Feb 3rd 2011 6:30PM I'm actually surprised Blizzard hasn't introduced Public Quests into the game yet. The best part about PQ's is when you discover them quite suddenly and by accident. Imagine riding into Stormwind to see a 200 foot tall boss stomping the place. The boss has so much HP that everybody in the city - casuals, raiders, newbies, veterans, lowbies, high-levels - are needed to bring the boss down.
I miss the old Class Quests too. The new ones seem too generic, "fetch and kill quests". They don't compare favorably to, say, Fray Island, where, as a newbie Warrior, you faced several trials of strength in what can only be described as a right of passage for any Warrior in Vanilla. The reward for completing this grueling challenge was Berserker Stance - now it's just given away for free, pretty much.
Jan 31st 2011 2:59PM I noticed Sticks said he was among the last people standing at the wipe call. Presumably among the early dead were those with "proper" raid specs.
Now ask yourself, as an RL, which would you rather have, a good player on a bad spec or a bad player on a good spec? After all, you can't DPS if you're dead...
Jan 28th 2011 2:43PM I started reading the article without seeing who wrote it; when I came across the line, "thanks to the awful implementation of rage normalization for warriors" I thought, "the author can only be Matthew Rossi". Sure enough, it is!
Jan 28th 2011 2:37PM When I started raiding the only mod of note was CTRA, so I suppose I could live without any of the major mods I use today (SUF, DBM, Omen, Dominos, etc etc). But that's like some guy born in 1898 saying he can live without electricity, refrigeration and telephones because they weren't around when he was young - one could live without such things, but why would one want to?
Jan 21st 2011 2:39PM Well, the video won't win any machinima awards, but her cover song of "Mad World" is absolutely epic. Great lyrics and vocals - she sounds like some sultry cabaret singer from the 1930's.
Jan 17th 2011 3:51PM It's no doubt very annoying for the fanbase, but Bioware is doing the right thing in holding their cards close to their chest.
Jan 17th 2011 3:48PM Give it away!
- 10,000g to the guild bank
- 1000g to your close friends
- 100g to each of your guildies
- buy ground mounts for guild alts/members
- sponsor a worthy newbie of your class
- purchase and hand out free 14-16 slot bags
Jan 17th 2011 3:26PM One of my guildies, whom I've been raiding with for almost 4 years, has said a grand total of about 30 words on VOIP in that time period. He's a Warlock, and so has a role where communication forward isn't as needful, but he still does have a mic: he just doesn't like to use it. If you're the RL or a Officer and ask him a question that requires an answer on VOIP, he will answer.
So for raiders like him, having a mic is like having a fire alarm. You may never need to use it, but you need to be willing to if there is a fire.
If a raider is temporarily without a mic (cause it broke and the shops are closed) and that raider has a role where communication is key, then the RL can promote them to Assistant and with the raid warning function (/rw) and with macros they can get across what they need to. Yelling out "I HAVE THE CORE" on VOIP is effective, but so is a macro.
Jan 16th 2011 3:52PM Excellent article as usual. It shows that Garrosh is not a bad orc, and tries to do the right thing by his lights. But it also shows he's a newbie leader and unsure of his position. Inexperience + hotheadedness = trouble.