Every year we ask each other what we would wish for Christmas. For some of us it’s something sensible like a new computer chair, while for others it’s something crazy like a Nerf Havok. Either way, we all have something we’d love to get our hands on.
But what would you do if Blizzard asked you for your Christmas wishes? What would you say to Greg Street, Chris Metzen and Tom Chilton if they showed up at your door asking what you wanted for Winter Veil? That’s the idea behind this post: my top three things I’d ask Blizzard to give me for Christmas.
Major Mount Miniaturisation Machine
I’m tired of the mammoth mounts. People use them to stand on quest givers. They use them to stand on trainers. They use them to stand on mailboxes. If Warcraft had realistic physics and collision detection, your average flight master would be twenty-four feet wide and two inches thick, laminated to the ground under an avalanche of mammoth hooves.
Blizzard could fix it for me by giving us a device much like a train set that can be placed on the ground and shrinks all mounts to the size of a child’s tricycle. Flying mounts would be grounded under the strain of keeping their passenger airborne. Characters would en masse remember that feet can be used outside of combat.
Make it an engineering made item or an outrageous gold sink. I assure you it’ll sell. Just make it unusable in arenas and battlegrounds and you’ll be fine.
The ‘In Progress’ Toggle
As DPS, there’s nothing more tiring than joining a part-cleared heroic instance. It’s common for the group to fall apart shortly after you’ve joined, either because they’ve decided a boss can’t be defeated or they’re not prepare to make further attempts. This is made worse after waiting for up to an hour to get to the front of an instance queue.
In order to avoid these problems, I’d like the ability to avoid “in progress” dungeons through a tickbox or setting that I can set when I queue. It might take me longer to find a group, but I know that we’ll be starting a fresh run. I know that this creates problems for groups that lose someone after part of the instance is cleared, but frankly at the moment these groups tend to fall apart anyway.
I know these problems can be solved by running dungeons as a guild, which is what I try to do whenever possible. I also know that this is only a temporary problem, which is why I suggest the toggle. Frankly, having a system better than queueing for an hour, joining a group, watching it disband and having to reque is a bit crap. Especially when it happens multiple times in an evening.
The RealID Grouper
Not a name for a peculiar type of fish, this is all about helping friends to play together. We probably all know friends, relatives and co-workers that we’d like to be able to play the game with. That’s usually where it ends. I don’t want to transfer to their server – I have a good guild and a nice bunch of friends where I am – but I’d like to play with them occasionally.
I’d like to see RealID evolve to let me create groups for 5-man dungeons with my friends no matter what server they call home. I’d like to be able to band together with who I choose, instead of the random dungeon queue choosing for me. Heck, I’d even like to be able to throw larger groups together using the tool and let me pull in people I know when my guild is a little short on raid night.
Oh, and while you’re at it can you please make RealID global? Every other instant messaging and presence service I use works on a global scale, so why can’t this one?
That’s my top three, but how about you? Would you ask Blizzard for the same thing or do you have something else in mind? If you could have anything, anything in the world (of Warcraft) what would it be?