Jan 5th 2010 1:15PM "Don't tell me it doesn't matter in a low level instance, it may not be as important, but it can still make a huge difference. For example, I was in a random group for razorfen kraul, and we get a warrior tank. He couldn't hold aggro at all, and we wiped or almost wiped several times. The warrior later admits that he didn't have Defensive Stance yet. That was one of the most horrifying things I've ever seen."
I was doing this the other day and our tank DC'd. So a shaman and 3 clothies continued on while a new tank was being delivered to us and downed 2 bosses before they arrived. So yeah, if you were wiping just because your tank couldn't hold aggro you were doing something very wrong.
Jul 21st 2009 10:57AM We were having a spate of poor attendance for a while. We raid wed, thurs and sunday, with our worst attendance on sunday which was when we were trying to do progression.
What we did was speed through what we had on farm on a wednesday when we had most people, skipping the optional bosses. We'd get a solid night of progression on thursday and then go back and do the easy optional bosses and VoA on sunday as a reward to the people who did show up. With the bonus that they are bosses we can do with less than 25.
On the rare occasion that we couldn't even get enough people to do that, we did Ulduar 10 and focussed on hardmodes.
And then we demoted anyone with poor attendance to members, recruited hard to replace them and then when we suddenly had 30 people show up keen to raid on a wednesday, we gave preference to the new people and the people with good attendance, and let the members stay on standby and get credit for attendance.
Oh yeah, we also use EPGP which is super fair (though trials don't get loot for their 2 week trial unless no one else wants it). And we use a mailing list that a lot of people contribute to, and we joke around a lot in vent and gchat and make everyone feel as welcome as we can. I also told the officers that if they notice someone doing a particularly good job of something in a raid, they should make a point of saying so to the person. It's amazing how such a small thing can make a person feel appreciated.
May 10th 2009 9:43PM Thanks for printing my letter. I feel so proud.
I found everyone's responses very useful. Almost all of them support what I felt was right to do. I was expecting more ruthlessness toward pugs, and I'm glad there are still lots of people out there with principles.
Mar 12th 2009 10:27PM This is what's called the strawman fallacy. You restate what is supposedly my point in an extreme way which isn't what I said at all, and then, because the point you have made is so ridiculous, it's easy to shoot down.
Jan 27th 2009 12:29AM Because you can also get level points by doing enchants for people with their own mats. Their own mats which they can gather doing instances.
Why should enchanters get free mats to do enchants they can charge for, while everyone else has to go buy the mats off the AH?
If you chose enchanting, you pay to level it, just like everyone else and their professions.
Jan 27th 2009 12:24AM That would be no fun, because all the best dress up clothes are cloth.
Jul 31st 2007 3:40AM I was reading about RP battles on Silver Hand. Basically, a guild on each side of characters that level to 10 and stop, and who use a pre-determined armour set and weapon. It's a PVE server so they can have a char on each side to make sure there is an even number of people on each side.
They limit it to humans, dwarves, orcs and troll and to hunters and warriors to, again, keep things balanced.
Then they meet up in pitched world pvp battles for resources and objectives.
Basically, the point is pvp fun without twinks, so that strategy and teamwork is what determines who wins, not gear and enchants.
I can't remember where I read this now, so I can't post a link, but I think it's a great idea.
Jul 26th 2007 2:21AM Me me me! :)
Jul 19th 2007 12:50AM The whole point with 1337 speak is that it's *meant* to be alientating to anyone who's not part of the 'cool crowd'. Of course it's going to be annoying. But it's annoying because they're saying they are better than everyone else when thhey are quite patently NOT.
I use QQ and l2p when I am joking around with my friends, but hate it from other people, mostly becuase they really are being rude.
When grammar really comes up is when people put together sentences that, especially without punctuation, are impossible to interpret correctly. Me having to ask do they mean "this" or do they mean "that" does not speed up communication. Clear, correctly used abbreviation does, so that's cool.
Jul 1st 2007 11:47PM Oh, and it's not that we take the game too seriously. I expect courtesy in daily life and prefer intelligence in my friends.
Someone asking a stranger to do them a favour in any scenario with no courtesy and in an incoherant manner would get the same response.
I think the issue is that most people spend most of their lives surrounded by people who have the same standards of behaviour that they do, and when they play a game like WoW, they are exposed to people who's standards vary wildly.
The people who ask in the way described first in the article probably don't think it's rude at all, and that typing everything out correctly and politely is totally pretentious, wanky and uncool.
As I said just before. How someone speaks is a good way to guage if you're going to have anything in common.