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The Queue: Impatience is a virtue {WoW}

Apr 27th 2011 2:25PM Of course they eat. How else could they poop amberseeds?

Ready Check: Ranged DPS can be harder than you thought {WoW}

Mar 18th 2011 6:29PM I pretty much agree with your entire assessment, Mr Gray, sir. I switched mains from a rogue to a balance druid very late in tBC and by that time ranged was already getting too easy. Plus back then boomkins could melee, tank, and heal with efficacy. Now we're just mages with feathers and an inferiority complex.

WotLK thoroughly spoiled ranged dps. Even when we made fatal errors we were often able to outrun the mobs while the tank and healer died. Now that Cata has brought the return of CC and mana issues as well as greater movement challenges and healer prioritization, being a decent player has become a lot harder. Oh noes! Responsibility! I still put a lot of blame on us ranged dps for many careless mistakes, but I also stopped pugging a few months ago because the grief of jerky tanks was more than I have energy or desire to tolerate. As more people level their alts I suspect your realization that ranged dps deserves a LITTLE slack and patience in the new WoW will catch on some. The environment of everybody learning the instances for the first time will be over, though, and for better or worse ranged dps leveling later will never grasp what hell some tanks have made it for dps trying to learn or relearn how to play under Cata conditions. Thank you for noticing. :)

I also finally leveled my 4-year-old pally and I must say, "I love tank."

Breakfast Topic: What's your favorite dungeon or raid memory? {WoW}

Feb 18th 2011 5:10PM Most of my four years playing WoW I have not spent in a raiding guild. While we had some great times and overcame some interesting challenges, pretty much all the best times I've had were with friends. Even in the social guilds, friendship > guild > raids, so what really stand out in my memory are the antics and silliness. Drunk and singing in Kara. Having the mage pull the Lady Deathwhisper trash and then letting the iceblock expire rather than run in: dead mage. The prot pally that pulled the entire opera audience because we liked doing that, only one time he bubble hearthed. That pally's boyfriend (mage) also used to often open an emergency escape portal just before the pally pulled, which pissed him off but was hilarious for the rest of us--those that survived, anyhow. While on my priest (Levitate ftw) I whispered the DK new to our group that he should hit Path of Frost during the fall to the Anub event in ToC. Lot's of antics that only friends could do together. "Run, little girl, run" still makes me laugh because of the Big Bad Wolf with friends. Really there are too many incidents to recount. I always tell people WoW is what you make it and raiding has been SO much fun with friends who are both playful and play well.

Breakfast Topic: How do you cope with muggles who don't "get" WoW? {WoW}

Jan 27th 2011 3:45PM My family, including the multitude of cousins, great aunts and uncles, etc, all like to play games. The older guys from Texas prefer dominoes but will play cards if asked. Many of us also like board games. However I am one of the few that has always enjoyed video games more complicated board games. Years ago I showed my mom, grandmother, and step-father Super Mario Bros 2 and they thought it was dumb. Well, let me clarify: I could see that my step-dad was interested but not about to say anything in front of my mom. lol I have frequently considered teasing him with some fun games because I know he'd get into them. If my mother could get over her distaste for anything fantasy she would love WoW, too. I'm too busy with my own life to put that much energy into convincing my parents that this particular addiction is worth their time.

Other people are a mixed bag. Most say nothing, but if somebody asks about it I tell them that it's a game that has millions of players that play together in a virtual world, that it's social, chatty, a good role-playing environment for those that like that, a place to beat on other players, a team sport, a place to beat on imaginary creatures, a huge story to read and in which to participate, and a constant ego boost with all the different rewards and leveling experiences (professions, too). Then I tag that with the comment that for the price of a decent lunch out I can have a social and gaming outlet at my fingertips for an entire month. Sometimes I throw in that I meet all different kinds of people from different parts of the world, too. But the one thing I always say is that WoW is what you make of it.

Real life friends got me into WoW. Now a number of WoW friends are real life friends, too. I have developed real life friendships with people in Minneapolis; Washington, D.C; Chicago; Portland; and San Francisco. I never would have tried two stepping or line dancing and next month I'm taking a jaunt down to Palm Springs to hang with a friend visiting from Chicago. WoW has been great.

Drama Mamas: The case of the gold-selling guildie {WoW}

Jan 14th 2011 4:30PM Disability really is not an excuse. I am permanently disabled but for the time being have no income other than food stamps. My game time is provided by friends who know that throwing a few game cards in my direction keeps me entertained on the cheap and maintains a fun outlet that we have enjoyed together and separately for years, now. It's not that I enjoy sponging off friends because I don't--I have a difficult time asking for anything, especially if it costs money. But the reality is that as friends we do things for and spend money on each other because it's how we spend time together and show appreciation for one another's company. I've supported others through hard times, now I'm getting some payback on positive karma.

What's $15? One lunch at which somebody else picks up the tab? Three mochas from Starbucks? It's very much a burden when you're the one with no money, but a drop in the bucket to people making more than minimum wage. Consider that WoW is more than just a game, it's a venue for social time with friends, instant gratification and positive reinforcement (yay, another skill point! NPCs telling me how awesome I am!), solo entertainment, puzzle solving, and so on and on. WoW is what you make of it, so that $15 that could have been spent on popcorn and a movie for a 2-3 hour experience can instead stretch into 30 days of entertainment variety, albeit virtual.

So why is this dude risking all that friendship and goodwill as well as the ability to play WoW at all by breaking the Terms of Service. S/he needs to figure that out quickly and stop taking advantage of guildies and friends. The guild officer who wrote to Drama Mamas for advice needs to acknowledge that his role as a guild officer is separate and additional to being a friend and to stop letting excuses deter him from acting constructively. Stop dilly-dallying. Get your facts straight, Guild Officer, and act as a guild officer AND as a friend which, incidentally, may be at odds. Above and beyond WoW issues, ask yourself how much you want to enable your friend's development of potentially self-destructive bad habits.

The Daily Quest: Let's start at the very beginning {WoW}

Jan 5th 2011 7:15PM There's not enough detergent in the world to clean that video out of my poor brain. I'm terrified and tickled at once.

12 Days of Winter Veil Giveaway Day 10: Stormrage novels {WoW}

Jan 1st 2011 6:46PM Hmm. I don't think I entered this particular one yet. >.>

12 Days of Winter Veil Giveaway Day 11: $20 J!NX codes {WoW}

Jan 1st 2011 6:45PM wardrobe enhancement
only cuz I rarely wear anything but t-shirts