No Mr. Monk, please you must see your doctor.

Monk

My doctor is dead Natalie.

Monk stands up and goes to the closet to grab a broom. He’s sweeping as Natalie talks.

Natalie

Mr. Monk you can’t do this to yourself, you can’t do this to me! We’ve come too far for you to lose it like this we’re so close, we’ll find the guys who did it and we’ll bring them to justice.

Monk raises his eye to look at her but she can’t maintain eye contact

Natalie

Besides you have friends who care about you, we all care about you. This isn’t worth it.

Monk continues sweeping. without looking up he asks

Monk

What did they find?

Natalie

I’m not supposed to tell you.

Monk drops the broom and grabs Natalie by the shoulder. His hand digging into her shoulder like the claw of a bulldozer.

Monk

What did they find?

Natalie

A name…they finally found a name…but I can’t, I won’t tell you…not when you’re like this. Please you need help.

Monk

Yes…Yes you’re right, I need help cleaning up this mess.

FADE SCENE

Alright so now that you understand the mood I’d set for this we’d eventually lead up to the final confrontation between Monk and his wife murdering nemesis. The nemesis in this case shall be named Senator Meanface.

EXT ABANDONED AMUSEMENT PARK (NIGHT)

Monk is holding a police issued pistol at arms length aimed at an elderly woman. Her back is to a ferris wheel and he’s standing 10 feet away, eyes unblinking.

Senator Meanface

You…you think you’re going to shoot me? Don’t make me laugh.

Monk

Why? (long pause) Why? WHY?

Senator Meanface

Are you really so dense? Did you think you’d never made enemies in all your years as a policeman?

Monk

Who are you?

Senator Meanface

My sister. You wouldn’t remember her she was just a no name drug dealer you caught in your vice days. What you didn’t realize was during her time in prison she was brutally murdered for some superficial reason.  A reason I never learned. I thought I would return the favor, I thought I would make you hurt like I hurt.

Monk

You have no idea how I hurt

Monk fires the gun, clipping her in the shoulder.

SM (wincing)

I didn’t think you had it in you.

Monk

You don’t know me at all.

Monk starts the ferris wheel. The previously unseen rope around SM’s neck is revealed. It tightens around her neck.

Senator Meanface

I suppose you…think I deserve this?

Monk

I’ve been taught, in these past few years….We all get what we deserve.

SM’s feet slide across the ground shes pulled towards the ferris wheel. it lifts her slowly off the dirt.

SM

Fitting words…You…caused all of this…this was all your…All…your

SM begins wheezing as she’s hanged from the back of the ferris wheel. Monk picks up the shell from his pistol and places it within his front pocket. He lays the gun next to the wheel, carefully not to cover it in dust and turns his back on her swinging body. The lights of the ferris wheel glow around him as he walks away.

FADE SCENE

“Adagop for Strings” by Samuel Barber begins to play. A caption appears to inform the audience that the Senator’s murder was never solved. Monk was never seen again in the town of San Francisco. The words “It’s a gift… and a curse.” appear on the screen. After the credits we see Monk eating a sloppy joe. The camera zooms in on his messy face, and then pans outward to show him sitting at a picnic table. He eyes the napkin next to him…picks it up…then rips it in half with a smile on his slop covered face.

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There we have it a fitting end to Monk. Not only does he escape his ocd tendancies but he even uses them to get away with murder, the very thing he’s been solving the entirety of the series. The show began with one and now 7 seasons later it ends with one, running full circle…just like the ferris wheel.

Breedo came along with his shaky knees and he came with fire.

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07
Aug
09

Tekken Movie?

T is for Tekken

T is for Tekken

I noticed this today and I’m not sure how I haven’t heard of it yet but theres a listing for a Tekken film on IMDB, looking around on the ol internets I found a movie poster for it…or at least I assume it’s for it. I’m not the biggest fan of Tekken ever mind you, I enjoy the games and had a lot of fun with ’em especially in my younger years but what stands out to me is the casting for this movie. Take a look:

Ron Perlman Paul Phoenix
Jackie Chan Lei Wulong

What? Ron Perlman AND Jackie Chan?!?! In a video game movie? Either this script is incredible or theres an unscrupulous amount of money being thrown at this thing. Most of the other actors are lesser named Kungfu movie stars and what have you but to get Jackie frickin’ Chan for a movie about a video game is pretty fantastic. I now have this on my list of things to follow. There’s no trailer yet but I can only expect good things. Speaking of trailers theres one that caught my eye recently for a movie thats not due out til next year. It’s called the Book of Eli and it stars Denzel Washington as himself.

I’m not sure what exactly he’s supposed to be carrying that could “save the human race” or why he has to carry it cross country but hey mystery is part of a good trailer. I’m mainly intrigued by how much the movie reminds me of Fallout 3 which I played a bit of and enjoyed immensely. It could be that the experience with Fallout was so good that any future post apocalyptic media will remind me of it or it could actually be that they did “take” some ideas from Bethesda. I’m more towards the former, as it does share some similar backdrops and story elements but really so did Mad Max and that predated Fallout by a decade.

The other part that caught my eye is how nonchalant Denzel Washington can be in this role. Then I got to thinking about most of his roles and how I easily believe who he is regardless of what the scene entails. Evil cop? Alright. Angry bodyguard? Sure. Civil war general? Why the hell not? It’s like Mr. Washington can fill in any role you need. The next time I write a script and can’t figure out who to play the ghost of an architect who haunts the peoples houses he built, I’ll think of Denzel…because he could do it…easily.

GI Joe came out today and I will not be seeing it for at least a few days but feel free to blow my mind with quotes from it because I know that if you read this blog you were there at opening show and have already seen the movie at least twice. So lay it out for me. Did Dennis Quaid fill the 16 inch boots of Hawk like a true American? Or did he fizzle under the weight of such a tremendous role…I must know!

Breedo is knocking over fences, crossing property lines.

29
Jul
09

Real American Heroes.

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Whilst talking to my good friend and contemporary Matthew I realized that the GI Joe movie-film was due out in a mere two weeks. Two weeks until my childhood barrels into theaters guns blazing but never hitting a target. GI Joes was never my favorite cartoon, heck I don’t think it’s even in my top 10, but the show did endear to my heart after frequent adolescent viewings.  The premise in case you’re a robot with no childhood is the tried and true…army dudes fighting evil. You got your leader(Duke), the babe(Scarlet), the cool guy(Heavy Duty), and the god damn ninja (Snake Eyes). They fought terrorists before fighting terrorists was cool. Terrorists so badass they named themselves after a friggin snake, the Cobra, and dropped bombs on civilized society like it was eatin Sunday brunch with the folks.

