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    Quote Originally Posted by Makorus View Post
    You are giving this whole climate and equator thing more thought than Blizzard ever has.
    Though I would love it if they would hire a few people/designate a few people who maintain things like the timeline, lore consistency and world-logic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Highlord Hanibuhl View Post
    Though I would love it if they would hire a few people/designate a few people who maintain things like the timeline, lore consistency and world-logic.
    Much simply cannot be fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Highlord Hanibuhl View Post
    Though I would love it if they would hire a few people/designate a few people who maintain things like the timeline, lore consistency and world-logic.
    Is something like climate zones in a fantasy game really that important?

    If anything, it limits what you can do. There is literally no benefit and is a big slippery slope when you start introducing real world science into the game, because let me tell you, there is a lot of technology that wouldn't work.

  4. #67004
    Do we know if the invites go out region specific? Have anyone in EU been given access yet, for example?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Makorus View Post
    Is something like climate zones in a fantasy game really that important?

    If anything, it limits what you can do. There is literally no benefit and is a big slippery slope when you start introducing real world science into the game, because let me tell you, there is a lot of technology that wouldn't work.
    You can always come with magical reasons to place weird climate where it shouldn't be. No one would complain about Sholazar in Northrend right next to a glacier because there is an explanation for it.

  6. #67006
    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealCincaid View Post
    Do we know if the invites go out region specific? Have anyone in EU been given access yet, for example?
    People from my guild got an invite, so EU definitely got a wave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nymrohd View Post
    You can always come with magical reasons to place weird climate where it shouldn't be. No one would complain about Sholazar in Northrend right next to a glacier because there is an explanation for it.
    But that would change nothing at all other than some stupid explanation for something that doesn't matter. It's not earth. It doesn't need to have biomes like earth. There is no need to point it out because it's nothing special. We don't need a scientific explanation why the Barrens is encircled by three forests. We don't need an explanation why the Dragon Isles are lush even though it's next to Northrend.

    We would need an explanation if it was set on Earth, but it's not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Makorus View Post
    But that would change nothing at all other than some stupid explanation for something that doesn't matter. It's not earth. It doesn't need to have biomes like earth. There is no need to point it out because it's nothing special. We don't need a scientific explanation why the Barrens is encircled by three forests. We don't need an explanation why the Dragon Isles are lush even though it's next to Northrend.

    We would need an explanation if it was set on Earth, but it's not.
    I mean YOU don't need an explanation. I very much would like one.

  8. #67008
    I imagine that this has been asked several times but... do you need an active subscription as a necessary condition to get a beta invite?

  9. #67009
    Quote Originally Posted by Nymrohd View Post
    I mean YOU don't need an explanation. I very much would like one.
    You have an explanation.

    It's called suspension of disbelief.

    You only want an explanation because it's different from Earth. It's not like you ask them to explain what the gravity in the WoW universe is like, or if the laws of thermodynamics apply to WoW.

    Like, what could they possibly say to explain the different climates lmao

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lorca View Post
    I imagine that this has been asked several times but... do you need an active subscription as a necessary condition to get a beta invite?
    Apparently not. Someone in this thread got one without having a sub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Makorus View Post
    You have an explanation.

    It's called suspension of disbelief.

    You only want an explanation because it's different from Earth. It's not like you ask them to explain what the gravity in the WoW universe is like, or if the laws of thermodynamics apply to WoW.

    Like, what could they possibly say to explain the different climates lmao
    Verisimilititude is aspirational for any fictional setting. We always start with the presumption that things work similarly to our reality; fiction works on the basis of common understanding were exceptions are introduced and explained. Both fantasy and science fiction can get away with a lot though the basic premises tend to stay the same and everything that would work against our expectations is meant to be explained.

    In fantasy this is usually done through a robust magic system. WoW does not really have that; the six forces paradigm introduced with Chronicle is meant to be a foundation to that though it is very much faulty for any number of reasons.

    The open world setting has always been a strength and weakness of WoW. It's a strength because few competitors truly can match the scope of the world but it is a weakness in how weakly different zones are joined. In the old world in particular this is often problematic with no effort to blend terrain were you effectively just see a different tileset used between steps. Open world is meant to be immersive but the low effort just kills the immersion. And this certainly follows with the climate.

    On how that would be solved; as said earlier, Azeroth would actually make sense if it was just the northern hemisphere. Weird climate can also be explained through magic; Sholazar's Pillars and azerite foundation, the effect the Maelstrom should have on oceanic currents, the Sundering and Cataclysm changing landmass beyond expectations; all these could to some extent work. You just need to make the effort to use the tools available.
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    I've been invited to play the beta.

    For now you can copy characters and create new ones either brand new or level 60 ones. Is there any thing that I should test?

