Nov 24th 2009 1:21PM That Samwise quote is utter bullshit. People did not gravitate to WoW because it has lacklustre character customisation. Not ever feature in WoW is good, people play despite those aspects, not because of them.
More customisation is always good, until you get to the level of Oblivion and you spend half an hour playing with a bazillion sliders and still end up with a character that looks like a retarded fish.
Nov 12th 2009 6:40AM Nice all-round stats on the two-hander (it's not like haste is bad for anyone, just not great) although I'd love to see sword and axe specs for arms warriors brought in line. I don't mind one being slightly better, I'd just like to have the choice without being completely gimped. It also creates an unfair loot balance in favour of ret pallies, fury warriors and DKs. The two-handed sword from Ony is a great weapon for the other plate DPS specs, but useless for arms warriors, giving us precisely one weapon to go for.
Oct 25th 2009 6:55AM I was thinking about this disparity as I was reading the comments. Five man content needs one tank, one healer and three DPS. Ten man alters it slightly, usually needing another healer. 25 man throws it out completely, still only needing two or three tanks despite an increase in the number of players in the instance. A hypothetical guild with exactly 25 people who all played together could either have the right balances of classes for a raid, or for running dungeons, but not both. Dual-spec alleviates this to some extent, but still involves some players incurring extra expense and needing extra gear.
Wouldn't it make more sense for raid encounters to be designed around five tanks, five healers and fifteen DPS?
Oct 19th 2009 8:55AM The engineering trainers in Hellfire Peninsula are great. The Alliance one is "Lebowski" which is cool enough on it's own, but then you realise the Horde one is "Zebig."
Oct 17th 2009 11:05AM I will definitely welcome this change. I've just started levelling an Alliance character on a realm with my Horde mains (RP server and all that, plus I happen to have some friends on the Alliance side of the server anyway.) I'd love to be able to get some heirloom gear over.
Oct 15th 2009 12:29PM This article needs a bigger warning about what you need to do to supply yourself for raiding. Most guilds that take raiding seriously are going to expect you to have flasks, buff food and keep your gear gemmed and enchanted to a reasonable standard. You'll probably have repair costs as well, which can get very expensive if you're doing something new and wiping frequently.
Unless you're incredibly lucky, you'll either be financing all this yourself or if a lot of the stuff is coming from your guild, you'll probably be expected to contribute in some way. It all adds up fast and ensuring you have the gold for all this stuff is very time consuming. You may think to yourself "Yes, I've got time to raid for three hours, three times a week," but make sure you have a few hours for resource gathering as well.
I'm completely bored of all the daily quest/heroic dungeon/mat grinding type stuff, but I'm lucky enough to have a wife who takes great pleasure in her multi-character gathering/crafting business empire and doesn't mind financing my raiding in exchange for daily transmutes and other crafty things.
Oct 2nd 2009 11:33AM Somewhat ironically, I've found that being in a relatively hardcore guild has prevented from getting that burned out feeling. I'm used to being in (or running, or being an officer in) small to medium, fairly informal guilds. Despite supposedly being relaxed and casual, I always felt like there were loads of demands on my time, I was always being asked to help out with one thing or another and, as something of a theorycrafter, having to sort out people's gear/spec/rotation/general noobish behaviour.
Now I'm in an environment where I know exactly what is expected of me. I have to turn up to three raids a week, on time and with consumables for the night. Other than that, my time is my own. I still spend plenty of time doing other things with my guildmates, but I never feel pressured into doing any of it.
Oct 1st 2009 8:12AM I was in VoA25 yesterday with two mages, one from my guild with very good gear and one freshly-dinged 80 who was doing less DPS than the tanks.
Koralon went down and the 9.5 mage legs dropped, the mages rolled off and the fresh 80 won the roll. My guild mage was disappointed as it would have been his fourth 9.5 piece, but didn't complain or make a fuss; it was a fair roll.
Emalon then dropped the 8.5 mage legs and the new 80 instantly offered to trade the 9.5 leggings to my guild mage. He realised that either was a massive upgrade for him, but the 9.5 leggings were one of the few upgrades that my guild mage had left. The mage from my guild happily accepted and gave him 2000 gold in return. In the end, they both went away completely happy.
Sep 29th 2009 1:06PM Varian seems pretty cool in the comics, and they set up his return pretty well, but you don't get any of that in game. He seems to be a complete idiot despite his background "My best friend is a blood elf, but I'm still going to KILL THE HORDE COZ THEY IZ TEH EVIL!!!!!!!"
Garrosh is the same, in that he's a completely genocidal nutcase for no apparent reason. You first meet him in Outland having a complete emo fit about becoming like his dad. Then he finds out that Grom redeemed himself and saved the orcs in the process and he gains confidence in himself. Next thing you know, he's turned into a total douche who wants to exterminate the Alliance and is repeating every mistake his father made.
It wouldn't be so bad if we had any say in the matter, but there is nothing we can do. I'd love to be able to walk out on the Horde, hell, some of my orc characters would challenge him for the title of Warchief and rather die than follow him.
Sep 28th 2009 4:03PM I've always had problems getting people to use websites when I've run guilds, but my current guild leader seems to have found a good solution. We're a fairly new guild and had a lot of people due for promotion from trial to full member status, myself included. The GL made a post on the forum with a list of everyone due for a promotion and a nice comment for each person. To actually get the promotion, we had to reply to the post on the forum. It's a novel idea and it seems to have worked out well. As far as I'm aware, every single person has signed up on the website and posted.