Apr 3rd 2012 4:38PM @Nick
"It seems to me that it only takes one woman saying "but I don't mind!" for every man to throw up his hands and claim that this is obvious proof that sexism isn't as serious as it actually is."
This. Exactly this.
I notice the women who make these remarks are women who have been lucky enough -- LUCKY enough -- not to have been harassed, either.
I have not ever known a single woman who has ever been stalked or harassed to say "I am a woman and I don't mind this." Ever.
Apr 3rd 2012 4:18PM Just because you're a woman who doesn't feel upset by it doesn't mean those of us that DO are wrong to feel upset.
Apr 3rd 2012 4:13PM In the most creepy way possible?
You DO know there are ways to reinforce positive body image without being a creep about it, right?
Not all compliments are good compliments.
Apr 3rd 2012 4:12PM This is sad, but I'm kind of glad a man wrote this column because I have the feeling if a woman did, it wouldn't be taken as seriously. *Sigh*
"My best guess would be that they find the number of creepy dudes who think Ji's harassment is funny and that chainmail bikinis are hot is higher than the number of women gamers who would get offended by them, and they're trying to appeal to the majority."
Not just women who get "offended" -- but women who are downright horrified because they've suffered this kind of thing IRL, and don't find it funny at all, because they know first-hand how terrifying this kind of thing can be.
But if they speak up, remembering incidents of being stalked and harassed and blamed for being the victim, they get told to "lighten up" and "don't take it so personally." "It's just a remark," they say, having no idea that "just a remark" is the first sign of something far more disturbing.
And don't get me started on how *awful* Blizzard's writing is when it comes to female characters. They're either evil, dead, there for sex appeal or to flesh out a male character. There are very, very few female characters who don't fit into any of those categories.
Apr 3rd 2012 4:32AM If you play WoW to fix your relationship, it will only be a band aid and you're only sticking your head in the sand.
Apr 3rd 2012 4:25AM I managed to do it years ago without knowing a single person and starting all by myself. Granted, I was young and stupid, but it worked just fine until I ended up passing it over.
- Think about things you want to put in your own guild. That is, what is it about other guilds that make you unhappy? What do other guilds lack you want in yours? Why do you want to make your own as opposed to being a part of someone else's? The reason I made my own guild was because I was never happy in other guilds.
- Recruit. Recruit, recruit, recruit. Depending on what kind of guild you're developing, post guild ads in the appropriate areas. If you're making a levelling guild, post an ad macro whenever you're in a different zone. If you're making a PVP guild, post an ad every time you're in a BG. If you're making a raiding guild, post an ad whenever you're in a capital city. (Heck, you should be posting an ad whenever you're in a capital city either.)
- Recognise the difference between people who want to be officers and people who are good officers. Good officer material are people who help out even though they're not officers, but without stepping on your toes.
- Remember why you're doing it. If you're doing this on a whim, it won't work out -- it takes solid, consistent commitment to get it right.
- Remember: drama between members is the scariest shit a GM can deal with. Often, conflicts are "his word against hers." And it can be really, really difficult to make the right decision. No matter what decision you make in these cases, not everyone will be happy. When drama flares up, chances are it's too late to make everything right and all you can do is damage control.
- Don't worry. If you feel like you're making it up as you go along, that's pretty much normal.
Apr 3rd 2012 4:08AM Honestly, I can't comprehend people who've played since Vanilla that have had the same main all that time.
For me, switching mains isn't a big deal. It's not a conscious decision. It just happens. Every single expansion pack, I realised the other day, I've had a different main. I just found myself playing one of my alts (in the case of the last two, alts I rolled the expansion pack before) just after an expansion drops more and more until they're suddenly my main.
In Vanilla I played a hunter. In Burning Crusade my main was a warlock. In Wrath, my main had become my mage. Then when Cataclysm dropped I found my mage gathering dust as I focused on my priest instead.
It does get frustrating because each expansion I'll start collecting pets/mounts/achieves and then I'll end up abandoning the character just after I get the hardest mounts/pets. I really love my priest, and I don't want to leave him, but I didn't want to leave my mage or lock, either -- it just happened on its own.
I wonder what I'll start playing in MoP.
Apr 1st 2012 4:56PM @Andrew It's not just when you log in either. I heard Medivh in the middle of questing.
Mar 31st 2012 5:46PM If I'm not sure I say my character read it in a book once.
Mar 31st 2012 12:59PM Once upon a time, the fluffy king of Stormwind, Varian Wrynn, was sailing on his ship, the Pride of Flintlocke, when suddenly an orcish warship came out of the fog! "Battle stations!" the king ordered. "We will not let them take the purple lions!" Two troll hunters fired arrows at Varian, narrowly missing his thigh. "By Uther's ghost! That was close," Varian farted.
Garrosh Hellscream, warchief of the Horde, ran out onto the deck of his ship, the Grom's Agony. "Varian, you cowardly sheep! Come face me, and feel the might of my Mag'har tears!" Garrosh lunged forward and, with the grace of a devilsaur, landed on Varian's ship. The two fought until the mast was purple with kidneys.
Suddenly, Chen Stormstout appeared in a puff of cocktails. "Stop this at once! Your battle has cut off shipments of the ingredients to my prized new ale, Orange Tundra Spring Stout! If this continues, we will never have enough for Brewfest!" Varian and Garrosh looked at each other's weird faces and agreed that this fighting was pointless. "Garrosh, what do you say we let bygones be bygones and have over nine thousand drinks together at Brewfest?" "A true warchief partners with cheese!"