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The Soapbox: Casual is as casual does {Massively}

Apr 4th 2012 10:45AM If I had to define myself in MMOs, I'd use casual. I'm sorry. I play a couple times a week maybe, I log on, say hi, maybe do a quest or two or grind professions and then I'm off within 30-45 minutes. I'll probably never see the level cap again (after my main in WoW hit 85 in January, or maybe once he hits 90 in the next pack) but I play/have played several titles, like Star Trek Online, Champions Online, City of Heroes and Star Wars: The Old Republic. I like playing but I'm not going to be able to put forth the effort or - here's a key word - interest to be serious player. Tagging casual vs. hardcore as the only options is not right. You can be casual, dedicated, hardcore, obsessive... the list goes on, and it's not always a bad thing to be able to come to terms in some way with your gaming habits in a manor you can convey to others because it can help you find people who play the way you do. As a gamer in general I'd either list myself as dedicated (probably most accurate because games are the focus of most of my free time and money, plus I've run a game review site for the last 7 years) or nearly hardcore (I'm not good enough overall to really call myself truly hardcore, in my opinion) but in MMOs, I'm casual for sure. I'm sorry you have an ax to grind with the term but until I get a better descriptor, it's my title of choice.

Breakfast Topic: Do you test new content on the PTRs? {WoW}

May 26th 2011 8:15AM Totally depends on the content. If there's something new for me to see or a new power I want to see/learn, I'll be there. If it's predominantly about a class I don't play or introduces content I won't use or see (like raids) I'll skip it. I fall into the 'want to see the newest right now!' category. I used to run a WoW blog (Alazar) so that factored in, too.

Breakfast Topic: Have you tried your hand at running a guild? {WoW}

Dec 5th 2010 8:45AM I've been a officer before, but my shining moment was when my guild master handed over the reigns of our 100+ toon guild to me. I gladly took them... and then he logged off, hopped on his alt and I gave it back. I may have only been a temporary fill-in, but still I was guild master (even if for just a minute or so).

Breakfast Topic: Does your heart follow your main? {WoW}

Oct 17th 2010 8:54AM Persoanlly I don't leave guilds, guilds leave me. I don't know why, but I feel like guild plague some days. My first guild I was in lost all but two members besides me in a few months. The next disbanded within a month or so with no warning. My next guild was ok for a while and then I didnt' see anyone for over two months so I left. My next one was great and they brought me into dungeons, heroics and raids for the first time, but then I took a month away from the game and came back to a near-empty guild roster - all my friends were gone. Finally I joined my current guild, and while I enjoy their company I fear this one too will go *poof* on me one day.

As for 'following my main', if I have an alt in a guild, they're going to be in my main's guild. I had four in my most recent previous guild, but now I only have one in my current one. I want to spend time with my friends and not have to juggle multiple social circles.

Scattered Shots: Nerf bat hits the beta hunter {WoW}

Sep 20th 2010 6:46PM Bears and Boars both rest. I found this out when my pet boar Pig kept going idle all the time and not attacking anything. It turned out he had rest on autocast. If you look the ability up on Wowhead, it lists both bears and boars. Appparently Blizz has it set with something like "b*ars = rest"

PTR Client Patch 4.0.1 available for download {WoW}

Sep 11th 2010 10:58PM Ok, I hit 'change realm' and that fixed it. I'm a dunce.

PTR Client Patch 4.0.1 available for download {WoW}

Sep 11th 2010 10:54PM The servers seem to be up, but read as "Brill (EU)" to me, and I'm in the States. Odd.

Breakfast Topic: The best class choice for new players {WoW}

Aug 8th 2010 8:51AM Paladin for me. The paladin is durable and can just run up and start attacking mobs, reassured that he can heal if needed. The biggest problem with leveling mine was the lack of a ranged pull (now solved with Hand of Reckoning). A little boring, yes. But you'll live more often then not, and that's one thing that keeps new players playing (dying is a big turn off - who knew?).

Of course the two 'get out of jail free' bail out buttons didn't hurt when I got in over my head.

Breakfast Topic: Hey, how'd he do that? {WoW}

Aug 4th 2010 8:38AM Only once have I garnered a "How'd you do that?" response, but it was a doozy. I had used my engineering transporter to get to Toshley's Station in Blade's Edge Mountains and it turned my human paladin into a Night Elf. No big deal, right? Well the buff was still active when I got back to Stormwind a while later. A low level paladin asked me if I would run him through the Stockades, to which I said sure - let's go. We had cleared the dungeon and were on the steps back out when he stopped me to ask how I got the be a Night Elf paladin. I just told him, "transporter malfunction." He just gave me this confused, "... oh." and left. Fun times.

That transporter's gotten me into trouble before. Once it turned my manly paladin into a cute li'l gnome chick who got hit on back in Ironforge. That was awkward.

Twitter developer chat for July 16, 2010, organized by category {WoW}

Jul 17th 2010 5:51AM I believe it's one every other level after 11 (one at ten, one at eleven, then the odd levels) and then one every level at 81 and beyond. My math sucks, but does that work out better?