The Tauren & The Goblin #64: Endgame
Nick and Katie are back to talk about the World of Warcraft story! First, Katie is excited about the coming Zandalari Trolls and Kul Tirans! Nick is excited too, but laments that the coolest classes for both races are druids, and he doesn’t care to play a druid. Katie is also excited for the Two Sides to Every Story achievement which grants the Alliance-skinned wolf and the Horde-skinned Horse mounts. Katie shares her love of bareback mounts and Nick wants his hunter pets to have barding. They debate how many horses and wolves Horde and Alliance players currently have access to.
Instead of looking at a specific part of the lore, Nick and Katie discuss the state of the game going on fifteen years old. They talk about how systems like the original world design and the leveling system were implemented with little concern to how they would scale over the years. Nick also brings up how writers need to know when they need to wrap up a story and compares the WoW story to Lost. They start to question what the endgame of WoW might look like, if it were time to wrap it up.
They talk about how Blizzard has brought all story elements to the table but leaves some characters on the shelf, at the risk of ignoring them. Katie mentions wanting to make the old world relevant again, and Nick posits they should bring back quests that take the player all around, ceding that this is similar to what they are doing with the Vol’jin questlines now. They talk about how the narrative flow from expansion to expansion has changed over the years, and Nick wonders if the next expansion won’t just be BfA 2.0.
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