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The Care and Feeding of Warriors: Please don't do that. {WoW}

Jul 20th 2007 7:44PM We've started marking the tank with a raid symbol (usually the circle / condom / nipple / whatever your group calls it), so that folks can see it easier. While we all would love to "run to the tank" when we get aggro, often it's hard due to low-hanging items / flags / tree branches / whatever that muck with the camera. Since the nameplates usually float above the mess of players, we find it makes it easier to run to the taunting hero :)


Guildwatch: A strange form of payback {WoW}

Jul 17th 2007 7:28PM It's despicable, but understandable.

Nobody gets outfitted to be a main tank without huge sacrifices from their guild. Loot is usually preferentially given to the MT first, then trickled down into the rest of the raid, just to keep progression moving.

So, he screwed over the folks that enabled him to BE the MT for a large raiding guild, and they screwed him over by deleting the items.

Shame on both of them.


Blizzcon ticket giveaway! [Updated] {WoW}

Jun 29th 2007 2:50PM Last chance ... daddy wants BlizzCon tickets! Big bucks, no whammies!


BigRedKitty: The Jump Shot {WoW}

Jun 27th 2007 5:49PM Guys,

every "how-to" article on these sites can be reduced to a couple lines of instructions, or a quick screenshot. However, not many folks want to read a couple lines of instructions.

You all flame BRK for his use of third person (which he uses to spice things up a bit, and include his imaginary kitty). You flame for information he delivers if it isn't in the absolute basest form. And, you flame him for an obviously tongue-in-cheek reference or two to another class. All this while gleefully using the perjorative "huntard" here and there, and gleefully pointing out that even when he gives good info, you don't like his style.

How about:

1) Don't read it if you don't like it.
2) Don't TELL US about it if you don't like it (we don't care ... really). If I wanted to hear whining, I'd take away my son's Game Boy.
3) If you haven't mustered up the skills and self-confidence to post articles yourselves, putting them out for public consumption (and trolls), STFU. It's hard to write in an entertaining manner, especially with any sort of diverse audience.


BlizzCon ticket giveaway! [Updated] {WoW}

Jun 27th 2007 2:06PM Oooooo! Me! :)


Taking the production out of itemcrafting {WoW}

Jun 25th 2007 5:37PM I like the way it is.

I enjoy crafting. I enjoy seeing my name on someone else's equipment ... pride in manufacturing. I also enjoy getting some tradeskill specific items that I really have to work hard for.


BlizzCon ticket giveaway! [Updated] {WoW}

Jun 25th 2007 2:34PM Ooooo! Me! Pick me! :)


Ask WoW Insider: When is it fair to upgrade an epic? {WoW}

Jun 15th 2007 4:17PM Bidding and rolling are different beasts, IMHO.

In situations where you roll for loot, you should give thought to "how much" of an upgrade it is for you v. how much it upgrades the other folks.

If it's a DKP (or SK) system where you spend points or otherwise take yourself out of loot contention for a while ... do what pleases you with your points.

Just my opinion, of course :)


Forum Post of the Day: Are Tanks A Dying Breed? {WoW}

Jun 13th 2007 8:39PM Perhaps it's the way they ask.

I have a 70 warrior (MS) and a 70 priest (shadow). I get at least 5-6 tells per night that usually are either a blind invite (with no "Hi, we're hitting .... tonight"), a whisper of "What's your spec?" (lrn2armorykthxbye), or some variation of "Can you help us out with XXXX" (i.e. we're FUBAR, pissed off your predecessor, and want you to come bail us out).

I do guild groups only, when I can help it. If not, I do groups built from our guild and some friends. If I can't get those, often I just farm a bit and log ... saves the frustration and repair bills.


Paying it forward in PUGs {WoW}

Jun 7th 2007 2:26PM For me, it depends on why we wipe.

Bad luck, weird disconnects, or just poor timing are ok. It's just part of the game.

Shooty McPullsALot tagging two different groups of MOBs while I'm sitting down at 20% mana? For the third time? Done deal, they've lost a priest for that run :)

I have started doing heroics, often in PuGs. They can be very rewarding, or very frustrating, depending on the PuG. A three wipes rule doesn't really apply if the group is good ... although a good group shouldn't wipe three times. For me, it also matters whether or not there's wipe recovery. If it's a 2 minute down-time to rebuff / recover, wipes are just inconvenient and a little expensive. If it's a runback each time, that gets old quickly.

As for consumables ... I fully expect (as a priest) to use them. I also fully expect the others to pass on superior mana potions if I've used all of mine :) It often happens, even in PuGs ... folks like the healer to have mana for some strange reason ;)

I often enchant for PuG folks if it's a good group. At the end of the night, if they need an enchant I have and have the materials, I'll gladly do it for them. If it's been a bad experience, I don't offer.