One new feature of this Winter Veil is the introduction of Greatfather Winter’s sled. It has a fixed path through Ironforge, idling just in front of the pile o gifts. When it’s idling (hovering in place) you can click on the sled to drive it, or one of the reindeer to ride them. In a few moments you’re off on an enchanted ride through Ironforge.
It is the time of year that we celebrate the Finding of the Cat That Lived, Jaina, a mostly Birman but also bits of other cats cat.
For those that missed out on the first seven installments, we found baby Jaina wondering around in the parking lot and scooped her up. Later, when we took her to the vet, we were told she had FIP, which is fatal, and that she had weeks to live. Well, here we are eight years later, and she’s middle aged without showing any sign of keeling over. And so today we celebrate her continued life.
First, a few updates on her fellows. The cat we called “Sparta” last year is in fact male and thus is now called “Spartacus”. He’s been spending more time inside week to week, so we’re hoping he eventually gets used to the idea of not going out at all. He’s a gentle soul that really belongs inside where he won’t get roughed up. He’s shown up limping – badly – a few times, though so far he’s healed up okay.
Then there’s the next generation – mama managed to get knocked up again and had a litter of five. Same mix as last time – two white ones (like Spartacus), one that looks like daddy, one that is black and white, one that is black and white with a floofy tail. Whatever genes are being expressed, they’re strong. White cat #1 wandered off early, the rest are sticking around. White cat #2 is almost identical to Spartacus, except he has a pink nose, and Sparty has a dark nose.
Most notable in the bunch is the runt of the litter, a calico kitty with a floofy tail and some face floof as well. She’s just adorable as hell and bold as brass, and has taken to coming inside to hang out and play with the kitty toys. I call her Monster, but she’s really quite sweet. We’ll see if we can domesticate her over this coming year.
Our attempt to substitute Jaina’s string with a fresh one has not worked out that well. She knows the difference, and does not treat the new string as an equal. In fact, I haven’t seen her carry it around while singing yet. She’s not fooled by our trickery. But we’ll keep trying.
Jaina’s been developing a game over the past few years that runs something like this: she waits in the hallway for me to notice her, then she lets out a little trill and goes running as hard as she can the opposite way. When I come to look in on her, she does the same thing. This repeats over a few cycles until she ends up in the front bathroom’s bathtub. At that point I really don’t know what the next step in the game is. I’ve been trying to catch this with the camera but she’s a mite unpredictable so, so far no luck.
The wife and I have swapped sides of the bed again. As expected, Jaina still prefers the corner of the bed closest to the door, though she will sometimes go out of her way to go lay on mommy’s arm and sleep.
Jaina continues to hate Morgan (who we’ve just been calling Tater) with the heat of a thousand suns. It’s almost hilarious to see Jaina go after a cat twice her size and win the day. Tater is pretty belligerent with people, but she can’t get a handle on Jaina, apparently.
A new part of Jaina’s morning routine has become birb watching. She’ll get on the shelf by the back window and watch the blue jays stealing the outside kittys’ kibble (which makes them into kibble sometimes themselves). She hunkers down and looks like she’s thinking THEY SUSPECT NOTHING as she watches their antics.
It has been another blessed year with our little Bearcat, and I’m looking forward to the next one with her. Here’s to many more.
It has been commented, by myself as well, that it’s not really cool to lock all of the interesting lore moments behind raids.
Not everyone raids, so it is quite often the case that non-raiders find themselves relying on blogs, videos, and other venues to find out what actually happened, to find out what key lore elements happened outside of their view. After a while, upon hearing that there was some awesome stuff going on in there, I’d roll my eyes and comment, bitterly, “welp, there’s more lore we don’t get to see” — because, you know, our guild could barely raise the headcount for Karazhan, much less a 25-man, at its peak. And we ain’t at our peak.
Well, it looks like Blizz has been listening, to some extent, because guess what we got in 8.2.5? Exactly what we were asking for.
Only, I wonder if they took it just a bit too far.
Without giving anything away, there are a number of cutscenes and one cinematic that get played, and in between are a number of fairly inconsequential and completely trivial quests that stitch them all together. It’s as if they said, “well, we can’t just play a series of cinematics, we best put something in between and call it content.” You can virtually see the outlet that the phone that they used to phone it in was plugged into.
Maybe I was expecting something more grindy, or at least something we might have to put some effort into.
Lest anyone accuse me of being a sore winner, let me say right now that I am very glad that everyone, no matter how not into it they are, will have the skill level necessary to complete these quests. So assuming they made it through the various gates along the way, everyone gets to see it.
But maybe, next time, put a little effort in, guys? It should feel like an achievement! Otherwise, yes, just play the damned video.
So what do I think of the thing? It’s … interesting. It’s setting something up. No telling what. And the Horde is now in a bit of a tizzy … there was nothing in the post-cinematics that really indicates that they have much of a plan going forward.
I’m more concerned for the Night Elves. Tyrande is out there somewhere, Night Warrioring things up, and – without giving too much away – she doesn’t really have much in the way of resolution. OK, I’m actually more concerned about her. How long can she contain that power without going critical? Are we getting another heel turn here? Will she go mad and take out anyone in her way to her objective? Haven’t the Kaldorei suffered enough, Blizz?
The dot-3 release is generally speaking the final time-waster release for most expansions – assuming they get that far. It’ll be interesting to see how they intend to fritter away our time this time around, or maybe they have something new and exciting, such as an additional content patch. But right now, I’m banking on old tried-and-true.