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Breakfast Topic: Been waiting an excrutiatingly long time for this {WoW}

Mar 8th 2012 9:56AM I got the reins on about my 6th run after I decided I was going to go for it... I am up to about 80 Baron runs currently for the mount in Strath

Breakfast Topic: What class will you never play? {WoW}

Mar 7th 2012 10:37AM Paladin 85
Druid 85
Hunter 85
Death Knight 85
Rogue 85
Shaman 85
Warrior 85
Warlock 85
Priest 66
Mage 45

I think that I have them all covered. I will even roll a panda monk when panda's is in beta just to see what it is like.

Every class has their good and bad points and when you start getting right into the game, you tend to go for what you really like.

5 ways to keep your DPS players happy in 5-man heroics {WoW}

Jan 19th 2012 11:23AM Tanking on my druid... a DK can drop D&D all day and I wont lose aggro.

Tanking on my warrior, if I have notification that the DK is going to drop D&D, I can line up a Shockwave, stun the adds, regain threat and off I go.

I actually had a DK pop army in a random the other night while on my druid. They were going nuts on the boss and I didnt even lose aggro *blink*

But I agree wholeheartedly with some of the comments about keeping the DPS happy. I have always tried to keep an eye on their mana/health as much of the time as I can and if they need a mana break between groups, they can have a quite sit down and regain their mana, or I will come out of bear and toss them an innervate to help them :)

On of the things that I seriously dont like... people coming into the group, inspecting me and then saying that the bear is wearing DPS gear. Hello... most of my gear is directly interchangable between my cat form and my bear form... its only the enchants and reforges that need to be changed.

Breakfast Topic: Has Cataclysm been a game-changer for you? {WoW}

Apr 11th 2011 6:20AM My original main was a holy paladin. I started off in TBC and leveled him to aound level 40 as a hybrid, then I leveled him the rest of the way to 70 as holy. I leveled him to 80 in Wrath as holy spec. Since Cata came out, I have leveled him up, but I spend the majority of my time playing on my druid tank. He is a lot more fun to play and the holy pala is on the back burner until such times as I feel like playing him again

Officers' Quarters: How a guild dies {WoW}

Jan 26th 2011 9:23AM In a way, I agree totally with the larger guild absorbing a smaller guild. If you are going to be serious about a merger between two guilds, you dont just get all the members of the other guild join the larger. You create a whole new guild with a name made from both guild names or something completely new with no attachment to either guilds.

With one of the guilds I have been associated with, we were approached by another guild to do merged raids with the intention of merging both guilds. But as we were the larger, we took the attitude that if you want to merge, you can join us... and it all fell apart. They ended up making a new guild (Damnation) and then merging with another guild (that had Dawn in their name) and became Dawn of Damnation. Those guys went on to kill the LK in heroic mode on a regular basis while the guild I was in stagnated.

The GL would organise 25man raids, where perhaps 15 members of the raid were pug friends and the remaining 10 members were from the guild. The GL wouldnt organise 10man runs on ICC because he had his own little group going made up of friends and a few members of the guild.

Since then, the members of the guild I used to run have all started up new toons or left the guild and I restarted our old guild as a place where we could get together and be social and maybe do some raids together. Since then, we have recruited carefully and we are actually prospering and having a lot of fun. We have a lot of alts in the guild and about 40-50 actual members and we are slowly getting organised for Cata raiding.

Fun is the main aim of our guild and raiding together is a side effect of that fun.

Officers' Quarters: Guild wars {WoW}

Jan 26th 2011 6:58AM I merged my original guild with another guild back in BC to get the numbers to start doing 10man content with the intention of us then moving onto 25man content for the bigger raids. We all had fun and had a good group of people who all got along well with each other and there were no drama's at all.

Then wrath came out and we all raced to 80 and the core group of raiders started gearing up and getting ready for running Naxx 10. We were still having a lot of fun raiding and wipes were all learning experiences as we got to know the encounters. Then another guild full of friends wanted to do merged raids with us and do 25man content. Then the attitudes in the guild started to change. The guild leader started to recruit any level 80 he saw without really talking to them and some of them were right prats. He started getting intolerant of learning wipes and started to expect everyone to behave in the same manner. The last time the guild did a 25man naxx run as a guild, it dissolved into name calling and insults by some of the new members towards some of the older members and the raid fell apart and people started leaving the guild.

He kept up with the random recruiting and was getting in more and more people to try and raid and he became more gear and results orientated. And basically, the guild stopped being a fun place as more of the old members started to get upset about this attitude and left to join other guilds or just wander around as free agents.

Then a couple of the oldest members of the guild came to me and started talking to me about restarting my old guild and just having friends in there. We left all our mains in the merged guild and moved alts to the other guild or just started up whole new toons. I never poached anyone from the merged guild who I knew apart from the original members of my old guild. I told them all what was happening and most of them either left to rejoin our original guild or moved their alts into it and then in the end, just moved their mains into it as well.

