Oct 6th 2011 5:34PM I agree. I'm constantly hitting the command key instead of the alt key - usually at the most crucial time (like when the tank is on 3% health and in desperate need of an LoH).
Jul 28th 2011 5:26PM Cmon guys, that was actually quite funny. Not only do they pre-pot for trash - they pop Heroism to speed up buffing.
Jul 21st 2011 6:07PM My main's name was partly chosen by the server: I think it was "Brumaargaan", or something to that effect. I changed some of the letters and ended up with Muhaargaan. Sounds like someone trying to speak with a mouth full of marbles, but it seemed catchy and I stuck with it.
I also have a naming "policy" for my alts: the first three letters must start with "Muu" and they must replace the first syllable of the name. As a result, my Shaman is Muulander, my Mage is Muusanxpress (waiting for the forced name change for that one) and my Warrior is Muutality. My second Paladin follows the same standard, but nobody but me gets it.
Jul 3rd 2011 5:59PM When my fiancé and I bought an iMac, WoW was one of the few games natively compatible and so we gave it a shot. I remember misreading the "One month free" on the Battle Chest and then having to treck all the way back to the EB Games (Gamespot to you American types) to buy a time card. My fiancé would watch as I dragged a big, blue Paladin kicking and screaming through 70 levels over a space of two years. I didn't understand the mechanics of the class and somehow managed to slowly and painstakingly solo Deadmines, BFD and Stockades because there were quest items in there. I had no support, thought guilds were "dodgy" and survived on about 3g until the missus - who had rolled a Warlock on the same account - talked me into joining the guild she had joined. It was amazing! On joining, I was issued with four Netherweave Bags and the princely sum of 10g.
Three hours into level 70, I was invited into a Kara run - still packing level 60 blues and greens. I learned a LOT during that run: the guys were patient and answered questions and instead of screaming, "Ninja!", when I rolled on something out of class, explained why the particular item wasn't suited to a Retribution Paladin - and gave me a free roll on Despair. I still have that weapon in my bank.
Years later, we now have separate accounts, separate iMacs and play in separate rooms (I'm noisy over Vent).
I'm still as clueless about my character's class mechanics, though. The EJ bookmark on my Safari is just for show.
Jun 29th 2011 6:07PM We jumped into a trash run in Firelands last night and the first thing I noticed was a stream of error messages being thrown up by GatherMate2. There should be an update by the time I write this, however.
DBM off the Curse client isn't updated for the new raid, which caused much hilarity as we learned to NOT mess with the harmless-looking turtles with delusions of Mario Bros.
The most painful point for us was the shiny new trash in Baradin Hold. Ouch... The hardest part was not putting them down - but rather refraining from screaming at the DPS who adamantly refused to stack on the tanks.
RL - "(insert character name): stack up with the rest of us"
Player - "But I need to sta... why am I dead?"
Rinse and repeat the same sentence with the same player X 3, before he got the idea.
Jun 23rd 2011 6:03PM On the subject of addons that will help your sanity, I don't think I've seen one for FishermansFriend. Equipping your fishing rod turns up your ambient sound and turns down everything else. Double-clicking the right mouse button will auto-lure with the best available lure in your bags. All you need to do is double right-click and it casts. When you want to reel in, just double right-click on the bobber and it automatically loots what you've caught and re-casts.
With this little gem, I maxed out my Fishing skill in only fifteen years - half the time to max Archaeology! Or rather, my seven year-old indentured labourer (read: son) maxed my Fishing skill.
On the subject of letting your munchkin play on your account, does anyone have any horror stories. Mine was when my son discovered the toy store in Dalaran - and went nuts! That was after he /gquit my main character (somehow) and joined a random Christian based guild. After receiving a call from my GM, asking why I'd just left the guild, I walked into my office and found him running around in a dungeon with his new guildies. He had no idea what he was doing, the group had no idea what he was doing.
There was much apologising and explaining on my part - and my son was forever consigned to the xbox for the hour he was allowed to play games before bed.
Jun 16th 2011 6:02PM Seeing that comment brought me back to the BC days where you'd see pink elleks in Allerian Stronghold if you got your character drunk.
Just a random point.
Jun 16th 2011 5:56PM I don't know if it's been fixed yet, but the Altoholic Quest module used to do the same thing for me. Try disabling that and see what happens.
Jun 11th 2011 6:48AM Having been a member of many different guilds, I've seen many, many different ways players deal with continuous floor-inspection. An old guild used to sit down for six-hour marathon progression nights: no breaks, no talking, RL screaming at the hunter for not popping Heroism at the right time or telling the warlock to stop wasting mana on DoTs. In another guild, there was the "helpful" warrior tank who found it imperative that she whisper people whom she was watching carefully with little gems like, "If you're not too busy standing in that pool of bad, maybe you could learn to play your toon - or you could kill yourself". She was as pleasant as cancer, that one.
I have to admit I've had to make a real effort to not rage/snipe; not at people who make mistakes - but rather at the people who take it upon themselves to point fingers. I can understand someone saying something like, "I could be wrong, but I think (insert name here) was standing in fire for a long time", but when someone says something like, "Hunter, stop being a retard!" my blood starts to boil - especially when "Hunter" is a fellow guild mate with a name and everything.
To help, I'll call a break, grab the missus on my way outside for a smoke. We'll talk about our day, our pets, anything not WoW-related. If she's out, I'll hop on the home gym for a few minutes (I know, smoking while exercising, pretty ironic).
Between wipes, we rib the last man standing for not being able to take care of the last million or so health and I take the annoying so-and-so off mute to see if he has something constructive to say - or if he's learnt to say player's names. We also /roll for blame, turning something nasty into a competition. One of the things I like the most about my new guild is the RL's ability to see when people are getting really down and either call it a night or move onto something else. This way we always end the night on a high - even if it's something like a 3D Zerg or a game of "see how many mobs the tanks can pull leading up to the first boss in ICC"
Jun 6th 2011 5:50PM I recently set up what I refer to as the "Muu-cave". Huge desk with my machines on it (24" and 27" iMacs and a Toshiba laptop I fondly refer to as "that stupid $*#%ing PC") and yes, you MUST have the rediculously comfortable chair. I bought a bar fridge for drinks and raid snacks - although the missus put her foot down about me dragging the BBQ in. Something about ruining the carpet. The fridge has the cutesy little freezer in it too! Just big enough for a bottle of good Russian vodka.
If we're doing a long progression night, I'll toss the laptop onto the outside dining set so I can smoke while playing. I know cigarette smoke is bad for computers, but with a shiny new MacBook Pro coming at tax time, the Toshy will go the way of the last PC notebook - holding my shed door open.
I also take the notebook into the lounge where my partner resides if we're both playing, although with two VERY noisy cockatiels and Mumble not set for PTT I've been politely asked by the guild to not raid in the same room. I guess one can only take so many avian wolf whistles (they came knowing it, I swear!).