It’s odd but I find myself remembering the villains better than the heroes, which may be why the trailers for this new movie are focusing on Destro and Cobra Commander as well as the hot chick with glasses who’s name I don’t even remember more than the Joes. This has got some people in a tizzy however(hahaaa tizzy) I read a blog earlier by a guy whos angry that “Hollywood” isn’t showing the GI Joes as patriotic enough. Don’t get me wrong…I love ‘Merica as much as the next communist killin’, apple pie eatin’ , railroad buildin’, oil tycoon can…but how American were the GI Joes anyway? I mean I don’t particularly remember an episode where they burst into a room and start reading the Emancipation Proclamation…although I do vaguely remember one where Shipwreck had to impale a nazi on an American flag.

Speaking of Shipwreck, he’s the only member of the GI Joes I have a discernable attitude towards. For the most part you can lump them all into one category, patriots…for instance Snake Eyes is a patriot ninja, but Shipwreck was…different. He and his parrot were often the comedic relief which was gladly accepted in the war torn horizons depicted in 1980’s cartoons, but he was also the main character in one of the most horrifying episodes of anything I’ve ever seen…an episode known simply as “There’s No Place Like Springfield.

It can only get worse.

It can only get worse.

I didn’t see this episode as a child, I saw it for the first time in high school. I fear if I had seen it sooner it would have broken my fragile young mind. Basically, Shipwreck gets knocked out while fighting Cobra and when he wakes up hes in a hospital with his family around him but he has amnesia, he can’t remember he’s a Joe. He tries to remember his “new” family and his “wonderful” life but he can’t seem to get a grasp on it but at least he’s happy? So he gets to go home with his wife and daughter and  has horrifying nightmares while with them and at some point i think even blacks out  into a coma. The parrot appears at times and just mouths off omninous random things as opposed to its usual hilarious banter. It was basically his spirit beast leading him on a journey through the depths of his inner psyche and the tortured reality that Shipwreck could never be the same again.

Well anyway he decides to try and remember what his job is. He goes to “work” and its like a construction job or something and all the Joes are there, but have mundane normal jobs. This breaks the amnesia and he remembers them for who they are, and while trying to convince them he grabs one of them…and they melt. It’s not really just the melting that does it…they literally waste away in his hands with no explanation. I think his wife and daughter even show up and melt as well, but basically in the scope 3 minutes every person he trusts…everyone he loves…dissipates into a horrible glob of slime…and it’s sentient. It ATTACKS him. So we’re left with Shipwreck screaming “NOOOOOOOOOOO” as he’s enveloped by a gelatenous monster that used to be his loved ones…And the worst part is, for some reason…there was no “To be continued”.

It actually appeared that this was how they were ending the series so you can bet I was there the next night it came on and lo and behold everything was explained as an elaborate Cobra plot, but thats not what’s important. What’s important is they could show this amazing journey of Shipwrecks lost soul in a children’s cartoon. Much like his namesake, his spirit was wrecked upon the shores of life and only friendship and yelling “Go Joe!” could fix that. This episode gave me  newfound respect for the GI Joes…but futhermore a justifiable terror of Cobra, as they did something so magnficently evil I’m afraid the film won’t live up to my expectations of them.

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Can a GI Joe live action movie even work? As I mentioned earlier theres a few internetmen (sort of like mitiamen except don’t sleep in other peoples houses) who believe that it can’t and that Hollywood has ruined the spirit of GI Joe but I’m not sure I agree. Sure, they took the red and blue out of the logo and got rid of the army camo but as far as we know those are the only changes and they’re pretty minor. As for being patriotic enough I don’t particularly remember anytime when I watched the cartoon that I thought, “Yeah thats how ‘Merica does it!”, the show was more for any kid regardless of nationality. I mean it seems like GI Joe prided itself on including every race and creed to their ranks, showing marginal acceptance of other nations. Why should a live action movie be any different? What exactly would the script even look like for an American GI Joe movie anyway?

Int. Cobra Hideout

The JOES are huddled in a corner behind some crates, watching COBRA COMMANDER kick puppies. The camera pans slowly over DUKE’s topless chest. You can tell his brow is furrowed by the clenching of his pecks. The camera zooms past diagonally, briefly pausing on his dogtags, glistening brightly even in the shadows of the dimly lit Cobra cave…the dogtags a beacon of hope in the darkest of times.

INSERT: A closeup of DUKE’s mouth, his rugged jawbone clenched securely as he whispers:

Duke:

Go Joe.

Other Joes (screaming):

GO JOES

SLOW MOTION PAN: The JOES erupt from their corner, all but they are black and white, each JOE is silhoutted in dark blue, their shadows a bright white. As they massacre the COBRA troops the blood hits their weapons, the ground and the walls painting an American flag in the process. Duke puts a desert eagle to Cobra Commanders forehead who is holding a puppy by its collar in one hand and a knife in the other.

Cobra Commander:

You don’t have the stones, boy.

Duke:

Drop the puppy.

Cobra Commander:

Gladly.

COBRA COMMANDER drops the puppy and lunges towards DUKE with the knife. Duke blasts a hole in COMMANDER’s face whirls around and grabs the puppy before it hits the ground. ZOOM iN on the puppy’s eye as it looks up at DUKE, a tear can be seen falling down its cheek.

Puppy:

<Heartfelt Bark>

Fade scene.

EXT Baseball Field

The JOES are playing baseball with the puppies and eating hot dogs and apple pie. Kelly Clarkson can be heard on the radio. HAWK approaches DUKE.

Hawk;

Good work out there.

Duke:

All in a day’s work, sir.

Hawk (laughing):

Yes…I suppose it is. I suppose it is.

Fade out to DUKE reading the Declaration of Independance as an eagle soars by behind the credits.

I think I could write an entire movie like this…I’m just not sure if I could get Dennis Quaid to star in it, I’d probably have to settle for Randy. I’ll leave you with a picture I found of Heavy Duty from the movie that I can really find nothing wrong with.

Did he really have to shoot up the wall behind him?

Did he really have to shoot up the wall behind him?

