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Breakfast Topic: That one thing you never manage to pull off when it counts

Breakfast Topic That one thing you never manage to pull off when it counts
I love jumping puzzles. I'm not naturally the best at them, but I enjoy enough them in small, consistent doses that I eventually polish up to become one of the more reliable jumpers in my group. But if someone in front of me falls ... It's all over. I overthink it and plummet into the depths every single time.

Better hope someone's around who can just summon me.

Luckily, there's aren't too many teeth-clenching leaps blocking our way into dungeons and raids in Azeroth, so I'm practically off the hook. But what about you folks who seize up over other minutiae? The cooldown you always forget you have, an inability to think coherently through a stun, a complete loss of composure and focus if someone in the room with you speaks to you during a complex encounter? It doesn't matter how many times you think things out ahead of time ... When the time comes for this one tiny thing to happen, you drop the ball. Every single time.

What's that one thing you never manage to pull off when it counts?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Breakfast Topic: Do you view death as a failure?

Breakfast Topic Do you view death as a failure
Have you become so comfortable in WoW that dying during the course of normal play makes you die again -- from embarrassment? Progression raiding aside, death as a personal failure certainly seems to be the prevailing attitude in some quarters. When you're so familiar with every nook and cranny of the content, the general mechanics, and your character's abilities that you can recover from just about any momentary lapse of attention or care, death does begin to smell a little fail-tastic.

Or does it? My fondest memories in any MMO almost always revolve around moments of temporary insanity -- times when we bit off way more than we could chew and somebody (or everybody) died spectacularly as a result. Heck, there's even a guild based on the premise! Still, you won't get very far exploring the range of what your character can do if you never push the envelope. Some players relish the challenge of seeing how far they get soloing a raid instance; others quail from the inevitable string of deaths. An overly cautious approach can push activities like PvP completely off the table for players who are afraid that death equals failure in their eyes and the rest of the players around them.

Does death during the normal course of questing, grouping, or running a raid you're fairly familiar with represent a personal failure to you? Do you feel embarrassment when you die in front of other players? Do you prefer that the game be balanced so that you rarely if ever die? Maybe you believe a little death and danger add spice to in-game life. If you wish WoW's overall challenge rating were a little less forgiving, do you think you'd feel comfortable with dying more frequently, or do you think the bar and community attitudes on death and skill are already firmly entrenched?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Officers' Quarters: /facepalm

Every Monday Scott Andrews contributes Officers' Quarters, a column about the ins and outs of guild leadership.

Sometimes I get an e-mail describing to me a guild leader who fails for so many reasons that I am simply at a loss for words. However, words are all I have to work with here, along with my trusty Picard ASCII (courtesy of Blizzard poster Datth), so I will do my best. I warn you that this e-mail is a very long read. But those of you who want some insight into exactly what not to do as a guild leader, read on!

Dear Scott,

Around May the more progression-ready members of my casual guild started filling in spots for an established raiding guild doing 10man content with promises of moving to 25man content fairly quickly in order to see the BC raid instances pre-WotLK. One thing led to the other and I ended up gutting my guild of those more dedicated members and all of us joining up with the raiding guild which seems to be usually how these things go.

What I ended up discovering is the guild I joined into had been much bigger and more organized at one time but was in its last throes and the person who brought the two guilds together was given the GM role in order to facilitate his, and others, dreams of 25man content. Long story short the raid guild had long since mastered Kara, but always struggled on ZA, and had only barely glimpsed the insides of the 25man instances.

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Filed under: Officers' Quarters (Guild Leadership)

Risen is mad as hell, and they aren't going to take it anymore

Oh yeah. I went there. You may remember the raiding guild Risen, from the Alleria server, for their work in Naxxaramas back before The Burning Crusade, being among the first to grab Atiesh and the Corrupted Ashbringer. They're back at the forefront of WoW news again, but this time for a different reason. They've decided to tap out of raiding until WoTLK, and they aren't being very shy about telling us why, with a post on their website under the oh-so-witty title "World of Casualcraft."

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Filed under: Patches, Items, Analysis / Opinion, Virtual selves, Guilds, Instances, Expansions, Raiding, Bosses

Breakfast Topic: Failing to succeed

Over at Kill Ten Rats, Zubon has brought up an interesting point about failure. So you're the best tank, or the best rogue, or the best mage you can be. You've played this role game after game -- the class names have changed, but your playstyle hasn't. Says Zubon:

You are stuck in your comfort zone. You need to go out there and fail. Try a lot of things. A
lot. You will be lousy at most of them and you will do dumb things. But a few of them will really work for you.

What do you think? Are you stuck in a rut in the gaming world? Maybe it's time to go out and try your hand at a new alt!

[Fan art by Astrid Hansen]

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Risen assembles worldfirst of Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian

Ratherbrute sends along a tip that Risen, a guild over on Alleria-A, has reassembled the legendary Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian Medivh, not seen since the destruction of Dalaran. Unfortunately, their website is bombed out at the moment, leaving us without their pics of the forming, but a few are floating around, and we're sure lots more will show up as word spreads.

Congrats to Failure, who, after recieving the world first of the item, immediately used it to port everyone in Ironforge to Karazahn, which ended up killing a bunch of 1st level alts (who had actually made a guild called "Failure's Atiesh Fanclub"-- you can see a "zomgatiesh" guild in the pic above, too). That's what you get for trying to follow in the footsteps of Medivh, fools! Congrats to Risen and Failure on picking up the world first of this incredible staff.

[ Thanks, Ratherbrute! ]

Update: A previous version of this post had the wrong server listed for Risen. Apologies and grats again.

Filed under: Alliance, Priest, Items, Guilds, News items, Instances

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