Unless you’re new around here, (and by “here” I mean online gaming), you probably know that Furor works for Blizzard as a quest dude. Let me state at the top that, for the most part, the quests in Warcraft are incredibly well done. Engaging stories, witty even, interesting to solve if you’d rather not thottbot, and best of all, they put out with worthwhile rewards — sometimes the uber.
Quests in Warcrack are as well done as the crafting system in Star Wars: Galaxies.
If you’re new, Furor was one of the few EQ player celebrities — by that I mean, he was vocal (as in shrill) and highly-opinionated (as in psychotic). The only other EQ celebrities I can think of now are Thott (even you noobs know him), Zato (the, or one of the, founders of The Safehouse) and maybe the guildleader of the uber guild on my EQ server, who was reknowned mostly because he was such a dick-sucking asshole.
Obviously, we had all heard about some of the other uber guilds, too, but weren’t really aware of who their leaders were, probably because they weren’t … (how to say?) … interesting specimens like Furor and Thott.
Thott, appearing to be the more even-tempered of the two (read: not a raving lunatic), wrote several very articulate and eloquent articles about various issues in EQ. In fact, one of my e-thug friends is convinced that one of Thott’s bard articles is solely responsible for the ass-reaming nerfs that EQ monks received late in the game and he will not, under any circumstances, use Thottbot in Warcrack. (issues!) But I digress.
When the news broke about Der Furor joining Blizzard, my reaction was: what. the. fuck. I doubt anyone’s reaction was other than: what. the. fuck. But, having a short attention span and a long memory, I moved on and didn’t pay it much mind until Warcrack was released.
As I said, the quests are stellar. Except sometimes, those collection quests, they be stingy. Or, the mystery rewards, the dreaded “?” as the reward, they’re bullshit. The escort quests sometimes bug out and only part of the group gets credit, so we have to escort the fucking NPC yet again for those that got screwed.
As one of our guildmates said, “this quest makes baby Jesus cry.”
Every group needs a scapegoat. The scapegoat performs a very important function — he/she takes the heat for bad pulls, for bugged quests, for lagging servers and for empty mobs. Furor has become our scapegoat.
The idea came to me one night during a particularly grueling collection quest when I was a bit sauced off my ass. Hours after starting, we’re sitting at 4 items out of 10 (or so) required with no end in sight and everyone has to get some sleep soon.
So I said, “this is all Furor’s fault.” As we’re all old EQ hags, the rest picked up the chant, and we made it our own. Now, whenever a quest starts pissing us off, we issue a curse in Furor’s direction. We’ve since expanded this to include stupid instances (ahem, Zul’Fucker), the wigged out Auction House, roaming boss mobs, and thieving loot tables.
In my rational mind, I realize that Furor can’t possibly be responsible for all of this.
Hell, I don’t know how duties are split up at gaming houses, all I know is: somehow, Furor’s to blame.