Breedo listened to Jay Z’s single DOA the entire time he wrote this post…nothing more American than that.

22
Jul
09

Quiktops…or How one invention can save mankind.

The other day while viewing the magical looky box I discovered a commercial for a certain product. I couldn’t find the exact advertisement, to my dismay…but I did come close. But for the grace of god go I:

If a man who cannot count finds a four-leaf clover, is he lucky? ~Stanislaw J. Lec

The Modern Gentleman’s Quiktop is quite possibly the greatest invention in the history of mankind. It will change your life. How often have you been devastated at your own lack of coordination as a beverage plummets from your hand, its innards splashed across your most precious of Oriental rugs? No more declares Quiktop. No more shall we be bound by the cruel hand of gravity, snatching our sodas from us in our time of thirst only to thrust them upon the ground in an act of childish defiance. Gravity is jealous of us, our astronauts, our pilots, our sculptors. We’ve escaped it’s talons and now it seeks vengeance with its brother in arms…the canned beverage.

Canned drinks have been at war with mankind since their inception in the early 1970s. When Richard Nixon accidentally spilled a can of water onto the carpet of his hotel room the ramifications lead directly to his resignation as president. Watergate, as it were, began with one spilled can…if only there had been Quiktop. Researched in highly classified labs by leading geneticists, engineers, plastic barons, magicians, and a single dog groomer, Quiktop is a specialized tool built to save mankind.

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Not usually known for my graph humor.

Some marvel at the ingeniousness of it, the simplistic design coupled with the blatant audacity it takes to build such a device. Others say it wasn’t so much as crafted but born, brought upon us by knowledge from the stars…not yet fully understood but a natural progression realized for the good of mankind. Holding a Quiktop in the palm of your hand, placing it upon a can…that must be what life is for.

Quiktops values are understanding and natural. Once you’ve used it, there is no reason to live without it…to even consider living without it would be akin to blasphemy. Quiktop delivers upon us a basic but neccessary list of uses detailed below:

  • There shall be no spill. This is priority one, when using a Quiktop you are no longer bound by the laws of physics for liquids and solids. The very rules of existence bend before you as malleable play-doh in a child’s toy box…that has not been left out.
  • There shall be no flat. Much like Columbus, the Quiktop believes the world is not flat and thus beverages must conform. No more shall we put our lips upon cold steel to taste the terrible carbonless liquid shame that is a flat cola.
  • There shall be flies or wasps. Bugs are a blight on the backs of drink consumers everywhere. With the Quiktop they can no longer reign free to terrorize your tasty fluids, they are in check. If the Quiktop can bend the laws of physics it can also bend the rules of space, giving your beverage a safe haven from the terrible world it inhabits.
  • There shall be only convenience. The Quiktop must never come between the consumer and the beverage, this is the golden law. If you wish to use a sipping utensil then by all means the Quiktop will provide. It may even, if you require, deliver the contents of the can upon you by opening it should your hands be too tired from worshiping it.

The Quiktop is a monumental life-changing device that must be welcomed with open cans. We cannot afford to pass up this opportunity as a society. I wish to bestow upon you a final thought, no, a dream. I dream of a world where no libation is subdued, no beverage is vanquished. Only thirst may be quenched, the drinks must never be. This is a dream we are capable of realizing, a land free of the hapless monkey gravity gnawing at our feet, and his tormenting brother thirst clawing at our throats. In a world of Quiktop…in the perfect world…we may all be free, we may all…fly.

Breedo is waiting for the Quiktop movie starring Nicholas Cage.

21
Jul
09

PC Gamin’ Extravaganza

It’s been a while since I happened uponst the internets and made a post so I figured I’d type something up just to get the gumption goin’. I don’t have anything in particular to talk about for this one and in fact haven’t even named it yet but lets see what happens.

I’ve been playing a few different PC games recently so i’ll start with that. First off, I just got Plants vs Zombies, it was kind of neat for a while but it quickly lost it’s appeal for me. Some people herald it as a glorious magical super-fun zombie killing plant simulation experience, and I cannot fault them for the facts in that statement, it just wore thin for me. They spice the gameplay up every few levels and if I spent more time it might grow on me…no pun intended…but I really think I’d perfer to play a Warcraft 3 tower defense mod.

I also have been playing Neverwinter Nights 2 sporadically in hopes to prepare myself for Dragon’s Age: Orgins when it comes out in October. The Neverwinter series hasn’t really ever been a staple in my gaming cabinet, mind you, I’m as much into Dungeons and Dragons as any self respecting geek should be but I just was never huge on the idea of dice rolling in a video game…unless you count that one time I wanted to make an open world Monopoly MMO…THIMBLE LFG 4 BOARDWALK HAS EPICS…Don’t hate.

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The problem is you don’t see Diablo showing me the number I roll to hit the several thousand pterodactyl-zombies storming down on my grill, instead it simply splashes their blood as they meet my cold hard steel. NWN is like the thinking mans Diablo. They’ve replaced guts with math. You have to pause the game and strategize, what spells should I use? Should I even use spells? Who’s on the frontline? Why is my bard not wearing pants? These are all critical questions you wouldn’t bother with in most dungeon crawling adventure games…but that’s why NWN is different.

Neverwinter Nights 2 brings about a ridiculous amount of customization I was truthfully not expecting. I haven’t played Dungeons and Dragons for a couple years now…I know…blasphemy…but I try to at least take a look every now and then to see what ridiculousness is blowing about. NWN 2 harnesses all of that wayward crazyness, the rampant amount of DND knowledge, and makes a computer game out of it thus creating a DND experience without the usual apple flipz and cursing. Actually I did have a fair share of cursing as the game can be surprisingly hard, but thats for later.

The customization starts when you make a character, who, if you have all the expansions can be anything from a normal halfling rogue scamp who’s loved by all to a hate mongering war-king from the plane of fire whos hair burns as bright as his fury. This is the level of customization in DND now? I can be a dude made of rocks?!? Count me in. After that you choose your class which again gives you a ridiculous amount of choices…like Spirit Shaman which even after reading the description I have no idea what it is, and Swashbuckler which I’m sure, involves a fair bit of buckling the swash. Not to mention theres 15+ prestige classes you can’t even be yet. The game does not lack in the customization department.

Dynamite Jack, The Flaming Dragon.

Dynamite Jack, The Flaming Dragon.

