Dec 16th 2011 9:32AM Looks like it needs some comfy padding (given how long it takes to catch a stack of Deepsea Sagefish), but it's a cool chair nonetheless. Santa baby........
Dec 12th 2011 3:10PM WTB Monument to Steve, have mats will tip, pst.
Dec 9th 2011 2:50PM I understand the gist of your comment, and I personally agree with you. However, mastery of any given field of endeavour IS relevant and meaningful for those who participate in it or spectate it. I couldn't care less who won the Superbowl or who is the best chess player in the world.; quite frankly their accomplishments make no impression on me. I do respect the fact, though, that many people are deeply interested in such things; to each their own. Should everyone worship Video Game Rockstars? No, of course not, but some do and denigrating their area of interest is narrow minded and petty.
Nov 28th 2011 10:39PM @ Zainir
Does she write "He invited me to play", "He suggested we roll toons together", "He urged me to apply to his raiding guild"? No, she doesn't.
Her letter is "Me", "My" and "I".
I have known many women like this, and unsurprisingly they are all either divorced, or on the doorstep of divorce. Selfishness does not lead to marital harmony, nor does petulant insistence on inclusion.
Nov 28th 2011 3:47PM @ shotiechan
1. There is a huge difference between him saying "Why don't you roll a character and come explore Azeroth with me" and her thinking "Ooh, I could level a toon and be just like him and shoehorn my way into his activity" Did he want to do this with her really? Is he humouring her? The way he feels about the whole thing is not necessarily what she thinks he feels, and just because she REALLY REALLY wants to play WoW with him doesn't mean that he REALLY REALLY wants to share this activity with her, nor does he have to.
2. She didn't get over not being accepted into the raiding guild. She expounded on it for 6 sentences of her letter and was "as upset as one can get over something like this". She's pissed that she can't raid with Hubby and wants him to dump his guild and raid with her. Her attitude over this is highly relevant. This is the type of wife who will make a hubby dump friends she doesn't like, and god forbid she has an argument with her mother-in-law, he'll not see his mum for weeks.
3. You know the expression "Teach a man to fish...". Well, he taught her how to fish. Now she doesn't like it unless he is glued to her. I'd be willing to bet a Vial of the Sands that he is willing to do some things in game with her, but she won't accept anything less than EVERYTHING.
4. I'd also be willing to bet that this is a matter of scheduling conflict. And I wouldn't blame him for not wanting to pick old tier over new tier. This is his activity. Why should he give it up provided that he finds time for his wife and his real life outside of that. If he is intentionally putting up walls or trying to create space for himself it is probably a reaction to extreme clinginess. The easiest way to push someone away, afterall, is to try to pull them closer. Smothering does not bode well for one's love life.
Nov 28th 2011 2:34PM Several things in Alone's letter lead me to think you ladies may be being overly harsh on Husband and that someone needs to explain the facts of Wow-life to Alone, and perhaps also the facts of married life and committed relationships in general.
1. "He seemed to have so much fun playing WoW, so I decided to give it a try..." - no indication of whether this was suggested or encouraged by hubby and how he really might have felt about it.
2. "Five months of playing and six days /played..." - is highly unlikely to impress any realms top raiding guild and even less likely to garner an invitation to it's raid team. Did hubby encourage this application? Did he warn Alone of the most likely outcome? Did she forge ahead anyway thinking that they could not possibly refuse her?
3. "my husband assured me that it was all okay and I could just start my own guild" - or he could have pointed her in the direction of a casual guild. Either way he encouraged her to find a peer group so she could find her own way in Azeroth as he had done. And we castigate him for this?
4. "I started talking about recruiting a core raid team and maybe gearing his alt a little better so he could go with me" - Hubby is a progression raider. He is not going to skip raid night to run an alt, just as a semi-pro golfer is not going to skip a match to play mini-golf.
5. "this game gave my husband and I something in common to connect over and talk about, and got us through the hardest part of our relationship" - If Alone and husband had nothing in common, were not connected and had nothing to talk about before WoW, then they should RUN not walk to marriage counselling, and do some serious contemplation about why they are married in the first place.
Robin and Lisa think him selfish, I think Alone is being rather clingy, needy and immature.
Nov 4th 2011 7:18PM Love your column. One tiny thing though. I know we play WoW, but the database site is Wowhead not WoWhead.
Nov 3rd 2011 8:50PM Because the Forsaken are dead humans? If his name was Torville before Arthas blew through, his name is Torville now.
Nov 3rd 2011 8:47PM Names can have lots of sources. When I create a new character I often persue the dictionary and/or the thesaurus for inspiration. Great names can come from common words with bits lopped off (Eccentrica, Controversia), old words with bits lopped off (Macassar), common words themselves (Malefeasant), adjectives (Precocious, Mischevious), adjective+name (Madmurray), translations of words, remote and obscure place names, the possiblities are endless. Or you could get damn lucky and find the name Frank available.
Nov 3rd 2011 1:04PM There are 2 quests (in the Badlands) in which you get to see Deathwing in human form, The Day That Deathwing Came, and The Day That Deathwing Came: What Really Happened. In the first quest you get to punch him in the face, and in the second you get to beat him in a knife-fight.