Shared Topic: What kind of guild are you?

I am late on the topic for my own suggestion!  It has been a little insane both in and out of game.

So I asked the question about what kind of guild are you?  What kind of place do you like to call home for both yourself and your toon….

My opinion has changed since I actually posted that as a suggestion and this makes me amazed a how much can change in a couple of weeks.

The guild I am in, was very quiet when  came back – and they still are, however aside from the lack of chatter there are further issues that have developed which I will go into later.

Firstly, chatter – I am a chatter by nature, I like the social aspects of the game and it is a large part of whether I am happy in a guild (and playing).  I like to log in and see people talking and joking in chat and basically getting to know each other. I don’t like the anonymity of the internet and I think the more people remember that there is a person behind the toon, the better people may start to behave themselves and feel accountable for their language and attittudes.

The other reason I like to see an active guild chat is because I strongly believe it improves any raiding team the guild has.  I don’t think I have ever been in a purely social/levelling guild, so I really am just talking from experience here.  If you know the people in your team as people, you can develop a more open dialogue with them when it comes to gear, stats, rotations etc; you learn each person’s preferred method of feedback.  I have seen so many people come in and just start telling (yelling) people they are idiots, or they say nothing, or they make subtle hints – these methods may work but unless you know each person individually; you can’t possibly know how to talk to them and therefore get a response to work with.

I am now back in my old guild and although I know some of the people in the guild from when I was GL; their lack of raiding etiquette has made me a little crazy.  It has been nice raiding with them in the last week (it has given me the raiding bug again) – I have determined I much prefer a raiding guild with some definite expectations and structure regarding boss fights and behaviour during raids.  The couple of raids I have been in we have spent (approx) the same amount of time discussing strats as actually attempting the fight…surely this could have been done before the raid either on the forums or in vents etc…I am a stickler for knowing the strats being attempted before we go, so I can study it, work it out in my head and understand it.  I don’t like watching 50 different videos to guess what we will attempt on the night.  The other thing that drives me to the brink – is so far every time we have done a ready check to pull the boss, someone starts up a story about previous guild/raid/friend etc….really?  You have to tell us that just as we are about to attempt a boss kill???

So to sum up, I want the perfect guild don’t i?  I want a fun, chatty guild that wants to concentrate in raids and get shit killed….

Shared Topic – Bank and Bags

How I have missed my shared topics 🙂  It is good to be back in the saddle so to speak .

This weeks topic is an intriguing one about whether or not we should ask for bigger bank/bags based on the amount of soulbound items people like to keep – some people are running out of space pretty quickly.

For me, not so much an issue.  After the burning crusade came out, I tried to keep all my MC gear – for memories and such, but i got so sick of having an entire bank filled that once Wrath hit, I decided i would never again horde (no pun intended) that much stuff.

I sell everything I can and destroy the rest apart from a couple of things – like the Onyxia medallion, ZF hammer, the staff for Mara etc, things you can no longer get, but were part of my levelling and the start of my addiction.  I have also kept about a couple of weapons – The Elemental Mage Staff – was one of my first ever epic items, the Naz Mindblide from Kara – I love the look of it 🙂  I am sure I have a few other pieces in my bank, but they are mainly important moments in my wow life that I just can’t seem to let go of.

Of course being an achievement junkie, I have too many pieces of clothing from events and things which I just don’t want to get rid of because they do come around every year and are always useful. It would be cool to have a wardrobe feature or something for those, that you can sort of fill out as you get them.

I think in MMO’s particularly where the bar is constantly being raised, people should learn to let go.  You will end up having banks and bags full of gear that is really pointless – especially now with achievements – people can see what you have done and where you have been. I am not saying get rid of everything, keep bits that you really like or are attached to, but they are just dead pieces taking up room.  I have been playing since MC and I can tell you now if I kept every set and epic piece of gear I would need at least 4 banks with all slots full to the brim…it seems pointless after a while.

I remember the agony and horror when I sold my MC gear, but I felt pretty good afterwards about having the bank space 🙂  All those pieces have been and will be replaced multiple times and I just don’t see the logic in keeping almost all of it to look back on.  My memories of the gear are now more about the guild I was with and the fund I had getting them – they are what is important to me now.  Take piccies of the gear and store them that way 😀 But let the pixels rest!

 

 

Shared Topic: Identity

This is a tough one.

How does your character define themself? What part of their identity is most important to their personality and self-presentation?

In meatspace, we have so many affiliations, it’s anyone’s guess whether we consider ourselves a tuba player first, or a student, a Gators fan, a New Yorker, a mother, a nerd, a liberal. Our identities are comprised of so many different aspects of life that it’s hard to tell which parts different people will choose to define themselves.