I settled on a Half-Drow monk that I named Tyr. Now the story starts out and you’ve got a foster dad in this quaint little village. I love how you can be a super evil psychotic half orc serial killer with a ‘foster’ dad in a ‘quaint’ town but I digress…Tyr may have been a bad choice for a name because apparently in NWN the monks all worship Tyr. They literally have a monastery named after him. I was completely confused when I entered it and thought maybe it was named after your character no matter what but no, somehow I named my character after the god of my class choice…very peculiar.

So Tyr met some new pals and went on big adventures saving the world from evil. I’m a good 12 hours in so far and I’m not sure how long the story is but it’s still pretty interesting. I found that apparently I’m too ‘good’ when I play these games as I went from lawful neutral to lawful good fairly quickly in the events of the story. I do want to play through again and be as evil as I can murdering people left and right, but for this run through I just answered how I would answer if I were a half drow monk whos mom was murdered by demons or something…that parts still a little vague.

Chicks dig mysterious men...in opera masks.

Chicks dig mysterious men...in opera masks.

As I mentioned earlier the game does randomly amp up the difficulty like crazy sometimes. I entered a house for a sidequest, died and reloaded probably a dozen times before finally beating the guards. I’m not sure if they were just higher level or if I was doing it completely wrong but eventually after many loading screens I feasted upon their cakes and sold their swords. Thats another scary part of the game, the loot.

Theres tons of things that can drop some completely useless others…ridiculously good. For instance in some random dungeon I didn’t even have to enter I got a morning star that made my next 3 hours worth of fighting trivial. The loot used for crafting is even more confusing as theres an extraordinary amount of it. I’m not much a fan of crafting in my games, it’s a nice touch for some but I don’t usually go near it. Some gamers like watching their characters make new items, I’ve never really enjoyed it past my first foray with it in Star Ocean for ps1, where it was so new it was interesting. Perhaps it was Everquest’s Coldain Shawl quest that killed crafting for me…I may never know…

My shoulders, I can now brush them.

My shoulders, I can now brush them.

Alright so besides NWN and Plants v Zombones, I’ve tried out the new Battlefield shooter for PC thats a ‘freemium’ game from EA, Battlefield Heroes. The concept is simple, earn in game ‘money’ to buy items or buy the ‘money’ yourself with cash and get it faster. Theres a level cap if you’re not paying but it doesn’t hinder the experience so really the entire game can be enjoyed for free. I’m not really a huge fan of Battlefield games, vehicles were never my forte, but this did remain fun for a good duration.

The goals are the norm for a BF game, drive a vehicle to an area, capture and defend it. The class system is still in place and theres an obvious art reference from TF2, with a more playful style than normal Battlefield fare. The gameplay is rather simple but theres a solid amount of maps to keep things interesting. My favorite part of the entire experience was literally sitting my character on the wing of a biplane firing a gatling gun as my friend flew it. Gravity does not effect MrBrundo.

Out of game, the interface is very clunky but It’s still basically in beta so I can forgive it, logging in can be a hassle and it can also be very annoying to buy guns as it sometimes won’t count your coins. Also finding your friends can be a headache if the server gods don’t look down upon you, although I do recommend playing it with a few people you know. The best part is it’s a very quick download for a briefly enjoyable game, overall it was worth trying out. I recommend it if you’re bored and want to shoot some mans pick it up.

Of course, besides all of those I’m still playing WoW as well. Breedo’s guild 10-man managed to beat Freya tonight with 3 adds up so all we have left for Algalon is hard mode Mirmiron which some say is harder than ol’ Al himself. If anyone has any tips feel free to post ’em we’ll be trying him next week I think. I think I may record some of our future hard modes just for fun and throw ’em on here…assumin’ fraps doesn’t give me guff.

Oh speaking of WoW recently MMO-Champion broke the news that they believe the new races will be Goblin and Worgen. Not to blow my own horn or anything but those were totally the best picks I had in my previous post which is pretty sweet. Even had their factions right. I’m just sad there won’t be pandas, but I’m still hoping for a hero class as well.

Alrighty, I rounded this post out pretty well I think. I’ve got a few other ideas in mind for the next few posts so there should be more action on here. Oh, speaking of action, if anyone wants to play TF2 or Left 4 Dead with me my Steam info is simply Breedo now. Add me and we can tussle like kings. I think that about covers it for this update, I would like to talk about a certain beta I’m messing around in but I’ll have to wait on that one. Not to worry, I’ll put up more info when I can. Also I’d like to thank all the people commenting recently, this part of the internet is getting more and more busy everyday, I appreciate it.

Breedo can’t wait for the Park Place Expansion Pack. Now with 50% more park.

10
Jul
09

Predicting the next wow Expansion: Hero Class Time!

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So in my last post I went into a pretty long loregasm about Cataclysm and the races that might be included in a watery Maelstorm endeavor. This time around I’m going to suggest some classes and other thoughts on what I think could make it into a third expansion for World of Warcraft. First we’ll start off with the basics.

What are the requirements for a new Hero Class?

  • Must be connected to the lore of the expansion. This one is a given, just like a new race, a new class must be involved with the story of a new expansion, just as death knights are a major part of Wotlk whatever new class must join the fight against Azshara for a reason.
  • Must be playable by all races. This one isn’t definite, it could just be for Death Knights. However, I don’t see Blizzard not allowing certain races be certain things if they didn’t do it for death knights I don’t see them doing it for anything.
  • Must have a starting quest hub. The Death knights set a precedent for this and it’s expected of all future hero classes. More than likely the class will start at at least level 55 and will have it’s own area to ‘learn’ how to play it. They won’t be released into the world as high level with no training grounds and its doubtful they’ll start at level 1 either.

These requirements are not very stiff, in fact most classes could fit into these with relative ease. There’s a lot of other problems though that aren’t set by death knights but more by Blizzards current vision for the game. First, what type of class will it be? Looking at the talent trees and the outcry for more healers these days the new class will almost certainly be able to heal. The death knight was created to fill a vacant hole of tanks that players experienced at the end of Burning Crusade because at that time most players found tanking boring or too hard, depending on the class. DKs made tanking exceptionally fun I mean my mains a DK tank for cryin’ out loud, but it also proved their plan worked. Players still need tanks and can at times find a shortage but the discrepancy between healers and tanks is growing larger especially in the pugging/casual area.

