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Breakfast Topic: The Happy Accidents {WoW}

Dec 19th 2009 10:56AM my god this sounds like me in real life! And trust me, it is a good look... I think.

The OverAchiever: Master of Alterac Valley {WoW}

Feb 28th 2009 12:08PM Wintergrasp = Your Server

AV = Your Battlegroup

see the difference?

Breakfast Topic: Titillating titles {WoW}

Feb 2nd 2009 11:15AM I have nearly a dozen Titles, but I stick with the one that I am the proudest of, mostly because it's, apparently, very rare: Conqueror.

I don't wear it, but I'm still very proud of my Champion of the Naaru title because my guildmates and I got them when it was mandatory to get those quests done just to walk into TK.

Breakfast topic: Of Newbies and n00bs {WoW}

Jan 22nd 2009 12:55PM It's a little creepy that this topic comes up, because I had a situation about the very subject come up two days ago. I rolled a lvl1 warrior alt, decked him out with the heirloom axe and shoulders, to goof off with while Northrend was un-screwing itself after the patch. I ran into a warlock in Deathknell, we grouped, and started blasting through the lowbie quests. I automaticly assumed that he was an alt, like myself, but as it turned out he was a brand-new player. He had, literally, logged on, for the first time, 2 mins before I did. I learned that while he was the classic definition of a newbie, someone new to the game, he was well on his way to never being a noob, nub, or a noobsauce because he had researched the game for a month. He knew about quests, vendoring, he knew how to trade, he knew the value of gold, he knew how to train, and he was excited about hitting level ten so that he could start specing into demonology. Let me repeat: this was his first time in the game. He was already using Quest Helper. This guy has shown through his 'out of game' information gathering that he will never been a noob, no matter what level he is.

No PvE servers are under populated {WoW}

Jan 9th 2009 1:22PM One look at warcraftrealms.com will show that out of the top ten highest population US servers eight are pve and 2 are rp. It's not exactly a supernatural phenomenon that these servers are much higher in population than pvp servers. People don't like getting ganked. Clear and simple. They want to level, quest, and farm in peace without the annoyance, albeit a relativly minor annoyance in Northrend with the plethora of graveyards and flying ghost forms, and frustration that comes from being overpowered by a bored higher level toon who needs a quick power trip to make themselves feel better about their sad little existence. But, I digress. There are some other interesting trends to note when looking that faction split on most of these highest pop servers.

Most of these top ten servers share a fairly even split, faction wise, hovering around the 41-59% split, while there are exceptions (Cenarius being the best example: It is the Highest pop US server, but the faction split is 3 to 1 in favor of the alliance) they are the minority.

Another interesting fact shows up when you look at the highest population based off faction choice. For example, top ten allaince population realms are seven pve, 3 rp. Also, this list nearly mirrors the highest overall population list. Now, horde side: 5 are straight pvp, 3 are rp-pvp, and 2 are pve.

What does this mean? Does this reinforce the idea that Horde are a rag-tag mob of bloodthirsty hooligans? Or is this a trend that is ingrained into the every new player with art work, class/race design, and racials and therefor a "natural" tendency for Horde players to choose a pvp realm? Does the "For the Horde!" mentality compel players to choose pvp realms? I'm no sociologist, but I'd place a hefty wager that it helps hedge the decision in that direction.

There is also the fact that most pvp realms are not evenly split. Once one faction obtains an obvious population advantage over the other the split becomes more and more prominent. Take Mal'ganis US server as an example, yes it's my home server: on the over all break down, it's 20+ place on the list, but if you look at just Horde population it leaps up to 3rd place. The faction split for Mal'ganis? Nearly 4 to 1!! 20k + Horde and a little over 6k Alliance. What has lead to this? That one's easy, server transfers (free or paid), and again the fact that no one likes being ganked, much less in a steady, seemingly never-ending stream of gankings so the players of the weaker faction leave for greener, and more faction friendly pastures.

WoW Rookie: Metagaming for newbies {WoW}

Jan 1st 2009 12:32PM Thank you!!

These are awesome sites for vet players and noobs both!

I would like to add gear-wishlist.appspot.com for all those, vets and noobs, who want to know, quickly, which piece of gear is an upgrade for them.

Breakfast topic: Forgive and forget? {WoW}

Dec 19th 2008 11:22AM My guildmates and I want all of the repair money that we have been spending on server lag spikes that cause whipes on punching bag bosses like Grobulus and Saphiron.

Mal'ganis(US) server has been close to unplayable in every aspect of day-to-day gaming, from daily's in storm peaks to Naxx, for the past 3 weeks. These chronic lag spikes run from around 4-12pm server every night, and strike with varying intensity from 400+ms to over 3kms, occasionally causing the server to go completely offline for 5-10 minutes at a time.

The really confusing part is that during the week of and the the week after WothLK launch there were 1600+ queues, but about the time that these massive lag surges began the server queues vanished.

If Blizzards quick and dirty answer to agonizingly long queues was to remove the server pop cap then that is the reason for our current plight. An insidious plan to be sure, we complain about not being able to log in, now we can log in but playing is nearly impossible. Toche' sir, toche'. But, we still want our repair gold back. Build a better server, please Blizz.

Scattered Shots: 5-man Heroic loot for Hunters {WoW}

Dec 12th 2008 12:33PM That may be so, but most players gain rep in heroics. So, if you assume that players are running heroics for gear AND rep, then this piece should be mentioned. Also, no matter if the player obtained the piece through regular instance runs or heroics, how does that change the fact that it's still better, imho, than the T7 chest?

Scattered Shots: 5-man Heroic loot for Hunters {WoW}

Dec 12th 2008 10:42AM what about the Polished Regimental Hauberk, Argent Crusade exalted, for chest slot?

http://www.wowhead.com/?compare=44295;39579

With Careful Aim and the proper gems PRH is superior to T7 in almost every way. Oh, and for those wondering: The set bonus does not make up for the stat loss.

More free EU character migrations {WoW}

Dec 6th 2008 11:04AM What queue's? I'm from Mal'ganis (US) which is at the top of the population list on the US side of the pond. After the initial WothLK launch crush, where server queues were over 1600 *nightly*, there have been either zero or very short queues (200 max), and that's during peak prime-time hours. Are there servers that are still suffering from tremendous queues? And if so, why?


Special Note: Mal'ganis must be slam full of "Hardcore Players" because there are more 80's than non-80's.