Feb 24th 2008 2:21AM This is just plain stupid and borderline fascism from a clearly scared government. htf are they going to interpret what people say in context? this is a fantasy game that everyone says some weird stuff in.
for shame..time to find another game to play if it get this way.
Feb 5th 2008 12:04AM Wow, full on copy of design and formatting! At least they could have tried to not to copy that fugly filter form and come up with something a bit more savvy and usable, such as facet filtering of search results. /meh..not impressed.
Jan 11th 2008 8:57PM Blizzard does need to do something about this, but I think there are a few great concerns about penalizing people. Ibcfreak and Christian Stricker for example. If someone is defending which means..you stand there for 4 minutes waiting for something to cap, you shouldn't be penalized. There are even new afk mods to do the automatic afking for you. How will Blizz deal with these mods' heuristics for declaring someone afk?
I'd rather that Blizzard simply kick the afkers out of the BGs so that a new person could join the fight and actually try to win. It's hard to win a BG when you have less bodies to work with. Kick them out or keep them from joining BGS for more than 15 mins.
Also, if you start penalizing people, there needs to be a process to contest miscategorization of afkness. A person should be able to deal with this matter beyond the useless GMs.
Sep 3rd 2007 2:53PM Very good post! I lead a group and we are not guilded to avoid the "guild politics". But we are at the transition where we need 2 groups to start thinking of Gruul's Lair. And as human nature has it..it is hard to get the 2nd group going as all want to be in the existing group. Makes me wish it was a 15 man instance with all tier 4 tokens in it. We are giving ourselves 2 months to get two groups going so we can go to Gruul's. Wish us luck!
Jul 17th 2007 7:46PM I don't know what makes people think that mages don't give out water during instances or raids, let alone charge. I think there is some confusion here. During a raid, I do my 'job'. If I'm at a bank or mailbox, um..you can just find another source for your water addiction.
In a raid, a mage dps's, cc, buffs, decurse, hands out water and food and still manages do keep it together. most classes don't have to multi-task as much as a mage does during a raid.
Learn to be patient. It costs 3 secs and 885 mana to perform the task. Some mages..don't have alot of bag space considering, like others, we carry resist gear, reagents, consumable and all manner of things in our bags. Wait for the mage to say "Get your water now!" instead of just opening a trade creating that air of impatience and expectation while the mage is trying to conjure water. Oh..and use words like, "Hi, can I have a couple stacks of water please?", and "Thank you!".
Oh..and btw, during a raid. Get your water and such before it starts. Don't /t a mage in the middle of battle with a SSC pack with 'can i get some water please, if forget before we started..teehee'. Make yourself pleasant to work with.
More common-sense and courtesy, less expectation and rudeness imo.
Jul 17th 2007 4:56PM It comes down to being polite when talking to a mage. You want a portal? Provide a portal stone. It's simple and easy to do.
We don't wait around for other to get water and portals from us. We have things to do too, yet we are treated like we are supposed to 'provide' people something so that they can continue with their game a bit more frugally. Even Kaylek, with all the good examples of what he observed, called mages Vending Machines, and I think that mindset really adds to the frustration we have. Don't debase or objectify mages to that one really nice thing they provide. Should we call priests, Healbots, or Paladins Buffbots? /shrug
I've logged into a realm to be pestered for water within 10 sec of login. I've had people ask me to teleport myself to exodar, so that I could portal their little draenei alt to Stormwind. I've had people open trade with me unannounced while I'm in the middle of doing mail or some 'other' personal thing I might need to do prior to a raid. I've had people ask for buffs, not the 30 minute int buff, but the 1 hour buff that costs me a reagent.
I have a 70 priest, and *buy* my own water. It's cheap and easy to get. I make more money on daily quests than it cost to keep me in water supply. I do this because I'm self reliant, and others could work on that quality too.
Conjuring water requires mana and time. It may be 'free' to you, but it's not 'free' to the mage. If they do provide you with some goodies, be nice and thankful about it. /thank is your friend. And don't expect that they should provide you with this service all the time.
If a mage doesn't give you water, or want to leave their party to give you a portal because you don't want to hearth or take the long way..just move on. They are not responsible for your game.