Posts Tagged ‘bear form’



May 26, 2009

Today is the day we druids have been looking forward to for night on 5 years, my friends.

“As it is with the druid, so it is with Moonglade. It is a base untruth to say that happy is the druid that has no history. Thrice happy is the druid that has a glorious history. Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious new forms, even though checkered by past low-polygon counts, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy their class nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”

-“Teddy” Rose-pelt*

I have not even words to describe the wonderful thing that has happened today my friends but come patch 3.2, there will be new art atop this blog, art of a bear who is properly white as his FlagRSP description has been stating forever and a day. “Teddy’s” wife El’nore Rose-pelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” We’ve been dreaming for a long time, you and I. Those Rose-pelts were pretty smart, eh? When this day comes there will be parties, and feasting, and great 40 man conga lines of colorful bears running great patterns through the streets of Dalaran, Orgrimmar, and Thunderbluff! I declare the need for multicolor conga lines!

I can’t say much more, but I will leave you with the gift of the Devs, this beautiful picture of our new and glorious future. (Click the image for full size.)


* “Teddy” Rose-pelt is, of course, Theodore Roosevelt. His original speech which I brutalized in the name of Warcraft with great apologies to his memory is here.

Hat tip to WoW Insider, who I read the information from, and they got their information direct from the source.


I’ve been looking at as many druid blogs as possible to see what my fellow druids think of this change and I’d like to clarify a couple of issues I’ve seen crop up unaddressed.

1. This will come in “four installments” i.e. Tauren Bear, Nelf Bear, Tauren Cat, Nelf Cat. Post by Nethaera. Tree and Moonkin are something they have planned and want to do in the future, but don’t have for us right now. Do note that they want to though. ^^

2. For some reason, whoever made the picture of the new bears decided to do it with every one of them in a Roar animation. That is causing a lot of people to make loud complaints about bears with open mouths and/or “mouthbreathing”. Take a step back and read this other post by NethearaThe bears will both sit and idle while standing with their mouths closed! Isn’t this exciting?!

Also, on a personal note, I wanted to add that lots of people on the official thread keep saying that they wish this wasn’t just a new model and skin, but that they were adding our armor to our bear form. My personal stance on this, is that… I know we’ve been looking exactly the same for ages now, but can you even picture how dumb a bear with a hat and shoulders on would look? (Seriously, what’s on that poor thing’s head?!) One of the things I really like about changing form is that If my gear is best in slot or even just the best I have right now but it looks like something a colorblind beaver would decorate with, I can make it go away by shifting. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had gear sets that looked worse than tauren cat form, even before they put fur on it’s face.

Personally, I’d rather wear epic gear on my humanoid model where it would make sense, and stay as a bear. If I want to show something off, I can. If I would rather something never see the light of day for fear DEHTA would string me out (and the thing is just freaky anyway) than I can stand around in a form until I change into more appropriate looking gear…