Some of us still have toons in the merged guild, and I still care about the merged guild because of the good memories I have in there and I am trying to help them out... however, I spend more time playing the toons in my original guild than I do playing my old main and it's getting left behind and I am wondering why I am keeping him in there. It is possible that I will eventually move him back to my guild and that will be that.

I have had one ex member of my guild trying to poach some of the better members to join the guild he moved to when he left. I have had to kick out 1 person who turned out to be a immature prat. I have had a couple of people leave the guild only to return a couple of months later. We have a really nice core of people in the guild that now extends to encompass all the regular players, we are all on first name terms and sometimes we have a few disputes, but on the whole, the guild seems to be going along quite nicely...

Officers' Quarters: Surviving as a small guild {WoW}

Dec 21st 2010 8:30AM I am the GM of a small (in actual warm bodies) - medium sized guild. We have an extraordinary number of alts in the guild, mainly because we want to keep the guild at a reasonable size and still retain that warm friendly atmosphere without the cliques that arise in other guilds.

We are, in terms of levelling, pretty close to 2 if the biggest alliance guilds on Anachronos-EU. They both dinged level 5 3 days ago now, and we ding'd a day behind them. We usually hit the daily guild levelling cap easily on the weekends when more people are around and we hit cap a little later than usual on the week days owing to people having to do mundane things like work or study...

I am thinking of recruiting a few more active people to the guild but I am wary of doing that because I have seen another guild I am involved with go nuts on recruiting for the sake of recruiting only to slowly have all the better raiders lose interest in raiding with them because of internal conflicts and leave the guild for other guilds.

Breakfast Topic: Happy hallowed holiday {WoW}

Nov 1st 2010 6:10AM I have one level 80 with 'The Hallowed' title and I CBA trying to get it on the other 5. I did try and get the mount on them all... and yesterday, I even busted my butt trying to get my druid to level 78 so he could do a run as well. Only to be 7 minutes late :(

I blame it on the kids coming around trick or treating that disturbed my flow... not the getting up and going down the street to get a chinese dinner or stopping for 2 hours to do housework :(

Oh well, he will be level 80 by this weekend so that doesnt matter.

Blizzard releases Cataclysm system requirements {WoW}

Oct 20th 2010 8:41AM Dont know if my current computer cuts the mustard :P

Core 2 quad Q6600, 8Gb ram, Geforce 8800 GTS

I multi-box off this machine running 5 toons quite happily.

Next year, I will be upgrading to either a core i7 quad or a phenom X6 black box with 12-16Gb of ram. But I think that for single boxing, my current machine is just fine.

* note: I am a computer programmer who also does some video editing in his spare time :)

Breakfast Topic: Does your heart follow your main? {WoW}

Oct 18th 2010 10:45AM I created my first guild not long after I started, got a few people in it and it was rather static... could have had something to do with the name tbh. So I created a new guild and I was going to use that as a raiding guild while my original guild was to be used as a leveling guild. But that plan didnt work out so we either as I couldnt get any reliable tanks to join. Then just as I got a tank in, the tank suggested that we merged with the guild I usually went on raids with so that we had more people available to raid with (helped that I had a toon in that guild already).

So, my two guilds and the guild I had an alt in merged and all was good... we were having fun, just social raiding and taking things easy... and then Wrath came out and it was all pretty good until we hit 80 and started raiding naxx as a 10man team (our original Kara group) and things were going ok still... then we were asked if we wanted to merge raid naxx25 with another guild with the intention that if it worked out well, then we would merge guilds (which didnt end up happening). And it was all going ok, then our GL got the bright idea of making our own 25man team and just started inviting any old level 80 to join the guild and we pretty quickly filled up a 25man team. However, the Guild Leader didnt bother to vet the new members and we quickly filled up with a bunch of, what can be loosely called, idiots. It all came to a head one night in Naxx25 just before Ulduar came out that it all started to fall apart. We were on K'T and we had way too many melee dps in the raid and one person got ice blocked and the next thing you know, the raids dead and everyone is screaming at each other and throwing abuse around left right and centre.

As a result of the recruiting policy of, that guy looks geared enough to do the raids we are doing... invite him, the guild started to stagnate and fall apart. Our good reputation started to get tarnished by the idiots. And then our better members got tired of doing the same content as a guild over and over (lower spire) without progression towards King Slayer for the guild and started leaving.

A few of the my old guild members from my original 2 guilds and a couple of members from the current guild decided eventually that enough was enough and they wanted to raid in a nice friendly environment and asked if I still had my old guild. I still did, so they asked if we could restart it as a friendly 10man raiding guild.

I still raid on my paladin with the guild that he is in but I seem to be spending a lot more time on the toons that I have in my old guild. We have recruited a few more people and we are selective about who we allow to remain with us. The core of the guild are old friends and old friends of the core members and we all get well along together. We have all stepped back from any form of hardcore raiding and we are just a friendly social raiding guild where we are having fun again... which I reckon is a good thing, because if we hadnt made the jump, then without the fun in the game, it would have got boring and we would have all left eventually.

I would prefer to, as others have said, wipe with friends than wipe with a pug...