Jul 9th 2010 12:47AM I think that a couple of major points are not being addressed here. One is the human nature to research something before parting with hard-earned cash and the other is that there are still roughly 12 million people playing this game.
Here in Australia, the Battlechest will put you back about AUD$50 during a sale, then you're looking at AUD$50 or so for Wrath. We're expecting to pay about $90 to $130 here for Cataclysm on release day. That's a total of almost $200 to get started! Then you factor in a time card (AUD$35) or using your credit card - which is only slightly less - and you have yourself an investment of almost $250. Would you spend that much money without doing a bit of research? Of course not!
As someone who, until recently, managed one of the biggest gaming retail chains in Australia, we were expected to know a great deal about what we were selling. Every day would see us answering a myriad of questions regarding upcoming or current releases and at least three times a week I (as the store's "WoW Guy") would have someone asking for advice in relation to gameplay or whether or not to buy.
Also, let's be honest here, few people will enter into an MMO if they don't know someone who already plays. I most certainly would not have taken up the game if several people I knew (including my partner) didn't already play.
That last point bring us to the second thing that people aren't thinking about. Over 12 million people already play this game - which means there are roughly 1.2 million people playing who are not complete bastards. Statistically, you're bound to come across someone who will point you in the right direction in-game.
Furthermore, we're not privy to the help text that will probably accompany the choice people make at level 10. I'm pretty sure that before you make your choice, you will have to do a quest or two, or wade through some text explaining what your choice will mean.
Jun 9th 2010 6:49PM Urgh, I have a list! Calling out that I'm popping Heroism over Vent while on my warlock while wondering what happened to my totems. Wondering where my Life Tap and/or minion went on my shaman. I recently remembered to change my bindings on my mains' specs so that my Divine Plea in ret was no longer my DI key on my holy offspec (having half of Dalaran teabag your character is motivating!). Then there's the usual problem of going from melee to caster DPS - and having an entire raid stop and watch you melee down trash on your warlock.
My significant other has this problem: if we're out farming eternals in WG together, I know that at some point I'll have to fly down into Sholzar Basin and res her warlock. She has an uncanny knack of finding a way to fall great heights. I don't have to ask anymore. If I see her health bar go from 100% to 0%, I just make a bee-line for the nearest drop.
May 5th 2010 4:33PM I have to admit that whenever I queue up for a random dungeon on an alt, I always breathe a sigh of relief when I see players from Silverhand. They are generally the most understanding and - well - nice players I've come across. A perfect example of this was when I was farming Norm ToTC for that damn Black Heart for my freshly-minted 80 tank. Two of the other players were also chasing it but because my character was the tank, they passed on it for me.
It's little things like that, that make me defend those "RP nerds" everyone seems to enjoy flaming so much on my own server. It's also the reason my partner plays on Silverhand. She cares not one whit for the roleplaying or lore, it's the friendliness of the players.
To everyone on that server, I salute you.
May 4th 2010 1:08AM I'm the same as you Matthew. Brewfest, Hallow's Eve and the plethora of others - no thanks! If I ever get my Purple Proto it'll be by pure chance.
Children's Week however, is something I've done every year religiously. I've heard rumours of Blizzard donating part of subscriptions during that time to charity. Whether or not this is true is irrelevant to me. It just gives me a warm fuzzy feeling to go back to all those places I haven't visited since this time last year and bring someone with me.
Okay, and there's the spectacle of watching 25 people /slap their Orphan in a raid.
Apr 18th 2010 8:45PM From what I've seen in /Trade, a lot of the arguments seem to be from 12-16 year-olds who desperately want one - but can't get mummy and/or daddy to pony up the cash for it. On hearing the bad news, they stamp their little feet, turn Simple Plan way up loud, push their fringe off their faces and rant like the little emo so-and-so's they are.
Twilight references? I approached my personal Twilight fangirl (Soon To Be Wife - who will probably tie me up by my feet and beat me with a garden hose for that) and asked her if there is any reference to any form of winged gee-gee in the books or movies. Nope. Nada. Zip. If any reference could be made to a movie, it'd probably be to the Pegasus in Clash of the Titans - which brings me to the reason I bought one for myself and STBW.
Her birthday request this year was simple: a Pegasus and to do something unmentionable to the actress who plays Io in Titans. My first idea for the Pegasus was to go out and buy a My Little Pony and tape wings to it - which would have had the same effect as calling STBW a Twilight fangirl. When I found out the Celestial Steed was available, I purchased one for STBW straight away - and then on coming in-game and seeing just how awesome they look, I bought one for myself.
