WoW: Rollin' Wit Da PaladinsI know you guys told me not to.
EVERYONE told me not too.
Hell, the even manual says "DON'T ROLL PALADIN" in big, bold letters.
It's in there. Trust me.
And yet... I rolled up a Paladin today.
Yes, I played for the Alliance.
Before we get into a whole discussion about this, I don't really have feelings either way on the Alliance-Horde Controversy.
They both seem like good guys.
True... The Horde does have more people with leprosy, but you can't really hold that against them.
From what I've read, people seem to get very worked up over which side is better. Funnily enough, most people tend to argue that the side they chose is better.
Still, I have no real affiliation with either group, so let's not get into a "[GM]Dave plays Alliance. BURN HIM!" discussion.
Anyway, as I was creating my character, I chose Human and that's when I noticed something...
All of the humans look like characters from Shrek.
And then it hit me.
Apparently, the uncanny valley is just South of Northshire.
I know... I'm learning the names...
I kid, I kid. I'm actually not hating playing the game.
When I started this whole thing, I was ready to do a basic "Wow sucks, Wow players are stupid" week. Then, after reading some forums, I saw how much people really loved this game.
Despite my general tendency to be a complete and utter ass about everyone and everything, I decided that something people enjoy this much at least deserves an honest attempt to play.
Yes, I will still be making cracks here and there.
That's kind of what I do.
But, I'm not going to insult the game just because it isn't FFXI. I'm trying to get a real feel for the game before I pass judgment.
In that spirit, and despite everyone in the universe telling me not to, I decided to give Paladin a shot.
I didn't hate it.
That's big for me. I hate everything.
I really expected the battles to go excruciatingly slow without offensive spells to augment my attacking. When I played Shaman yesterday, battles where I tried to conserve mana by not casting seemed to take forever.
Today though, it actually went pretty smooth.
I think the massive two-hand mace helped. Nothing speeds up a fight like hitting your enemy in the face with a giant hammer.
That's how I got through high school.
It was also nice that I could wear the good armor all the animals were dropping.
Yes, the animals were still dropping pants.
No, I still haven't figured that part out.
Still, free pants are free pants.
You know, thinking about it now, this is one of those weird things about MMORPGS, FFXI included. You're out in the middle of a field or a plain or whatever, you kill an animal, and you find a pair of pants.
And you put them on right away.
Easy, right? You just click a button and new pants.
But what about your character? That noble Paladin or fearsome Druid you're controlling...
He just changed his pants in the middle of nowhere.
Kind of hard to look tough when you're swapping pants in the middle of an ice field.
You can't do that in the real world. Do you know what would happen if you tried changing your pants in public?
Your wife, Susan, would have to come bail you out and then bitch at you the whole ride home about laws this and court dates that.
This is the thing I'm not understanding though... Why all the hate for Paladins?
I realize I'm new to the game and only visiting at that, but I can't say that it sucks terribly.
Does it suck later?
Are the other jobs just so awesome that Paladins suck by comparison?
I'm just not seeing it.
A couple of times, and I can't believe I'm saying this, I was actually having fun.
I know... I had fun playing WoW.
I'm just as surprised as you are.
This is starting to worry me now. Pretty soon, I'm going to stop drinking and making fun of retarded people.
And then, what's the point of living?