On a completely unrelated topic
April 12, 2010 16 Comments
I know, I know, you’re eagerly anticipating the post from me about my Mythic trip and all the wonderful candy and rainbows that I got to experience while there. I am too. In fact, the content post is all written and done. I’m just waiting on a review to make sure I didn’t accidentally cross the NDA line and say something I shouldn’t have. Black helicopters and strike teams coming down zip lines with flash-bangs and assault weapons don’t top my list of “visitors I’d like in my home”. So, I’m going to do a place-holder post. A place-holder post is something completely off-the-wall, usually trite and forgettable, and sometimes not really sincere. So, I want to make sure your expectations are in the right place when you read this.
I’m thinking of doing an experiment. I’m thinking of playing a character, from the brand-spanking new get-go, with absolutely zero add-ons. That’s right, no mods, no addons, no nothing. Just fresh, base, Mythic-created stock UI. I will use all the hardware at my disposal (regular mouse, regular keyboard, non-widescreen monitor :(, and my Belkin n52te). Now, I know what you’re saying. “Has Shadow gone completely off the deep-end?”. Iknowrite? I’m a huge advocate and fan of add-ons. Anyone who has paid attention to anything I’ve said would have to turn around, put those fancy white-noise headphones on, and wear a blindfold to miss my advocacy for the modding community as a whole. So why do it?
Well, I’m curious to be honest. I’m curious to see how the game plays without them. I haven’t played the stock game interface since, well, launch + 7 days probably. If that. So, I want to see what a player coming fresh and new to the game would see it like. Grimnir has been doing some righteously good videos lately about add-ons, and I was thinking I could do a counter-point to demonstrate how well the stock interface performs. The only remaining question that I have is, what class do I play?
My class choice has been focused on an MDPS. I’m game for either Destro or Order, but I really do want to do an MDPS class. I’ve played a tank to RR70, a RDPS to RR66 (67?), and a healer to RR51. I want to complete the circle with the last archetype. Symmetry would demand that my last one be on Destruction side to balance, but I’m not decided on either direction. This, my dear and good readers, is where you come in. Chime in, leave a comment, tell me what you think. Not just about the class (though that is what I want the most), but about the idea as a whole. Speak now, or forever hold your peace and let me make the decision on my own.