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Breakfast Topic: How do you roleplay in WoW? {WoW}

Feb 6th 2012 10:03AM Roleplaying is a very simple concept. The idea is to think of your in-game avatar as a character, like any character in a book or a movie. Your character has a background and a personality, and you're the actor portraying the character the best you can. That's all you really need to know; everything else is optional. :)

Active roleplaying in WoW usually occurs in social situations with other people's characters, and happens mainly through /say and /emote. The idea is to improvise storylines in real time, using the game world as a stage, your avatar as the character you're acting out, and other people as co-actors. Roleplaying scenarios extend from day-to-day interactions like casual chatting or trading to spying missions to full-out battle; think D&D without the dice.

There are a couple of things roleplayers must keep in mind. Lore sets the limits of storytelling and available races; you can imagine your character to be a sith lord from space, but don't expect anyone to believe the story - unless your game is SW:TOR. It's considered bad manners to attempt to control other people's characters through emotes. And, of course, if you're not absolutely sure your roleplaying partner is not, say, a 9-year-old little girl, keep your language in check.

Most people I know roleplay their characters passively to some extent. They might, for example, wear a title that suits their character's personality, even though they never act out storylines in the game.

Blue Posts and Other WoW News: Blizzard considering changing the "Skyrim" Ultraxion trash, answers on raid nerfs {WoW}

Jan 19th 2012 5:55AM I know my guild will not take the buff, not until we've killed HC Deathwing at least once. My guild leaders won't allow it. They're honourable people, and in their opinion the kill loses its meaning if it's made easier. I can't possibly describe how pissed our raid leader was when Ragnaros HC was nerfed before we got him down. She was positively -furious-.

In that light I'm really glad the DS nerf is optional. Isn't it a bit soon, though? We still have months to go til MoP, and this way the content will run dry faster for more people.

Shifting Perspectives: Probing healer balance in Dragon Soul {WoW}

Jan 18th 2012 3:35AM The graphs are very interesting, but what percentage of all raiding guilds actually have healers that are all at an equal skill level? Or that can choose any configuration from all the healing specs? Because the rest of us just stick to our classes and heal the best we can.

Currently my healing team consists of a druid, a shaman, and a disco priest. When it comes to overall healing (and absorbs) done, we're never further than 3 percentage points apart - contrary to what the graph above might suggest. Our guild is now 4/8 done with HC Dragon Soul, and not once have we considered changing the healing configuration (save for Hagara HC where I insisted on going Holy). We play the classes and the specs we most enjoy and we're most familiar with, and get results.

I still remember when our guild downed Al'Akir HC with three shaman healers. At that time, the class was considered quite underpowered, but our guild chose these three players anyway - not because they were better players, but because they had the time and dedication to get us the server first. Any team of competent players could do it, and they proved it.

Statistic have their place in the balance discussion, but raid decisions shouldn't be based on the graphs alone. In the worst case scenario, a graph like this will give your healers nothing but a false sense of inferiority that has nothing to do with how they actually perform in the raid, so be careful how you read it. :)

Breakfast Topic: Do you mind being the unsung hero? {WoW}

Jan 5th 2012 2:09PM If you're exalted with Kirin Tor, the Dalaran mobs sometimes recognise you when you walk past. I like that. I wish it would happen with all NPC factions so that my main The Exalted could feel the love, no matter which city she's in. Might also be cool if lore characters had separate dialogue options for people who have accomplished Heroic Task X and those who have not.

Personally, I imagine my characters to be more in the support troops than in the front lines of any given major storyline, so I don't really mind that they're not recognised by the game.

Breakfast Topic: What's the most useless ability in World of Warcraft? {WoW}

Dec 22nd 2011 11:34AM When it comes to certain "useless" spells - that is to say, spells that aren't used directly and/or normally in combat - I believe that imagination determines the outcome. People that aren't really familiar with their class might not see any merit to spells such as Mind Vision and Mind Soothe, but a good player knows every tool in their box and finds creative uses for them. Yes, even for Rockbiter Weapon, as demonstrated above. :P

Personally I love those moments when my group can skip a pack of trash because I've Mind Soothed the mobs. Or when a newbie gets lost in the instance, and I can Mind Vision them while typing directions in party chat. We could live without those spells, sure; they're there for convenience's sake. But with proper usage, they can certainly save a lot of time and effort from you and your party.

