This review of Gelbin Mekkatorque: Cut Short by Cameron Dayton is a mild spoiler-filled type. Be warned.
Much like the Vol’jin: The Judgement, Gelbin Mekkatorque: Cut Short explains one of the more shadowed leaders encountered in World of Warcraft. I must admit that I, unlike iTZKooPA, cannot say that I’ve ever had a soft spot for Gnomes. Ever in the lifetime of my gaming, I’ve never cared for them in any way, shape, or form beyond the fact that they have a superior intellect and actually care for safety in their inventions, unlike their Goblin counterparts.
Being one who was always happy to jump into a “Gnome Punting” joke session, when I saw this short story released, I was slightly hesitant to read it. But, despite that, it surprised me in a few spots.
I remember it wasn’t long ago that all us Alliance players were jumping into Operation Gnomeregan. Again, like with the troll counterpart, there was some lore explained and furthered through this mini-world event — however I felt that the Troll event was done in a way that players actually understood what was going on. I felt in Operation Gnomeregan that not much was taken back – considering I still need to run Gnomeregan as a dungeon to claim it from the Troggs. The end boss has always been Thermaplugg, but I never knew why. And considering that he… disappears in the short story, it still doesn’t correlate to the dungeon changing ever.
It was to my surprise to learn in this short story that Thermaplugg was indeed a close and dear friend of Mekkatorque – akin to the Anakin / Obi-Wan construct. Thermaplugg saw a twisted view of the world and wanted to build it for himself, and Mekkatorque wasn’t willing to go along with it, so he had to be eliminated.
While the story is sometimes bland, it’s fun to see how Cameron Dayton takes us through Mekkatorque’s logic and thought process as he finds himself an escape route from a trap of Troggs laid by Thermaplugg. I almost felt like I was reading a logic walkthrough of a Sherlock Holmes “observation.” It had some indirect combat, and some fun little banter between the antagonist and protagonist, but didn’t delve more into the deep character personalities that could exist beyond the surface.
With the story being just 19 pages (in PDF format, 7 on the web), it feels just long enough to get you through this anecdote of the leader, while being too short of making me care for a character that I didn’t care for before picking it up.
In the end, I was entertained as I read. It kept me busy from doing things I should have been doing. So take a few minutes to read it, if you like!