The Alpha is here…What do you do? Go!

 

This post contains no spoilers, I repeat, NO spoilers.

 


 

 

A little different kind of post than normally this Friday, containing more words than screenshots!

 

But I genuinely really would like to know.

 

How do you guys go about the load of information, that will get thrown our way now, with the Alpha out?

I am so torn.

Well first, I had to stop visiting Twitter all together. The information there is all over the place, and it’s impossible to stay spoiler free. I really want to stay spoiler free, as best as I can.

 

But is that possible in 2018?

I want to keep blogging. Yet I had to unfollow a few bloggers, that are known for putting spoilers, not just in their posts, but in the very titel of their posts too, just bam! It’s there.

 

I stopped visiting the mainpage of WoWhead, Mmo-champion, and I stopped visiting the official Forums, but the information usually finds it’s way to me, no matter how I go about it.

 

I don’t want to stop blogging either.

But how does one stay spoiler free today? I want to participate in all the hype, yet I do not want the story spoiled before I get to play it out myself.

For the first time, I want to jump into a new expansion knowing absolutely nothing at all!

 


 

But how about you guys?

How do you go about it?

Are you the first one in line to analyze all the datamining, or are you the last one?

 
(In case you ARE into spoilers, I highly recommend checking out SPOILERS-SPOILERS-SPOILERS Kaylriene’s site. He’s great at warning, if a post contains spoilers too, so you are safe to cherry pick, what you want to read about)

 

Oh, and on a very positive note, I just discovered a new blog, Larchleaf’s, and it’s lookin’ good! (She’s playing a Druid, so how can it not be good?)

She’s even finding new styles to play the game, so check her out!

Welcome to Larchleaf in our wonderful blogging community – you can find her over at Wandering Through Azeroth πŸ™‚

 

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Enjoy your weekend everyone, and thank you so much in advance for leaving your thoughts on this πŸ™‚

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22 thoughts on “The Alpha is here…What do you do? Go!

  1. Ahh the age old question. What has been seen cannot be unseen. I tend to just skim right past posting I run across on Twitter. Postings about non story related stuff, maybe improvements to the UI, or discussions about class design I may delve into. It’s a mindset. If you don’t want to see it you just train your mind to skim over it. Although it can be difficult for sure. Especially now when people are looking for anything new to talk about.

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    1. Thank you for commenting; I tried the same approach, but gosh, some titels on posts or just a sentence in the wrong place spoiled so much for me at times. And you are spot on then: What has been seen cannot be unseen!

      The level of datamining makes it difficult as well indeed.

      At least some topics on Wowhead etc. are labelled clearly, so one can avoid story spoilers, for the most part. Just have to be mindful and not read comments then πŸ™‚

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  2. Well, for Star Wars spoilers there was a browser extension that blocked them, I suppose there could be something made to block BfA spoilers…. I’ll check with a friend.

    Personally, I don’t care for spoilers. What’s the fun of playing on a new world built to surprise us if we are marching in with all the information?

    That being said, I only visit wowhead for the occasional confirmation about a location or something like that, and I only open the exact page I’m looking for (the one shown on google’s search).

    My problem with that website is their blatant violation of the terms and conditions of WoW. Yes, developers always count with some datamining, just the other day I read some of their tricks to counter this, but still…

    And also there are unmarked spoilers there. I take special care when I make posts (like my recent one) to say there are spoilers. And the ones we post are always about current content, we don’t use alpha/beta/datamined info. When I made the post about Arluin I marked it. Why? Because I didnt want anyone who wasnt that far in the story to have it ruined by the post.

    This current mindset of rushing through everything… And then people complain β€œbuaaaah, the lore this expac is nothing”. Well, maybe don’t read all the plot points before it even comes out, no? XD

    The whole point of choosing streamers to play Alpha is wrong in my opinion. I know it generates a lot of hype, but it also leaks too much details and information. On the Blizzcon videos that had zone demos they even blurred the screen when quests were being delivered or accepted, so we would get to experience it all truly in first hand. I would prefer more strict rules made by a contract.

    As far as I’m concerned, I will march into BfA with only my theories and will to explore and learn more πŸ˜€

    (And this time is so good to catch up on the Chronicle books. The third is due soon, we’ve already ordered one as soon as it comes out ^^ )

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    1. Oooh, there is? What a clever browser extension, I had no clue :O

      I do visit Wowhead myself too, very often even; I like to keep up to date with what is happening. I just do not want the story itself spoiled. That’s the one thing I love the most; just immersing myself into it in game, experiencing it first hand.

      I know, you are great with your spoiler tags πŸ™‚

      Hah, right!? Wooosh, game and rush through it all and go “I have nothing to do!!111!!”.

