Plans for the Toy Box

As you know, many of the fun items we’ve collected til now will soon have their own UI but a few questions still lingered, like the gimmicky items we need to equip:

  • Orb of Deception
  • Super Simian Sphere
  • Burgy Blackheart’s Handsome Hat
  • Time-Lost Figurine

Rygarius (the Community Manager at Blizzard) answered many of these questions today by saying “the idea is to have these items converted into something similar to a spell. You’ll be able to activate the effect without equipping the item”.

Although when asked about Disco Balls and Picnic Baskets (or more specifically redeeming the codes), we were urged to hold onto those items.

In terms of Archaeology toys, it was confirmed they’d be included in the Toybox tab. “But please continue hanging onto those items while details are still being worked out”.

They are currently unsure of how the Haunted Memento will work “as we don’t know how that item will interact with the Toybox tab yet as it has a number of special qualities (can be thrown, its effect is activated by simply having it in your inventory). The important thing is none of the items are being removed. If an item doesn’t make it into the Toybox tab, the item will remain as it always has”.

Other points of interest

Some items (such as Sylvanas’ Music Box) may be character specific if we find a need for it. Still, a vast majority of the items in the Toybox will be account-wide.

We’ll be keeping an eye out for quest items (like Archmage Vargoth’s staff) that players have been holding onto for fun and won’t convert it into a quest item so it wouldn’t go away.

When asked about the Jade Raccoon, Rygarius stated that they “haven’t determined what will or won’t be considered a toy and recommend that you don’t vendor or delete anything just yet”.

We’re still undecided on how the cooldowns will work at this time.

As a final disclaimer, he added:

This feature is still early in development. Depending on how it works out once we’re able to test it, some things may change. The goal of the Toybox is to free up inventory space. Items that don’t make it into the Toybox because of technical or other reasons should still be left alone with no change.

At the end of the day, we’ll still have a lot of room to play with which is what a lot of us need right now. I for one can’t wait for this improvement.

MoP Opening Cinematic Revealed

Unlock the Mysteries of Pandaria

You’ve ended Deathwing’s destructive rampage and saved the dragonflights from extinction. Now you must unlock the mysteries of the lost continent and discover the dark secrets of Pandaria’s past. Explore ancient kingdoms hidden since before the Sundering, plunder vast treasures from the depths of the forgotten vaults, and rise to defend Pandaria from the shadow of a long buried evil – before it’s too late.

Taken from the Blizzard website

Wow, what an awesome cinematic!

That was worth the wait and it did not seem like (almost) 4mins at all. Was it just me or did Chen seem like a huge cuddly stuffed animal? I also loved the bit where he smirked, spit out the twig and continued fighting. That was such a Bruce Lee moment! He often used bits of humour in fight scenes.

Bruce was so agile and fast that they would have to slow down his fight scenes in movies. Even his son Brandon showed similar skills but sadly they were both taken from this world at a young age.

I haven’t been disappointed with any of the cinematics yet and this was no different. Having played the beta since the first week, I feel even more excited after seeing this great piece of work. Well done Blizzard!

Just imagine what the movie would look like with this kind of quality. Here’s hoping…

Want more?

How about an achievement which ties in the scene from the cinematic? All you have to do is visit the Shrine of Fellowship in The Jade Forest and then re-enact Chen’s action by straightening the broken incense burner found near the bridge. Doing that will reward the Restore Balance achievement along with 10 achievement points.

So who’s excited?

Collector’s vs Deluxe Digital

So with the announcement last night that the next expansion will be released on Sept 25, I haven’t decided whether I’ll be pre-ordering the retail CE or the Digital Deluxe. Check out my Mists of Pandaria Collector’s Edition post If you missed out on what you get.

I’ve always preferred to buy the Collector’s Edition (at least the last two) for all the cool extras you get like the pet, art book and even the mouse pad, but no TCG this time? That’s really disappointing news. Since you can get the digital extras like the mount and pet from the Deluxe edition anyway, I might end up just buying the Deluxe version this time. Not to mention you’ll have the expansion downloaded ahead of time, ready to go as soon as we’re given the green light.

However, if the TCG packs were included in this CE, you can bet your fanny pack that I’d probably end up ordering the retail version.

Edit: Looking at one of our local retail stores, the Collector’s Edition will cost AUD$98. With the Australian dollar being so strong right now, I can’t justify the extra costs when the RRP is US$79.99. Sure they need to account for shipping the boxes to us somehow but in the end, trading in some TCG decks for a mount is a fair deal which I’m willing to take. I will miss looking through the art book though and the mouse pad would have been nice too.

Cataclysm had now been upgraded through Battle.net. Let the downloading begin…

So who’s ordering which – standard, deluxe or retail CE?