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Guest Post: Building an epic-level computer {WoW}

Sep 20th 2010 7:19PM Wait, you are talking about "epic level computer", and you are using air cooling? Mate, where's the water cooler? Whats the point of the greatest gaming rig of all times (btw, you are quite far off here...) if it sounds like a jumbo jet taking off the runway?

Officers' Quarters: Private channels {WoW}

May 24th 2010 3:44PM Trust is the key thing in these situations. We had similar issues in my guild for quite a while - a guild I inherited from a GM who could not take critique. Whenever people didn't agree with his decisions (apart from the Officer team), they were "ungreatfull", "whiners" and some other less flattering words as well.

Don't get me wrong, he wasn't a bad guy, but people couldn't talk to him. Everything had to go through the officer team.

When the top spot dropped down in my lap, I worked hard and long to change this, and at this time I have mostly done so. People know that they are allowed to disagree with me, and when they do bring something up, I will listen. Sure, sometimes my answer is as simple as a short "no, not gonna happen" - and sure we still have dissagreements, and have lost people to it in the past, but that the way things are. You can't please everyone, but you can let everyone give their opinion.

Make sure that people trust you, and seriously listen and consider what they say - and make it known that you do that - and you will avoid the talk behind your back.

A word of warning though - this will make you face the disagreements right now, and might cause both drama and clashes, but in my experience it's better to deal with it now instead of pretending it doesn't exist. That tend to cause less drama in the long run.

Officers' Quarters: The fourth tank's lament {WoW}

Jan 25th 2010 2:23PM It seems your guild have too many players to support. This happened in my guild as well once ICC hit (suddenly everyone wanted to raid!). In 10mans it was easy, we just run more teams (4 teams a week now, compared to our earlier 1-2).

25mans are not so easy.

Provided that you don't have other ties that makes you want to stay in guild, i'd say it's time to switch guild. Explain the reasons to the officers, and I can almost guarantee there won't be any hard feelings. While they won't say so, in a way they will almost be happy to see you go, cause thats one less person that they have to dissapoint by benching.

As a guild leader, I know for a fact that it sucks just as much having to tell people that they can't raid, as to recieve the same message.

The Queue: In which protection paladins really aren't that great {WoW}

Jan 14th 2010 5:36AM I have a question about WoW.Com's so called "sources".
With the F&F Alpha fiasco, this truly came up in the light. Your sources claimed that it would indeed come up this week. Well, lets just say that that seems very unlikely, especially considering MMO-Champions announcement yesterday regarding this.

My question then is, these "sources" as you claim, do they exist at all? As a journalist, I'm not asking for you to name your sources, but fact is, either you have really really bad sources, or they don't exist at all. Every announcement you have made during wrath have been posted here, after it was already posted on MMO-Champion, except the ones where you were wrong of course.

So, whats the deal? Are you in really bad need of some source control, or is it just bullshit and your sources are in reality just MMO-Champion and random twitter accounts?

For me, have lost all it's credibility as it is, which can't be good for business.
Just to make it all a bit softer - I still do like the columns.

Officers' Quarters: The ethics of loot selling {WoW}

Dec 7th 2009 4:24PM Sky, the other people in the raid was exploited.

The guy who actually ended up with the item in essence had two rolls.
Now, if the guy who in the end got the item actually rolled second highest, then sure, noone was harmed. If thats not the case however, these two guys basicly stole the item from whoever rolled second highest.

The pally who solt his item told the raid "I will use this item" - he didn't, thereby getting the item on false grounds = ninja.

Officers' Quarters: The ethics of loot selling {WoW}

Dec 7th 2009 4:19PM He rolled on the item to use it, as need.
Instead of using it he sold it.

While his intentions might have been right, he didn't do as he said he would. He didn't actually use the item, and therefor it was wrong rolling need.

If I pick something up in the store, and mean to pay for it, it's all good. If I then decides to just pocket the item before I get to the cashier, thats still stealing though, no matter what my original intentions were.

Officers' Quarters: The ethics of loot selling {WoW}

Dec 7th 2009 3:06PM To me, you are a ninja. Simple really. You rolled on an item and sold it instead of using it.

It may not have been your intention, but thats what happened, and beeing sorry for it later doesn't change that.

While your intentions may not have bad, that doesn't change jack shit for the people you raided with.

Ghostcrawler on big heals and health in Cataclysm {WoW}

Dec 4th 2009 9:29AM Now, the question is only whether healer mana relative to amount healed will go down (as in less regen and mana, or more expensive heals). This is really tied in to this whole concept.

If mana stays as high as today (where you can pretty much spam heal forever), then these other changes won't make any real difference at all.

Cataclysm: "Almost all items are going to have to change." {WoW}

Nov 18th 2009 11:49AM Druids in general get AP from agility.

Bear tanks however will get ap from strength as well, as in both str and agi gives them ap.

Basicly, the idea is that when tanking they will wear leather gear with agility, and rings, trinkets etc with str.