    What I can tell you for now is that the french client is very buggy so I'm changing my settings to use the english one.
    I've run the uldaman dungeon with my blood death knight level 60, with the gear that was given to me at character creation, everything seemed to die way too fast for me to even understand if creatures have mechanics other than autoattack. I'm pretty sure I will need to level a character to max level to get a better feeling at what the content looks like at competitive level. I will also need to level my character to get access to other dungeons as uldaman is the only one accessible at level 60.

  12. #67012
    Honestly I think the first priority is to just level a character. They want the analytics on how long you are in each quest, each level and each zone.

    Beyond that what I try to do is:
    a) pull everything. It's so easy for a small terrain bug or some mistake in the ability script to cause weird mob behaviour; poor leashing, evade bugging, resetting health. That's probably a very high priority bug to fix.
    b) read the text. Players are great spell checkers. Maybe the way a quest is written is ambiguous. ALways report that.
    c) look around. Small breaks in the terrain can always happen. Especially when you are inside a building, cameras can be wonky

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    Somehow managed to get into Beta as well. Pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the new iteration of MM, though that could also be the shiny new car effect. At least for MM you do also get a greater impression that you are building your character with the talent trees, which is one of the primary reasons to have this version of talents.

    Really not impressed by Soar though. The idea behind it is tremendous, but with the lower speed and extremely lenient turning circle, you just end up with what might sometimes feel like a side grade to flying rather than a clear upgrade.
    (Should also be mentioned that there isn't any way to regain vigor or for that matter for charges on the abilities to recharge)

    Overall quite pleased with what I have seen. Though the UI changes will definitely take a while to get used to. I was quite honestly feeling like I needed a guide or tutorial to wrap my head around what has changed, even if the changes are quite minor in practice.
    The world revamp dream will never die!

  14. #67014
    I am actually so happy to see void tendrils return, that was such a nice thing to have back in MoP. Amazing.

    And to see FdcL and mindspike return wod shadowmage, so much fun that was. This got me hyped.

    With all the fuz and excitement, I cant help but miss one super cool abillity fron that same era. Spectral guise.. I miss this one so much.

    #bringbackspectralguise

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    Quote Originally Posted by Makorus View Post
    Is something like climate zones in a fantasy game really that important?

    If anything, it limits what you can do. There is literally no benefit and is a big slippery slope when you start introducing real world science into the game, because let me tell you, there is a lot of technology that wouldn't work.
    Well let's put it this way; if you believe in the world more - it feels more alive and like a world

  16. #67016
    I have to ask, would getting back Divine Intervention be a problem? I know it can be used for trolling but so can e.g. Leap of Faith (and definitely the new Dracthyr fly-along spell). I want DI back dammit! Even if people have wiped my raid with it in the past.

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    They're still not sending out mails informing you about a beta invitation, are they? So it's always "check launcher" to see if you've been selected?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nyel View Post
    They're still not sending out mails informing you about a beta invitation, are they? So it's always "check launcher" to see if you've been selected?
    Best way is to check your account page. I had nothing on launcher despite refreshing/relaunching, but had second PTR account there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alanar View Post
    I am actually so happy to see void tendrils return, that was such a nice thing to have back in MoP. Amazing.

    And to see FdcL and mindspike return wod shadowmage, so much fun that was. This got me hyped.

    With all the fuz and excitement, I cant help but miss one super cool abillity fron that same era. Spectral guise.. I miss this one so much.

    #bringbackspectralguise
    There is a problem atm. Shadow has literally too many buttons from the talents. I think some trimming would be required.
    Sometimes, the light of the moon is a key to other spaces. I've found a place where, for a night or two, the streets curve in unfamiliar ways. If I walk here, I might find insight, or I might be touched by madness.

  20. #67020
    Quote Originally Posted by Lahis View Post
    Well the south end of the map would line up nicely for tropics if the map was only the northern hemisphere. But right now they present the map as the whole world so it makes no sense.
    Well, it's hardly a natural world anyway, and Titan tech has very clearly shown it can mess with climates (just remember Sholazar).

    Quote Originally Posted by Makorus View Post
    But that would change nothing at all other than some stupid explanation for something that doesn't matter. It's not earth. It doesn't need to have biomes like earth. There is no need to point it out because it's nothing special. We don't need a scientific explanation why the Barrens is encircled by three forests. We don't need an explanation why the Dragon Isles are lush even though it's next to Northrend.

    We would need an explanation if it was set on Earth, but it's not.
    Actually, since physics still mostly work like for us, it would have to. I'm mostly giving it a pass because it saw heavy Titan editing, so we can just say there's stuff like Sholazar everywhere.

    Quote Originally Posted by Makorus View Post
    You have an explanation.

    It's called suspension of disbelief.
    That's not an explanation. That's why you can't get to unrealistic without providing one, as it would break suspension of disbelief.

    SoD is the willingness of the audience to put up with your nonsense. Not the authors fiat to completely ignore any reason.

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