      I’m a tad lost and clueless about the streamers playing Alpha. I have heard critisism about it; how only certain types of people recieve Alpha invitations?

      I look forward to that, when the time comes πŸ™‚

      Oh, yes! Oooh, do a review of the Chronicle book 3 sometime please πŸ˜€

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  3. I devour stuff about the art for the new expansion — character & creature designs, locations, armor & weapons — and sometimes look at stuff about class changes, UI improvements and so forth — but I completely skip over anything about the quests/storyline.

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    1. Hah, devour. I can picture that!

      I find it a tad tricky to split updates up; sometimes the updates I want to read about concerning class and UI etc. are right next to or in the middle of storyline, which is the one thing I do not want spoiled!

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  4. I’m not actively avoiding spoilers at all costs, but I don’t read news about them either. I’ll try to stay spoiler free as long as I can. Luckily my twitter timeline is very spoiler free so far and the blogs I read have all their spoilers properly tagged. Let’s see how long this will last with new stuff popping up every day πŸ™‚

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    1. I’m really trying too. It is increasingly difficult! New is always better, it appears! I keep trying πŸ™‚

      Well some “spoilers” are okay. Like, with the Horde quests in the game, that I know I will never get time to play anyway. Those I actually enjoy a lot. Or Class specific content in Legion. I love to read about that, since it’s brand new information that I won’t be getting in the game myself πŸ™‚

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  5. I agree that too much info beforehand is not good. It is boring. I would never be interested in playing alfas or betas. I think I know one thing about every expansion: Moar dailies! πŸ˜‰
    I do not have any spoiler warnings on my blog, but then any exclusive info or news on there is just my random waffling πŸ˜‰

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    1. Hey πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your view! Can I ask how you go about it? I find it hard to cherry pick without coming across exactly that lore stuff (which is something I try to stay away from!)

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      1. πŸ™‚ mmo-champion sometimes does a good job at noting where spoilers are, but anywhere that displays “strings” but aren’t class/spell changees, I scroll fast πŸ˜›

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  6. I tend to just devour everything – I like the lore in the game but I enjoy seeing weird breadcrumbs and the formative state of everything. Most of my WoW-time is still spent in the live game just playing – I’ve been using Mage Tower and gearing alts to do it as my primary mode of play, so I’ve been a lot more focused lately during my play-time. I try to not read too much into the spoilers, but I like seeing the plot take shape and then seeing how it changes in live. My hope is that I’ll get beta access or late-Alpha like I did in Legion so I can goof around in it, but generally, once I can play it, I tend to focus way more on the gameplay side of things, and with a stat squish, I’m far more likely to check that side of the content out than the lore and story.

    Also, thank you for the plug πŸ™‚

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    1. I would say devour is an accurate way of describing it πŸ˜€ Oh, yeah, I do not even know how Blizzard go about handing out those Alpha, Beta things. They select those that promote their game already or? Good luck! πŸ™‚

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      1. The first wave is friends and family, and typically the big name streamers have a contact/friend or “friend” at Blizzard who gets them an invite. For Legion I got in later in Alpha when invites were more open but still relatively limited which was pretty cool. That early in Alpha, Demon Hunter tattoos were on top of gear instead of hidden, which was actually really cool haha

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      2. Aha I see. I had no idea of that, so thank you for telling πŸ™‚ Oh, hah, really? It must be fun to be allowed a peak at that before it all goes live πŸ™‚

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  7. I don’t mind spoilers. In fact, I like to know before an expansion drops so I can calculate how much gold I’m going to need for repairs since I tend to die a lot πŸ˜€

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      1. Based on the limited amount we’re seeing in Alpha, I’m calculating I’ll need several billion gold for repairs as per usual lol.
        I’ve already spend a few hundred on my VE Monk’s first quests in Argus since I can’t seem to kill quest mobs in “Threat Reduction.” I’m going to need a group πŸ˜€

        I’m not particularly in favor of giving streamers Alpha access either. I know it’s supposed to generate “free advertising” for the new expansion, but generally I find the “popular” streamers well….are just not very “professional” (some emo kid ranting and swearing isn’t very “informative”) so I tend to skip streamers entirely.

        I’m also not motivated enough to sift through a couple of million horrible streams to find one that is actually useful. I might read about the new expansion stuff but I’d prefer Blizzard just release info or stream the stuff themselves.

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      2. Oh gosh okay. A part of me really wishes they would do a money squish in some way. The amount of money needed for anything is getting out of hand, I think.

        I agree with you, wholeheartedly! So many of those are indeed not very pleasant people.

        I usually just watch a few selected Youtube channels instead.

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