I “tweeted” last week that I was going to take advantage of an offer from Blizzard (seven whole days of free game time, woot!) to go and take a look at Karazhan. The venerable Big Bear Butt offered to show me around the joint. So, I finally saw Karazhan. And took almost 250 screenshots of the place.
…it’s way bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. Oh, and in BBB’s son’s continuing quest to Control All the Things, he managed to grab control of one of Moroes‘ beefy melee henchmen. That would have made a nice difference if we were running the place at level. Also, Tinhead is creepy, but the Opera Event is pretty cool, and the Chess Event is awesome. Yes, it’s not real chess, but it’s good fun anyway (and, like in real chess, knights are nicely useful).
Some highlights (in no particular order, because I’m short on time):
…and then, just because Blizzard finally got with the program and decided to allow anyone, even trial accounts, to play any race, I fired up a Pandaran Rogue. The Pandaran starting area is really nice… even if I can’t fly around in it. It’s the new shiny, and I like it, but I still like Gilneas and Mulgore about as much. The Pandarans themselves are very well done. I like the “Red Panda” look the females can access, even if the real world red pandas aren’t actually pandas.
So I guess I’m a Tauren/Worgen/Panda kinda guy. Though I still say Blizzard missed a trick in not letting Pandarans be Druids. Still, their starter area is open to pretty much anyone, so have at it! There are plenty of photo opportunities and some fun character animations.