In game, there are less game-related ways to identify.
You can identify as:

your class – your spec
your race – a particular subgroup (Mag’har, Wildhammer)
your faction – a faction other than Horde/Alliance

I did not write anything on this topic straight away as I had real trouble trying to identify with it…no pun intented!

So I am sorry to say I left this one a few days and have read some other people’s posts first to get a feel for it.  I am still really tied on how to even begin to explain the identification I have with my character.

My mage was the first character I created and has been the only character I have played in a raiding capacity – except for a very brief stint of about 1 month as a shammy healer.  I modelled her after myself with long black hair, nose ring and open/friendly facial expression.  Although I am not an RPer i do have a secret wish that I could have been and I take my maging very seriously….I enjoy being a mage and that is evident through my behaviour in game.

I have fond memories of being told off in MC and BWL for jumping around like a maniac when doing arcane explosions – the healers has trouble healing me apparently…..but she was just showing everyone the fun that can be had with your hands causing massive explostions of molten lava, icicles, arcaneness….ahhhh…it’s fun!

I recently was having a discussion with my husband that I have altered her look back to her original black haired form (and worgen) because she was captured and held by them for years – now she has returned….a werewolf and a much more aware toon.  She is no longer concerned with the expectations others have put on her and she just wants to see evil beings killed, this complete lack of concern has given my character an increase in damage output because she is just doing her thing now and not over thinking everything for fear of doing the wrong thing.

A great example is that I always ask in dungeons if people need food summoned, this is my helpful personality being played out by my character who lso wants to ensure her allies are able to defend her from capture again 😀

Anyway I have rambled on a fair bit and I am not entirely sure I have even gotten cl0se the point of the topic….I guess my character identifies with her past and wants to improve Azeroth any way she can – offering ports, spending money, offering food, guilding, heroic running – they all improve the world she lives in and can aide in the defeat of the enemies she perceives around her (and inside her).

 

 

Shared Topic: Pet Peeves

What is your biggest pet peeve? What is the one thing you just can’t tolerate in game. Is it the loudmouth in trade, the guy who keeps god-modding when trying to RP with you, the gold farmers, the….

Oh my, the list could go on. Tell us your biggest pet peeve, or make a list, or maybe tell us about the quirkiest thing that irks you.

Or, maybe if you are a roleplayer, you could do this one in character and explain what your character’s biggest pet peeve is in general. Could it be how uncomfortable the griffon saddle is, or how bland Night Elf food is, or the exorbitant price of buying anything from a goblin?

I’m leaving this one wide open. Feel free to run wild with it in whatever direction you like. I’m looking forward to hearing what we’re all grumpy about (as if we don’t write about this enough). :D

This is a very dangerous topic, it could run rampant like a wildfire through Victoria’s bushlands.
I am just going to do a little list and see what comes of it- I might explain little details or examples, but I am sure they are likely to be self explantory 😀
  1. People not reading the quest text and asking in general trade something quite obvious.  I am not meaning discussions about possible bugs or issues etc, I mean the quest says “Speak to Bob in front of the sandwich shop in the mage quarter of SW” and in general you get asked “How do I do this quest?”, “Where is Bob?”, “I couldn’t find the mage quarter” etc.
  2. People not reading the quest text and then not even looking at the map for the ingame quest help OR the mini map for the little arrow indicator and then still asking in general. Seriously – there is IN GAME QUEST HELP now….turn it on and use it!!!  This in game help would be pretty accurate considering Blizzard develop and make it….they don’t need to approximate where there mob will be…..
  3. Standing/being mounted on a massive on an NPC – just don’t do it!!!
  4. Abusing people in dungeons about their lack of skill – not everyone is in Paragon or Exorsus and has cleared all the content!
  5. Gearscore – I hate GS like I hate murlocs.  GS proves NOTHING other than you can run a lot of heroics and get geared, or that you haven’t had time to get the gear but says nothing about you being able to actually play.
  6. Having to link achievements to get into runs – WHY???  Why am I not able to get into a run if I have never done it, talk about perpetuating the cycle much???? Does it prove that I know the fight or that I was carried through – aside from MAYBE lich king which was a damn hard fight, you could have been dead on every single fight and got the achievement.
  7. Spamming recount to prove how bad someone has done in a heroic….

IN all honesty I think that is all I can come up with 😀  What I find disturbing about the above list is that every single point has to do with the poeple playing the game and not the actual game itself.  I don’t mind the grind to level, the questing, the dailies, the constant running of heroics to get my rep up, that’s all part of the game I enjoy.