Aiding the Alliance: Tyrande Whisperwind and Malfurion Stormrage {WoW}

Dec 21st 2011 8:56PM This article. Yes.

To be honest I always expected Tyrande to sound like Galadriel in the LotR movies; an ancient being who has been leading her people for thousands of years, is immensely powerful, has the favour of her Goddess - and knows it. Tyrande's 4.3 voice actress just doesn't quite live up to the expectations. Instead, she sounds like a lost little girl. There, I said it, and I'm not taking it back.

Reading this article and the comments I get the feeling that Blizzard really struggles writing good female characters into the lore. Jaina, Sylvanas and Tyrande all had a good start, but eventually each and every one of them has sort of drifted into a boring, standard fantasy woman state-of-being (that is to say, they only exist for and in relation to their male counterparts).

The problem is not in the male lore characters in general. The problem is Blizzard's staff not being able to write women properly. (I'm not even going into how poorly the matriarchal nature of the Night Elven society is portrayed in WoW, because it's a disgrace.)

Hint to all the writers out there: women are people, just like men. They've got thoughts, motives and personalities just like men (although it's kinda hard to tell sometimes). Their lives don't necessarily have to revolve around their potential spouse all the time - especially since we're talking about women who are leading countries, slaying demons and saving worlds on a daily basis. Don't let the fact that they have breasts fool you.

Breakfast Topic: Has the time come for Outland story updates? {WoW}

Dec 16th 2011 12:11PM 4 hours later, I'm still on TVtropes, and better yet, educating myself on male circumcision on a completely unrelated site.

Well, in all fairness, they did warn us.

Ghostcrawler on the philosophy behind the Mists of Pandaria talent trees {WoW}

Dec 14th 2011 8:58PM The new talent system seems interesting. Some people here - mostly pure damage classes, it seems - have complained about how it still doesn't leave that much room for choice, but from my perspective it's a vast improvement. I play a discipline priest and a raid healer, and am immensely excited about the changes. You know why? Because I will never again have to google a spec. Not ever.

Take a look at the priest talent previews. In the first tier we get to choose what form of crowd control we can perform. I'll be likely to pick the Psychic Scream due to familiarity, but still I itch to have a taste of the other two options too. Blizzard hasn't even launched the new system, and already I'm having fun, imagining uses for these talents.

Later on, we come to more situational and also tougher choices - Divine Star or Archangel? Which is more useful? - yet I can imagine switching back and forth between talents, finding combinations that suit my playstyle and my raid group best.

Blue Posts and Other WoW News: Number of bosses, and an attitude that needs to sit in the corner {WoW}

Dec 8th 2011 10:05AM I hardly think priests have "too many" AE heals. Holy priests have enough of them, Discipline priests too few. To list from the least situational to the most situational, the Disco priests have Prayer of Healing which, as far as I know, remains the only party-wide healing spell in the game instead of being raid-wide. We have Divine Hymn, the cooldown that I use to buy time for the actual raid healers to hit their panic buttons, and Holy Nova that I use to... kill critters. Yes.

Now I love the idea of making Holy Nova a discipline spell. It's quite frankly pathetically weak as it is, but if it procced a shield, it might be worth using in some situations. I even like the fact that it deals a bit of damage; I'm quite fond of Atonement spec by now, and like being able to heal and do a gentlewoman's 4k dps while at it. It adds a nice flavour to the life-preserving game of whack-a-mole. :)

Please stick with this idea and make it happen, Blizzard. ^^

How to fix that %$!@# mature language filter bug {WoW}

Dec 7th 2011 6:00PM I'm starting to think that the European servers and US servers have different language filters. I haven't seen drapes, grapes or assassins being filtered out of any chats as of yet on my server, The Sha'tar EU, but I do believe Kylenne and other US players that complain about this happening to them.

Can anyone confirm?

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