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Breakfast Topic: What place in Azeroth scares you? {WoW}

Jun 30th 2011 8:15AM Any and every outhouse in the game. I've seen the things the various races eat...

Breakfast Topic: Guild achievements and you {WoW}

Jun 15th 2011 8:26AM I haven't been in a guild in years, having never really had a good guild experience. That said, I have mixed feelings on the guild achievements, and the rewards they offer.

I hate that as someone not in a guild, I can't even work towards getting a non-guild achievement such as 200 cooking recipes. I can work towards it (and I have 199 recipes, but without being in a guild, at this time, its impossible for me to get the non-guild cooking achievement for having 200 recipes.)

A lot of the cosmetic rewards, such as mounts or pets, that are awarded from guild achievements, I have no problems with, even as a collector.

I just hate feeling like I'm being punished for not being in a guild.

In the end though, I realize it is my choice not to be in a guild, and I can live with it. I understand that WoW is a social game, but the guild achievements feel like a gimmick to try and force me into being more social than I care to be. I also thought raiding and rated BGs (and the rewards that come from taking part in such things) were meant to be the rewards for social interactions.

I am curious to see how others feel about the guild achievement system, especially guild leaders. Is it something that you use as a recruiting tool? Do people look for guilds now solely because of the possible rewards the guild has already unlocked? I can see selfish people out for rewards only looking for things like the Dark Phoenix joining a guild that has it, building up the rep, getting the reward, quitting, and then looking for another guild that has [insert reward here] unlocked and repeating the process. Have any guilds out there seen this as a problem? Is it something that you care about as a guild leader?

The Queue: I heart whale sharks {WoW}

May 28th 2011 5:14PM What? No "Resistance is futile" references? I'm either very proud or ashamed. Somewhere, a Borg is crying.

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May 1st 2011 12:17PM spectacular

Gold Capped: Competition in tailoring {WoW}

Apr 11th 2011 11:40PM "If you can convince a competitor to act in your interest without anything more than an in-game mail, they're playing to lose. My personal favorite is agreeing with a competitor to price-fix, then using an anonymous alt to undercut once they feel secure that they'll get half of the business. If they get aggressive and buy out my undercutter, I list as much as I can on him."


In essence, you are implying (by this statement and several of responses in the comments, such as "...not screwing with my competition"), that lying is ethical if it is to your competition, and not your consumers. Screwing with your competition in this case is lying, not playing some sort of prank, but outright lying.

I guess you never read any Kant, or disagree with Kantian ethics to say the least.

From my point of view, once a person has shown a willingness to lie, to whom they are lying matters not, they can no longer be trusted. (There may be few exceptions, such as to save a life, but certainly not for profit or pure personal gain IMO).

Since you have shown a willingness to lie, your claim that you would not do it to customers, or the very people who come to this column for help and advice, is null and void.

I know I only speak for myself, but I will no longer be reading your columns. I don't feel like taking the risk that you will one day decide all your readers are potential competition, and therefor should be lied to.

Patch 4.1: Blizzard unveils dungeon finder Call to Arms {WoW}

Apr 7th 2011 3:42PM I loved playing a healer from vanilla wow, through the burning crusade, and well into wrath. I still love playing a healer in cataclysm, just no longer in dungeons. Towards the end of the wrath cycle, my last (literally) 10 queues were nothing but a dk or paladin that would queue as a tank, immediately run into a group of mobs, get aggro, then drop group, killing me at the very least, since as a healer, its programmed in me to heal those taking damage.

I have yet to run a single cataclysm dungeon, not because I'm afraid that it is too hard, but simply from the way the community I come across using the LFD tool has all too often been anything but a**holes.

Well another reason, admittedly, is the length of time it takes to run these dungeons. During BC, i was fine with heroics taking hours to complete, but that was then, this is now. I grew accustomed to the speed of wrath heroics, and it enabled me to do many other things in and outside of wow.

I personally would give LFD another chance if you could limit it to "your realm only" where it would be possible for me to once again develop relationships with decent players I came across. People interested in only using LFD for the fastest queue time could still combine with people from other servers. I would make the effort to set aside the extra time for the queue itself, and the extra time for running the dungeons.

Right now, there really is no incentive for me to use the LFD, as a healer or otherwise. Pets and mounts (while I do indeed collect them) wont be an incentive for me, I took the time to farm all those pets and mounts already (I have 136 non-combat pets and 120 mounts). Maybe if the pets or mounts were unique/new, but they aren't. I understand that blizzard can't make people nice, but the community sure can have an effect on that.

The real solution is for the community to grow up, be more patient, and to learn how to admit a mistake they made. I'm not nor have ever been afraid to say, "that was my mistake, I'm sorry, and I wont do it again." Doesn't seem that hard of a concept, but then again world peace wouldn't be that hard if people could just learn to accept that although differences exist between people, we should still all get along with each other.

Gold Capped: Can you ever have too many alchemists? {WoW}

Apr 7th 2011 2:47PM I have 3 maxed alchemists, and a max of every other profession save for engineering and blacksmith. On average (I stress the word average here) I play maybe 1-2 hours a day since the release of cataclysm. In that time i've made slightly over 400k gold. All three of my alchemists have a different mastery, i.e., transmute, potion, and elixir mastery. The transmute bonus has been far less profitable than the elixir or potion mastery bonuses.

Win loot from WoW Insider and WoWTCGLoot.com {WoW}

Mar 29th 2011 1:58PM screw twitter, ill lose contests on this site first

Gold Capped: Patch 4.1 and Maelstrom Crystals {WoW}

Mar 29th 2011 10:06AM Only if the prices of items from Justice points were lower than the prices for honor points, otherwise those are the exact same prices that are live for honor points. I'll admit I haven't looked at anything from justice points since I haven't done a dungeon/raid once in cataclysm.

Breakfast Topic: Where in Azeroth would you make your imaginary home? {WoW}

Mar 29th 2011 10:04AM The Steam Pools, nothing quite like an unlimited supply of hot water for washing off my armor after a day of PvP.