Talk of the next Warcraft expansion began in the summer, even before the launch of Tomb of Sargeras. Recently, it has taken on a life of its own post-BlizzCon and with the recent information found on Allied Races on the 7.3.5 PTR. I have been making some wild claims on Twitter since early July regarding the new expansion. The time has finally come to centralize those thoughts (and tweets) to see where I stand.
When I originally began the Minimalist Gamer idea in February, one of the criteria I set was Be Streamable.Until recently, this was the only item I was not living up to with the project. Adjusting to life with an infant did change my gaming habits. Spending most of my day carrying Devlin meant certain games (Overwatch) were not able to be played. This should not have stopped me from fulfilling the streaming portion, but, for some reason it did.
At this moment you’ve either just finished or in the middle of completing a Legion assault. Before you do anything else, learn Artifact Knowledge rank 40 (AK40). If you have not already sent a tome from your main to the alt which just dinged, log out and do this now.
Once you’ve learned AK40, it is time to proceed with the rest of the process.
Recently, while streaming Warcraft, I was asked a relatively straightforward question:
“How do you still play this game?”
Aside from the obvious answer “I log in,” I was a bit dumbfounded. I had never been asked about my allegiance to World of Warcraft over other Blizzard Games or even other video games in general. The thought of why I still played or cared about an over 12-year-old game, hadn’t crossed my mind. It took me a moment to process, and then it hit me – playing Warcraft pays the bills.
I have hit a roadblock with the Warcraft Minimalism project. The plan I laid out for this patch is not working. Flying has made everything easier and, in turn, feels as if I should be doing it all. I know this is not the case, but I am struggling. I called Patch 7.2 the first true test and I even though I praised flying last week, something’s not quite right. A new direction is needed.
The Sunday Morning Links return after a few weeks away. I’ll be honest, my motivation was just not what it needed to be to get the posts completed. Also, I very little content to share from being head down in work. Now, things have slowed down and I was able to go down a few rabbit holes. Below is what I found.
Eyes and Ears
Video: Hard Times by Paramore | I have been listening to this new Paramore track way too much since it dropped on Thursday. Paramore has been a constant in my life since 2005. Songs from All We Know is Falling still have a spot on my running mixes. The new song is hit of 80s nostalgia mixed with mid-aughts pop-punk. My wheelhouse.
Happy April! I hope yesterday, with all of its jokes and pranks, didn’t leave you too tired to read stuff on the internet. We return to the standard Sunday morning links format today. No jokes, only my favorite things of the past seven days.
Eyes and Ears
Watch: Minimalism | The documentary from The Minimalist that hit me like a dump truck last year and kicked things into overdrive for me is now available worldwide on Netflix. Find an hour, watch it, and let me know what you think.
It’s patch day for Azeroth. Later today, when servers come back online, patch 7.2 – The Tomb of Sargeras – will be live in North America. In the past, this day meant a mad rush to get going on all the latest things. Log in to all of my characters. Start working on every new bit of content. But, not this time. This time I have to be intentional. Today is also a patch day of sorts for Warcraft minimalism.
On Sunday night I finished the alt leveling. The plan I laid out was completed much quicker than I had anticipated. With 7.2 on the horizon, proper alt management becomes crucial. When the new patch hits I will be switching back to the Hunter full time. Knowing the best way to maximize my time on my alts will make for a much more enjoyable and efficient experience.
The following five add-ons are how I keep tabs on my new roster of 110s.