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Breakfast Topic: How do you dodge certain guildmates for heroics? {WoW}

Sep 14th 2011 5:22PM I have never yet, in five years of playing, met someone who could not be taught to play with enough proficiency to allow us to enjoy game content. It might take some extra time and patience on my part, but I feel guild members are worth the time investment. No, not everyone's going to perform at breakneck speed or highest possible dps, but if I have to go pull-by-pull and explain all the tricks, so be it. After running several dungeons where I explain things to someone, they invariably learn how to recognize situations on their own.

Ready Check: Dealing with a dead tank {WoW}

Sep 10th 2011 6:02AM I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain

~Bene Gesserit Litany

Drama Mamas: The case of the guild bank thief {WoW}

Jul 15th 2011 8:00PM If the story of the writer is honest, then this has to be one of the most ridiculous cases of manufactured guild drama I've ever seen. When, as a guild leader, you give people permission in the guild control tab to remove things from the guild vault, you have GIVEN THEM PERMISSION TO REMOVE STUFF.

Add to that the bizarre oddity that this writer is talking about level starter zone greens and super-baby enchants, which might as well be vendored for all the good they do sitting in most guild vaults, and it seems to me he was doing the guild a favor by clearing up bank slots for useful items.

If the guild leaders did not want people removing items, particularly those of a dubiously useful nature, then it was their responsibility to spell out a "no use" policy and back it up clearly with a "no permissions" on the gvault.

It would be very helpful to hear the side of the guild leaders in this case, but it looks to me from what we've read they're clearly on a power trip.

Drama Mamas: Confessions of a drama queen {WoW}

Jul 9th 2011 5:44PM I think you need to seriously learn about bipolar disorder. Its not just moodiness. I know moody people... and I know bipolar people. They are very, very different. Bipolar disorder (formerly called manic depressive disorder) untreated is a completely crippling condition. Its not something people can will away , or cover up; its a serious brain disease (yes, I say disease) that cannot be studied well because we don't have good techniques or tests for watching what, exactly, is misfiring in the brain, but its clearly linked to brain hormone misregulation of some sort.

From a scientific standpoint, mental illnesses are a huge area that's been long-neglected, largely due to both technological and ethical reasons. Just because we don't understand mental illnesses as well as we do other diseases and illnesses of the body doesn't mean they aren't real, aren't huge problems, and don't need as much medical care as diseases of other organs. It is extreme arrogance to think the brain is somehow immune to disease while every other system isn't, or expect people to will themselves out of it when you can't think away diabetes, cancer, or any other physical ailment.

Drama Mamas: Confessions of a drama queen {WoW}

Jul 9th 2011 5:30PM I thought a long time before replying, but I think this need to be said to the original poster.

Five years ago you were younger, a lot less wise, and scared and hurting. You behaved destructively, something very common for people who are hiding emotional pain. Everyone who goes through the breakdown of a marriage can recognize we all go a litle "crazy" when things are falling apart and just after. Some people literally ruin their lives. Some manage to hang on thanks to strong support from family and friends, and grace.

For me, falling on the forgiveness of my faith (yes, I'm Christian) and rebuilding my social network through family and lifelong friends gives me the strength to move past my mistakes. I hope you can find similar strength in your husband, your family, and real life friends. If after 5 years people are still holding grudges and you've apologized, you've done all you can and its time to let go with grace and dignity.

Breakfast Topic: Where do you play WoW? {WoW}

Jun 6th 2011 8:53AM That cat looks almost exactly like mine ( I call him Thorvald). I play wow on my Asus laptop.. with a ATI HD5870 and a 17" screen, and the most amazing cooling system I consider 60 fps "poor" now.

The Queue: Hey Minnesota Twins, let's chat for a second {WoW}

Jun 3rd 2011 8:57PM Its the new stadium. Take it away and go make them play in the dome like big boys and maybe they'll grow up.

Ok ok I know..they've had a lot of injuries this year. But I swear its the new stadium.. bad karma.

Breakfast Topic: What's the saddest quest in WoW? {WoW}

May 12th 2011 1:43PM This was my first though. Then again, its based on a real event so heart-rending that its impossible to not make comparisons. One of my friends is a direct descendant of Sullivan Ballou (even bears the family name and grew up in the family home) so perhaps I'm a bit biased.

15 Minutes of Fame: Hodor! {WoW}

May 12th 2011 1:32PM Some things cannot be unseen.. or unread. You're definitely right.. WoW is T for Teen, but I'm pretty sure that tower scene was X.

Breakfast Topic: The most memorable raid interruption {WoW}

Mar 18th 2011 3:45PM My guild was working on our first Lich King (25m) kill, and we'd been getting consistently into the third phase, and wiped a couple times just above where you all get sucked into the throne room. We knew we had it in the bag... and then we did it. Bam... there we are, in the throne room, and the Lich King is going toe-to-toe with Tirion. A loud cheer went up on vent... and suddenly everything froze, and we were all kicked out.

The whole server crashed.

We all frantically started testing for the server to come up, and when it did... all of us were ... you guessed it.. in the graveyard, outside. So we zone in again fast to find out that Fordring is still fighting Lich King. Great, right? Not so fast... the teleporters don't work when they're in combat.

In order to get someone up there in the throne room so we didn't miss out on our first kill (and the special loot etc) a ret paladin devised a plan where he committed suicide on a pat, and then got a battle res from a druid. He was able to use the elevators then (since he was no longer in combat) and went merrily up to the throne room alone to help out Fordring.

The Lich King died, we won, we got our loot... and most of us were just sitting at the first elevator for the last several minutes.