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WoW character creation woes, or why I’m a neon bear

Hello! I’m back from vacation, and it was lovely!

While I was away a good friend came up with a modest proposal: leveling up new characters in WoW with the goal of spending one night a week doing all the instances at the proper level. Some quick research showed that even without counting heroic versions or scenarios there are still 80 dungeons in the game right now. 80! That is a lot.

I’m not terribly interested in WoW but I am highly interested in my friends, and so I decided to join in the shenanigans. On Saturday I sat down with the goal of creating a new Horde character that had the option of tanking dungeons. It was more difficult than I anticipated.

The big stumbling block with creating new characters in WoW is that the original models are really, really old. If you haven’t made a new character lately it’s easy to just kind of wave your hands about this fact, but I found it extremely hard to “settle” for an old model when the new ones are just so much better.

And not just better in actual pixels or polygons or whatever — goblins and pandas, for example, have oodles of character options while trolls have four faces and four hairstyles. Still. 8 years later.

(Honestly even the panda creation options feel really limited in the era of Neverwinter’s hand size sliders and FFXIV’s tail options.)

I was also frustrated by the distribution of classes between races. I don’t like playing Warriors (they’re too mundane, in the classical sense, for my tastes) and I figured everyone else would be rushing to play a Monk. This left Paladins and Druids, only.. goblins and pandas can’t be either of those.


Clearly Blizzard has put more thought into class distribution than I have, but this bugs me. Pandas love nature and goodness, right? I can sort of understand the character motivations behind not having goblin paladins, but players have been denied tiny bear tanks for too long.

Okay, so if the Pandaria and Cataclysm races were out, what about TBC? That’s.. oh, blood elves. Pass. (They’re just too valley girl for me.)

And that is how I became a troll druid, despite the sub par character models. At the end of the day being a punk rock bear means I don’t have to look at my weird hair options, I guess.

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    July 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Female troll? They’re the best! I love their witchy cackle.

    If it helps, there are more (and better?) hairstyle options available at the barber when you actually get into the game.

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      Jessica Cook
      July 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      Oh hey, I did not know that. Thanks, Daraxis! My troll lady can be more stylish.

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    July 22, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Great choice!

    When Troll Druids became a thing, I was so jealous of their crazy hair (being a Night Elf at the time *yawn*).

    I have also been feeling the irritation of trying to find a flexible Goblin or Panda class that isn’t a Monk. I have a Goblin Shaman but wanted something that could tank in a pinch.

    I eventually settled on a Blood Elf Paladin. >.>

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      Jessica Cook
      July 24, 2013 at 10:19 am

      While as mentioned belfs are not my thing, they look amaaaaazing in T2 or recolored things that look like T2. :)

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    July 23, 2013 at 8:17 am

    I totally agree about the old models! And it’s not just the lack of options that bothers me (although really, four faces?? How hard is it to make a face, Blizzard??) it’s also the lack of detail, the pixilation (is that a word? It is now), and the way the armor fits on the old races.

    Plus, it just looks weird to me to see this fancy, nicely rendered armor next to my dwarf’s hair, which has jagged edges and some sort of weird two-color thing going on where it doesn’t blend properly. I mean even my pets are rendered better! Maybe that’s the real reason why I find pet battles so addicting.

    It also annoys me how WoW makes all cosmetic things so much more difficult than other games. In RIFT, if I find a piece of armor, I can just put it in my wardrobe slot and immediately look more awesome, but in WoW, I have to go back to town and to the stupid vendor and then I have to pay money to look more awesome! And god forbid I find an upgrade while out questing! Then my entire outfit is thrown off until I go back to town, find the original piece I used to transmog, and then transmog the new piece. Ugh. All that AND there’s no way to dye armor. I mean really, Blizzard, it’s 2013.

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      July 23, 2013 at 10:01 am

      x1000 to all this. It’s an old game, getting longer in the tooth every day. I wish they could do an update to the older character models, but at this point I’m sure it’s worth more to them to reboot Titan. Again. Can’t really play them on a 10+ year old game.

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      Jessica Cook
      July 24, 2013 at 10:27 am

      Oh yeah, the whole transmog thing is just so poorly implemented in my opinion, or at least a lot more difficult than it has to be. I won’t even bother paying to transmog things while I’m levelling, which is really when you need it the most.

      Oddly enough the feature I miss the most is RIFT’s “Sell all junk” button.

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        July 25, 2013 at 6:50 am

        Oh god yes. Such a simple button that relieves so much pain.

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    Attic Lion
    July 24, 2013 at 7:47 am

    I think this is the first time I’ve seen someone that hated their character model so much that they though the bear was an improvement.

    Personally, I’ve always hated the bear model. Bloody bear ass sticking up in the air all day. Couldn’t stand it. Couldn’t stand being a druid period because of how cringe inducing all the forms were.

    Though I can understand your plight. There are so few races I would even consider making in WoW anymore. I’d be pretty much limited to gnomes, dwarfs, space goat women, human girls, belfs, gobbos, troll guys, and maybe an undead dude. Everything else is different shades of revolting.

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      Jessica Cook
      July 24, 2013 at 10:28 am

      Hmm.. maybe I will come to hate the bear model too! I’m only level 15 at the moment. :)

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    July 25, 2013 at 11:46 am

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