They look fantastic, scale to riding skill and every character you create will get one. I'm not seeing a down-side here! Blizzard isn't forcing you to buy one in order to access content, nor are they victimising you in any way for not having one. If anything, the mount says, "I have a bit of disposable income to toss about right now and I think it's pretty".
So pretty in fact, that it took my Blue Proto-Drake's position as "Brag Mount above Dalaran".
Mar 27th 2010 9:16PM I've tried it with all of my addons moved to another folder and the graphics settings all the way down with some success. Moving/deleting your WTF folder has no effect. It only seems to happen on one of my characters too - which just happens to be the one I want to play as he's so-damn-close-to-80-it-hurts.
They'll patch it eventually - they always do...
Mar 19th 2010 4:18PM Awesome idea!
Also, some kind of Defense food for tanks as right now there's nothing.
Mar 17th 2010 3:11AM I participated in an ICC 25 run using GDKP and I thought it was great! Even though the measly 3k gold I walked in with didn't even scratch the surface of most of the bids (Bryntol went for 12k - and I cried, like a hungry, angry baby) I came out the other end with a host of achievements, badges and just over 4k on top of the gold I took in. For PuGs, I'd highly recommend this system.
Mar 16th 2010 8:48AM Yikes!
Okay, some clarification is required here: my realm is a PvE server with a low to mid level of interest in PvP and a lot of the time you will see "What is this pvp s#@t?!?" in a VoA run, followed by a mass exodus from the raid. More often than not, one of the guys in the guild will pipe up over Vent saying he or she would like that item but doesn't want to roll, so if there is someone else of the same class/spec who doesn't mind copping, "Why are you rolling on that crap?" from PuGs, they'll roll. If the item is rolled on by a PuG and the guildie is still not prepared to roll, then they lose the item.
On re-reading the post (with more than four hours sleep behind me in the last 72), I think it came out that everyone in the guild madly rolls on every item on the odd chance that someone will get something out of it. UH UH! Nooooo! I'm personally surprised I didn't go into an in-depth diatribe about how rubber chickens are far more hygienic than the real thing and therefore make better pets... Oh wait, I wrote about that in the guild forum.
Sleep is good people!
Mar 15th 2010 12:57PM Wait a minute. You're referring to covering yourself in PvP epics and doing it in a way that is so removed from the rest of the game et large that I'm not surprised you have no social awareness. If I came into a raid where the players were wearing PvP gear (even the weird PvP/PvE mix from Wintergrasp), I'd be so worried about stealing aggro from melee hits I'd be headed for the door. If I was raid leader and you came into the raid with ANY PvP gear on (with an exemption on PvP retadin bracers) you'd be booted before you could even say, "sup n00bz".
You sound like you've invested a great deal of time and effort into creating a guide for people to power-level their third or fourth character and have them ready to step into high end gear the moment they hit 80. Good for you! There are probably millions of people out there on their third, fourth or tenth 80. They have all trades covered to minimise cost for enchants/gems/etc and tens of thousands in gold squirreled away to ensure those new alts always have the latest e-peen.
Remember though, that there are people out there who are still leveling their first character, who don't have the time or interest in poring over AH forums to squeeze that extra few gold out of Titansteel or Glyphs, or EJ forums to squeeze out a few more DPS. There are people out there who, obviously unlike you, remember that the last word in MMORPG is GAME and play to enjoy themselves - NOT to kow-tow to the likes of elitist wankers like yourself. If a person is still sporting green trinkets or quest-level blues in heroics, they're not a bad player. They've simply not invested the hundreds of hours of painstaking play you obviously have. If a player has gone to enough trouble to know to gem Str instead of AP or SP on a retadin, they know the mechanics of their class well enough to look after themselves.
Those of us who are particularly geared should welcome the not-so-geared in heroic runs. It's the perfect place for us to hone our aggro-management, survivability and panic-healing techniques. There are those out there (whyisretgimped being a perfect example) who are just getting lazy. We need to remember when most of us first set foot in the Northrend heroics. Most tanks were sporting 20k health, healers 15-20k mana and DPS would push out 2.5k DPS with the wind behind them. Remember those times you were sweating after healing a King Dredd encounter? Remember your first encounter with the Commander in Nexus (here's a hint: "Hey, I think that guy's a bo... hey I'm dead!").
Take a step back whyisretgimped, get off your high-horse and realise that the game was made for millions of people to enjoy - not just yourself.