This means the new class will more than likely not be a tank. There’s no reason for them to add two tanking classes in a row. The new class instead will be able to heal. I don’t see them allowing every tree of the new hero class to heal. It seems like a mistake they’re still trying to correct with every patch that they allowed every dk tree to tank, a healer would have a similar problem. The new class will probably have a single healing tree and it also won’t be a pure healing class as all healing specs have at least one dps spec. The conclusion is that we’re looking for a dps/healing hybrid much like a priest or shaman.

Now we know it will be able to heal we can try to figure out the armor it will wear. I don’t see any chance it will wear cloth as that tier is already packed (priest mage warlock) and while plate has only paladins with no other plate wearing spellcasters I doubt the new class will wear plate simply because there aren’t many in the lore that do. That leaves either leather or mail as they each have one spellcasting class (druid and shaman) vying for their loots, just like plate but both are more likely to be worn by healers. Plus for dps gear theres already 3 classes going for plate and another would make it 4 which would be absurd.

Another addition with Death knights was the brand new runic power/rune system that only they use. It’s pretty obvious if they do include a new hero class I doubt it will simply use a mana bar or energy it will most likely have some ‘gimmick’ like the dk’s system. I doubt it will be anything new or groundbreaking but it will be something different that attracts players who never heal to give it a second thought, just as DK’s did for tanking.

Alright so with these stipulations which hero classes qualify? Let’s have us a looksee(I’ve included links to wowwiki’s descriptions which do a fine job, I’m just adding my own thoughts):

Runemaster (http://www.wowwiki.com/Runemaster)

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Ahh, the Runemaster, WoW’s version of the Monk from other fantasy settings, these guys have a pretty solid fanbase and are actually my front runner for a new hero class. They basically fit every criteria except for perhaps the leather/mail one, they almost exclusively wear cloth, but I can see them fitting into leather if need be. They are honorable protectors who can heal and would have a new way of combat, mainly martial melee combat with their fists or a staff. Their ‘gimmick’ would involve invoking various runes, like the death knights as well as possibly using a combo point system to heal opposed to mana. The only problem with something like this would be a rune master would never worry about going out of mana, something that is necessary to keep fights hard on healers and challenging for raids.

Other abilities include laying giant ‘rune fields’ on the ground that buff allies and hinder enemies that stand in them. I can see them easily getting a rune that does the same as heroism as long as you fight within it or a rune that does moderate area damage while the enemies are inside it. Their dps trees would involve melee with one more focused on buffing and debuffing while the other on pure damage. If balanced correctly they could recieve a bulk of friendly buffs only weaker and only able to be cast one at a time giving them a good niche, “we dont have a certain class tonight so you do ‘x’ buff”.

Another positive they have going for them is Blizzard has admitted they considered and even devoloped the Runemasters up during Wotlk’s start but decided to stick with death knight instead. They obviously already have a foundation. The only major problem would be connecting them to Maelstorms lore. It wouldn’t be as obvious a connection as death knights to Arthas but being that they’re good and have huge connections to the earth from which they draw their runes they could easily seek to stop the seeking “tide of war” that Azshara is leading against the solid ground. They also have a similar skin tone selection that death knights have when you create them, as you could give them rune patterns in the same way death knights got pale skin.

Chance they’re in the Cataclysm Expansion: 75%

Shadow Hunter (http://www.wowwiki.com/Shadow_Hunter)

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The Shadow Hunter is another possibility as they fit almost all of the requirements. They can heal, wear leather or mail and are a ranged/new type of class. They’d probably share upgrading bows with hunters which is something Blizzard has mentioned as a concern in the past but also they’d bring another physical ranged dps to a raid. There are a few problems though, the Shadow Hunters are exclusively trolls, theres really never been any other kind, so fitting them into the “can be every race” clause would be quite the stretch. They also don’t really care for outsiders at all so saying they train other races would be far fetched as well.

They do have a major connection to the Maelstorm as the troll capital is on an island in the South Seas so there are bound to be shadow hunters. They would also bring a solid gimmick in the use of voodoo as their energy source. Theres quite a few ways this could work I’d probably stick with a do damage to gain voodoo use voodoo to heal/buff your party. This would make them feel less like a healer and more like a dps but also give them an ability to heal. Their trees would probably be two ranged dps trees and a healing tree, one of the dps trees focusing on nature damage and the other on physical, one more dot oriented the other more burst oriented.

The chances Blizzard adds them to the game are very high, but the chances they’ll be playable aren’t so much. If it weren’t for them being exclusively trolls I’d put them at least as high as Runemasters but because they are quite reclusive and seeing them run around as any race would be fairly confusing I doubt they’ll make it in as a playable class this expansion.

Chance they’re in the Cataclysm Expansion: 30%

Dragonsworn (http://www.wowwiki.com/Dragonsworn)

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The Dragonsworn are more of a dream of mine than anything. I can see them as mail wearing knights, much like Dragoons of Final Fantasy lore who use pikes, spears, staves, and warhammers to battle evil with valorous zeal. To me they’d be much like a paladin but instead of swearing to the light they swore to the Dragon Aspects and their talent trees would reflect that. It’d be best if each aspect could have a tree but because they can only have 3 and theres 5 aspects that’d be a bit much. What I would do instead is make a healing tree that’s red/green together, a ranged casting tree that’s just blue and a melee/debuff tree thats black/bronze. If you really wanted just 3 aspects then I would make it a red tree for healing, a green tree for melee/dot, and a bronze for ranged caster, but I like to include all 5 aspects, even if ones ‘evil’ and ones without a leader. Technically the blues should have a leader by next expansion and though the blacks leader is evil it doesn’t make all of them inherently evil so they could be included as well.

The problem with this class is that the Maelstorm, unless it includes a lot of dragon lore involving Deathwing as well as it’s island fun, won’t have enough about dragons to make this a very viable choice. There won’t be much connecting them to Azshara, but a reason could be made simply that Alexstrasza sees her as a huge threat and has rallied her greatest champions. Regardless of how they are included i would love to play as one. Their playing style would probably involve some sort of combo point energy plus something new like maybe charging abilities to do more damage or healing.

If it were up to me I’d jump on this class in a heartbeat for a new expansion but considering they aren’t very prominent and don’t have a huge connection to the Maelstorm, I doubt it will be included for the next expansion. I can dream though!

