Nov 23rd 2010 8:35AM Next up: Pictures of WoW's first day of school in a knitted sweater Grandma got him.
Nov 20th 2010 10:09AM And I don't understand how so many people with clearly deficient social skills get jobs when we have a 10% unemployment rate.
Nov 20th 2010 9:56AM Call me addicted, but I think I'd have a blast playing WoW with my sister when I visit her this winter. My dad doesn't personally play (I've resisted inviting him because I know once he discovers he can make his own addons that's all he'd ever talk about), but I know he really thinks the game is interesting and likes to watch her play, so he certainly wouldn't mind.
Unfortunately, I have a PC that I'm not hauling to Nebraska for a two week visit, and am not inclined to tie up my dad's computer for seven hours to download WoW, Burning Crusade, WotLK and Cata.
Nov 20th 2010 9:49AM I think there's a lot of shades of grey.
It's not RL > WoW all the time anytime anywhere.
Is it a RL commitment you knew about ahead of time, have been planning to go to, and have either not signed up to raid during, or if you are in a guld that expects attendance, have clearly communicated to them that you will not be raiding during? Ok, then more power to you.
Is it a sudden RL commitment that is important enough (in your opinion) to justify you skipping the raid that you previously indicated you would attend? Then, if possible, inform your guild that you will be unable to make it. If you are unable to inform them, apologize when you next are able to contact them for missing the raid, and try to work out channels of communication so you can avoid a recurrence of that event.
However, if a sudden unimportant RL opportunity comes up, it depends on the culture of your guild. Do other guild members take attendance seriously and try to make an effort to show up so as not to inconvenience you? Well then it's pretty shady of you to ditch them to go sit around and smoke weed with your buddies. It might be "real life" but is it really a moral imperative that you make 24 other people waste their time because RL > WoW?
There are guilds, however, with a much more casual attendance policy. People routinely don't show (or show late) all the time. If you belong to one such guild, then more power to you. Feel free to skip whenever you please, for whatever reason.
Nov 20th 2010 9:34AM I saw the picture and shuddered. I moved from the Midwest to the East Coast three years ago and am dreading going back.
Nov 20th 2010 9:33AM Kind of a tangent, but I dislike seeing the WoW > RL theme repeated because I think it misses the point. WoW is a social obligation. I put it on the same level of commitment as any other social obligation.
If I make plans to meet a friend for drinks on Thursday night, I'll make an effort to be there. However, if my mom calls and says "Grandma's in the hospital please come," she's not going to think very highly of me if I say "Can't Mom told my friend I'd meet up for drinks tonight." So I'll call my friend and tell them I can't make it.
WoW gets the same level of commitment. I will absolutely contact them (assuming it's possible) if I said I'd make it and find out I won't be able to. My guild deserves that level of respect, just like my friend deserves not to be sitting at the bar alone wondering if I'll show up. RL encompasses a wide variety of things. Some of it trumps WoW. Some of it does not. Common sense and not a blind adherence to RL > WoW is something I'd like to see more of.
Nov 19th 2010 12:28PM Why do I see so much hate on the forums/blogosphere/trade chat for people who undercut by 1c?
Do the people complaining assume I won't undercut on an item that I came to the AH with the intention of selling?
Or do they prefer that I undercut by even more than 1c? Why on earth would I do this?
I'm not trolling; I see this complaint from people I consider to be otherwise intelligent and reasonable people. Is there an unspoken etiquette rule I'm unaware of? Or is there a logical reason why I wouldn't want to undercut by 1c?
Nov 9th 2010 8:24AM Not everyone traipsing around in opposite faction lowbie areas is a ganker. I had to go into the dwarven area for the exploration achieve (most newbie areas give you credit for just poking your head in the door, but not the dwarves).
Granted, it's something you'll probably only ever do once on each toon.
Oct 27th 2010 12:20PM I look at GM's wives/girlfriends (or husbands/boyfriends) as just the same as RL friends of the GM, but with a little more (official or unofficial) pull. Even if they have the best of intentions, the wife/girlfriend will have an influence on the direction the guild takes if she involves herself in the guild.
In some cases, the GM and significant other have the exact same vision for the guild and it all works out well. In other cases, they don't, but they realize that they don't and agree that the GM calls the shots. The worst case scenario is when the GM's SO has power in the guild, but makes different calls than the GM when he or she isn't around.
My current guild is somewhat like that. Both the GM and his girlfriend say that the guild is a casual raiding guild. However, the GM (and every other officer) is far more inclined to enforce the raiding standards to ensure we have progression, whereas the girlfriend is far more inclined to try and get people into raids that have never seen them before so they can have the experience. It's always the close call cases... no one's breaking any rules. But it's very predictable which way they will decide in those close calls.
It's never been a significant issue worth causing a fuss over, but I always keep it in mind as an example of how guild vision is an important thing to communicate with all involved parties, not just the people you recruit to the guild.