Apr 1st 2010 10:02AM I just wanted to pick up on what $am said, though I guess I'm coming a bit late to the debate:
I do not defend the actions of the Orcs.
However, it grates with me when I read things like this (from wowwiki):
"Though otherwise a peaceful, private race, the draenei carry an intense hatred for all orcs and will slay them whenever the opportunity arises."
Don't get me wrong: I do indeed see the Draenei as the victims of all this. However, I would think that especially the older and wiser Draenei - those who have lived long enough to have experienced (though I'm sure even younger ones who have heard of) their flight from other worlds upon being discovered by Kil'jaeden - would surely reserve their hatred for the true perpetrators of the genocide.
As I have said, I do not defend the Orcs. As shown by individuals such as Durotan and his Frostwolf Clan, the Orcs did not have to fall prey to the corruption, so yes, those who did are very much to blame for the evil they committed. But in the bigger picture - and I would imagine that the long-lived Draenei are very good at seeing the bigger picture - they are only the tools of a greater evil.
I would think that while Draenei will certainly not be fan of the Orcs, and would be right to be wary of them, their hatred should be reserved for the puppetmasters. In fact, I would think that there might even be a little uneasy guilt amongst some of them for the knowledge that (through no direct fault of their own) it was their landing on Draenor that brought the planet and its people to ruin.
I would also point out that the Draenei are praised here for having helped the Blood Elves of Silvermoon rebuild the Sunwell... If the reasoning here had been "even though they're members of the Horde", then that's all well and good. But I would question the labelling of the Blood Elves as "those who have only offered evil to them", when the Blood Elves of Silvermoon have in fact been betrayed by, fought against and helped vanquish Kael'thas and his forces in Outland - the latter being the faction who did wrong by the Draenei.
Jan 9th 2010 12:38PM You can play on any machine, as long as you have your authenticator to hand when you log in.
Dec 29th 2009 9:16AM Quoting Ozzard:
"People forget that a dead toon does zero damage (though may still top the dps meters, unfortunately)"
This is one of my big PUG annoyances. Trying to explain the difference between the dps meter and the damage done meter is more than often just not worth the frustration. I'm a fire mage, and I do the one random dungeon each day. I pertty much always top the damage done meter (not to brag - I just raid a lot, and am well geared), but I'm not a burst damage spec, so when that arcane mage who's pulling aggro and dying on every other pull boasts that he's beating me on dps... *shakes fist*
Overall though, my PUG experiences have been good. There was tank who wanted to do the Respect Your Elders achievement in Old Kingdom by "nuking through the shield". Um... the invulnerability shield? Yeah, that's not going to work, mate. I politely explained how that achievement could be done, having done it myself several times, and that we really needed good planning (not an impatient PUG group), preferably two tanks, etc. He ragequit when we (inevitably) didn't get the achievement by nuking through that pesky shield, and we had to wait another 15 mins for a new tank.
Oh, and there was this one lovely healer who took the old "if the dps die it's their own fault" a little too literally, and ONLY healed the tank and himself, no matter what AoE effects were going on. That was a new challenge for me - got through rather a lot of healing potions that run, but I guess it keeps things interesting :P
Dec 21st 2009 12:54PM Yes, two people can roll the same number.
If that number is the highest rolled, I believe another roll automatically occurs between those two players to determine who wins, but this isn't shown in chat.
So you just end up with:
PlayerA rolls 83.
PlayerB rolls 83.
PlayerB receives [Item].
And then usually cries of "How come he got it?" "We rolled the same!" etc. etc.
Dec 20th 2009 6:18PM I don't mind it in CoT, or in any 5-man to be honest, as you likely only have to listen to it once a day, at most.
I enjoy the lore, and I don't feel the need to be in /that/ much of a hurry.
However, there are places (those places you are likely to revisit several times an evening) where a skip button would be appreciated...
"We named him Dranosh..."
Dec 17th 2009 8:42AM Gear? That's a whole big can of worms. No thanks.
All vanity items? Yes please.
I've had the TCG Turtle mount sitting on my old character since I rerolled more than a year ago. I didn't even have her learn it with the patch that turned mounts into spells, so it's sitting in her bags as an item still, in the vain hope that one day I may be able to mail it to my main.
I could really use the character slot I'd get from deleting her too, but I will never be able to do that with that damn Riding Turtle in her bags...
For items that aren't available any more, it would be great too. A few of my guildies rerolled (mostly DKs) for Wrath, and I bet they'd love to be able to use their old Amani Bears again.
Dec 6th 2009 3:31PM Just picking up on your point about all WoW males being equally stereotyped.
Now, just to be clear, I'm not offended by gender portrayals in WoW - it's just the way it is, and I'm cool with it.
What does bug me a little is how BOTH genders are very transparently tailored to the adolescent male. Female characters and female armour models are mainly designed as eyecandy and male characters are the sort of crazy buff that one might assume a twelve year old boy would want to pretend to be. Muscles everywhere.
Now, I for one prefer skinny guys. Where are my skinny guys, Blizzard? What happened to the old BElf models? You've given the boys all sorts of eyecandy, Blizzard - Now why does my male mage have to look like the Hulk in a dress?
EQUALITY of sexiness, dammit!
Give us girls some eyecandy too!
( Disclaimer: Most of the above is joking outrage. I'd love a bit less stereotyping in both genders, but y'know, I'll live. I will also draw attention to male trolls, who are in no way bursting with muscle, and I personally think are sexy as. I guss that probably wasn't Blizzard's intention, though. )
Dec 5th 2009 7:33AM It's also worth noting that if you want to pair two crafting professions, for the most +SP or +AP bonuses, Enchanting and Tailoring are the only ones that can be paired whilst remaining self-sufficient (without having to rely on a gatherer character, or the AH, for all your mats). That's a pretty big point in their favour imo.
My personal favourite is Alchemy, though. With Mixology, one Frost Lotus will last me a full 4-hour raid (or even two raids, if I get an Elixir Mastery proc). For someone who insists on farming their own mats rather than buying them off the AH, that's a godsend.
Nov 29th 2009 9:25AM Just to point out, from an IRL girl: Trolls are damn sexy.
That is all.
Nov 24th 2009 9:19AM I for one wouldn't be wondering what I was thinking.
I would be proud to show that I was a WoW player, back in the day.
I would be glad for a reminder of the game that I enjoyed for many years of my life, which helped me through some tough times and through which I met many good friends.
Too many people are too quick to jump on the "you'll regret it later!" criticism. For some of us, tattoos are much more than just a permanent scar on your body - they're a reminder of things that are, or have been, important to us. Those things never cease to be relevant, as they have all helped you on the path to becoming who you are today. I would never regret a tattoo that signified something of importance to me. For some people, WoW really is that important. And that's nothing to be ashamed of.