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Breakfast Topic: How do you adapt WoW for younger players? {WoW}

Nov 22nd 2011 2:46PM I have three kids 11-14 who actively play and I let my 7 year old dabble. We have some pretty straightforward rules:

1) The kids have to use their own toons and do not play mine. Keeps them out of the more seedy areas I normally go.

2) We created a family guild, populated and run by some of my alts. The kids' toons live here and are not allowed to join other guilds. No one joins our guild unless they are a family member or R/L friend. Keeps the shenanigans to a minimum or at least isolates the damage when something happens (like removing too much from the gbank).

3) We turn off trade chat on all the kids' toons and turn on the stop word filtering.

4) We have strict time limits for WoW play.

5) No stranger interaction is allowed. If you do not know them in R/L, you do not chat. Period. Violation of this rule results in suspended WoW privileges.

The older ones do great. They level toons, run 5 mans typically with me. I have also enslaved them to work running dailies with me - I'm talking to you, insufferable Molten Front! We watch what the kids do in-game, but in general they've all proven they can play maturely so they get a fair amount of rope.

My youngest's access is much more limited. He creates low level toons at random, usually with somewhat hilarious kid names ("HeyPeoples" is my personal favorite) and doesn't pay attention to chat. We even more strictly limit his WoW time and keep a close watch when he plays. I would prefer to keep him off the game altogether until he gets older, but this way we can at least let him feel like one of the big boys at the lowest risk possible.

Win a pony from {WoW}

Apr 15th 2010 6:57PM Me Me, Mr. Kotter, Me Me!

Maintenance day loot from {WoW}

Apr 13th 2010 9:17AM Who doesn't like a dance party!

Pulling aggro in PUGs: who's to blame {WoW}

Jan 14th 2010 8:57PM If I have a bunch of AoE DPS that break through my threat on the off-targets, I will start charging into a group, TC, SW and Cleave as you suggested, I will then also drop one devastate or a Slam on each of the mobs in the group to keep their attention on me. The trick is timing this with the shockwave stun and not so long that your main target starts to lose interest in you as the Shockwave wears off. It's a bit of a dance so fortunately I don't have to do it very often as Thunderclap, Shockwave and cleave cleave cleave seems to do the trick most of the time.

Another thought is if I have a group that struggles keeping on my targets and we are going too fast for marking, I will suggest they make me their focus and create a macro "/assist focus" which ensures they can always target my target. As long as I'm not dancing devastates across the group of mobs, this keeps it all running smoothly.

Breakfast Topic: Oh, the lengths that we go {WoW}

Dec 23rd 2009 12:01PM American Airlines flight to Seattle using the onboard WiFi. Full of win until the guy in front of me reclined his seatback into my lap forcing me to go all Chinese circus acrobat to keep playing. Still have the Carpal Tunnel to prove it.

Patch 3.3 known issues {WoW}

Dec 9th 2009 7:43AM Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of gankers

Your own personal train wreck {WoW}

Feb 26th 2009 1:09PM oh thank Gawd!

Totem Talk: Misinformation {WoW}

Apr 3rd 2008 3:03PM The right decision is not always to drop a certain party buffing totem (ie, Windfury). It's the make up of the party that determines the right kind of totem to drop.

Water breathing & Water Walking require reagents so do not expect the shaman to continuously keep the party above the water line.

Earthshield is not a bubble