So to sum up, I am thinking my biggest pet peeve – is people…..

Slightly depressing thought really…LOL

Shared Topic – Real life and game life

I know we recently had a topic about what WoW has taught us, but I posted the other day about my real life job affecting my in game persona.

Do you think your real life job affects how you see people/situations in game and do you use the same methods in game you would use at work to diffuse situations? For example are you the type to just boot people/leave guilds because this is a game or would you try and sort it out considering you wouldn’t just fire someone/quit your job if someone/or situation was being nasty?

Here is my topic originally, http://wp.me/p15cBf-eg    which inspired me to post the above topic.

However after reading some others posts about this I wanted to add the following to flesh out this a little bit.  A few of my co-workers called me a geek, they knew I was good with computers and that I liked gizmo’s the fact that I often was looking up geek sites and reading geek magazines etc.  I spoke of many games with poeple and not just WoW, so there was never any obvious addiction there.  I have to explain something though, most of the people I used to work with – barely even know how to turn on a computer – let alone install a program on one.

 I have since left that job I was referring to in my original post, however now that I am taking a short break from work to focus on my studies, I have noticed my attitude towards the game has changed as well.  I am fairly focused on getting things done, just like I need to get my assignments done and my revision done.  I don’t like it when things don’t go to plan- refer to my previous post about the stupid people and LFD….

This all meshes with kind of person I am in real life.  Since I no longer have a job which defines me or a guild which defines me, I am sort of lost both in and out of game and I don’t like that feeling.  I always knew that if I was lost in real life, I could log in and know/remember who i was/am…..When I was the GM of a guild there were many discussions about how to treat people in game, I was on the side of treating them like friends and people I knew in real life, but others I knew, wanted to treat them like avatars and not people they had any connection to.  I wanted to use my relatinship building skills to repair breaches and build a solid foundation, but that was considered pointless by some – I am not saying either method was right, just that there was a massive difference.  I guess it is just interesting to see how other people perceive people in the game and how they treat them.

In the end I think Amaranth sums it up beautifully:

In the end, my Real Life intrudes upon my Game Life, and my Game Life intrudes upon my Real Life. Both, to me, are really just my Life.  

http://speccedfordrama.blogspot.com/2010/12/shared-topic-real-life-intruding-on_13.html

Shared Topic: Cataclysm

What are your initial thoughts about the Cataclysm expansion?

It’s a topic you can take anywhere you’d like. What’s your favourite new zone? What do you think of the instances? Any screenshots you’d like to share? Anything you’re excited to get started on? Whatever might come to mind regarding the main question :)

This is likely going to be a massively long post, with pictures and all, so I will be placing it behind a cut for you to read over at your leisure 😀  Follow me through to my initial thoughts on Cata during day 1 and 2 of my experience. 

To make this a more comprehansive topic, I created a goblin toon as well and played through the starting area to get a better feel of what changes have been made, some of the things were before Cata in the last patch, but to me they make up the cata offering, so please don’t get pedantic about it being released 2 weeks before cata 🙂 

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Shared Topic: Autoblogography

I was alarmed at our lack of up and coming topics, so I figured it was time I suggest a topic myself.

Lets write our autoblogography!

What pushed you to start blogging? What challenges have you faced? What are you favorite posts and why? What are the stories behind them? How has blogging affected your gaming?

Those of you who enjoy writing in character could write feature your character reflecting on how they’ve changed since day 1 and about their favorite adventures.

If you’re a new blogger, you can write about your experience so far, about what you hope for the future.

EDIT: Here’s an example post: http://bossypally.wordpress.com/2010/11 … ogography/

My autoblogography is probably not exciting to anyone else, but it is a journey for me which has given me an outlet I can use to just delve into life a little more.  I remember when I started blogging.  i was living in Sydney at the time and my girlfriend and I were having lunch and she was telling me about Livejournal and how good it was to just write stuff down.

I have been a big fan of written journals and over the years have kept quite a few, my only problem being I can’t seem to manage to ever actually update them.  Life gets in the way and I always lost track of them after a few months.  Online Blogging was something I could update anytime I was near a PC, I could just throw an email at it and then format it later if I wanted to.  I started my LJ on 5th February 2003.    I didn’t update it all that much and to be honest in those first few months it was rather a jumble of crap.

I was in a very negative headspace and to be honest I use my personal blog more of a venting station than anything, which I am slowly trying to change.  I still fall back into that habit though of not  updating about the positive things that happen.  We, as humans, always tend to remember the negative though.

