Oct 19th 2009 4:20AM The priest? Yes, absolutely, no reason why not. I think you'd probably have to be a Forsaken to make it fit perfectly lore-wise, but I can think of plenty of reasons for other races to be the same.
The paladin? Again, yes, no reason why not, paladins are fairly iconic for 2-handed weapons and you can work it into the story that you just have a high amount of skill with your mace but have proved not so good with a sword and board so you've developed your own way. I'd think you might have problems with PUGs unless you're playing with other RPers (simply because not everyone on an RP realm is an RPer - at least on the Sha'tar EU we have a high amount of 'lollers', unfortunately) but there's no reason why your RP shouldn't work that way.
Hunter without a pet? This I'm slightly unsure about, but again, if you can think of a good reason for it, then why not?
Can you do the last two things (obviously shadow priests are different) and raid competitively? Probably not, unless again you're playing with RPers who know why you're doing it.
Sep 14th 2009 6:48AM What she said in the article about..Ben, I think it was? It really struck a chord with me because that's what happened when I moved out of home to go to uni. It wasn't until I left and came home and was around my family again that I realised my behaviour wasn't normal and I needed some help. So can you be addicted to WoW, to the point where you have panic attacks and shakes if you aren't able to play it? Yes, I've been there. Why? Because it's your crutch, it's your comfort blanket, it's the thing that makes you feel okay. Strip that away and there's not much left.
What I can't say for sure is whether I got depressed and started replacing the life I was unhappy with with WoW, or whether I began to game too much and then got depressed. Chicken and the egg.
Oh, and I'm alright now. ;)
Sep 6th 2009 6:11PM Please come write the Priest column - no offence to Matt but I think I want your babies.
Sep 6th 2009 6:04PM I've never been able to use anything past 5 on the number section of my keyboard. Oddly, Y and J and # are fine for me. The numbers just feel so far away that my hands are really stretched.
Sep 5th 2009 8:31AM This is exactly how I am about my priest - I occasionally change her hairstyle, and then after a day I have to go and change it back because I just want her back to how she always is. She was my first character and I took her from level 1 to Sunwell, and even now I don't raid in WotLK I grind achievements on her. To this day she's the only character I've ever got to level cap, I can't even do an easymode Death Knight - nothing else holds my attention like my main.
Luckily, I have a second one I'm nowhere near as attached to, so she might be moving to team blue. ;)
Sep 5th 2009 6:09AM This is exactly what I was about to post.
Sep 4th 2009 12:30PM For EZ, these are the relevant parts of the ToS.
You hereby acknowledge and agree that:
A. WHEN RUNNING, THE GAME MAY MONITOR YOUR COMPUTER'S RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY (RAM) AND/OR CPU PROCESSES FOR UNAUTHORIZED THIRD PARTY PROGRAMS RUNNING CONCURRENTLY WITH WORLD OF WARCRAFT. AN "UNAUTHORIZED THIRD PARTY PROGRAM" AS USED HEREIN SHALL BE DEFINED AS ANY THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE THAT, WHEN USED SIMULTANEOUSLY OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE GAME, WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF SECTIONS 1, 2 OR 9. IN THE EVENT THAT THE GAME DETECTS AN UNAUTHORIZED THIRD PARTY PROGRAM, BLIZZARD MAY (a) COMMUNICATE INFORMATION BACK TO BLIZZARD, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE ACCOUNT NAME, DETAILS ABOUT THE UNAUTHORIZED THIRD PARTY PROGRAM DETECTED, AND THE TIME AND DATE THE UNAUTHORIZED THIRD PARTY PROGRAM WAS DETECTED; AND/OR (b) EXERCISE ANY OR ALL OF ITS RIGHTS UNDER THIS AGREEMENT OR THE EULA, WITH OR WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE TO THE USER.
B. WHEN THE GAME IS RUNNING, BLIZZARD MAY OBTAIN CERTAIN IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR COMPUTER AND ITS OPERATING SYSTEM, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION YOUR HARD DRIVES, CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT, IP ADDRESS(ES) AND OPERATING SYSTEM(S), FOR PURPOSES OF IMPROVING THE GAME AND/OR THE SERVICE, AND TO POLICE AND ENFORCE THE PROVISIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT AND THE EULA.
There doesn't seem to be anything that I would call hugely unreasonable about the contract other than this bit: 'B. Binding Arbitration. If you and Blizzard are unable to resolve a Dispute through informal negotiations, either you or Blizzard may elect to have the Dispute (except those Disputes expressly excluded below) finally and exclusively resolved by binding arbitration. Any election to arbitrate by one party shall be final and binding on the other. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT ABSENT THIS PROVISION, YOU WOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO SUE IN COURT AND HAVE A JURY TRIAL.'
Of course there's a clause stating that any dispute shall be governed by US law, so the country you're in doesn't matter, but if it were to be governed by local law the British courts would not like this, buried at the end as it is. That would probably have to be in big letters at the start, or at least in that clarified, short list that they give you now as well, given that it deals with giving up a legal right.
But eh, make of it what you will :) the whole thing is here: http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/legal/termsofuse.html
Aug 24th 2009 4:22AM Right, in that case you're just interpreting it wrong. Level is not analogous to age in WoW, although it is to experience. On an RP server, you don't suddenly find out that Outland exists at level 58 when you're 58 years old. Your character will find out it exists by being told by someone or reading a paper or having a friend who went there, much earlier than that. But you're not experienced enough in whatever your job is (blacksmithing, being a paladin, whatever) to be of any use in the campaign there until, game mechanics-wise, you've reached level 58. Compare it to real life - you know you can go to university when you're 18, you find that out at 12 or 13, but you aren't experienced enough to go until you're 18.