Although it looks gloomy, I don't mind. Not today, anyway, when the plants have woken from their (excessive) Winter slumber.
Which reminds me; I was perusing old patch notes --really really old patch notes-- for WoW when I came across the note announcing the grand improvement of Weather in Azeroth. That surprised me a bit, since I'd assumed that having rain fall randomly in a zone would be a minor thing. Still, it wasn't there at release, but showed up sometime prior to BC.
While some other MMOs seem to not bother with things such as graphical changes based on the time of day or having "weather" impact the scenery (::cough:: TOR ::cough::), they get around other issues such as seasons by focusing on a small part of a planet for the questlines. MMOs based on a single world don't have such a luxury, and yet they never seem to change the scenery in a zone based on the season.
I can understand the reasoning behind a reluctance to concentrate on these things --it not only takes up valuable developer time but adds to the horsepower needed to run a game-- but the next time an MMO touts "Weather" as a feature I'm going to be a bit skeptical.
It was bound to happen, but somebody finally started using raid announcements in WoW BGs.
Ever since WoW changed BG chat to Raid chat, I was waiting for some BG leader to decide to take advantage of Raid announcements to start ordering people around.
If you know nothing else about pickup BGs, you should know that there's always someone who thinks they can lead, and there's always about 5 people ready to tell that person that they're doing it wrong.
Now, inject raid announcements into the mix. Wait for everything to combust, and.....
Oh yeah. You can see what's coming, right?
This all went down in Arathi Basin. That BG confounds the Alliance more than it has any right to, and I've no idea why.
As I waited for the BG to start, I perused the lists to see how the classes broke out. Then the announcements began.
Need 5 people to cross water to assault BS
5 people pls
We'll kick ass
Need 5 people to cross water to BS
Okay, I thought, this is different. So when Arathi Basin began, I parked myself down at the Stables to watch the show.*
Of the 15 people on our team, 14 crossed the water to the Blacksmith.
"...and nobody went to GM or LM," I said in chat.
"Keep pressing to Farm!" the Raid announcement replied.
You can pretty much guess what happened from there. The assault on the Farm collapsed, and the Horde rallied to push against the Blacksmith and the Stables, capturing the Blacksmith. The BG began to fall apart at that point, for whenever a Raid announcement came "5 to GM go!", about 10 toons wheeled and went to the Gold Mine.
"What a bunch of idiots!" one person grumbled.
A DK pulled up to a stop next to me. "Stop sending those messages!" he said in chat.
"I know what I'm doing!" the BG Leader replied.
"No you don't! This isn't a raid!"
I just kind of rolled my eyes at the spectacle. While the raid announcement does have its use, in a pick-up game it's a bit of overkill.
*I've kind of given up on being on offense in AB when so few people actually play defense on bases they capture. Given that --as a Rogue-- I'm usually in the shadows, an apparently empty base is a far too inviting target for the opposite faction.