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Hidden places no more.

I went to this bar recently – one of those trendy – yuppy bar places, hidden down a dark ally, with no signage out the front, except a tacky 18 and over piece of paper sign,  stuck in the window.  Now that can mean a few things; doors in dark alleys. Who knows what you’re walking into?

So you get the courage to open up the door,  and the wall of noise and dark meets you, and  you see candles, and tables and this mutha of a cow head on the wall. You’re surprised, delighted,  feel a little naughty perhaps,  opening up this strange door to a secret den.

Unless you were looking for this place,  or someone told you how to find it,  or took you there – you would never find it, half of us walked past it several times not even knowing where the entrance was, and that makes it kind of magical, a mystery, a secret place.

There were a few places like that in Wow. Found by trial and error,  investigating weird places,  following rumors,  or half baked directions..  “I’m sure it’s here someplace.. ”

The secret village and airstrip between Ironforge and Menethil.  The night me and some guildies at the time went out our little pilgrimage via Loch Modan hills,  over the snows near Ironforge,  jumped and fell, and healed our way through the secret valleys, and we explored the village and all the sights, I had a lot of fun that night.

Another time we went to the dancing troll village and killed all the trolls until we got bored,  again climbing over hills, and through the snows of winterspring this time,  falling down hills,  levitating, and so on ( including rezing,  and summoning people that couldn’t quite make it)

There was a spot above stormwind a friend took me once, took a while to work out way through up the hills behind stormwind  and above thunderfalls,  it used to be one of his thinking places and I felt a little special that he shared it with me.

Half the fun of these places was the Journey,  the adventure,  the ” maybe we are somewhere where we shouldn’t be”

While there is certainly more to see by flying around places,  the details on the roofs in the city,   the little hatches,  the little alcoves you could never get to before,  things like blowing up Tekton ( and half of Agree Tylers sheep) and visiting what I think is the prettiest waterfall in all of Azeroth.

I couldn’t do that when I couldn’t fly in Azeroth, but now that I can now perch on the tallest flag pole in Stormwind and look down at the city in its entirety, and go wow, what a spectacular view from up here, it’s not so magical anymore.

If I want to see something I can fly there, there’s no mystery anymore, no more magical hidden places.  Heck they even put a tunnel in the Dancing troll village so you can get there easier,  From darkshore to Shatterspear vale.

I think being able to fly in Azeroth is great,  but it’s also makes me a little sad for the adventures I once had.

Flying AFK

When you look at your flight time of 5 minutes – what are you meant to do during those 5 mins?

I am finding myself trying to plan long flights around Bathroom trips – washing dishes,  putting washing on ect ect,  When I am on such a long trip I am not paying attention to the game – Is that intentional?

Its a forced break – you either stare at the screen thinking – Hurry up – hurry up – Alt Tab out, do stuff on your duel screen or walk away from the computer.

Now the danger in walking away from the computer or Alt Tabbing out is you get distracted.  Its no longer important that you now have finally landed in Tanaris – You can dry the dishes after you wash them,  finish reading the news or your Rss.   

I know there are other distractions such as Peggle or Bejewelled that you can play while you are flying – but isn’t that rather silly?  You need a game within a game to distract you through periods of inactivity. Often the easiest thing to do is walk away from the PC – which is the healthier alternative then staying at your screen staring blankly at the landscape as it passes. I love some of the views,  but my love is wearing thin at  its repetitiveness.

So I think those long haul flights need to be shorter.  Maybe go through mini portals in flight.  The technology exists – permanent portals.   Mages can do it, borrow some of those Daralan Mages and have them cast sky portals.  It could be like a Star gate in the sky  -(  so Blizzard should made sure they consult with Captain O’neal and Lieutenant Karter in Stormwind Champions Hall before they do introduce this technology.  Maybe there are other Aliens that also use this technology.

My Little Shammy is getting bigger and at level 44 now she is  going back and forth from STV, Feralas and Tanaris finishing off all the quests there, so the flying times are hurting, and when I do get to play her,  I will log off midflight because I can’t be bothered waiting for her to land.

 She is also now my highest leveled Horde character – my Hunter sitting at level 42. One of the reasons I lost interest in leveling her was I was finding it difficult to find a place to quest,  I had completely forgotten about  Feralas,  but now my Shammy has discovered it, I may go back and try and get her a little higher ( pvp realm – Cringe)

I get three weeks off work soon.  Yeah!  I’m going to visit our very own capital Canberra  for a few days – and to see a friend there, and maybe a overnighter in the mountains, and a couple of days in Qld or Melb if I can get some cheap flights.  I am trying to promise myself that I will not buy a netbook  just so I can have internet for those days.

I also won a beta key for Cites XL so I intend on giving that a good whack on my holis  too,  ( just because I’ve never had a beta key to anything before)

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