Last night Sprout went to bed a scrub with 2 titles, 25 mounts, 3660 achievement points and 43 pets. This morning she woke up, still a scrub but with 30 titles (including the Bloodthirsty, Conqueror of Ulduar and Hand of A’dal), over 10 000 achievement points, 91 mounts (ignoring the Horde ones) and 157 unique pets. There might be more but I got sick of logging characters and decided to start playing around instead.
It’s hard to put into words how I feel about this. I know I’ve written about account wide achievements before but that was before they were implemented and I could see exactly what I’ve got. Sure, it’s nice to be able to ride the Headless Horseman’s reins on a character I actually play and it’s wonderful to be able to summon my Hyacinth Macaw rather than have it linger on a character that hasn’t been played properly in years but I still have a sense of doubt tingling away.
First of all, the lack of consistency annoys me. I have the achievements for five different pvp ranks but the titles are only accessible on the individual characters who ranked up back in vanilla. Compare that with the fact that I got “the Bloodthirsty” title from shared hks from 3 Priests, 2 Druids and a Mage. Personally I feel that all titles and achievements should be account wide or none should be, having exceptions here and there is just messy. Did they do it to stop people using the old pvp sets for transmogrification? Perhaps but that goes against the whole concept of account wide stuff. Whatever happened to “It’s you the player who achieves things, not the pixels on the screen”. I’m also slightly miffed by the fact that I don’t have access to my chopper and other such mounts just because they currently reside on a Horde character, it’s still one account.
This did sweeten the pill a bit though. I like the fact that it tells you which character achieved a specific achievement. The fact that Blizzard keep adding achievements also helps. It doesn’t look as if we’ll run out of things to do any time soon.
In the long run though, I played alts before there were achievements to tick off, I hugged the corpses of fallen enemies mainly to get them to release and I wandered around looking at things and taking screenshots. I’ll never be the greatest fan of account wide achievements but I’m not going to lose any sleep over them. Sure, finishing up my Loremaster mark 2 is going to be a little harder now everything is already ticked off once but who knows, that might make it even more fun…
I am fairly surprised by this. I knew I had a lot of evil vegetables but didn’t realise I actually had army of them. Sprite darter hatchlings and Snowmen are also clearly breeding in my bags. So far the patch and playing around with it’s various bits and bobs has been a far more positive experience than I was expecting. Anticipation is starting to build.
On a slightly different note, my battletag is Erinys#2261, feel free to add me if you’re in the EU!