We interrupt what was my scheduled post today for a special announcement.
Frostheim may have retired from blogging, but his legacy lives on at the site he created, the Warcraft Hunter's Union. Arth, who has taken over the mantle of Hunter in Chief, posted something very interesting yesterday in light of this week's worth of celebrations. I'll let him explain in his own words:
Here’s the premise: Blizzard wants to revamp the hunter class for the next expansion. We’re not game developers, and frankly, a bunch of our “great” ideas are horrific for a variety of reasons. BUT. Not all of our collective ideas are bad. Many are quite good, and a few have been implemented by Blizzard. Probably the most notable example of this is minimum range and Stampede.
My goal is to identify several areas of the game that could possible be made more awesome for hunters. I’ll rarely talk about things like balancing, because that’s an internal issue that we don’t have the raw data to be able to handle. But, in the abstract, a lot of cool changes can be made that affect the feel of the hunter class.
If you go take a look at the original post, you'll see it has over forty comments already. Arth asks you you be clear and concise in your comments and suggestions, and I would urge every Hunter reading this post with their own ideas go take a look at this and comment, if you haven't already. I'll be doing the same myself, and you can read what I'd like to see introduced in the Expansion in tomorrow's post.
The most important thing here is getting everyone to contribute, but to do it in a way that isn't going to mean Arth is deafened by a blast of noise. You are far more likely to get your point registered if it is done not from the point of view of 'Blizzard hates us this is what you have to fix' but in a positive and optimistic fashion. Everyone has their own particular issue with the rotating door of class changes, this isn't about airing grievances or getting frustrated with what's been lost, this is about presenting a case for changing things in the quality of life department. Blizzard itself understands the problem of getting objective feedback on class changes, and one well-constructed treatise that covers many different points of view is far more likely to have impact than lots of smaller ones.
I urge everyone to get involved in this, and I wish Arth all the best with the collation of what will end up being a massive undertaking, but which could have some seriously awesome consequences for the Hunter class in the upcoming Expansion.