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The last gasp of 25-man raiding {WoW}

Feb 25th 2012 12:25AM I've done 40-mans, 25-mans, and 10-mans. The more players you have, the more logistics takes the forefront to fun (actually playing the game), and the more having sociopathic raid/guild leaders prevals, because you've got to be mildly crazy to want round up 30 players every night.

Good riddance 40-mans.

Good riddance 25-mans.

Dev Watercooler: Ghostcrawler on class roles {WoW}

Feb 11th 2012 9:51PM I'd add 2 wishes:
1- have an easy spec. Many, many mages are Arcane right now because tapping Fire potential is just too hard. Hard on the "wetware" (the player), and hard on the hardware (the PC). Until this afternoon I was playing on a netbook at around 1 FPS in raidfinder-25, 12 FPS max in raid-10... A spec has to be very forgiving to be playable under these conditions. Talking about PCs in the guild, a large percentage (a third to half) of players have framerate issues. Which also limit addon options.
2- make classes distinctive. Most WoW players have multiple rerolls by now. I have to pay attention to which specs my toons are, so my hunter, my mage and my lock are not all the same, with different color buttons. Healers don't have that issue quite has much.

Officers' Quarters: Merry Kickmas! {WoW}

Dec 27th 2011 12:06AM I think at the very least, you can spell out:
1- the process. Can any officer kick any other member ? only non-offs ? what happens when an officer is at fault ? Is the decision indivual or collegial ? Real good drama always involves Offs or the GM, so that must be planned for.
2- Give examples of problem behaviours. Rudeness, greediness, damaging the guild's rep, lack of skill/results.
3- OTOH, give examples of what is NOT a problem: vacations, punctual IRL issues... or even what is good: govong stuff, leading raids, advising newcomers, being active n the forums...
4- give examples of punishments, a kick really should be an extreme measure, and if it's the only punishment, minor infractions will go unpunished. Sitting out, No loot, Demotion...

The Queue: That Thing {WoW}

Apr 16th 2011 6:58PM True dat. In no way does being a GM entail writing reviews, nor playing the game. It mainly entails trying to figure out out what those aggressive, semi-illiterate assholes are getting in your face about, and then trying to explain to them that what can't be done can't be done, no matter how many names they call you. Sometimes getting the feeling that players are really stupid, sometimes that Blizzard really is, sometimes, both.

If you like games, why not rather look into a career developing them ? There's a wide range of possibilities, from coding to art to design to marketing to management...

World of WarCrafts: Chocolate Celebration Cake {WoW}

Apr 16th 2011 2:36AM The idea for the column is kinda fun. It IS dispiriting though when a recipe starts with "get cake mix.. get other cake mix...". I'm not really a food snob, but there's a huge difference between "cake mix" chocolate cake, and my mom's. Maybe because only her manages to get it both slightly undercooked on the inside, as god intended chocolate cakes to be, and slightly burnt on the outside, as ... nobody ever wanted them. Hers do taste of CHOCOLATE though, as opposed to those mixes. They should be relabeled "chocolate colouring", as the flavour is not even remotely there.

Gold Capped: Competition in tailoring {WoW}

Apr 12th 2011 4:17PM not true. I made a million in less than 2 months, mostly by following Basil's good advice.

I won't stoop down to double-crossing and lying though, and I'm very disappointed he advocates doing that.

Gold Capped: Competition in tailoring {WoW}

Apr 12th 2011 10:59AM You can't be serious. Let's recap the two situations:
1- contacting a player, vs not having any contact with them at all.
2- agreeing with them on a set of rules, vs not agreeing with them on anything at all.
3- voluntarily breaking you commitment, vs not breaking anything since you didn't agree on anything
4- hiding behind an alt to do so, versus staying on your character.

To me, not seeing any difference between the two borders on the sociopathic.

Gold Capped: Competition in tailoring {WoW}

Apr 12th 2011 2:09AM @basil:
- don't try to inject price fixing in the discussion. This is about striking a deal with a player, and then not sticking with it. And nothing else.
- the "anything not forbidden in the TOS is OK" line is the same as "anything not illegal is OK". You, and I, and everyone else, know this is not true.

Gold Capped: Competition in tailoring {WoW}

Apr 12th 2011 12:35AM I meant to say, if you' re willing to throw moral values, and human decency, out the windows to **win at a game**, I'm not sticking around to see what else you're ready to throw them out for.

Gold Capped: Competition in tailoring {WoW}

Apr 12th 2011 12:26AM This is agame. I'd draw the line at being dishonest. Making an agreement with someone and than using an alt's anonymity to break it is dishonest. I'm glad I don't know you IRL, you're probably a douche.