Chances they’re in the Cataclysm Expansion: 25%

Tinker (http://www.wowwiki.com/Tinker)

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Tinkers! Yeah! These guys are what gnomes everywhere have been waiting for, a healing class they can be! A Tinker is different from an Engineer in that they’re not just doing it as a job, they’re doing it as a lifestyle. Every tinker builds their own bot or ‘mech’ and has it as a pet. This pet would change depending on the talent trees but also you could customize it with things you find and build, much like runeforging for death knights. The trees would probably revolve around a pet dps tree, a ranged physical dps tree and a healing tree that uses potions and gravity shields to ‘fix’ damage. I imagine their healing tree to be like a disc priest with powerful single target heals and maybe a few bursty ae heals but nothing like a holy priest.

They would be a ranged pet class for their dps trees but there’s only two of those right now and I figure they could use certain magics and physical abilities depending on their choice of attacks. A flame thrower for instance would do fire damage while shooting a gun would be physical. For the pet tree I’d focus more on the bot than the character itself,  maybe even have it do more damage than the Tinker. There are quite a few players who miss the pet classes of old mmo’s who were known for their pets, not for the damage the player does and would love to return to a class like that. For their ‘gimmick’ I’m not sure exactly what would set them apart from hunters, maybe a combo system that exploits weaknesses. The pet tree could have a lot of neat pet buffs maybe even letting the Tinker ride the bot for a short duration and other things of that sort.

This class actually would fit very well with the lore of Maelstorm, what with the introduction of Undermine, the only problem is they aren’t usually known outside Goblins and Gnomes. That problem however is not a big deal as either race could easily teach these things to the rest of their faction, as they’ve taught them engineering already. That would be another glaring issue, distinguishing the Tinker from the Engineer tradeskill but I think if you focused on what a Tinker can do that an engineer can’t the differences should be obvious. I like the chances of this class making it eventually but probably not this time around.

Chances they’re in the Cataclysm Expansion: 20%

Other Random Thoughts:

Alright so thats a good amount of new Hero Classes that could be included in a Maelstrom expansion. There are quite a few other ones that I don’t know as much about that are being tossed around, like Sea Witch (Vashj?), Brewmaster, and Blademaster. I see these as maybe being included at some point, especially blademaster, but I don’t particularly see it for this expansion. Another melee would just be overboard. Some players believe there won’t just be one hero class introduced but two or three. I don’t see them bringing more than two in but I’m fairly certain there will be at least one as they will not leave Death Knights as the only ‘hero’ class. They’ve already set a precedent, I doubt they’ll break it. So what else can we expect besides these races classes and zones?

Well with Burning Crusade Blizzard announced paladins and shamans would be available on both factions, something months before they’d said would never happen. Did they know they were going to do this? Probably not, as no other MMO had tried what they’d done. You can’t keep a game balanced in pvp or pve with a completely different class on two warring factions. It wasn’t as bad as say giving one side a healer and the other a dps or something but they realized they couldn’t keep the game even at the rate it was going and it made perfect sense to put the classes on both sides. So will there be anything as game breaking and shocking as this? I think there will be. I believe that Blizzard will allow cross faction communication and even grouping and raiding with the next expansion.

The hippo seems pleased.

The hippo seems pleased.

Now now read me out, I’m not insane. Currently with the ongoing story of Wotlk they’re building up a war between the two sides again, a rivalry that’s really based on nothing but two obnoxious leaders who are angry for no reason. I believe that something devastating will happen in Icecrown Citadel, maybe Jainas death? This would galvanize both sides into realizing who the true enemy is and lead them to defeat him. This would be a complete 180 turn around from how things appear now and the devs have mentioned that the next expansion will have surprises that will be unbelievable or that we’ve never experienced before. I think that the Goblin city of Undermine at the very least will allow cross faction communication and if not certain raids and grouping, then at least an AH and the ability to communicate in certain areas. This would easily fit the devs ‘shocking revelation’ and be a fairly surprising twist after the way the game appears to be headed.

Many people argue that this will never happen because the game is called World of Warcraft. I realize the title has war in it but that doesn’t mean it must be a war between the two player factions. Technically in the game right now the players are at war with like 10 different world shattering evils, any one of them can fit the war motif. It wouldn’t change pvp as really pvp isn’t really included in the lore anymore, none of the characters who die in a pvp instance stay dead and since you can fight and kill each other in ranked arenas on the same faction its the same as fighting in a battleground. Some players think that this would be the end of WoW, when they have to team up with the “dirty” other faction but I think it’s something they’ve been building up to for quite some time. Only recently did they start sparking the war again with Varian’s blatant orc hatred and Hellscreams stupid kid who thinks hes a badass or something spouting off all the time. It’s obvious they’re leading this somewhere and i think its to crossfaction communication…I could be completely wrong and instead the next expansion will have like 12 battlegrounds for an all out war because of the events of Icecrown.

What else will they throw in? Almost definitely a tradeskill, they’re 2 for 2 so far but for the life of me I can’t think of anything they could possibly add. If anything I’d like to see some customization options added to spells, more stuff like the dalaran arcane brilliance and things like that just for visual flair. I don’t know that a tradeskill is what can achieve this but if they let mages shoot pink frostbolts or felhunters wear sunglasses I’d totally be down. If they wanted to start working towards player housing they could add some kind of new gathering skill like lumberjacking where you go collect wood and make sweet patio furniture and stair rails or something.

Alright thats probably good for this one, if you made it this far you’re quite the trooper. I appreciate the readsmithing you just endured and if you have any comments feel free to leave em, I welcome ’em all.

Breedo much like the King Beetle plans to fly headlong into the blazing unknown.

08
Jul
09

Predicting the next Wow expansion.

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So as I’ve mentioned before on this here blogspace internets, I’m a pretty avid player of World of Warcraft. I have a few level 80 characters, 2 of which are pretty well geared…one with all of Ulduar cleared in 10 man sans ol’ Alganon and most of the 25 man cleared, the other a glorious pvpsmith with a handful of Ulduar epics. Like most fans of the game I’m anxiously awaiting Blizzcon…well I guess ‘anxious’ would be a bit melodramatic…let’s just say I would kill for it. So what’s all this hubbub about!??1?

