Feb 2nd 2012 7:41PM "I would hate to spoil the surprise if they read this!"
*IF*? What kind of best friends would they be if they didn't read your interview?! This is exciting stuff. Plus your murloc came out as good as, if not BETTER THAN, the ones Blizzard sells in the store. Lawrence has so much character and he's freaking adorable to boot.
Apr 29th 2011 4:47PM Heh. Reminds me of something a former GM pulled, thankfully pre-Cata, when he suddenly decided that running a social/raiding guild wasn't getting him what he wanted. Two successive walls of text in gchat, followed by /gdisband. The contents of the bank (which were not minor, we were a large guild and had had H Naxx on farm for quite some time when he pulled this) were all mailed off to him, as happens when a guild is disbanded, and no one was allowed an opportunity to reclaim an iota of it.
It's something I still get uppity about on occasion. I hope that Grim Prospects can channel the energy from being so flagrantly disrespected into dedication to create a communicative, respectful environment for hirself and hir fellow gamers.
Apr 10th 2011 1:37AM Love love love love LOVE this!
Apr 8th 2011 11:19AM This trend distresses me. Tone Deaf is far from being the first person I've read about having such an adverse reaction to their deafness, and it disgusts me. I've raided, long term, with three different people with three different disabilities that prevented them from communicating over voice chat, and not once did it present a problem. I've played a tank or a healer most of my raiding time since mid-to-late BC, and the players I've run with who have been variously unable to use voice chat were a tank, a dps who later stepped up to tank, and a druid (I specify class over spec because it's the more important issue in this case). My first experience tanking with someone incapable of utilizing voice chat was tanking Naxx, on an alt, with a new guildmate who was mute. She had a series of incredibly amusing macros for things like letting me know when to taunt off of her, or when she was taking a boss back from me. My second experience was much the same. The druid was a fellow dps; we both played boomies in ICC. She had joined us when her guild merged with mine because we'd been pugging together so much anyway, and we simply had a chat with her and her GM about how raid communication had been handled in the past. As the other boomie, I was asked to handle Brez communications, and her GM said he would take care of translating strat into text as we went over it in vent. On the rare nights that he was absent, I took over. I did wipe us once, on BPC, because I failed to explain the orbs clearly, but it was totally *my* fault, not hers, and I said as much in front of the whole raid. "That was my fault, guys, [she]'s never seen the fight and I didn't explain her role very well."
Raiding with someone who is deaf or mute isn't *difficult*, it just takes different preparation than raiding with a full hearing group. Any group that tries to assert that they can't raid with someone because that person is deaf is just being lazy, not to mention horrible human beings.
Mar 18th 2011 2:41PM Either one or the other would make me happier, even if it required buying two 4k JP items to fuse and turn in to some NPC somewhere or something... I just happen to hate PvP. I'm all for having options though, because I'm sure some people are as disinterested in grinding dungeons as I am in PvP.
Mar 18th 2011 2:36PM But that's just it, you're not being *forced* to shell out the RL cash. You're being provided with an alternative. Example: You make a reasonably good amount of money, but you've got a pretty long work week. You're single, or married without children, and overall, you've got more money than time to spend on obtaining things you want in game. As it stands now, that's a big draw for gold sellers. You don't wanna spend your hard-earned game time grinding gold for a fast mount? Don't have to! Just compromise your account by going to one of the many, MANY gold sellers out there. If Blizzard were to implement a flying+mount bundle as proposed, the people that could invest money but not time would have a safe way to do so, and the people who can invest the time but not the money will still have that option.
Mar 16th 2011 11:51AM On the subject of going balls-to-the-wall, neither Guardian of Ancient Kings nor AW activates the GCD, allowing, for instance, the following:
/cast Avenging Wrath
/cast Guardian of Ancient Kings
Personally, I prefer to tinker with my trinket macros individually because of how often on-use trinkets share a CD and how often I don't have two on-use trinkets.
Also, being that AW and trinkets are often on the same CD (2m), this macro allows you to just pop whatever's up. If GoAK is still on CD, it'll burn AW and your trinket, and if it's up, it'll burn everything together.
Mar 16th 2011 11:16AM I actually sat through the whole thing even though Gigi's vocals are not my taste. I liked the line about feeding Gnomes to her beast like Scooby Snacks... thought it was amusing. Summergale sounds amazing, as usual, but what's with the lack of credit in the blurb to the male vocalist? Saw the male belf, wondered if it was a surprise Nyhm cameo, but on hearing him, it obviously wasn't. Sounded smooth though.
Mar 14th 2011 3:10PM Pulled from MMOChamp:
Q: Were hero classes considered a failed experiment, or are there plans for more? – Grozzil (North America/ANZ)
A: No, we still like the concept a lot. The story behind the death knight character was that you were this fallen champion risen by the Lich King, who you eventually turn against (spoiler alert). It wouldn’t have made sense to start you in a forest killing gnolls and boars. You were supposed to feel like a high level character already! We also wanted to make the DK mechanics slightly more complex, so we wanted to make sure only veteran players were exposed to them. In general we want to add classes to the game very selectively because the game can probably only support so many and it’s a lot of new stuff to learn; even if you don’t play the new class yourself, you’ll group with them or fight against them. Introducing the DK was a learning experience for us, to say the least, but we aren’t afraid to try it again when the time is right.