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WoW Rookie: How to deal with disruptive players and hate speech {WoW}

Aug 11th 2011 9:03PM One suggestion only. GO TO PROUDMOORE. In my experience, its the most tolerant server in Wow.

Review: Healbot now available for your iPad or iPhone {WoW}

Jul 27th 2011 7:16PM Android has great apps too. Next article maybe?

New iPad MMO Fleck turns real maps into fantasy landscapes {Massively}

May 7th 2011 2:44PM This game sounds a lot like Parallel Kingdom, a map-based MMO by PerBlue that's been out on Mobile Apps and via the web for quite some time. And yes, you can hang out, trade with, and even fight fellow players. Quite an adventure despite the primitive graphics.

Drama Mamas: Raiding while female {WoW}

Oct 22nd 2010 3:49PM This has been my experience as well. Doesn't happen as often these days, but since the cost of speaking up is being labeled as a drama-queen or an e-whore still exists, I just try to ignore the misogynistic head trips, set a good example and be myself.

Hopefully my next server transfer to Proudmore will give me a new outlook on interacting in this game. Until then, I don't post pics of myself on guild forums, I don't talk in vent unless I must, and I don't generally go about broadcasting my gender. Sure, I am proud that i am a woman, but I don't need the "little-lady" treatment in a game in which I basically play to relax and have fun.

Raid Rx: The limits of cognitive bandwidth for healers {WoW}

Oct 8th 2010 3:00PM Thank you Matt for the awesome article. As always you cut to the heart of healing mentality and give healers something thoughtful to chew on while we improve our game.

As for Sindragosa, i personally don't think its a fun fight. With so much going on, and both the tanks and the raid depending on me as a dual-role disc healer, its just a wee bit much for me to enjoy. If it wasn't for dying to the occasional screw up I wouldn't even know what that place looks like.

Also, I used to used the default sounds as much as possible for queuing me into events for boss fights. They make a huge difference in anticipation of incoming damage, and as a result, keep more folks alive. But at the end of BC when the throughput of game encounters were struggling against phasing and pre-loading achievements to player systems, etc. the resulting data lag made it unreliable. I now use Power Auras for sound queues and try to relegate as much event info as possible to sound as a way of safely distribute the incoming information helping me heal.

~ Hyacinthe, Disc Priest
Risen, Galakrond

Spiritual Guidance: Priest PSA {WoW}

Aug 30th 2010 12:58PM Wow. "Two disc priests are more than capable of working together, and lose very little by being in the same raid together."

While the first part of this statement is very true, the second part is very wrong. I have sat and done the math and talked with the other priests in my guild and we all feel that one holy and one disc work better and do a tremendous amount of healing/absorbing than two discs. In fact, many fights, if you squeeze two discies together you are losing about 40% of their potential.

That's 40% less mana for real healing and life saving, 40% less people being kept alive and 40% more time spent standing around doing nothing because there isnt enough work to do. That kind of mojo math isnt what kills realm first bosses. It just isnt.

Only fight where the math is good to share the disc role is HLK. My heavy crit/haste gear helped me decide to purposely take the melee and tank group and leave the other three to the holy priest who specs disc for that fight. He gets the meter and I get the fat DA stacks up on the tanks that keep them alive that much longer.

That hardly fits the role image you portrayed as a meter whore. The image it fits is a careful, considerate team-oriented healer who does the math and understands their guild, their gear, their computer system's throughput, and their spec REGARDLESS of where it lands them on the meters. But whatever, i am not the one writing for

Raid Rx: Identifying and avoiding insane applicants {WoW}

Jul 29th 2010 7:46PM "My keys are bound to max-rank Rejuvenation yoked to mouseover macros. During raids I roll my fist across the keyboard from left to right and back again while swiping my mouse over raid members at random. After repeatedly topping heals on several heroic Icecrown encounters, I have been asked to mentor other druids on my realm."

This. Priceless

Spiritual Guidance: Some shadowy notes from the Twitter dev chat {WoW}

Apr 22nd 2010 2:00PM @Kooda Didnt you hear? its bring the GEAR not the Player now. Anyway, sorry to hear about your random troubles. I have several friends trying to gear up and seeing the same thing happen to them as well.

Raid Rx: Striving for healing parity {WoW}

Apr 16th 2010 11:08PM I have the opposite problem. I've been having a arguments with the other healer in my ten man team who remains convinced that Disc Priests cant tank heal. No matter how often I prove that we disco's can both Tank and Raid heal (and often switch back and forth - sometimes in the same fight), I still find myself being pigeonholed by the ignorant because people cant see the big picture of healer class potential, or remember what healers can do beyond what is recently popular. Its becoming more and more prevalent to hear what my priest supposedly "can't" do, than just be accepted "as a healer" and put to work.

Drama Mamas: Should you tattle? {WoW}

Apr 2nd 2010 6:12PM Put yourself in his shoes. He just confided something to you that made him vulnerable. Dont repay his trust and friendship with betrayal. If it were me, I'd be horrified if the person with whom i thought i had developed a rapport screenshotted an admission i had made with the thought of using it against me.

To be frank, you dont need that screenie in the first place. It was unethical to make it at all. If he really is a flake, he'll do something else soon enough and earn his own ticket out of there, and if he turns out to be a good person who is using that grey logic the drama mammas pointed out that most people use, then betraying him and starting up drama isnt going to do anyone any good.