Feb 15th 2012 1:43PM There are a lot of worthwhile suggestions here, but compulsive needing isn't the only problem. There are the AFK dpsers, who despite pulling < 6k, still get to roll the same as everyone else. And I swear, there's always at least one person who intentionally dies in the first 15 seconds of the Madness fight, and still gets to roll on gear if the attempt is successful.
I've already confessed to being an over-needer in LFR, but there's a whole host of problems that compel people to behave in this way, and I don't think they're entirely unreasonable.
Assuming Blizzard made LFR loot non-tradeable and have a 1c vendor value, would you still do it? Would you find the experience worthwhile, given how generally unpleasant LFR tends to be, even without the loot drama?
Feb 14th 2012 12:46PM I'm not a resto shaman, but I am guilty of #5. A lot. My guild forms LFR groups based on token, ("Protection party!") and we go into LFR as a team, and roll on gear as a team.
I may own some gear that my guildies don't (and vice-versa) so we use our rolls as a team and distribute loot as needed. Now if I win say, a tier helm token (and i've already got a tier piece sitting on my pretty little dome), and someone outside the guild teams wins... say, a Souldrinker, and doesn't have a tier helm equipped, I may well try to make a trade before handing off the tier token to a guildie who needs it.
This is an accepted practice within my guild, which I like to think is made up of nice thoughtful people. That being said, we're nice thoughtful people who are really looking forward to never having to do LFR Dragon Soul again, so we are aggressive about loot extraction.
I've definitely noticed pushback from our fellow LFR travelers on these practices, but I feel they're justified. What do the rest of you think?
Feb 7th 2012 10:14AM That "cruelest month" link led to a page with aggressive pop-ups for a "free apple computer". Please be more selective with where you link to, as your readers would prefer to remain virus-free.
Nov 22nd 2011 3:16PM Massiveley doesn't bother to provide a link to the law enforcement guide, or even tell us much about what it contains. This is a fascinating subject, and I'm sad to see it so under-reported.
Aug 31st 2011 4:09PM An important point has been made, in that the vast majority of NPCs don't have any designated sexual orientation.
It is this fact though that makes having the occasional overtly-gay character or couple important to me. If my WoW experience has me interact with even 1 or 2 unambiguously gay characters, then I am free to assume that same-sex desire is part of the normal continuum of experience for people in Azeroth. However, if there are no unambiguously gay characters, that assumption is less tenable. For me personally, the whole "no gays in Star Wars" thing is incredibly hurtful, and I'd hate to see Blizzard take that sort of position.
As it is, I suspect they're trying to walk a fine line similar to the one walked by the guys over at Penny Arcade, when it comes to gamers who aren't white-straight-males. They put in just enough homo-innuendo that those who are looking for it can see it, but those who don't won't. It's a tough row to hoe, both in terms of the narrative and player-pleasing.
Also, @MattKrotzer, I have a huge crush on you and your hairy chest and back.
Feb 17th 2009 11:55AM There’s hardly a paucity of character options for people to play healers. Lots of classes offer the option. So it begs the question, why are people not speccing into healing in the first place? If it was a leveling issue, we’d have seen the issue corrected by now. IMHO, I think it’s an issue of players simply not wanting to heal. The question of why players don’t want to heal has been discussed extensively on this site. For what it’s worth, I agree with those who contend that healing is not a widely enjoyed play-style, and that healing is a fairly thankless job overall.
So what will happen with dual speccing? Players who have characters that can potentially heal will be more pressured than ever to do so, even if all the player wants to do is DPS (or tank). To avoid that pressure, I expect players interested in doing DPS will flee the healing classes. So we’ll see fewer DPS Shammies, Palis, Druids, Priests, and more Hunters, Warriors, Mages, Warlocks etc. etc. Oh, and because you can start one up at lvl 55, I’d expect a massive bump in the already prodigious numbers of Death Knights running around. So all in all, I don’t think dual speccing will help the healing shortage, it will simply lead to a less diverse character base overall.
Nov 19th 2008 2:20PM I've spent a few days in the Howling Fjord now, and it occurs to me that I haven't seen any Rare Spawns. What's the frequency of those guys in Wrath, and where should I look to find them?
Nov 18th 2008 9:58AM This will probably seem silly, but I've loved running about Howling Fjord as a warg. My main is a prot warrior, and so I've never really had a whole lot experience with shape changing goodness, but I kind of hooked now. The form isn't as fast as my epic ground mount, but the fun of it all is worth the 20% speed loss. It's to the point where I don't want to turn in the last quest in the chain, so that I can hold onto the costume.
Nov 17th 2008 11:06AM Check out my girl Veldt over on Eitrigg. Lady Tauren Prot Warrior, FTW.