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Ghostcrawler: Sorry BM Hunters, our bad {WoW}

Jan 28th 2009 4:09PM Meanwhile, on a barren plateau, the wandering hyenas heard the distant sound of thousands of broken BM hunters cackling hysterically, and repeating endlessly "Steady Shot, Steady Shot, BRK, Steady Shot... "

Insider Trader: Twink gathering controversy, updated {WoW}

Jan 23rd 2009 7:48PM I only occasionally respond to WoWinsider articles, though I read most of them.

I have 1 twinked toon, a level 29 druid. I enjoyed playing him, and found the twinking process quite a challenge. I got frustrated for a while with the rhubarbs from the fully twinked when I turned up partially twinked (it does take some time to fill out the slots properly). But the aim was to be the best I could be in the BG, and not be 2 shotted every game by the uber-twinks on the other side.

After a while I got him sufficiently twinked to be called a twink - and then got regularly rhubarbed by those who weren't twinks. One player went so far as to create a toon on my side of the horde/alliance split just to keep hassling me!

I thus experienced the worst of both sides of this coin, and eventually retired the toon.

Overall the WoW community can be a very enjoyable and fun group: the issue of twinks in BGs seems to be one topic that brings out the worst on both sides of the debate.

The Queue: For poops and giggles {WoW}

Dec 11th 2008 5:17PM I see again you say that the money is better at 80 for the dailies. The Sunwell quests gave about 11 gold at 70: when I look at the Northrend dailies I see about 8 g at 80: so how is it better? I'm not dissing, I just dont get the regular comment that it is better. Are there more of them? Or at 80 do the dailies give more gold than I see listed?

Richard Bartle responds to "torture quest" issue {Massively}

Dec 2nd 2008 2:56PM A very interesting debate. My tuppence worth, if you dont mind:

Bartle is making the point that at some point a flawed game design can shake you out of the sense that 'it is just a game'. This can be disturbing enough to put you off playing for a while, or even for good.

One person mentioned the Strath quest in Warcraft 3. That is a good example. I actually found that scenario very hard to play through. I put the game away for several months before returning. I understood it was part of the story line to get Arthas to the 'dark side' - indeed, that was the ONLY reason I could play through. It was integral to his continued 'fall'. Still, it shook my sense of 'it is only a game' for some time.

Now to the quest at hand. I recently introduced a good friend to WoW. To say he enjoyed it is a complete understatement. He really got immersed into the lore of the game, and loved the questing process. He tried several characters before he found that he was best suited (both in a skill and an enjoyment sense) to a healing priest.

He recently emailed me almost distraught about the quest in question. He could not see how it fitted into any lore for the Alliance and more specially for his priest toon. He has not played since. It has shaken his sense of 'it is only a game' to the core. He questioned whether Blizzard really understood the morality (or lack thereof) of torture. He is talking about cancelling his subscription and deleting his toons permanently.

My friend (and it is a friend: I dont need to hide behind a fictional person to make my point) has had the experience Bartle is trying to point to. The issue here is not whether Bartle, or my friend, or me are wimps or noobs or soft or (add your preferred insult here). The issue is that the game theory has been fractured for a number of people, and it does seem that Blizzard need to revisit this quest to allow for a greater sense of 'choice' about the consequences of undertaking the torture.

BigRedKitty: Heart of the Phoenix and Lick Your Wounds {WoW}

Nov 27th 2008 4:14PM Hi BRK

A nice, basic movie. Doing macros for pet spells ought to be absolute 101 for hunters mplaying WoW, but it is important that these things get covered so huntards especially can get better.


BigRedKitty: It's Thanksgiving, so we're stirring the pot {WoW}

Nov 27th 2008 3:40PM Wow!!! What an article. Like others I enjoyed both the nonsensical stereotypical humor AND the anal reactions of people who either only find their own brand of humour funny or demand that everthing they read be tailored to their personal needs.

I have said it on other blogs, and I'll say it again. BRK may not be the best hunter player in WoW, nor the most loot laden, and some of his theory crafting may at times be off; but he has been more influental than almost any other in getting good hunters to play better and reducing the number of huntards out there.

@Meoo, the reason you wont get invited to replace BRK is because he is exactly what a good website (and WoWinsider is a GOOD wesite) begs for in a contributor: he's is informative, he is funny, he can be very wrong and freely admits it, and his writing style gets people to your website!

To me BRK is a big 10/40 check.

The Queue: Death Knight jamboree {WoW}

Nov 26th 2008 6:09PM Try the target dumies in every major city. Smacking those for a while is a completely harmless (if very boring) way of upping your skill level with a weapon.

Phasing is the new instancing {WoW}

Aug 25th 2008 8:44PM I personally think the principle of this idea is great. There are obviously some issues to work through - can you help someone do a quest you have completed, how many tines can you run through SM, etc. But I think the idea is good, and indeed is already in place in many minor ways. If you are exalted with SSO, for example, the comments that are made by NPCs as you go by.

It really is an extension of the idea that doing something HAS made a difference. Obviously they will need to balance the phased/ repeatable aspects. But really, what is wrong with adding "LFG who have not completed quest X"? It need nto be for them all, but surely for some major events that seems ok to me. I mean, how many times do we all need to kill Durn?

I too am keen to see it brought back into Outland and back. Let's see how it goes...

Open fire! PTR 2.4 battleground changes {WoW}

Feb 11th 2008 9:52PM The simplest answer has been suggested.

Cap the flag, regardless of whether your's is still in place or not.

The only other alterntaive is to take a concept from EOTS, and have the flag in the MIDDLE of the BG. The teams fight to get it. Then you have to run it back to your base.

Simple, fast-paced and frantic. What more coudl one want from a PvP?

Forum post of the day: Phrases you will never see on the WoW forums {WoW}

Jul 22nd 2007 7:56PM I really appreciate hunters - especially the way their pets help out in Instances.