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Breakfast Topic: Remember that one guy who ...? {WoW}

Sep 10th 2011 8:16AM He's no longer in our guild (I don't know where he even is now - or if he still plays), but there's 'That One Guy' I remember very well. I'm in a small guild (almost always have been) with a few IRL friends, and back in Wrath, we had a random guy begging to join it. When there's only five or six of you, another guy to dungeon, quest or battleground with is always a bonus, so with no interviews or discussions, we let him into our guild. You'd expect, a relatively lowbie player joining a guild in which everybody not only knows each other well but socialise together outside the game as well, he might not be the biggest talker. But day in, day out, he never failed to make conversation, and he was a fun person to be with. After a few months, he was hitting the higher levels, and said (in very apologetic terms) that he felt he had to leave the guild to progress.

With no hard feelings, we said our group goodbyes, and he went on his way. Not only was guild chat suddenly quieter, but a few days later, we noticed that on the day he'd left (more or less right before he /gquit), he'd deposited a huge sum of money into our guild bank - a guild bank which had never been particularly rife with excess gold. He never took anything from our guild bank, he never even used it for repairs, and he never hassled us for anything; he just made our days a bit brighter, and, when all was said and done, left a genuinely heartwarming parting gift. Looking bad, it's depressing me all over again that he's no longer around. It's not everyday you meet a through-and-through, bonafide gentleman on WoW.

Spiritual Guidance: Patch 4.3 and shadow priest transmogrification {WoW}

Aug 31st 2011 9:52PM I still can't decide for sure, but I want to avoid wearing the same gear as everyone else - so T5 and T6 (despite my love for them) are off the list. I dredged up Cowl of the Illidari Highlord during a Guild run of Black Temple, I fell immediately in love with the glowing eyes. Just as effective in Shadowform. I'm also casting glances at the Power Generator Hood if I can get hold of it - Glowing Eyes vs. Skull Face. Decisions, Decisions. I'd love a Gas Mask, above all else. But that skin can only be obtained during the Love is in the Air event (and I'm not even sure if it meets the transmogrification criteria to be honest).

Shoulders, I haven't decided either. So hard to say 'No' to the T6 shoulders (they just scream 'Shadow Priest'), but I'm doing my best to fight it. I really need to spend more time looking for nice shoulder pieces.

And as for my weapon, I drudged up Terestrian's Stranglestaff in Karazhan, and grew fond of the animated tentacles - but there are nicer-skinned items with a similar effect to them which I ought to track down. There's wider choice for weapons than any other slot, so this is what I'm trying to figure out more than any other.

Transmogrification and the dismissal of the silhouette theory {WoW}

Aug 17th 2011 3:08PM Of all the additions and changes that have been made to WoW over the past few years, Transmogrification is far and away the most exciting news I've received. It's something people have talked about for a long time now, but I was never entirely convinced Blizzard would get round to implementing such a thing, or even whether that's something they would want to do.

My problem is, I very much enjoy the game, and even have some raiding experience - but I've never been able to commit myself to regular raiding. As such, my gear is almost always a jumbled mess - I'll have a piece of this tier, a couple of pieces of that tier, some BoP drops from the Auction House, some vendor gear, and maybe even a piece of late leveling gear that I've just struggled to replace. The end result is that my character looks like it's just emerged from an explosion in a textiles factory. Very little of the gear looks good, and none of it seems to fit with the other pieces of gear I'm wearing. It's got an awful aesthetic look to it, one that I can only really rid myself from by committing to running regular end-game content and piecing together a decent set of Tier Gear.

The ability to reskin my gear would mean that, whilstever I continue to not be a hardcore raider, I can at least keep my character looking decent, and maybe even have a set of gear that looks good together - rather than the abysmal rainbow-coloured patchwork I'm donning at the moment.

Breakfast Topic: Fun with jerks {WoW}

Jan 31st 2010 1:40PM Meh, point of view really. I don't think it's such a bad move to intentionally show up an arrogant fool now and then. It's not like anyone else ever takes objection to it, just whoever gets a quick reality check. I have no doubts it makes me a jerk, but I think 'pompous' is rather subjective... I don't consider myself quite the same heights of arrogance as "OMG IM BST TANK/DPS EVR ITS ALL UR FALT WHERE FAYLING".

Just skim-reading my first comment (I maybe should've done this first) I realise I didn't come across quite right - for the record, I don't swap for the sake of it, I only do it if the other player is being infuriatingly egotistical despite being the sole problem. And if that makes me pompous, then I have no qualms about being pompous.

Breakfast Topic: Fun with jerks {WoW}

Jan 30th 2010 8:41AM I find myself grouped with egotistical yet unskilled players constantly, both on my Priest main, and my Warrior alt. On my Priest, my healing gear is so far ahead of my DPS gear, that I only ever heal now, so I don't get chance to swap spec/gear and show up some chump often - though I love when someone outheals me on a boss fight, brags about how great he is, then I just up my game on the next boss and leave him in the dust. On my Warrior, though (he's lower level, I do random classics to level because I'm so tired of questing and world grinding), I have DPS and Tanking gear - and half the time, no matter which I enter as, I end up swapping because our current tank or current DPS is just pathetic and irritating. It usually ends in a lot of swearing and a few drop-outs, but that's half the fun.