Anyway when I started playing WoW in 2005, I would update my personal blog, but honestly, I had so many non geek friends that my updates made no sense to them and pretty soon I was fielding questions about my gaming life that I just kind of got sick of answering.  I stopped updating about WoW.    I really wanted a place to talk about WoW though, I wanted  a home I could update about my toons and use my screenshots and meet other people that love this game as much as me.  So I started reading other WoW blogs.  Just reading daily/weekly whenever they updated.

One thing I noticed was there were so many blogs out there with hardcore guilds.  I couldn’t find any small unknown guilds who were struggling to get past Crazy Cat lady – you know just your joe average teams.  So I started considering I could make a blog.  Originally in the hunt to find active mage resources I was going to make it a blog about mages – all things mages, but I decided I didn’t know anywhere near enough – or have the inclination to learn how or why things worked.  I just want to know the stats I need – I don’t need to know the formula and multipliers etc etc…That’s what places like elitist jerks is for – and that is not my style.  So in the end I just created a home for my toons and my wow life.  It has changed names a few times and I do keep meaning to make it a free standing website, but I just never get around to it.  Maybe I can make that a project for my Uni degree 😀

After I started delving deeper into the blogosphere, I started finding the average guild.  I was ecstatic when I read a blog (I honestly can’t remember whose) about how they were just unable to kill Freya – I even offered some advice as we had only just killed her ourselves after weeks of wiping, but it was so nice to see that others were struggling on bosses.  Just as we were.  So many of us read about these hardcore guilds and players that can reach 15k dps by clicking one button, but let’s face it – they are not the majority of the player base.  I felt much better about my gameplay, my guild and our progress when i found this out. I also started finding different boss strats and got better at searching blogs for strats, alternative methods for killing them which I could take back to the guild and we would try.

My blog, is not meant to be serious, and probably half the blogosphere finds it terribly dull that I update with boring things like mounts and pets and raid kills, however they are an important part of my WoW history and I enjoy that side of the game.  I initially created my blog to get connected and to make friends in the blogosphere, friends who understood the game and the obsession it can cause; the addiction that grows when playing. It didn’t/hasn’t happened (There is still hope right?!?!!?) and I still have very few people outside of the game that I can even chat to about it.  Possibly selfish motivations for creating a blog, I know, but hey I figured there was other people out there who were the same.

Currently, my blog is very much about the normal side of WoW life, as with Cataclysm coming out I am not raiding, I am not in an active guild and I am not really even playing all that much.  Just jumping on to do dailies and anything else I wanted to get done – like farm pets, mounts, rep, CHAMPION SEALS!!!!!  Etc.  Once Cata comes out and we start building the guild up and raiding, I am I will get back to posting about  boss strats and kills and guild drama, but for the moment I am enjoying the headspace of just WoW enjoyment.

Shared Topic : Classes in Raid

Recently I’ve been working with my guildmates to figure out what classes to bring to our 10-man Cata raid. Since 10-mans are no longer the smaller easier child you can overgear with 25-man gear, the buffs you bring are even more crucial to setting up a successful raid groups.

And this has gotten me thinking about how we think of classes. We tend to see them mostly as what buffs they bring and their DPS. But often other things are important too, and even more so given that Blizzard wants us to pay more attention to things like CC, mana management, that sort of thing (no more simple stand and DPS fights).

So the topic would be about people posting the interesting and useful things their class brings that won’t appear in a buff per class spreadsheet. I haven’t made my post yet, but I’ll talk about Death Knight-y things like survival techniques, slowing abilities, run speed, things like that. And I’ll add the link here when I write it.

edit: Here’s my post on the subject: http://runeforgegossip.wordpress.com/20 … aid-buffs/

 

I think this is a very interesting topic, likely to get a few people offside and heated if we were too discuss this real time, but I shall attempt to delve into the madness….

I have never really looked at what buffs raiders can bring, I have always looked at the player and not the class, Blizz think they are finally going to make this better and have already said multiple times they want you to be able to do these fights irrelevant of what buffs you have.  That statement is fine for a group of mates who just want to play together and have some fun, but the majority of people out there – trying to run guilds will not be looking at that, they will be looking at the most beneficial group of buffs to have in any team set up.    I think that is very sad, as I am sure there are some great players out there that could shine if given a chance.

However there are some things that I think are just awesome in a raid aside from the standard group buff they provide.  Replenishment is a major one for me.  Any kind of replensihment – health or mana – any class that can give back to the raid is in my top 😀  It may not be much but when you are having a longer than expected turn of events that one last heal that got provided could be the difference between dead or alive tank.

