Friday, October 23, 2009

The Cataclysm Cometh: It's the End of the World as We Know It

Bring out your dead!
Beware, the Salmon Mousse
Go get the Holy Handgrenade of Antoich,


The Cataclysm is coming, and even though we are getting occasional details about what’s coming, there’s still a GIGANTIC void in our knowledge about what’s actually going to happen.

Yes, we’ll have Goblins and Worgen and Holy Cows, Oh-My!

Deadmines is getting an Extreme Makeover, and many of the things we know about Azeroth will be gone (forever?)

WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN?!?!?!!?!?!?!?

Will the game lose all connections and lore we currently have? Or will it be harmless? Mostly Harmless?

Will digital watches STILL be a good idea?

Overall, I’m pretty excited about the whole thing, and I am REALLY looking forward to flying all over Azeroth. Having to tuck my Albino Netherdrake to bed every time I venture back to Stormwind is a sad affair…

Who you calling scruffy looking?

That said I have some small concerns, and yes, I do really mean small ones:

What will happen to all “NPC Factions” like the Kurenai, Sporregar and all the rest? Will our current reputation with them still be worth the electrons they’re written in? I assume the bigger ones will still be there, but who knows?

Will the Winterspring Trainers still exist? If not that’s an AWFUL lot of grinding that needs to be done before the shit hits the fan!

And what, pray tell, will happen to all the Goblin, “neutral” towns like Gadgetzan and Winterspring? Will half of them go Horde & half go Ally? Or will they stay neutral and just get new owners?

We know that Azeroth is getting a complete remake... what about Outlands and Northrend? Some hints are around that seem to imply Outlands at least will remain largely unchanged.. LINKY Norhtrend? From what I could find, it looks like both it and Outlands are being saved and will be relatively unchanged, but who knows: YOUTUBE vid

So what does it all mean?


With the possibility of many of these changes, you’re gonna have to take a long hard look at any achievements, rep grinds or neat little “one off” types of things you would like to get done and GET ‘EM DONE!!! Cuz once the Cataclysm hits, that pet you wanted, that achievement (loremaster anyone?) that you’d been slaving over, they may not be possible to get.

Or, if you’re like me, and still pretty new to the land of Azeroth, you may want to get into as many of the instances & areas as you can, because the times… they are a’changing… and if you think the Vanilla folk cast a view askew at you now, wait until it’s impossible see what they’re talking about.

Some things in life are bad
They can really make you mad
Other things just make you swear and curse.
When you're chewing on life's gristle
Don't grumble, give a whistle
And this'll help things turn out for the best...

And...always look on the bright side of life...
Always look on the light side of life...
If life seems jolly rotten
There's something you've forgotten
And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing.
When you're feeling in the dumps
Don't be silly chumps
Just purse your lips and whistle - that's the thing.

And...always look on the bright side of life...
Always look on the light side of life...
For life is quite absurd
And death's the final word
You must always face the curtain with a bow.
Forget about your sin - give the audience a grin
Enjoy it - it's your last chance anyhow.

So always look on the bright side of death
Just before you draw your terminal breath
Life's a piece of shit
When you look at it
Life's a laugh and death's a joke, it's true.
You'll see it's all a show
Keep 'em laughing as you go
Just remember that the last laugh is on you.

And always look on the bright side of life...
Always look on the right side of life...
(Come on guys, cheer up!)
Always look on the bright side of life...
Always look on the bright side of life...
(Worse things happen at sea, you know.)
Always look on the bright side of life...
(I mean - what have you got to lose?)
(You know, you come from nothing - you're going back to nothing.
What have you lost? Nothing!)
Always look on the right side of life...

PS, sorry for the nerdgasm of bad/lame references and such, but it’s been one of those days, weeks, and months. I’ll go get some kleenex…


  1. "The answer is 42"

    hahaha gets me everytime

  2. :) That book is still one of my all time favorite. Douglas Adams, you are sorely missed!