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The Queue: Welcome to arf {WoW}

Oct 11th 2010 4:50PM The robe seemed to delete itself any time you went into water. It was both annoying and funny.

Breakfast Topic: Dude, where's my ram? {WoW}

Oct 5th 2010 11:40AM After 3 years of wanting one, I finally got the Kodo on my main! No ram, no remote, and I already had the title from last year but the Kodo was enough to make it a perfect Brewfest. Since as far as I know this is the only way for alliance to get a Kodo, it felt really special.

Breakfast Topic: Has your time in Azeroth lent you inspiration? {WoW}

Oct 2nd 2010 2:17PM After reading some articles about WoW and the psychological theory of "Flow" I've been inspired to better understand the principles of enjoyment and try to arrange other activities in my life to make them produce that feeling more often. Having an activity that's a touchstone for what does it feel like to be "in the zone" makes it easier to know when I'm hitting the right spot.

Second, this is not so much inspired, as learned from WoW. The experiences of raiding, helping run a guild, helping run certain aspects of raids, and carefully observing how various raid leaders' styles worked or did not work as leadership has taught me a great deal about practicalities of leadership. When I took a position of responsibility in real life where I had to lead about ten people in a highly organized performance (and handle some scheduling and finding replacements) the parallel to leading a 10-man raid was immediate and I was able to successfully apply what I had learned from raiding to my in-person situation.

The Lawbringer: 5 ways trade chat can get you in trouble {WoW}

Oct 1st 2010 7:17PM GMs respond surprisingly quickly to tickets about harassment, threats, and racist and sexist language in the public channels. A lot of people say that you should just leave trade or ignore the people who are offensive, but I don't consider that to be the right choice. By ignoring and not reporting the jerks and bigots we (gamers) give the impression that we tacitly approve. That kind of speech and lack of opposition to it can also make people in the groups being targeted feel like they don't belong in the game world, and cause them to leave, making the world (of warcraft) a poorer place. Gaming is a fun, relaxing and interesting hobby and shouldn't be reserved only for jerks and the exceptionally thick skinned.
/game activist hat off

Raid Rx: The evolving healing UI {WoW}

Oct 1st 2010 3:00PM @Matt:
"You can have them stack five across or five vertically (or a combination of the two). "

I've been playing with the new default raid frames on the PTR and I have not been able to get them to display horizontal groups. I still don't see that option on your screenshot, so I'm not sure what you mean. If there is some option to get groups to display horizontally that I'm missing I would really love to hear it.

@Everyone else:
This is the new default raid frames, available for testing on the PTR, not any addon. As a healer I find this raid frame change the big under-reported news of Beta and PTR. With the radical improvement to the default raidframes, it may be possible to play as a healer at highly competitive levels using the default raidframes. At least at the 10-man level, as at 25 even the smallest size takes up too much screen space.

The Lawbringer: The trouble with fan fiction {WoW}

Sep 18th 2010 2:27PM This seems like an appropriate place to link again the definitive Mankrik's Wife Fanfic: You Awaken in Razor Hill.

The Queue: Titan's Midriff {WoW}

Sep 11th 2010 2:23PM @Riley

Some older realms seem to be more unstable (eg Kel Thuzad where I play) however I think a lot of that got fixed with the upgrades recently performed preparing for Cataclysm.

One thing you should consider and it seems not enough people do, is how far the data center is from where you live. If you plan to raid at a high level and even more so if you plan to PvP at a high level, ping matters. And one of the factors affecting your ping is how far you are from the data center. The physical location of your sever does NOT always correlate with the time zone that you play in.

If you are interested in raiding, check and see how many guilds are progressing through the level of content you are interested in. Don't get swayed just by highly ranked realms, as one very advanced guild can bump up a realm's rating a lot. What you want is a decent amount of guilds in the zone of progress where you want to play. I wouldn't look just at the current tier either, because ICC has been out for so long it's hard to measure. Look at T9 and especially T8 to see the historical trends.

Often in a lower-pop realm the very best guild which is way ahead of the others doesn't do that much on-server recruiting. On the other hand the mid-range-but-good guilds do a lot more.

I'm not as familiar with competitive PvP so I don't know how you can check a realms overall PvP rankings, but there are ways to do that.

Breakfast Topic: A crowning moment of noobishness {WoW}

Sep 11th 2010 2:02PM Noobishness hit me right at the creation screen. My first character was a tauren warrior.

...Because I couldn't figure out how to select your class and warrior is the first one you get by default. I think I thought maybe you'd unlock the other classes over time or something.

I did eventually "unlock" night-elf druid which worked out much better for me.

Reader UI of the Week: C. Christian Moore's PvP UI {WoW}

Aug 31st 2010 9:02PM flint, while I'm sure you're not the only person who uses the default UI, I would imagine that most people clicking through to read a column about user interface modifications probably use some user interface modifications.

Now, you must immediately go forth and install some mods or the Mod Black Berets will kill a kitten*.

(*not really, since they don't exist)

Scattered Shots: Grandpappy Frostheim on mana {WoW}

Aug 30th 2010 9:32PM Forque, hunters the likes of which you describe still exist. I've had the pleasure of playing with half a dozen hunters who inspire me with awe and respect. When I'm a healer, they protect me. When I'm a tank they MD and help control strays. In raids, they kite, they range-tank, they trap, they catch balls of doom, and they are unfailingly polite. They do all this and still, they top the damage meters.

The amazing, noble hunter may be outnumbered by his lazy, careless cousins, but he is not an extinct type.