Dec 17th 2008 10:27AM I'll take a minute or two to check a blog at work, mostly on my break unless it's really slow.
But work? Thanks, but there's nothing about wow that is so good that I'd risk my job, particularly in this job market/economy.
Someone in the company got caught once, and they made a fine example of him. Manager took his badge, called security and escorted him out on the spot. The next morning a memo went out to all IT staff about how gaming while on work hours is tantamount to stealing from the company... yadda yadda..
Well, admittendly, I can't say it's unreasonable. If I ran a company and was paying alleged professionals 60k+ a year to game two hours out of the workday, I'd probably feel the same way.
So I limit myself to wowinsider on breaks. Does it suck? Sure it sucks. But at least I'm employed.
LOL and yes, I wrote this on break. ~rolls eyes~
Dec 2nd 2008 12:41AM I am unsure if anyone noted this one, but it bears mentioning.
Generally there is a group leader. They will most likely be the most experienced.
I do not know how well everyone in your group gets along, but the simple fact of instance groups is that it is not usually a democracy. The group leader calls the strats and everyone follows them. By all means, ask if something isn't clear or you'd like to know why something is being done a certain way. Simply wait for a moment to ask "Is there a reason that we are doing it this way instead of that way?" Chances are there is, and a decent group leader will be happy to explain.
Do not be a belligerent idiot. Do not say the words "I know what I'm doing, I used to run raids in EQ!" (yes, I've had someone say that to me, and yes, it was a Hunter with no other alts.).
Get aquainted with the rules of threat.
Example: Why don't we pull mobs off of the tank? Well, picture the Hunter (yes, same one) pulling a mob off the tank because they don't know how to moderate aggro and think "I can do this myself!". Then when they can't get the mob off them, they FD without a freeze trap. And where do you think that mob will go? To the tank who barely got two swings in? Or to the healer, who, by now is 20,000 points of heals into the aggro hole?
Bingo. Nice work Diamond Jim, you just wiped us. Again.
Kill order. Kill order. Kill Order. Learning to follow the kill order is a basic understanding everyone should have.
So, to people who are new to instancing, welcome. It's a very fun and rewarding part of the game. But take the time to learn your class as well as the mechanics of aggro. Also, becoming familiar with the capabilities of other classes is a tremendous help.
Aug 23rd 2008 10:41AM Maybe its lame to some of you that a gaming community would rally around one of its own in its time of need. But I will tell you this - if something similar happened to me, or worse, my kid - at least half my guild would be at the hospital that day. Of course most of us live in adjoining states, but you get the idea.
Since when do you need a reason to feel sympathy for a sick kid? I'd feel sympathy for any kid in the same condition. What, just because the kids condition got some press in the gaming community (after all, I didn't exactly see it on the front page of msn) he is suddently not entitled to some encouragement?
If you were Ezra's parents, you might feel differently. I bet you if they ever saw this, they'd be very thankful for all the support. Minus you trolls, of course.
The fact that I don't know them makes no difference. And no, I wouldn't send a card, or call anyone. I'm a bit lazy that way. But it costs me nothing at all save for the effort of 3 minutes (or less) to post a positive comment. Hey, maybe wowinsider.com is one of the kids favorite sites. Maybe the kids parents bring a laptop in to the hospital and read him the columns to pass the time. Maybe they *do* read these.
And voting you pricks down when you have a rotten comment is the gaming community's way of saying we're ashamed of you. Police your own, they call it. Yes, you're very cool and hip and cynical. We're all very impressed that you took your free three minutes to post some incredibly callous and stupid stuff instead of using the same free time to post a nice word or two of support. We know saying something positive (or even ~gasp~ nothing at all!) would have actually caused you a migraine. We understand.
But if a community as large as this showed the same to you or your kid, you would feel differently.
May 27th 2008 9:10PM I love unusual group compsitions, just to see what you can pull off.
My favorite was a fairly level appropriate Ramparts run - all 63 and a 64. 4 clothies and a leather, and the leather was *not* a Druid.
Yep, a Mage, two Priests (both shadow) , a Sub Rogue (me) and a Demonology Lock Tanking.
Cleared the thing like no one's business. On the Dragon boss, the Tanking Blueberry went down, I popped Evasion, ghostly strike, and evasion tanked just long enough for the Lock to resummon a really pissed off Blueberry. Berry comes up, I go down. Boss drops.
One of those times you stand in your chair and cheer. :)
May 17th 2008 1:20PM I know so little on the Tauren's background. By virtue of the quests and instances you tend to undertstand at least a little background on most of the other races. But I find Taurens are skimped on.
How did they come to be? What were the exact circumstances of their alliance with the Orcs?
Jan 1st 2008 10:06AM I don't see why it shouldn't be allowed. There is no gold buying, no botting, nothing I would call cheating. Is it 'exactly' how the game was intended to be played? Perhaps not, but like I said, I don't see any blatant F-U to Blizzard's ToS. As far as I'm concerned, you can bring whomever you like on a raid, for whatever reason. Not much different from a level 30 paying a 70 a few gold for a run through SM.
And honestly, I have seen so many people join a guild, get all kinds of help, taught the ropes of the game, taught how to play thier class by a classmaster, Instance runs, etc, only to bail on the guild 3 months later for another guild. Guildmasters/Officers, you've gotta be with me on this. How many times have you watched your guild be a 'stepping stone' guild for some nozzle whose commitment only extends as far as their oppertunity to aquire gear upgrades?
Some people just have the mercenary mentality. So is it any wonder that some folks have boiled it down to a business transaction? Take out the sweet talk, the honeymoon, the 'getting-to-know-you' phase. Save everyone the time and aggravation and lay it out in contract:
You want gear, we need a tank. PST for rates and availablity.
Omg.. I just described dating vs. prostitution...
Dec 6th 2007 12:08AM Naw, Mike, I think we're getting it. You just said it yourself.
"Either make the game as I want to play it convenient for me (because, after all, I am paying you..."
People seem to think that the players are doing Blizz some kind of favor by subscribing to the game. We're not. This is a service industry. We pay them, and they are providing a service (game) which has given me, for one, countless hours of fun. And I do mean Countless. For about the price of one trip to the movies per month... alone. It's the best entertainment value I know.
I'm not swinging from Blizz's jock here, I'm as critical as the next guy about the game and what I think is wrong with it. But there is some notion of entitlement going on here that is a little off base. Their job is to make the game fun and fair, and worth the money. Not convienent. (sp?) If someone plays for 5 hours and complains about 15 minutes of it in travel - well, no disrespect, but that's just plain old impatience imho.
About two years ago they changed the FP's to linked, so that you didn't have to land/click each flight point. Why? Because it was easier, but also because it made sense.
Then they added a universal FP at Ratchet. Because it made sense.
If an instance is designed for level 37-44, then it makes no sense to go out of their way to allow 70's to be summoned to it. It doesn't follow the progression of the game. And the reason the summoning stones were even put into the game was to help soloers/casual players find groups, not to aid loot runs.
"...Blizzard is stubbornly refusing to let me do that as quickly and easily."
They've lowered the amount of exp required to level, increased exp gains for quest turn-ins, buffed up the instance boss drops and nerfed most of the outdoor elites, and many of the instance elites. Seriously, no offense, but how easy do you want it?
I like ya Mike, and I like your columns. But you're a little off base on this one.
Dec 5th 2007 9:26PM Aw Mike, Mike...
I like your stuff generally, I really do. But the "I pay my $15..." thing is just.. I never thought I'd hear it from ya.
Here's an old article from WIRED online, which always gets a smile outta me.
See: The Majority Stockholder. :)