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Deaf/Ventless raiding guild slices silently through heroic ToT

DeafVentless raiding guild slices silently through heroic ToT
How smoothly do you think your raid would run without Vent? The instant connection of voice communications makes short work of strategizing before an encounter. It allows raid leaders to direct the flow during battle, issuing new orders, calling out phases, and reminding players when to move. It allows for a certain amount of friendly banter during lighter moments, and it unites the entire team in whoops and cheers when the boss finally goes down.

The players of Durus Veritas make their way through the heroic raids of Mists without any of that. In fact, most members are partially or completely deaf and can't hear anything in the game at all. Even its hearing members hear nothing, because the guild eschews voice communications. Despite that, the guild is now 8/13 in heroic Throne of Thunder, chewing steadily through every barrier and demonstrating that fellowship, like raid progression, depends on clear communication -- no matter what form.

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Filed under: Interviews, 15 Minutes of Fame

Drama Mamas: Being deaf and raiding

Drama Mamas Lisa Poisso and Robin Torres are experienced gamers and real-life mamas -- and just as we don't want our precious babies to be the ones kicking and wailing on the floor of the checkout lane next to the candy, neither do we want you to become known as That Guy on your realm.

I had to edit this week's letter for length, but it's still a long one so that you can get the whole story.
Howdy Drama Mamas,


To begin with, I'm a male deaf gamer. I've been very blessed with great support systems in all areas of my life and have made friends both on and offline who have been extremely supportive of everything that I do. But I'll also be the first to tell you that I'm not perfect but I do try to avoid drama where I can.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Drama Mamas

15 Minutes of Fame: Legally blind player with hearing loss conquers raid healing

Rainbo at work
From Hollywood celebrities to the guy next door, millions of people have made World of Warcraft a part of their lives. How do you play WoW? We're giving each approach its own 15 Minutes of Fame.

Talk about working around healer's tunnel vision: Rainbo, a 25-man discipline/holy priest on Cenarion Circle (US-H), stays out of the fire working with a mere 10-degree field of vision. Rainbo suffers from Usher Syndrome, an incurable condition that causes deafness and progressive vision loss. Despite those challenges, the 29-year-old gamer has played WoW off and on since it first came out.

"Basically, I only have a small field of central vision that is obscured with floaters and flashers, but I creatively use addons and techniques to successfully raid -- even on heroic," Rainbo says. "We're currently 4/7 heroic Firelands, which puts us as the #8 guild on the server in terms of progression." Pretty hot for a guy who can't even see the fires he's moving out of.

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Filed under: Interviews, 15 Minutes of Fame

Drama Mamas: Raiding deaf

Drama Mamas Lisa Poisso and Robin Torres are experienced gamers and real-life mamas -- and just as we don't want our precious babies to be the ones kicking and wailing on the floor of the checkout lane next to the candy, neither do we want you to become known as That Guy on your realm.

Imagine there are no funsuckers. It's easy, if you ... turn off trade chat and don't guild with the ex-guildies of this week's letter writer.
I started playing WoW right after BC came out. For the most part I was a solo player, so my own problems never really reared their head. It wasn't until my first guild that I ran into problems. You see, I'm deaf. I wasn't born this way, but I lost my hearing in high school as part of a degenerative disease I have. It wasn't until a few years ago that I managed to get cochlear implants to restore my hearing, but they're not what I would call perfect. My implants do work, allowing me to hear for the most part, but that's not without problems. Some tones or particular nuances of sound are still lost; and it's physically impossible for me to use headphones, since I don't hear with my ears anymore, but this odd little disc stuck to my head near the back of my ear. Due to how it works, the headphones simply no longer work; or if they do, it produces a massive feedback loop in my head which hurts to no end.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Drama Mamas

Officers' Quarters: Pitchforks and torches

Every Monday, Scott Andrews contributes Officers' Quarters, a column about the ins and outs of guild leadership. He is the author of The Guild Leader's Handbook, available from No Starch Press.

Wipes are a fact of life. Everyone wipes. How you deal with these situations can be crucial to your guild's success. Some guilds cultivate an environment based on blame, where everyone's first thought after a wipe is, "Who messed up?" Sometimes, it's easy to figure out who is at fault: Someone with a spore goes the wrong way, or someone gets mind-controlled by the Blood Queen after failing to bite his assignment. When it's not easy to figure out, some guilds use a different strategy for assigning blame. Here is one such case:

I have a real dilemma.

I'm an officer, one of six, in a semi-serious raiding guild. We have 30 core raiders who raid with us, and one of them until recently was one of our druid healers, and the issue surrounding him is my dilemma. A little background information on the guild, since it is relevant, is that we have a strict rule involving loot due to some people in the past who have abused our requirement for Vent in that they wouldn't use it, or they'd log in but leave their headsets off. This caused a lot of problems with wipes and caused the officers, GM and co-GM to agree that a rule would be made that was you must be in Vent and actively listening at all times during a raid in order to be eligible for loot. This is what caused the initial problem.

The player of this druid healer I mentioned before applied to our guild and told us on the application that he is deaf.

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Filed under: Officers' Quarters (Guild Leadership)

Playing with Disabilities: Sound in Ahn'Qiraj

I usually don't play with sound on - most of the in-game music I've heard time and time again, and usually I'll have a DVD or MP3s playing in the background instead.   But my first runs through Ahn'Qiraj, I turned the sound on to see what it was like - and it did not disappoint.  Most intriguing of the sound effects are the soft whispers (presumably from C'thun) that are so faint, you might miss if you weren't paying attention (and you may wonder if you really heard them afterwards).  The fact that they don't show up in your chat log (like the chatter you get from every other boss in the game), increases the creepy factor, but does it discriminate against deaf players?  The fact that the whispers provide a huge source of the area's ambiance means anyone unable to hear is left out.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Instances

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