Blizzard will announce a new expansion for WoW at Blizzcon, it’s 99% certain. That’s as certain as you can get without knowing for sure, like if someone asked you “Tom Cruise eats chalk right?” thats how certain we are. The past Blizzcons have fluctuated between “huge game breaking announcements (ie an expansion) to nothing special (ie why did we hold this again?)” This years Blizzcon is one of the former, as last years was just bland, almost no new information with Wrath of the Lich King only a few months away and most of which had already been slowly seeped of surprises.

So what can we expect in the next expansion? Well that right there is the 11.5 billion subscriber question, and it takes a bit more brain gumption.  Last week Blizzard copywrited(copywrote?) the term Cataclysm for the use in computer gaming. Ohhh, thats sort of like the time I copywri…I trademarked…the term Cathyclysm, a tale in which the Cathy comic comes to a horrible yet foreseeable end…Anyway, they also took it for marketing a ton of things (like stickers!) that are usually sold with an expansion (STICKERS!), which cause many to speculate that the Cataclysm is involved with the next WoW expansion. So what could the Cataclysm be?

Most speculate that it’s referring to the events that created the Maelstorm in Warcraft’s history. Basically when the Well of Eternity was destroyed it ripped the land of Azeroth in half forming the seperate continents that are in the old world game currently. Before that they were one giant Pangea style landmass, I assume with volcanos dinosaurs and albinos, but because of the cataclysm they were broken in half and drifted away from each other…much like Emmanuel Lewis and Alex Karras after the final season of Webster. What appeared between them was the Maelstorm a “swirling vortex of power” the Naga hail from.  It can be assumed that this would be where the expansion would be set, the Maelstorm and its surrounding islands which harbor a large variety of locals from goblins and pirates to crabmen and dinosaurs.

Theres really nothing else tying the word Cataclysm to WoW’s lore. The only other thing it could mean, if it’s still an expansion, is that the world of Azeroth has entered a “new Cataclysm”, changing the entire old world and bringing in new beasties and villains. I don’t see this as a very likely possibility as that would take a serious amount of work, but it would actually be very neat if they used phasing technology once you hit a certain level or did a certain quest, and you saw an entire continent rip in half or something. The likelihood of this however, as I mentioned is very low, as it’s almost certainly referring to a Maelstorm-style ocean expansion.

So what would a Maelstorm expansion entail? There’s plenty of ground to cover for new zones, tons of new races to introduce and bad guys to loot…I mean vanquish. The main villain would almost definitely be Azshara, the queen of the Naga, who according to the art below looks sorta like Ursala from The Little Mermaid. Sweet, I’ve always wanted to fight a giant squidlady. Another area would be the peninsunation of Gil’neas, a kingdom of humans who said “You know what, fuck it.” and locked themselves away from the rest of the world. Everything that’s happened to them since then is a mystery which is wide open for exploration in a Maelstorm expansion.

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Besides those areas, theres the Bloodsail Buccaneers who have been involved in a ton of the quests in original WoW as well as a few in Northrend. Their base/island/fortress would definitely be involved as well as their grand pirate leader, Duke Fairevere. A rival nation to the pirates would be Kul’Tiras a nation of humans who have allied with the Alliance in the past, they ship most of the goods the pirates pillage and would likely be a pretty large quest area.  The Goblin town of Undermine would most definitely be the new city hub, like Dalaran and Shattrath before it. The areas are mostly tropical except of course the Maelstrom, but they do include a variety of species and geography much like how Lich King didn’t have only snow areas but forests and tundras.

Another possibility is the inclusion of Deathwing, a major lore figure who has yet to be seen in the game. Blizzard likes to put dragons into a major element of the story such as Malygos going insane for Lich King. This would also give them leeway to include some other old world zones players have wanted to see for quite some time, like Grim Batol. Plus you can never go wrong with evil dragons.

So besides locales what else will draw players into the expansion? The lore could actually be a problem as many players have stated they see Arthas as the main villain of Warcraft and that fighting someone besides him after hes “dead” would seem a step backwards. I don’t agree as Arthas has really only been a major character since Warcraft 3 and there has been plenty to play off before that.

What Blizzard will have to do is convince people Azshara is a bigger threat than even the Lich King, which really she could be as she not only has a kingdom of intelligent, super powerful devout followers, opposed to the thoughtless undead of Arthas, she rules the entire ocean. It’d be akin to the Alliance and Horde both twice as large and working under one ruler. The amount of power she could demonstrate if she were to attack the land would be phenomenal especially if she was backed by a powerful force, say an Old God or Deathwing.

Blizzard would have to depict her doing something at the end of Lich King that causes the player factions to target her. Much like Arthas had a brazen invasion of the capital cities she will have to do something of that magnitude to get players to come after her. I doubt it will be the same as an invasion every expansion would grow very old, besides I see her a much more cunning and sneaky villain than Arthas, she’s someone who would assassinate a faction leader or somehow create a coup. Perhaps she won’t even be involved at all but one of the island nations leaders comes to the factions and informs them of her quickly spreading influence and asks for help.

Besides lore there will most definitely be new features. The last two expansions added first 2 new races in Burning Crusade and then a new class of Death Knight in Lich King. Can we expect more of this for whatever comes next? The answer is yes. New races are fairly easy to implement and can give players a reason to play even more, something Blizzard wants to happen. New classes, while much harder to implement, do the same but also give the player base a direct connection to the new expansion as well as give them a completely new character to experience. Blizzard will not leave Deathknights as the only ‘hero’ class so there will almost certainly be a new one for that reason as well. First though, lets take a look at what it takes to even be considered as a racial candidate.

What it takes to be a race for a Maelstorm Expansion:

  • Must be connected to the lore. This is the most important, a new race must be involved with the workings of the Maelstorm and have some direct reason for joining the conflict otherwise there’d be no reason to include them.
  • Needs a reason to join a faction. For Burning Crusade the Blood Elves joined the Horde because they were scorned by the Alliance and needed help following their leader. They weren’t outright accepted like the Draenei were for the Alliance but they still had a reason. The Draenei on the other hand were forced to crash land by members of the Horde, that gives them plenty of reason to want to join and fight.
  • Needs to be reasonable. There are some races that without a major change to their design will never be playable. I highly doubt we’ll ever get to play as glorious crabmen because not only do they not fit the top two but they wouldn’t be taken seriously. Some say Draeneis were the same before their model change and that could be a valid arguement but without futher examples I don’t see certain races ever being playable, races without legs for example.
  • Needs a home. So far there have only been two new races, but both had their own starting areas and capitals. It could be that Blizzard just made an exception with these two and plans to add more that simply begin like the gnomes and trolls, in another race’s town, but I’d find that unlikely. In order to connect to the new race there must be some starting ground…a newbie zone. If they ever add a mass influx of new races maybe they could be refugees to a major faction’s town but I don’t see them adding any race in the third expansion who doesn’t even have a home.

