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5 things WoW could learn from Star Wars: The Old Republic {WoW}

Dec 13th 2011 6:38PM Okay, that made me lol.

Drama Mamas: Love and marriage and WoW {WoW}

Nov 28th 2011 9:11PM @Caylynn

Well, first, you don't need to feel sorry for us, because we're very happy together. And I'm glad you and your husband are happy too.

But we're talking about different things. Your husband has the extra time each week to choose to spend time jogging with you, in addition to his marathon training. What if he didn't? What if time spent jogging with you meant he was unable to continue his marathon training? As in, literally he's sacrificing his chance of completing the marathon to jog with you? How would that make you feel? Personally I wouldn't like that at all. I'd feel like I was holding my mate back. I'd adore the sentiment, but adamantly refuse the act, as my job is to help her excel, not cling to her shoelaces.

Your situation is what I described in the last sentence in my post. Hubby does his main/progression raiding with his guild, and hubby and wifey together do alt/friend/fam raiding on the weekend. But I can also understand if he doesn't want to raid that much...I know for me heroic rag was such a pain in the ass, I haven't set foot in firelands on any of my alts at all and have no desire to. I'm just done with the place.

I spend X hours a week raiding, my wife spends X hours a week running, and we spend Y hours a week doing non-running/raiding stuff together. You spend X hours a week running, and hubby spends 2X hours a week running (X alone training, and X again with you for funsies). It all works out. It's only not cool when somebody is restricted from doing their hobby because of the demands of the other person, which is what it sounds like is going on with Alone and her husband. You can only raid once per week on your main, and only at scheduled raid times with your guild, and she's trying to stop him from his hardcore hobby to go casual with her. That's not cool.

Drama Mamas: Love and marriage and WoW {WoW}

Nov 28th 2011 9:09PM @Caylynn

Well, first, you don't need to feel sorry for us, because we're very happy together. And I'm glad you and your husband are happy too.

But we're talking about different things. Your husband has the extra time each week to choose to spend time jogging with you, in addition to his marathon training. What if he didn't? What if time spent jogging with you meant he was unable to continue his marathon training? As in, literally he's sacrificing his chance of completing the marathon to jog with you? How would that make you feel? Personally I wouldn't like that at all. I'd feel like I was holding my mate back. I'd adore the sentiment, but adamantly refuse the act, as my job is to help her excel, not cling to her shoelaces.

Your situation is what I described in the last sentence in my post. Hubby does his main/progression raiding with his guild, and hubby and wifey together do alt/friend/fam raiding on the weekend. But I can also understand if he doesn't want to raid that much...I know for me heroic rag was such a pain in the ass, I haven't set foot in firelands on any of my alts at all and have no desire to. I'm just done with the place.

I spend X hours a week raiding, my wife spends X hours a week running, and we spend Y hours a week doing non-running/raiding stuff together. You spend X hours a week running, and hubby spends 2X hours a week running (X alone training, and X again with you for funsies). It all works out. It's only not cool when somebody is restricted from doing their hobby because of the demands of the other person, which is what it sounds like is going on with Alone and her husband. You can only raid once per week on your main, and only at scheduled raid times with your guild, and she's trying to stop him from his hardcore hobby to go casual with her. That's not cool.

Drama Mamas: Love and marriage and WoW {WoW}

Nov 28th 2011 5:32PM My background: 10 years happily married, 7 years progression raiding, currently raider in a top 40 us-25 guild on wowprogress.

There are a couple of things about this story that don't quite sit right, and it looks to me like hubby never wanted to play with her in a serious way to begin with. Certainly not raiding. If hubby is a progression raider, he knows what a successful app needs to look like. First thing is time and attendance. "Can you make all of our raid times?" Progression guilds generally require AT LEAST 90%+ attendance (100% preferred). 6 days /played in 5 months is only about an hour a day...that's not a lot of play time. If you can't put in the 3-5 nights a week of 4-5 hour raids, you're not going to get in.

The time to 85 is odd, too. With the speed of cata leveling...did hubby put her on recruit a friend? Get her into a leveling guild with the XP perk? And why doesn't his guild have a friend/fam rank? With guild achievements and challenges it only helps to have as many people as possible in. Unless the people are annoying or disruptive, bigger is better. If he didn't do any of these things, it looks like he was trying to slow her down, even.

And her app..."pretty good ilevel, good knowledge of my spec, willingness to learn," etc...that's not what you put on an app to the "top raiding guild on the server." What we care about in progression guilds is "can you show up, are you maximizing what you've got, and are you standing in fire?" We can get you gear. We can't get you knowledge, skill, and time to play. You have to come with those. If he actually wanted her to get in, he would have taught her all the encounters and gone on pug or alt raids with her so she could show good parses. If he had done that, she would have said "I min/maxed my character, showed I know all the fights, and got logs from PUGs showing I'm DPS/HPSing to the max possible with my gear and that I don't die to dumb stuff."

