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Officers' Quarters: Multiple personalities {WoW}

Feb 8th 2010 9:28PM LOL - even more humor:

There are no BoE Epic Axes past level 70 (either 1H or 2H).

Drama over BC crap?

-D

Officers' Quarters: Multiple personalities {WoW}

Feb 8th 2010 9:21PM Wow - accounts could be banned for account sharing... *sighs*

Let me refresh you on the ToS: Specifically this section:

BLIZZARD MAY SUSPEND, TERMINATE, MODIFY, OR DELETE ACCOUNTS AT ANY TIME FOR ANY REASON OR FOR NO REASON, WITH OR WITHOUT NOTICE TO YOU.

Looks like *every* account could be banned. Keep the BoE's then...

Topics like these crack me up - you have married couples who have access to each others "REAL" accounts (banking, investing, mortgage, etc) - and you get worked up about them sharing accounts... in your virtual world? Guilds are srs biznz.

I swear - half of the time I hear guild rules like this I wonder how long it will be before you need to provide a computer that ONLY accesses WoW through a leased direct line to Blizz headquarters, secured in a temp controlled room that requires retina scanning before entry. No browsers are allowed on the computer or email clients. Must not have any additional usb / firewire ports. Must have OS installed and locked by guild tech-guy.

Srsly. Iz game. U play. 4 Fun.

Try to balance appropriately.

-D

The Classifieds: News briefs on guilds and players {WoW}

Jan 13th 2010 4:30PM Seriously - the drama was the only reason I read this article. A humor break. This article is a waste of space without the drama.

Disappointed here.

Patch 3.2.2 PTR Druid changes {WoW}

Aug 20th 2009 5:04PM Let me quickly repeat something so it isn't lost:

Nurturing Instincts becomes very interesting for 2 Talent points (increases healing spells by 70% of your agility) - Ferals can easily be 1500+ agility. Macro'd with a weapon swap - this could be a huge swing for +heal.

Also - instant cast cyclone (either target or healer) will change the feral pvp world. Cyclone works as an interrupt and makes the target immune (including aura's, etc) for it's duration.

Patch 3.2.2 PTR Druid changes {WoW}

Aug 20th 2009 4:27PM HI Allison -

You need to redo the feral section. At 5 CP - it is a 100% chance for instant cast (which is super important for movement fights.

Nearly dead - dash - heal (shifts to caster form) - shift back. And it makes Nurturing instinct *very* interesting for 2 talent points.

-Ackkhairball

Officers' Quarters: The standby experience {WoW}

Aug 18th 2009 7:03PM @Kaz:

I've run a guild before (Friends - not progression).

With that said - I agree with what you wrote completely. The point being that you handle raids and rotations *fairly* - with good communication. My issue is with the guilds that don't - and use the catch22 as the excuse to be predatory (to support the "core-raider-clique").

Cheers.

Officers' Quarters: The standby experience {WoW}

Aug 17th 2009 6:02PM @ Yarf as well:

I said: "Being asked to stand in after 4 hours for 1 (maybe 2) fights isn't Mutual. It's predatory."

I realized this may not be clear:

I am talking about the situation where a raid starts at 8 or so - goes to around 12. They are now on the harder bosses - wiping more - and people are tired and cranky - so a couple of them "need to go to bed" and they bring you in for an attempt or two (it is going to be too late to really go much further anyway).

The likelihood of you getting anything useful from the encounter is low. The likelihood of you making a mistake (because you weren't there the previous 5 wipes - so you are getting the hang of it) is increased. And the likelihood is that when the raid picks up the next day - they will go back to the group that started it (and you will go back on standby).

Hope that makes more sense - as to where my comment about predatory comes from.

Officers' Quarters: The standby experience {WoW}

Aug 17th 2009 5:53PM @Yarf:

Comments below:

You said: "Sitting for the guild and going to one or two bosses for the guild is mutual. Though I do see what you're saying here. Being sidelined CONSTANTLY and going for one boss, maybe the same boss every time, and not getting loot or upgrades is very frustrating and very much like you said. Predatory. It's all about the situation."

Agreed - it's situational.

You said: "Wrong. Earning the right to the epic loot is not saying you can solo it. It's saying "I've shown up week after week with flask and food ready to go. My gear is enchanted and I have blue or better quality gems. I wipe with the guild, and I progress with the guild. I deserve to get an upgrade to my gear for my dedication."

I know what you are saying - but I am inclined to disagree (somewhat):

In order to have the boss die and the loot distributed - you need 24 other people. Every one of those people are putting in the same effort as you are on that fight - to get *that* drop. What the above is saying is, "thanks for coming - thanks for helping kill him, now please step out of the way, I deserve this more than you do".

I have always been of the mindset that being a regular raider means you are exposed to loot opportunities more than those who aren't. If a regular raider sees 100 bosses in a month - and a casual sees 15 - then you have 85 additional chances to get geared. Odds are - you will be better geared.

You said: "So don't read it. No one makes anyone read any column on this site, so complaining about reading one just makes me giggle inside."

It isn't that I don't like the column - in fact I really enjoy reading Wow.com. The annoyance to this topic is having to listen to people who think their time is worth more than other people's time.

All in all - though - I agree with what you are saying. 99% of it is in the situation / details.

Officers' Quarters: The standby experience {WoW}

Aug 17th 2009 5:15PM /roll is the *most* fair loot system in wow. Everyone has exactly the same chance as everyone else.

You just want a better chance - which is - by definition, less fair.

Officers' Quarters: The standby experience {WoW}

Aug 17th 2009 3:50PM The most interesting question you need to ask yourself is the following:

Why am I in this guild?

I *love* when a raid says they "have" to have people on the sidelines - just in case. O RLY? Since when is it ok to trash someone's night for a "just in case - so we don't inconvenience the other people who are doing the fun stuff without you". Really? Try /2 - it's easy to find someone to step in. The entire standby stuff is elitist and obnoxious (Our time is valuable - your's, Mr. Sidelined - isnt'. Besides - you should be grateful for an opportunity to come prove yourself to us... and maybe (if no one else needs it) you can get a purple too".

The Member / Guild relationship is based on MUTUAL benefits. Being sidelined isn't mutual. Being asked to stand in after 4 hours for 1 (maybe 2) fights isn't Mutual. It's predatory.

For all the "I've earned the right to get the purplez" - you haven't. Until you can solo it yourself - you will always need 24 other people. Honestly, despite what you think - you really aren't all that special. There are another 100,000 people who are just as good as you are. The difference between those that sitout and you is most likely opportunity.

Don't believe me - hit up the PTR with the premade epic chars.

Anyway - this topic always annoys me.