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Dev Watercooler: Content for the casual 85 {WoW}

Jun 9th 2011 2:08AM You know what would be a cool idea? Single player raid-like content with epic bosses at the end that are meant to solo. I'm not talking about some rare mob that you encounter in the world or doing an ICC dungeon by yourself, I'm talking about bosses with the difficulty of beating Nef for the first time but solo. The best part would be that a solo player could get geared up this way or feel rewarded.

Breakfast Topic: Are you emotionally attached to your character? {WoW}

May 31st 2011 2:47PM Words can't describe what my hunter means to me. With my time spent playing the game, I have been from the Horde, to the Alliance, to the Horde, back to Alliance and just when you thought I was done I spent a 1 week vacation back on the Horde side (only to come back to Alliance because I already missed raiding with my girlfriend). My tauren/draenei/troll/night elf/goblin/worgen/human hunter was the one character that was with me every step of the way. Yeah, it's safe to assume that the story playing around in my head is that he has a little bit of an identity crisis.

Though, my Paladin has joined me in a few adventures (human/blood elf/human) - I don't feel nearly as attached to him. My hunter is a true hero of Azeroth. Almost OVER 9,000(!!!) achievement points, over 100 mounts and counting, a kingslayer, a Defender of the Shattered Sword, an Officer to his guild, a full vicious set (ahem, before you could buy it with your PVE points) and by golly, enough gold to buy himself a house - If only.

Don't get me wrong. I have desperately tried to switch mains in the past. Thus, explaining my 5 85's, 1 80 and 1 70. What do all my level 85 alts have in common? They're all an attempt to switch over to a class that can tank or heal. Because DPS can get boring. Because sometimes I want to be a class that isn't "replaceable". Because sometimes I need a break from the DPS competition (I put up high numbers but no matter how many times I'm on top, I'm still "just dps"). But I can never hang the towel up with my hunter. Not until I hang the towel up completely.

Breakfast Topic: The curious phenomenon of "reverse burnout" {WoW}

May 10th 2011 10:31AM Unfortunately, I cannot say that I'm in the same position. I have been raiding with my guild since Wrath of the Lich King and I am one of four members that have kept our raid alive, despite all obstacles. Recently, we acquired two raiders that are friends in real life. They brought in a couple more real life friends and luckily enough for us, they're all good! Even more luckier for everyone, we didn't really have to replace anyone. They came at a time when we were struggling to find active, serious minded raiders. Needless to say, our raid group and our guild are stronger then ever at the moment. Even with our guild master on a temporary leave of absence!

I'm getting a little sidetracked but what can I say? When I read articles like this from bloggers like yourself struggling to fit in somewhere, I'm amazed how far I've come and how lucky I am to have found my guild. To be one of four members that have resurrected a guild that was once dead and abandoned and turned it the small powerhouse that it is today.

More importantly, I'm reminded of the days that I spent in your position. Abandoned by a guild of real life friends when the Guild Master (and co-worker) decided to give me the boot both in game and in real life over something I had apparently said in game. To this day, I don't remember what I said but it was apparently enough to never talk to me again. I spent what must of been month's hopping guilds, trying to find a place to call home. Looking for my ticket "in". Looking for PuG's in trade. Many, many PuG's. So many PuG's.

The breaking point finally came when I met my girlfriend. She was Alliance, I was Horde. At this time, I had my own guild but my talent... Well, they were a work in progress in my eyes. Lots of potential but like myself, little serious raiding experience. Since all the hardcore raiders were pretty much taken it was my job to improve the talent that I had.

However, she was in a serious raiding guild that had progressed quite nicely. In fact, she had become my secret weapon when I was leading raids. My personal knowledge center because she had already progressed through it all.

Finally, when faction changes became possible and after much consideration for my guildies (who I cared about very much), I transferred leadership and faction changed/server transferred. Best decision I ever made. I raided with her guild for 3 weeks and they server transferred themselves, leaving the new guild abandoned. What I didn't know was that the original GM left the game and there was a huge shakeup with leadership which caused many members to up and quit when a key player was booted from the guild.

After only three weeks, I was back in the same position of finding a guild. A place to call home. Waiting for my ticket back "in". I joined casual guilds that considered themselves raiding guilds. I started my own guild but no one would join. I even joined the 3rd top guild on our server progression wise but I spent my time benched. Their core group was pretty much set in stone.

Then one day my girlfriend logged onto her alt who was still in the abandoned guild and who was on? The original GM. He was looking at a destroyed guild covered in ashes. It was then that he decided to transfer leadership back to himself and pick the guild back up. My girlfriend and I weren't doing much so we came back on our mains and helped him bring the guild back on it's feet. After only a month we were raiding again. After two months we downed the Lich King. It wasn't a big deal to most raiding guilds that had already progressed through Wrath content but it was to us. Not only because our raid consisted of 10 members that were not kingslayers but because it meant we wiped the dust off an abandoned guild and turned it back into a real progression guild. I have been with the guild since.

What did I learn from it all? Well, I learned that it's possible to start again from scratch. I learned that PuG's aren't necessarily a bad thing if you're guildless. We've gained many members from Pugging. Granted, it's rare, but it happens! If you're good and you find yourself replacing a member of a good guild, chances are they'll want to keep you. Keep applying to guilds. We've accepted members below our standards before. Some of them turned out to be amazing players. Hang in there, you'll find something if you have the time and you always play your best.

Remember when you did raid? Remember what your raid group looked for? Try to be that guy.

Breakfast Topic: How do you choose your ride? {WoW}

Apr 28th 2011 9:54AM I have way too many mounts, rare and otherwise. Indeed, I have the Mountain O' Mounts achievement and then some. I used to show off the mounts that were rarest or rarely used. Then I realized that whenever I used a mount I would see too many other players on the same mount. I came to realize that being unique is hardly an option in this game.

Then, I tried using mounts that show people what I want them to think of me, such as the Rusted Proto-drake to show off my raiding experience or the chopper to show people I am a proud engineer that sticks with the profession despite it being unprofitable and only decent for raiding (okay, maybe it doesn't say that much).

These days, I only use what I like the most. Right now I'm using the mount from the Tol Barad dailies and the Rusted Proto-drake, but I switch them out often. I mean, what is the point of having 100+ mounts and only using 2?

Win a Razer Nostromo game keypad from WoW Insider {WoW}

Apr 26th 2011 3:10PM I can has keyboard?

How did you discover World of Warcraft? {WoW}

Apr 14th 2011 4:23AM Nothing epic. To be honest, I absolutely hated World of Warcraft. It was really nerdy to me and I was too cool for that. My co-workers, however, wouldn't shut up about it. 99% of the time, I had no idea what they were talking about and that annoyed me. You see, I was new to the town and these guys were kind of cool actually. Definitely the type of people that I would hang out with and I wanted to have something in common with them besides X-Box 360. So, finally, I gave in. I bought the game and the expansion (because when I buy a game, I want full access). I bought one month game time, considering no one told me that there was a free trial (also, my friends weren't smart enough to think of Recruit-a-Friend).

I installed the game on my laptop and played at my friends house for a few hours. I hit level 10 in no time and figured I'd be max level in no time. It was pretty awesome but I left with my reputation in tact, telling my friends that I probably wouldn't play it much. I was not going to be addicted. That night I got home and started up my laptop. I probably played all night... I was hooked.

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