Apr 4th 2012 2:52PM Mix of reactions to the changes --- I'm actually somewhat liking the change to VE as it will give me an opportunity to time activation and assist the healers, particularly in five mans. It's like I can bottle up all that wasted VE healing and spend it when it matters.
And I'm not entirely ready to complain about the changes to SW:P since they DID give us an upfront damage component...and well, I admit, I sometimes reflexively refresh it now and hurt my dps.
I'm not certain how the change to shadowy apparitions will play out in game, as I have not gotten a beta invite yet (unlike EVERYONE else in my guild XD ). I enjoy them as a gimmicky mechanic currently but I'll have to see how they work in this new iteration. As other readers point out, they are often buggy and lackluster currently.
Does spending orb currency still give us a DOT damage buff?
Apr 3rd 2012 6:29PM Oh, I fully admit that there's a creep factor. But I think that there's a good point to be made too :-)
Apr 3rd 2012 5:00PM I'm glad someone made that point.
Most people assume that I'm a male playing a female toon. I'd say the vast majority of pugs/etc (probably 75%+) call me "he/him" or other male references. Of the slight minority who say anything about being female, only a portion of those are genuinely creepy. Some are just...well...guys looking for some.
I also don't say I'm female. I don't care. I made a point of my gender ONCE --
Someone in a ZG pug called out a dps "for playing like a girl" and said we should kick him for his low numbers. I (the tank) said "well, I guess you should kick me too since I AM a girl"...shut him up real quick and we had an awesome run.
Apr 3rd 2012 4:41PM The specific first:
I think the NPC comment is equally stereotypical to both male and female players.
To female: "You're gorgeous! Bet you can't keep the men off of you!" -- attractiveness means you will be desired by men/popular, and being desired by men is significant as far as a character trait
To male: "You've got a strong look to you! Bet you're popular with the ladies!" -- appearance of physical strength or leadership qualities/dominance equates to being desired by women, and being desired by women is significant as far as a character trait
I don't really see how one is worse than the other. We spend as much time equating a man's value with stereotypical male traits (strength, power, influence, large muscles) as a woman's value with stereotypical female traits (beauty, submissiveness, nurturing capabilities, etc).
I'd like us to stereotype both men and women less.
I'm also troubled with the fact that you consider, implicitly, the "male" stereotypes (being strong, etc) as more desirable, at least for your character. That you would RATHER have the NPC refer to her as strong than gorgeous, as if strength is the more desirable of the two compliments to your character. (And if you say, 'well, she's a monk/warrior', are we saying that it's more okay to call mage/priest/etc gorgeous?)
If we're at all concerned with sexism, isn't that just as bad?
As a woman who has studied womens studies for many years, I've become convinced that sexism, in this modern era, is no longer the result of male oppression/subjugation of women but females/etc valuing "stereotypical maleness" rather than "stereotypical femaleness" and getting offended any time someone says something "feminine" about them (being pretty rather than being tough, being sweet rather than being assertive). Stereotypical femaleness is JUST as valuable and acceptable for a woman to display as stereotypical maleness.
It seems like when people talk about things 'being equal', they want to favor a specific male-biased idea of what equality should be -- girls should be boys, basically, femaleness is not celebrated -- and that's not okay with me. Equality should be an embrace of all traits, both male and female, as acceptable for both genders.
That being said, the male/female armor is ridiculous mostly and doesn't make any logical sense, I agree with that. (Although I know of plenty of female gamers who love the sexy armor!)
And to be fair, I've never experienced any sexism in the game that bothered me. Creeps will be creeps, and enough women either feed into the "gamer girl" stereotype that some of the more noxious creeps persist.
Mar 28th 2012 9:32AM Welcome to the resto ranks, but most of us will tell you that DS is probably the most "fair" to us (as in, playing to our strengths not our weaknesses) out of all the Cata raiding content, so you're probably not getting a good impression of where we've been :-) I went through a class crisis mid-point in FL where I felt pretty much like I was working twice as hard as other healing classes to get close to their output.
Mar 28th 2012 9:28AM I started Cata with a negative impression of TC, mainly for the reasons presented above -- "I'm a healer, why should I be throwing lightning bolts?" "Why should I spend mana to get mana back?"