Alright so who does that leave?

Goblin

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Goblins are likely to be a major contributing race to a Maelstorm expansion. They have a huge merchant town and a vast amount of ships and information. They also have close ties to both factions but have only officially joined the Horde during the second war. They broke it off however as working both sides is more profitable. That’s the problem for them to be playable unless its a brand new offshoot of Goblin who has different ideals theres almost no way they will commit to one side. The only other chance for them to be a playable race would be for them to be neutral and either pick a side during creation or work both sides as a faction free character. The chances of being faction free however are miniscule and while choosing during creation might be interesting it doesn’t really bode well for “a reason to join a faction” when you can join either at a whim.

Chance they’re playable: 45%

More likely to be on the: Horde, the goblins have joined them once before and it would be much more likely than to join only the Alliance. The alliance already has gnomes anyway which fits a similar role goblins would bring.

Pandaren

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The pandarens are a favorite of many fans, some of which have been demanding they be included as playable in an expansion. Rumors floated during the vacant Alliance race debates of Burning Crusade that they were supposed to be the Ally race but were axed because of China’s adoration of pandas. This seems more a vast exaggeration to me as Chinese people do love them some pandas they are not going to ban a game because it depicts a giant pandaman’s death. They do have some pretty harsh censors in place anyway so if all else failed Pandarens could just become giant black bearmen and still serve the same purporse. I think the major problem for most of China was that they were pandas but they wore traditional Japanese garb, something that is pretty taboo over there. The more pressing problem i see with Pandarens is that while most love them some fans hate them. They did start as a April Fools joke so to some taking a giant pandaman seriously would kill what “realism” of the fantasy world that is Warcraft is left. I however think it’s just as realistic a giant panda can talk and fight as a giant cowman can. They may not be included simply because of that, but I do think there is a chance they could still make it as playable…just not a great one.

Chance they’re playable: 40%..if not in this expansion then they probably won’t ever be.

More likely to be on: Alliance, this was a tough call but there are a lot of similarities between Pandarens and Dwarves but enough to still have a pretty big disparity and bring something new to the Alliance, unlike for the Horde who already have the Tauren which have a similar disposition as most Pandarens.

Wolvar

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The Wolvar are another great rumor from TBC but this time they could actually be involved. If Arugul makes a move in Northrend and reveals something about the isolated kingdom of Gilneas, something horrible like they’ve all been turned to werewolves (sweet) that would give a link between the expansions but also open up the kingdom as a new faction. This faction could join either side, they were never great friends with much of the Alliance, but also bring a new savage race to the game something fun and different, akin to the Draenei. I think out of most new race ideas this one is one of the more solid ones as many players want to play as one and they have a pretty epic backstory. The only problem would be that wolvars are one of the few races in Warcraft that are inherently evil. They were brought from a plane of hate or something, so to team them up with a faction would be a stretch…unless they were diluted of course.

Chance they’re playable: 45%, like the pandaren if they don’t make it in this expansion they probably won’t ever be.

More likely to be on: Alliance, I went with Allies for this one mainly because they don’t have a race like the Wolvars already as I imagine them being a lot like orcs. This could of course make them more likely to join the Horde but deep down they’re still humans so I think the allies win out.

Naga

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The Naga have a huge history and would be a perfect candidate for a new race in a Maelstorm expansion. While they will probably be one of the major forces of villainy they could easily have a ‘good’ offshoot who doesn’t see the point of their queen’s expansionist ideals and murderous intent. This would be a lot like the blood elves of the horde after they found out Kael’s plan. The major problem however is they have no feet so no..shoe slot…and theres no telling what they’re ride for mounts. Another problem is there are literally two ‘good’ nagas in the entire game and neither are very friendly with either side.

Chance they’re playable: 20%

More likely to be on: Horde, the Naga have a similar ordeal that the Blood Elves faced in TBC and a similar outlook on the rest of the world as the Forsaken. The only problem is believing theres a group of Nagas who think their Queen is wrong, a rebellion that is much more understandable coming from a Blood Elf.

Drakonid/Dragonborn

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This is one of my favorite ideas for a race, the dragons left from the various experiments throughout the game. Any of them could work, from Deathwings tampering in Blades Edge or the work of Nefarion in BWL. There could easily be one faction who is ‘good’ who escape their captors and join a side to fight back against their oppressors. Plus how cool would it be if BWL was a starting ground for a new race…I’d be all over that. The problem is most Drakonid are huge and not very understanding of human ways so joining a faction would more than likely be beneath them but really the same could be said of Draenei before they had their model and lore changes.

Chance they’re playable: 20% in a Maelstorm expansion…ever? 70%, dragon races are all the rage these days.

More likely to be on: Either, Depending on how the lore is written either side could work with a race of dragons, fighting back against more than likely Deathwing. Just like the death knights before them which both sides accepted, they really could go either way.

Furbolg

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Furbolgs have a huge connection to the Emerald Dream, which I haven’t mentioned yet but could very well be involved in a Maelstorm expansion. They also have tons of animations and could easily get an updated model to become a new player race. They also have plenty of room for a capital and great ties with the Night Elves already. The only problem is in just a Maelstorm expansion they don’t really fit.

Chance they’re playable: 20% in Maelstorm expansion…ever? 70%

More likely to be on: Alliance, while the taurens do have some connections with them and they are on good terms they are definitely better friends with the Night Elves. They also bring a more savage race to the alliance which some people say is still needed.

Alright thats enough for now. These are my thoughts for the next expansion but I’m only halfway done. Next post I’ll put what I think would make for good hero classes as well as some other ideas for what they’ll be adding thats  “completely new and different” for an MMO. Most of the above  race ideas can be found on http://www.wowwiki.com and have many more ups and downs than I mentioned, I just made my own opinions for them for this particular expansion. If you have some thoughts I welcome those as well just toss em in the comments.

Breedo would like everyone to know it took way to long to find out the name of the snake in Mario Brothers 2. It’s Cobrat btw.