In Reply to Stormy re: Account-wide May 30, 2012Posted by Ben in Achievements, General Whinging.
Stormy posited earlier that “Account-wide achievements…run the risk of shrinking the world.” And in some ways I think he’s right, although I’m not sure that it’s as bad for the future of Warcraft as he fears.
I hate the wyvern model. It’s ugly. The Epic Swift speed version is even worse. But you have no choice but to use that mount until you get high enough to earn another through an achievement. (Or use the Winged Guardian/Tyrael’s Charger) Account-wide mounts solve this problem.
In a fit of guild-togetherness, I drag a rarely played alt into the Horseman event one October. Because the RNG is a cruel mistress, she gets the mount. Now, my main can use it. Flipside? Now I have X many more chances to get the mount every day. Think about it.
Yeah, maybe we see fewer people farming Anzu or Rivendare or Heroic Culling, but we also won’t have to grind Wyrmrest Accord just to get a Red Drake. (which leads me to…)
I wish account-wide were going further. Into the world of reputation. Granted that reputation gets easier each expansion, but getting Exalted with Therazane just for a shoulder enchant is monotonous. Let me have the credit for getting to Exalted across my characters. It will hardly be game-breaking since the gear never gets updated after the first tier. Maybe there are exceptions for Darkmoon Faire and the like that are intended to span multiple expansions, but for reps that are raised primarily through wearing a tabard, why punish me?
Since the future of the endgame is destined to be Dungeon & Raid Finder along with dailies, let me choose who I want to do these things with.