Now, I am a complete convert and don't hesitate to tell up and coming restos that they should, if at all possible, talent for TC. For me, TC harkens back to the days of BC when I rotated mana cooldowns/potions to maintain my mana for a steady output of healing. Although I largely only use it on progression/current tier fights, I find myself constantly watching for that lull in healing where I can LB a bit to get back some mana. It almost feels like a groove on fights I know well -- Zon'ozz, for example, I know I'll be blowing most of my mana bar away in the longest bounce/black phase, but then I'll have an opportunity to LB a bit as well prepare for the next bounce phase.
Are we balanced around it? At this point, yes, without a doubt. Should we be balanced around it? That's complicated. Many other healing classes have similar mechanics (do this to get mana back) to maintain mana -- like making sure to get rapture procs regularly on my disc priest or keeping judgement up on my pally (and ye olde days when we judged on CD). I would have no theoretical problem with being balanced around it but- yet, if we do become permanently balanced around TC, it should be a baseline talent, not an option or a glyph.
Mar 28th 2012 9:13AM I'd have to agree with challenge modes. I'm all for a nice challenge, but I'm mostly concerned with the self-consciousness/"I got invited for a challenge mode and not XYZ so I'm better than XYZ" that the early heroics fostered in my group of friends. It's frustrating to have signficant/challenging things that only 5 people can complete when you have more people than that in your group of friends...and someone always gets left out. I know how it feels.
Mar 4th 2012 7:22AM Thanks, LynMars.
Although I see the aforementioned "raiders don't RP" mentality talked about quite a bit, I've never seen it really put into practice. Perhaps that's because I'm a part of a circle of RP'ers for whom raiding is a normal activity -- while other RP'ers might find it difficult/daunting to get into a raiding group without sacrificing something?
We need to get out of the mindset that RP and raiding are mutually exclusive. I see this most often pushed forward by RP'ers who can't/don't raid (I remember one, specifically, who practically had a mental block against raiding since it would require them to abandon their "RP" character talent sets/gear). Particularly with the ability to transmog gear and the relative streamlining of the talent sets, it's extremely easy to "wear your RP gear" and have RP-style talents while still being competitive in a PvE sense. At this point, any RPer who falls back on the "I can't be a unique snowflake because of big bad raiding elitists" is just self-sabotaging.
And of course, there are the RP'ers who are just afraid/distrustful of raiding because of the "hardc0re" mentality often attributed to people who raid. They are usually either genuinely shy and/or afraid of being ridiculed for mistakes, or, on the other hand, are resentful towards raiders for enjoying a different part of the game than them.
If this is mostly targeted to naysayers on the RP side, it's because I've historically seen more push-back against raiding on the RP side, while raiders are either tolerant or disinterested in RP. I've been in PvE raiding guilds who, while not being RPers, had a policy of "respecting" RP, and I've been in PvE raiding guilds on non-RP servers who were genuinely amused/entertained by me introducing RP into raids (even starting to play along).
I'm a part of the same RP/raiding group as LynMars and while there are always the naysayers, we have a nice group of RP'ers who also raid (and raiders who sometimes RP) and there's always fun IC chatter going on during raids. You sometimes have to look hard to find groups like ours because they don't usually need to recruit -- we have enough interest via word of mouth - so you have to just sort of "fall" into it. So that can sometimes give the impression that groups like ours don't exist, but in reality, they're there, just hard to find unless you're specifically looking.
Mar 4th 2012 7:06AM Are you talking about how people often RP mundane, ordinary life things (hanging out, relationships, family drama) rather than BIGGER THAN LIFE plot-lines?
LynMars has it pretty much correct, imo. Azeroth is full of enough GRAND stories that it's often difficult, or even tiresome, to make your character a part of big/grandiose plot-lines.
My character is a baker and it's incredibly ordinary -- errands, chores, making deliveries. She has enough "BIG" stuff that she participates in on a regular basis (built-in Azeroth storylines via dailies, raids/dungeons) that it seems more normal for her to just be attempting to live a regular life in the midst of all of that. So, I spend more time focusing on her personal struggles, relationships, etc. That isn't to say that she doesn't participate in BIG storylines when necessary -- it's just not something I seek out. I think that she is an extremely well-rounded, believable character in what is often a larger-than-life world, and I think my focus on "boring/normal" stuff whether it's romantic RP or just daily life RP is what contributes to that.
Dec 26th 2011 8:28AM How do you know you haven't encountered a female tank? Do all the tanks in randoms/LFR/pugs state their gender to you? I know that when I'm tanking (as often on male toons as female toons), I tend to just focus on what I'm doing and not comment on personal things, except in my small guild.