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Arcane Brilliance: Adventures with and observations on the Raid Finder {WoW}

Nov 11th 2011 1:20PM I'm excited about Raid Finder for two reasons:
1. I work an uneven schedule, so I can't commit to raiding every Thursday night; in Wrath, that mostly limited me to PUGging Sartharion and Archavon. Anything that makes it easier to organize a PUG raid is fine by me.
2. I can clearly specify my role ahead of time. I would far rather take my characters into a raid as DPS the first time, because as tank I was expected to know proper positioning, enrage timers, and so forth.
3. The lower-tuned raid allows a smoother transition from Heroics to raiding, which hopefully means better-trained raiders and less rage-quitting in the long run.

Drama Mamas: Taking guild drama to Facebook {WoW}

Oct 4th 2011 12:41PM Victim's story highlights an important point: drama folks generally don't recognize themselves as such. A few acknowledge and embrace it, appointing themselves as the "queen bee" or somebody "you do not want to mess with." Most, however, consider their actions quite justified; VoSN feels stepped-on because he's not getting the respect that he deserves (whether he actually deserves it is another matter.) He also doesn't see anything wrong with posting a thinly-veiled rant about his guildmates, because he didn't name names*, and he feels that his guildmates took his totally-harmless post too seriously.

I was like this in my late teens, gossipy and totally oblivious to it. I only realized it when one of my friends, disgusted with what I'd become, patently refused to listen to any gossip. When I tried to tell her somebody else's secrets, she'd pretend I said something else, and would pursue that other conversation, not at all acknowledging the gossip, until I gave up and started talking about something more constructive.

* Don't do this. Don't rant about people in barely-anonymized terms, like "why can't people learn to tank *before* doing Heroics?" This NEVER works. The person you're talking about will know that you're referring to them, and if they didn't resent you for being a busybody, they'll resent you for being a weasel who can't say these things to their face. There's also a good chance that somebody else will think you're talking about them, and now you've made another enemy.

The Queue: Sea shanty edition {WoW}

Jan 29th 2009 3:44PM You are correct in that there is currently no way to fight Arthas. Word has it he'll be added around version 3.3. Icecrown Citadel is his fortress, and as far as I know players cannot enter the Citadel, so I'd expect him to turn up there when the time comes.

Major patches (which I define as updates that change the first decimal figure, e.g., from 2.3.x to 2.4.x) usually add some sort of new content or change the game in some meaningful way. Quel'Danas was added in 2.3, and the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj opened with 1.9, if I recall correctly. As the more dedicated players work their way through raid content, more will be added. Once the current slate of dailies grows dull, new factions could be added. Given that Dalaran is a city of magi, anything's possible. I'd expect quite a few changes and additions to the world between now and the next expansion.

World of Warcraft college course has to be next {WoW}

Jan 28th 2009 8:36PM This is actually pretty standard at UCB. Their College of Democratic Education (referring to the process of soliciting advice from the masses, not to the currently-dominant U.S. political party) offers dozens of courses on niche topics; current courses study such phenomena as Sex and the City, Second Life, advanced Scrabble strategies, and James Bond.
http://www.decal.org/courses/index.php

The DeCal courses are generally not applicable toward a degree, so they're more like student clubs. Every now and then, though, something gets promoted to actual course status, leaving the rest of us to ask, "Can you imagine the parents who later learn that they've been paying for their kid to study Starcraft?"

They could at least have tried to make it sound like a legitimate educational experience: "This course will examine the racial and territorial conflicts within the Starcraft universe, as a metaphor for similar conflicts within modern and historical political landscapes." The way they say it, it sounds like a strategy guide that's only available two nights a week.