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Lap cats, or the return of whimsy

It was discovered this week that if you summon a feline companion pet, target it, and /sit then the cat will climb into your lap and fall asleep.


A pretty simple effect, but one that wasn’t announced and instead was left to players discovering it for themselves. As should be expected, Twitter and Reddit exploded in delight.

It’s not entirely surprising – the effect is cute, unexpected, and everyone loves cats (and if not, they should naturally be burned).

What is surprising is that, for a moment, everyone seemed to forget all of the negativity that continues to float around the comment-sphere about the state of the game, and the shortcomings of Warlords of Draenor, and the miscommunications and broken promises from Blizzard, and instead gathered around this little nugget of whimsy of: digital cats will sit in your lap if you ask them to.

It doesn’t matter that Blizzard didn’t announce it as a feature – who knows how long it’s been in place, and until now they just hadn’t mentioned it? Perhaps it was coded in as a test and then left because they didn’t see it as being a huge deal, or didn’t think it suitable to bleat about a new mini-feature that would just give the trolls reason to bemoan the lack of raid tiers?

What matters is that there are still little joys to get out of the game.


Catching Up – Where has 10 months gone?

So the last time I wrote here, we were preparing for Mists of Pandaria after the long, long wait through the final 12 months of Cataclysm. Can you remember Cataclsym? I barely can. I remember the excitement of MoP on the horizon though – that feeling of something new just beyond our reach (although dabbled with, by me, in the beta). Mists was going to amazing! It was going to be a complete breath of fresh air after the initially-great-but-soon-rather-rinse-and-repeat expansion that was Cataclysm.


As it happens, it did turn out nicely. The zones were beautiful; the quests interesting (if, you know, you’re into quests); pet battles became This Huge Thing quite quickly. Even the Tillers proved interesting to many people as they worked to unlock the extra plots on their farm.

I took it slowly, as far as dailies and rep grinds went. It was weeks before I even considered working on faction rep with our new Pandarian allies. As it was, I began hearing of the Golden Lotus dailies. How they were… ooft. And you had to do so many of them before you could open up the next two factions.

But that’s all by-the-by. We’re into 5.3 now, with 5.4 breathing down our neck, and the game is in that mid-expansion weird bit. Things are no longer fresh, and even with what promises to be an OMG FREAKIN’ HUGE patch coming in 5.4, many people are focussing on what’s next…

At this stage, I’m happy to still be working my way through the game. The guild is going better than ever; our raid team stronger than ever. We still have some issues to iron out but at this stage of the expansion’s life, those issues – quiet nights, tired players – are common.

So much has happened in the last 10 months, though. Things I’ll write about in due course. Many opinions have been forged; friendships made; battles won, and battles which almost broke me. In due course.

But as we get closer to 5.4 and 6.0… remember: slow down.

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