Throwback Thursday – January 14, 2016

Hello hello!

Hope you had a good New Year’s, and if you made any resolutions, I hope they’re going well. If your resolution is to read more Throwback Thursday posts, then you’re in luck!

I don’t know how long you’ve been playing, but hopefully it’s been long enough to participate in an expansion launch. They’re a lot of fun, even if they have bugs and glitches, and generally everyone remembers their first one.

Speaking of first, nine years ago this January 17, the first World of Warcraft expansion launched: The Burning Crusade.

Blizzard does many things well, but their cinematics are outstanding. I especially like the undead warlock roasting the murlocs that are chasing him, and the human mage turning the orc into a sheep.

In addition to a new world to explore, The Burning Crusade brought us a lot of arguing over two new races: space goats, and magic addicts. Yes, really. People argued that Draenei were aliens, and didn’t fit, and then people argued that male blood elves weren’t buff enough. Then the models were buffed up, and there were complaints they looked like they’d been stung by bees. There was no winning.

There was a lot of arguing over what kind of dances the Blood Elves and Draenei were going to have. Blood Elves eventually ended up with Britney Spears-style dancing, and the dance from Napoleon Dynamite.

Draenei have Shakir- style belly dancing, and a dance modeled after Daler Mendhi. If you’ve never seen Tunak Tunak Tun by Daler Mendhi, you are in for a treat.

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Also included in The Burning Crusade were flying mounts, and flying itself. Alliance had gryphons, and Horde had wyverns, with plenty of additional mounts available.

Druids even got an epic quest for epic flying bird form.

In addition to a new world, there were new raids, including the Black Temple, Sunwell Plateau, and Karazhan. Blizzard changed raiding from 40 player content to 10 and 25, realizing that getting 40 players to work together was about as effective as herding cats. Still, many long nights were spent raiding.


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