Not that I am being biased in my next one at all, but you have to have a mage.  Food and portals at the end are just a necessary thing in a raid environment.  I have been in so many raids where people forgot to go to the vendor before hand and are left scrounging around for food off people.  Unprofessional, time consuming and just annoying 😀  So Mages are always a must have 😀  They also do have the single most awesome CC ability in the game, noneof the other CC’s are as good, there is just nothing you can compete with regarding a non cooldown CC.

Someone with the Cooking, alchemy and enginneering – yes I know not a class based thing, but I would rather take someone with something useful to the raid and has good DPS then someone who gives me a buff and can’t play 😀  Cooking for fish feasts, alchemy in case poeple need potions (which most of the time they do – and will be very useful come cata with the cauldrons) and enginneering for repair bots because you can bet your best brain cell SOMEONE will forget to repair when they go to the raid and after the first boss fight will have zero durability because one add hit them over the head with a big pointy stick  😀

The only other thing that i worry about with raid make up – is who can play versus who can’t?  I won’t take a person to a raid because they offer some buff if they are the one who is constantly standing in the damn fire or dying.  So based on that logic, I don’t care what my raid make up is regarding buffs, I would much rather take the person than the class.  But maybe I am taking Blizz too literally, I guess we will see once Cata comes out and we start building a raiding guild again.

I did have a thought the other day though, it would be so beyond awesome to have a class raid all the time (like the VA class runs), just one of each class in the raid and no double ups.  I was laughed out of the vents channel when I said it, but gear would never get sharded for not having a certain class with you, buffs would be pretyy much a non issue, CC would be a non issue since you have one of every type, and the most important factor being you would have a mage with you on every single run 🙂  Yeah I think that would be a sexy raid 😀

Shared Topic: Home is where ur rump rests :D

With the advent of Cataclysm and its attendant pre-expansion patches, Azeroth is (as has been said thousands of times) undergoing a dramatic change. Over the last few weeks it’s got me thinking, and the result is a topic suggestion:

What does ‘home’ mean in your book? Do you have a particular home in Azeroth – a place you feel you belong, that you know like the back of your hand, or that you feel more comfortable in than anywhere else? Would this be different for different characters or different factions, or is there just a place that really resonates with you? Do you think Cataclysm will prompt you to find new and different turf, or will you be heading back there first thing to see what might have changed? If it is destroyed, how do you think that will affect your experience of the game, or your characters’ lives? Or do you think the whole idea of having a home doesn’t even really apply to a game?

And here’s mine, sneaking in just before the end of the week: http://eightpaws.wordpress.com/2010/11/ … -desolace/

I have lef tthis topic to the last minute and have re-written it over 15 times.  I just can’t find one spot that i call home on any of my characters.  I think one of the pitfalls of having played this game since vanilla is that everywhere is home in my eyes.  I have done the Loremaster achievement and the exploration achievement, which also adds to my knowledge of the lands…
I can’t call affinity with one area anymore.  I have been through most places so much on so many toons.  SO what I am attempting to say, is that I feel at home in Azeorth.  I will be honest and say I am not a fan of Northrend, it has not given me the joy the other areas has, so I will be very glad to see the back end of it, killing the Lich Kind Aside of course 😀
I know this post is short and sweet, but I just couldn’t really pick one spot, I had to pick them all!!

Shared Topic – Secret places :D

I really wanted to write on this topic as I have a few things that I enjoy in the game according to this original post :

I’ve written a post on how some small and unexpected things in WoW can delight you and be something you will remember forever. not the big questlines and NPCs blizzard makes sure nobody will miss or every guide makes sure to mention, but the more hidden places or special characters in the game that still offer something unique or entertaining to those that can find them. I would absolutely love to read about more such secret places or NPCs in wow, I have a feeling that there’s quite a few I’ve missed! :D this could be a very interesting topic more bloggers might enjoy(?)

For reference, my latest topic: http://raging-monkeys.blogspot.com/2010 … arans.html

i wouldn’t want to restrict the topic to NPCs only, but ask generally: what wow secrets have you discovered on your long journey through the world of warcraft? what unexpected, surprising or delightfully ‘pointless’ things have you chanced upon that add something special to the game for you?

A post or so later though it changed slightly to:

I think it’s important that the topic sets itself apart from general “places i like”-type of posts – but if it’s something like a ‘secret spot’ thats hard to get to in some way or really unknown because its located at the end of the world or something, then I sure think it fits. :)

So I am not entirely sure any of mine fit into the second category all that well, but in the spirit of the post in total, I have taken some images of the NPC’s and places that I really enjoy in the game.

I have to be honest, most are in BC and I had real trouble thinking of many in Northrend, maybe I just haven’t noticed them this time round…not sure, however due to the image intensity I have added it behind a cut for you 😀  Enjoy.

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