Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Faction Swap Now Live

Long time no see, readers (I still have some, right?) !

With the onset of the Fall semester I haven't had much time or energy to post much of anything here. However I didn't really have anything of interest to post, either... I'm in that stage where I'm trying to find a way to make my blog more interesting and useful for you all to read, via guides, theory crafting, etc. I'm also hoping to revamp the page's layout now that I've dabbled a bit more in Photoshop and got some new skills!

So hopefully I'll have some more useful content in the coming weeks once I've settled down with school. Video game design and art classes are stressful!

Blood Elf LF Hooves and Tail

For those of you who haven't seen the news, the faction transfers from Horde to Alliance (and visa versa) are now available for a mere $30; quite a bit earlier than I had anticipated.

When this service was announced a few months ago, I was rather excited. I have a few high level alts that I don't play simply because I don't like the race I picked. Stupid, yes, but if I'm going to spend hours on a character I want it to be pleasing to look at. My Blood Elf Paladin is cute, but I've always disliked the casting animations. When I used to play Alliance years ago I had a level 25 Draenei Paladin that I loved, and now I have the chance to quickly swap over to that race without spending hours of time leveling a new one. Aesthetics aside, I actually have quite a few friends I made in Dalaran via emoting on Alliance side as well as friends from my own faction who made new characters on Alliance that I'd like to play with.

I'm eager to try out the Alliance side of Northrend after being on Horde for all these years. With recent issues it'll be a nice little escape to get away from drama and irritation that comes with logging onto my main.

Some people think this entire service was a bad idea. They think it'll cause server imbalance, bring 'bads' over to their side be it Horde or Alliance, ruin PvP from people swapping races to get the best racials. It's my personal opinion that this was a great idea. There's a lot of people who have been playing since Vanilla WoW and, due to various reasons, had to abandon their older characters that they had put a great deal of time and effort into. Thanks to this service, people can possibly bring those characters back from the grave and play them once again.

What do you think about the service? Great? Stupid? Do you think you might use it?


  1. I think it's a great idea, especially as you said for those of us that have been playing for a long time. I'm actually in the process of FC'ing my 70 gnome mage and 71 NE druid, and then I'll be transferring them over to my current server.

    That said, the entire process seems to be veeeery slow right now, so anyone that is trying to actively play the characters they're FC'ing may want to wait until they won't be locked out for quite so long.

  2. i hear you. i'm sure that video game design is a lot more intense then my lame english and ss classes but its only the second week and i'm burnt out! :) good luck at school.