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The Queue: In short {WoW}

Dec 29th 2010 4:44PM Funny timing on your question!

I've been leveling a little female dwarf shammy lately, and a few days ago I ended up in a random with a level 55 pally named Retpallyman (with some ascii letters in there, of course). He was the tank.

I didn't think much of it until yesterday, when, upon zoning into another random dungeon group, I was greeted enthusiastically by none other than Retpallyman. Somehow we had landed in the same group again.

This time, though? He was the healer.

I can't comment objectively on the annoyance factor of such names, because my biggest, secret pet peeve in WoW are characters with names that aren't really names.

Knowledge, newbies, and why kindness pays off {WoW}

Dec 29th 2010 11:57AM I think it's worth mentioning that if an experienced player is in a group with people who seem to be doing badly, it might be time to step back for a moment and see if your "experience" has given you blinders to your own playing.

I have played and raided as a tank for nearly five years, and currently I'm leveling a female dwarf prot pally just so I can experience the dungeons all over again at the proper level. In one group, I had trouble with melee aggroing nearby groups and constantly standing in front of the mobs. I pointed out nicely that they should be behind the mob instead and to be more careful where they stepped.

"Yes, I know this," the rogue replied. "But you're seven levels higher than we are, and if you keep tanking the mobs where they stand and we run behind them, the other nearby groups aggro on us."

I was ashamed that my automatic assumption was that they were playing badly and needed tutored, when it was actually my own mistake. I was so used to endgame that I nearly forgot that not everyone was my same level. It was a humbling but much-needed lesson.

The Queue: Talbuk surfing {WoW}

Nov 5th 2010 11:47AM Indeed. Also important is correct apostrophe use, best illustrated by a line from "The Safety Dance":

"We can leave our friends behind"
versus
"We can leave our friend's behind"

Breakfast Topic: Share your ragequit moments {WoW}

Oct 28th 2010 1:14PM Back in early Wrath, I was in a guild that I had enjoyed at first for its friendly members and its frequent fun, productive raids.

I soon found out, however, that the fun and productive part of the raids only happened when the guild leader wasn't leading them. He was a bit of a loose hinge; he refused to uphold any rules or structures in his raids, so DKP went out the window and he handed out gear to whoever he felt "deserved" it the most. He was also bad at keeping people on task. After every boss fight and every wipe, we'd have to sit around for fifteen minutes or more while people took smoke breaks, bathroom breaks, drink breaks, who knows what breaks.

One evening during our weekly 25 Naxx raid run by our guild leader, all of this came to a head. Different people took break after break, slowing our progress through Naxx to a crawl. Those of us who weren't going AFK after every trash pull were growing fidgety and impatient. Finally my husband politely asked the guild leader if we could stop taking so many breaks until after we downed the next boss, The Four Horsemen.

At which point the guild leader made a snippy reply about "You're not the leader, I am!" and went AFK.

And stayed AFK for over twenty minutes.

The main tank refused to pull the Horsemen without the guild leader present, so the entire raid had nothing to do but idly hang out in the Horsemen room. We were so bored during that time that we tried to see how many Great Feasts we could stack on each other. People's tempers grew short as the wait dragged on and on.

Finally the guild leader returned, gloating about how he showed us who had the real power.

We easily downed the Horsemen, then came the moment of truth -- the loot! My husband had been eagerly looking forward all week to the chance of getting a piece of his T7.5 set.

The guild leader always linked the loot in raid chat, then would link one piece for people to roll on if he hadn't earmarked that gear for a specific player. Usually he did this without saying a word in Vent, since we all understood that a linked single item was for rolling. So after the guild leader opened up the chest, this is what he wrote in raid chat:

GuildLeader: {Weapon Thing}{Other Thing}{Shaman T7.5}
GuildLeader: {Shaman T7.5}

At which point my husband rolled, and his roll was a 98.

The guild leader exploded into a mess of screaming and profanity on Vent. "THAT WASN'T FOR YOU TO ROLL ON, I WAS JUST LINKING THE LOOT! YOU WEREN'T SUPPOSED TO ROLL YET! WHY THE HELL DID YOU ROLL?! DON'T F'ING ROLL UNTIL I'M DONE!!!"

He threw out my husband's roll, then linked the shaman T7.5 again. All five shaman rolled, and this time my husband's roll was only a 4. He lost his tier piece. It wasn't until the loot was handed out that everyone realized that TWO tokens for identical Shaman T7.5 had dropped, which is why it was linked twice in raid chat -- but because the guild leader had the chest open, nobody else could look at the loot. It was a simple misunderstanding and failure to communicate on the guild leader's part.

However, the guild leader continued to loudly abuse my husband over Vent for rolling early (even though it looked for all the world like it was an item up for roll). My husband had been a member of this guild for over four years, and was a trusted and much-loved raid officer. The other members couldn't believe that the leader was flipping out so horribly, taking his anger out on someone who didn't deserve it.

Already-short tempers flared up, and it created a chain reaction. Within the space of a few moments, 18 of us ragequit the guild and formed a new one.

Breakfast Topic: Gratitude for all things epic {WoW}

Oct 8th 2010 11:56AM I've always thought that the "Champion of the Frozen Wastes" title should be the reward for completing all of the Northrend poop quests.

WoW Moviewatch: Moments in Life {WoW}

Sep 21st 2010 4:19PM Yeah, he's also behind that awful"Broken Hearted" video, with its equally puerile plot and poor-quality visuals:
http://wow.joystiq.com/2010/07/28/wow-moviewatch-broken-hearted/

It's sad to see that despite a lot of constructive criticism on both Youtube and WoWInsider to his previous work, he's still stubbornly adhering to his skewed vision of quality and storytelling.

WoW Moviewatch: Icecrown Citadel: Way of the Warrior {WoW}

Aug 18th 2010 1:33PM Pro Tip: GrammAr.

Blizzard to patrol Moon Guard's Goldshire for harassment, erotic role playing {WoW}

Aug 4th 2010 11:37AM Yes. This. Please. I checked out Moon Guard's Goldshire after hearing so many stories, but to be honest, it seemed tame compared to a lot of what goes on in Pornshire on Blackwater Raiders.

WoW Moviewatch: Orc vs. Wild {WoW}

Jul 30th 2010 12:43PM Thank you so much for the helpful reply, Adam! I didn't even think about dumping my cache -- it was autoplaying on both my Winbox and Mac, so I thought it was just a universal thing. It's nice to know that WoW.com doesn't like autoplay, and in the future I'll know to tinker around with things on my end if it happens again. Thanks! :)

WoW Moviewatch: Orc vs. Wild {WoW}

Jul 30th 2010 12:23PM Awesome, a new Movie Watch. Please, could yesterday's auto-playing Oxhorn now be taken out of the sidebar so we don't have to keep hearing it over and over and over and over EVERY time we load a new page on WoW.com? It's getting reeeeeally old doing the "frantic scroll to hit pause" move on each page. :\