Just seems to me he didn't want her to play with him at all. And to leave the top progression guild to go play basically the next tier down with people who only play an hour a day...that's pretty much destroying his hobby. You're breaking up the band, Yoko. It's like this...I like to jog 2-3 miles every few days, but my wife likes to run. She's training for a marathon and goes out and runs 10 miles at a time, at a faster pace than I can keep up. That's her thing, and that's great! I don't run with her, because I'd just be slowing her down. What kind of jerk would I be to say "honey, I want to do your hobby too! But I can't do it as well as you do so quit training for your marathon to jog at my slow-ass pace!"

Yeah, this couple needs to find something to do together, but it isn't WoW, because they do it at vastly different levels and with different time constraints. That said, I don't know why his guild doesn't have a friend/fam rank she can join and come on alt raids, or run dungeons together on the weekends.

Enter to win a World of Warcraft iPhone clip case {WoW}

Nov 23rd 2011 1:41PM Glory to the Alliance!

Gold Capped: How to deal with AH stalkers {WoW}

Nov 3rd 2011 4:57PM Daddy always told me "never let em know what you got." I don't want people to know I have a lot of gold, because I don't want people begging me for gold, trying to sell me crap, whatever. Even my guild mates. Somebody brags about what they've got and I don't say a word.

So, I do all my posting on a level 1 alt. nobody bothers me when I'm crafting. Or sends me tells asking for deals when I'm raiding. And I don't name my alt anything similar to my main so nobody knows. Craft, mail, post and nobody can bother you because they don't know what you got.

The Cataclysm: A critical examination {WoW}

Oct 28th 2011 5:03PM Overall I liked Cata. I liked the zones, I liked the storyline. I didn't mind the increased difficulty of both the heroics and raids, but I play in a high-end 25-man raiding guild (been farming heroic rag for about 6 weeks now), so it wasn't overly hard (except for heroic rag).

Things I didn't like:

1) I play a hunter, and while I'm fine with the Focus resource system (always thought it was dumb we had mana), but for the first month of cata literally every week they patched or hotfixed something about us (remember the haste not effecting regen bug?) and so every single week before raid I had to regem/reforge/respec and sometimes pick up a new rotation.

2) Lack of raid content. First tier was fine. But taking 7 months to get out the next tier? And then only 7 bosses? And only 8 in the next? And only 3 tiers the whole xpack? :(

3) Difficulty of normal raid content killed pugs. In Wrath after my main raiding was done for the week I loved that I could log on my other 2 raiding alts and ALWAYS find several pugs going on that had a chance of clearing content. But in Cata they upped not only the complexity of the normal-mode raids, but also the penalty for failure. In Wrath, bads could stand in fire and get healed through it. But in Cata, everything one shots you. Or worse, miss ONE interrupt and the raid wipes. Pugs (and many casual raiders) just can't handle that, and that's one of the reasons so many people quit. A lot of guilds on my server died, too, because of the raid content being too difficult. So, no more pug raids. Maybe raid finder will fix that.

4) Heroic Ragnaros. The mechanics are not THAT awful for a heroic encounter. But it wasn't difficult because of the mechanics, it was difficult because of the length. A 12+ minute long fight with essentially 6 phases, and every phase one person can screw up and wipe everything. That's like old NES games with 3 lives and no continues, where if you die trying to figure out the last boss you have to go back to the beginning of the game and play through another 2 hours. That's difficulty out of frustration. Pretty much every guild that killed heroic rag took 300-500 wipes to do it (just the super-hardcore like Paragon did their 500 wipes by raiding 8 hours a day for 3 weeks, and others did it over 8+ weeks). No raid boss should require 300+ wipes to kill. That's not fun. I really hope that's why Deathwing is broken up into 2 parts. Make the boss difficult because of the mechanics, not because the part you need to learn requires you to redo 10 minutes of the fight you've already figured out when you screw up the new part.

I'm on the fence about MoP. I was hoping for an expansion about the Infinite Dragonflight, or maybe going back to Argus to fight the Burning Legion, and instead we're going to pandaland. I know they SAY it's "about the war," but so far the 3 dungeons they've released are all about helping pandas (with their temple, with their brewery, and with their monastery). To me "it's about the war" means the dungeons and raids should be alliance players fighting horde NPCs and vice-versa, but so far it looks like it's just about pandas. Meh. We'll see.

Breakfast Topic: What should WoW's grand finale event be like? {WoW}

Aug 12th 2011 2:48PM It is revealed that Sargeras is the most deadly foe players could ever face: a giant elevator. Players simply give up, knowing they face an impossible foe and Sargeras wins. The end.

Patch 4.2 hotfixes for July 1 {WoW}

Jul 2nd 2011 1:58AM I'm a raiding member of a competitive top 10 (according to wowprogress.com) guild that killed Rag early on Wednesday. When we saw what Stars did we just laughed...it's obviously an exploit, not in keeping with the spirit of the competition (ie, one raid clear per week) and basically doesn't count and taints everything else they do in the future. They screwed themselves out of the competition by so obviously exploiting, and then bragging about it.

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