Your thoughts on Blizzard's lore delivery

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I'm a Warcraft lore nut. I've been enjoying the games of this franchise since WCI came out--since about the age of about six or seven. I consider myself to be one of those pesky, passionate and obsessed Warcraft players who Blizzard will often find hard to please when it comes to the amount of lore they have on offer per patch. For me, the amount of lore that comes out with each WoW patch is never enough. However, with this latest patch, I think Blizzard has found a way to satisfy those of you who are just like me: lore obsessed. I personally find this new method of lore delivery (daily quests + time = new lore events and quests) to be great. Instead of getting everything all at once and then having to wait for months and months for something new, I get a dose of new lore every few days. For me, this new delivery system is the best method for new lore content. I'm really pleased with the job Blizzard has done here, and I want them to continue adopting this method of lore delivery.

That's just me, though.

What are your thoughts on the new system? What are the pros and cons as you, the lore community, see them?
The Dominance Offensive storyline is very strong, and I haven't heard too many complaints about the Operation: Shieldwall storyline as of yet. MoP, overall, has certainly improved leaps and bounds over previous expansion when it comes to lore delivery. As for the content of the lore being delivered, well. . .as you'll discover, opinions about that are wildly diverse. Still, I believe it is a big step in the right direction when it comes to delivering more lore development, even if everyone doesn't agree on the direction of the story itself.
12/04/2012 05:33 PMPosted by Abal
The Dominance Offensive storyline is very strong, and I haven't heard too many complaints about the Operation: Shieldwall storyline as of yet. MoP, overall, has certainly improved leaps and bounds over previous expansion when it comes to lore delivery. As for the content of the lore being delivered, well. . .as you'll discover, opinions about that are wildly diverse. Still, I believe it is a big step in the right direction when it comes to delivering more lore development, even if everyone doesn't agree on the direction of the story itself.


See, that's another thing I love about this new system of lore delivery: watching the community's evolving reaction to the patch as time goes by. It's kind of like how people talk about seeing the latest episode of their favourite cartoon show. Before, a new patch was like a movie in a future trilogy: you'd see the initial film, and then you'd have to wait ages for the next instalment. The journey through the series stops and then starts at a snails pace. However, this new system is more akin to a T.V. series: new bits of lore are available more frequently. The system is more fluid, and you get to stay excited for what's next. I love having the story actually evolve over the course of the patch, as opposed to it just being given to you at the very start of a patch. It gives you something more immediate to look forward to.

One of the great things I've also noticed about this new system is that it keeps people talking for longer; and that is what makes the lore community more active. All in all, I'm sold.
I have to say I agree, pre-5.1 I had a hard time caring about the lore beyond the Sha... although the Mogu were sort of interesting. This new 'WC4' they started is amazing and I am loving it. Maybe I'm just nostalgic but I love Horde vs Alliance stories.
I think they're doing a lot better of conveying the story, still room to improve, but a lot better. Some of their choices seem to be iffy in my opinion, at least on alliance side.
My only problem with the idea of this thread is this: The lore of the zones was around every corner, sure, but it was all BAD!

I was in Kun Lai and I was doing an escort quest for someone and at one point I just stood there and watched him die. I dropped the quest, re-accepted it, and watched him die again. Why? Because that character gave me NO REASON to care whether they died or not...

There was nothing in any zone (while leveling!) that made me care about the people I was working for/with.

After the zones were complete and I started doing dailies it got a bit better, but it was still a slog.

I WILL ADMIT, they really went over the top with 5.1. For the first time since MoP came out I'm being pulled along by the story, which is the way it should be for an MMO. I hate dailies, but I feel I HAVE to know what happens next!
They're doing something right since some thread titles have the [SPOILERS] tag-line.

It's just a bit overwhelming since I haven't played since Vanilla and am jumping back now.
I've been impressed w faction storylines interwoven w the dailies. Yes, I know lots of people hate the dailies. But I mean the extra pop the storyline quest gives. Thats' true of the 5.1 series in particular, but its pretty much true of all the factions. E.g. even Tiller member dailies - I'm still looking forward to see what personal story quests I'll be getting from some of my not-yet-best-friends.

Loremaster achievement in pandaria has been nicely done as well. A small point, but basing it on completing quest hubs rather than just number of quests has been a nice improvement.
The lore delivery is improving, but the lore itself is still dodgy.
The ways to learn the lore are much improved, but the actual story-telling is as ham-handed as ever.

Hilda Hornswaggle says: Maybe Varian ain't such a sour grape after all! Good to see our King show some heart.

That and Heart of the Alliance that came before have all the delicacy of a rhino running across the back of a blue whale that's swimming in a kiddie pool re:Varian. Anduin was there to show that Varian now listens, Rogers was there to represent what Varian used to think/act as a foil, and Greymane, Tyrande, Nobundo, and Skyfire Gnome Engineer could have not been there at all.

(...Why were Nobundo and Greymane even there? Why wasn't a Council member and Mekatorque there if it was a meeting of the heads of the Alliance? I thought the Triumvirate were leaders of the Draenei in the absence of Velen?)

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