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Breakfast Topic: Are you in a parent-friendly raiding guild? {WoW}

Nov 13th 2009 12:38PM It's hard enough to find a parent-friendly guild - one that starts raiding after the littlest ones are put to bed, is understanding of child-aggro, and keeps the language in Vent reasonable for when someone happens to have it speakers instead of headset.

Then try doing it when you're on the West Coast, and bedtime for your 6 yr old is almost midnight for the East Coasters.

After trying to find one for several years, I finally gave up and made my own. We've been chugging along for a little over a year on VeCo, runnings 10s and occasionally pairing up with other late-night guilds for 25s. We have West Coast parents, some East Coast people who work 2nd shift, and a couple of Central night owls.

Jurun/Tuhan, Pell Mell of The Venture Co

Power upgrade may affect select realms {WoW}

Sep 4th 2009 2:35PM It is the Seattle Datacenter.

My company has equipment in a datacenter that's in the same "park" - construction nearby is requiring the utility to relocate the power feet. (They are widening nearby roadways - the datacenter is a stone's throw from Seattle-Tacoma Intl airport).

If you're really interested, you can go to the support blog of one of the other datacenters in that park - Digital Forest - where they're documenting much of what's going on today for their facility.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm announced {WoW}

Aug 21st 2009 3:17PM "As we announced" - No, as mmo-champion announced and you parroted. Attribute your sources, kids.

And yes, as many have pointed out - Worgen, not Wolvar.

Your headphones' mic not working? Don't sweat it. {}

Aug 13th 2009 11:53AM I've also taken my iPhone into the Apple Store - the local one had the same tool commonly used by a doctor to look in your ear. Checked out the headphone/mic jack, then used a small grabbing tool to pull out a stub of lint the size of a cooked grain of rice.

Up to a certain point, the link buildup will allow the earphone to work but will prevent the mic from making a solid connection. Eventually, both will cease working entirely.

Dateline - add a linear calendar to your Mac's desktop {}

Jul 10th 2009 3:55PM Funny.

Dateline was listed on Smashing Magazine on Sunday.

HiveLogic mentioned it Thursday morning.
Gruber mentioned it Thursday afternoon.
And good ole TUAW gets to it on Friday.

Always fun to watch something go semi-viral.

Former Blizzard devs at Red 5 Studios plan their own MMO {WoW}

Dec 26th 2008 1:08PM Uhm. Hrm. Way to be on the ball.

Red 5 has been gathering themselves for about two years now. They made big waves in early 2007 for their "Golden Ticket" recruiting campaign - they identified what they considered to be the 100 prospects in the game industry, and sent each of them customized pitches to come work for Red 5.

WSJ carried an article about it here:

Hints of another world event soon {WoW}

Nov 10th 2008 3:39PM Nope. That's from the original Invasion, just updated for pre-Wrath. Been going on since the Necropoliseseseses started showing up.

Hints of another world event soon {WoW}

Nov 10th 2008 3:38PM Full maintenance tonight - I'll wager we have something for the next couple days...

Phase 4 of the Zombie invasion begins! [UPDATED x8] {WoW}

Oct 25th 2008 5:01PM False. My mage isn't attuned - doesn't have the key - but got the quest.

Skill Mastery: Berserk {WoW}

Oct 2nd 2008 5:38PM @TomWolf

To understand the pysche of the druid community, you have to go back to pre-Burning Crusade.

Druids were marketed as a class that could fulfill a lot of roles, and had the unique ability to shapeshift to accomplish that. However, once you hit endgame, a druid found his/herself limited to one roll: put on Resto gear (T1/T2 gear was resto-only) and heal. The only reason a raiding guild even wanted a druid around was for Innervate, which at the time was a talent about midway through the Resto tree. We felt the pain of the Paladins who wore a dress - because we were often rolling on the same damned dress.

When the first round of comprehensive class reviews came around, Caydiem was the druid class rep and we found ourselves with a great class review that legitimized the feral and balance trees for endgame. Burning Crusade continued the good news - especially for ferals - with some excellent itemization for druids (something that had been lacking in the Old World pre-AQ). When BC endgame raider started specifically requesting Feral tanks for MT/OT positions, let alone Feral or Moonkin DPS, it was like Christmas.

Many old members of the druid community still remember those early "bad days" of being nothing more than barely-tolerated Innervate-bots. We enjoy our class greatly now, and live in fear of a post-Caydiem "class review" that will take us back to the old days of being pigeonholed into a single playstyle in order to have raid utility.

So that's why we worry. We started Warcraft pre-nerfed, and it wasn't until a year and a half after release that we were un-nerfed. None of us wish to return.