I'm still me and you're still you.
You'll notice that the written by identification has changed. I've started a new blog project for a class I'm currently in and as I've yet to figure out how to have one written by on one blog and a different written by on another we will have to go through the renaming crises. Please bear with me as I travel the world through definition to become undefined.
This is a Shared Topic from Blog Azeroth.
What did you do in the World of Warcraft in 2009 that you’d never done before? Hmmm…This is a tuffie. There are things that I had never done before but they don’t seem at all interesting because I came so late to the game. Here’s a good one. I had never been in a raid/group of more than 5 people. I finally went into Kara with a full group of ten and downed about 1/2 the bosses before everyone had to leave. It was lots of fun to be with a random group of strangers in a 10-man using vent. And if I didn’t love vent before then I am devoted now. Now I know what is so annoying about trying to raid and /raid type to people not on vent. Grrr.
What was your favorite new place that you visited? Favorite place would have to be Dalaran. Oh wait…I’ve not been there. I forgot, I was looking for Dalaran and couldn’t find it on my map, come to hear from another weary traveler that you have to be a certain level to get to Dalaran. Drats. So I guess my favorite place would have to be anywhere Tour Guide took me that helped me level faster. I don’t really care for Northrend yet, although I suspect my lack of love is due to my sluggish pace and frustration with constant leveling.
What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? I would like to have a level 80 finally. And that’s the truth.
What was your biggest achievement of the year? My biggest achievement of the year would be….one that I got during PvP…I can’t remember the name but when I look it up (at work and work bans WoW. What? Do they think all we do during the day is look up WoW?) I will add it HERE.
What was your biggest failure? Not reaching 80 after playing for over a year. I’m going the slow and lonely route.
What did you get really, really, really excited about? FLYING MOUNTS…
**ADD** What did you get really, really, really, bummed about? Not being able to use said FLYING MOUNTS in Northrend. LOL
What do you wish you’d done less of? I wish I had spent less time leveling alts. But then again if I didn’t have so many alts I wouldn’t have found the perfect class fit for me and I would have bored my self straight out of playing WoW and I don’t want that.
What was your favorite WoW blog or podcast? As I only know of one podcast I’m going to say Twisted Nether. And I’ve found so many blogs that I read and look into it would not be nice to name only one. So if you want to see what I read check out my super long Blogroll. Also, if you are looking for stuff to read a good place to start is with the Shared Topics over at Blog Azeroth then to the Bloggrolls of those who comment. That’s how I usually find other blogs.
Tell us a valuable WoW lesson you learned in 2009. I learned that even though WoW is a social game there are a lot of areas that can be empty and to find friends where you can. I also learned not to fret about anything because if you need something in WoW you can usually find it on the AH, even if at a ridiculous price.
TAG!!! YOUR IT! Now as for tagging others to play the meme game…I don’t know if anyone reads my blog so if you do I tag you.
For some reason my interest in WoW has lagged this past month. Not to say that I’m bored with it or don’t enjoy it anymore…but I go through periods of obsessiveness. I have embraced my altoholic needs and actually created 2 new toons on a new server. <- After my brand new druid hit 35 I had to sit back and laugh at myself. Sometimes I feel ridiculous. I have an army of low-level alts…but pushing the last 8 levels to 80 seems an impossible feat.
I’m going to thank Jong and Megan over at Forbearance for making the last 30 minutes of my work day really enjoyable…not even the thought of many glasses full of some random alcoholic beverages could do that. The reason you ask? Continue below->
Watch this - I wish I were European, but it’s probably good that I’m not, because frankly, if I were in this persons guild I think I would agree with whatever he said. I told my husband this and he laughed at me…for 10 minutes.
I hope everyone has a fun and safe New Year. Don’t give up on me yet. I started using Tour Guide when leveling got to be really slow going and can now safely say that it was the best thing I have ever found in WoW. See you at 80.
Personal Note – We saved up for some months to purchase a new TV. I’m totally excited and a little chagrined to say that the first thing we hooked up to this new 1080p TV was…our computer. Not our game system, not a movie, or the cable box…but the computer. LMAO.
Just because my Author Info section says that I don’t consider myself a true veteran does not mean that I don’t have wisdom or enough game play experience to be helpful, but it does mean that I have yet to become similar to those Uber-Awesome Guild Masters, Group Leaders, and Raid Runners (You know who you are) to deal with rude idiocy in-game with patience .
Don’t get me wrong, I love idiocy and absurdities and all the hilarity they come with, but sometimes there are things that push my buttons and so I’ve developed some rules of engagement, if you will, specifically for grouping. You are forewarned. Disobey and yee shall walk the plank! AARGHH!
1) Inviting without a whisper or chat is rude and kinda weird. And I know this to be true because it says so on everyone’s computer at least once during a load screen. I get that one a lot and it’s like a pointing finger saying “YOU, yes you there, do not be rude or you shall be cursed and friendless.” But then again that’s just my conscience talking, being a closet people pleaser and all. But yes it’s also true because you know you feel it too. I know you have. You’re reading this now, shaking your head, maybe laughing (at all my idiocy too) but you know I’m right.
2) If you want my help just so say. I am all for helping classes and races of all kinds. Be it Noob or Vet, Elf or Orc, Druid or Death Knight. Yes, I like to solo level and only group for group quests or dungeons and then go my way but this is explained in rule (4). But just because I like to be solo doesn’t mean that I am not willing to help others out. You need help with an elite, need to do a group quest, want to try a dungeon, or just wanna group and have some fun doing things together? All you have to do is ask. Yes, I or anyone else you ask might say No; we might be in the middle of something, or getting ready to log, or any number of things, but we could just as easily say Yes.
3) If I decline your invite don’t harass me. No seriously, please don’t gripe and jump all over me and spam me whispers or throw your main chat channel angst my way. It’s irritating and childish and I will definitely say no again and inform everyone I know of the great laugh I had that day. If however you send a pst, aka whisper, with an apology or explain the invite I will consider it and if I’m having a good day I’ll say count me in to the fun randomness that is online game play. But keep in mind the following:
4) We are working at cross purposes. Chances are that when you randomly invited me to join your group while running by me you were running in the opposite direction. That right there should point out one flaw in your invite. Yes, we might have a common quest or dungeon but when I’m ready to do them I will join the LFG chat channel, I mean that is what it’s for and if that doesn’t work I will ask friends or put it off for another day or wait for that wonderful whisper asking me if I wanna do it or put a message in the general or trade chat in the area I’m in, not spamming away with my copy and paste shortcuts.
5) Don’t expect me to follow mindlessly. If I do join your group, I will do it laughing and saying what the hell. I’ve done that before, all in good spirits and ignoring the abruptness of your lasso. But once I’m there don’t run off and expect me to follow. Again, we were probably working at cross purposes and if you just run off I’m not likely to follow you just so that when we get to wherever you were going I find out I already did that quest or achievement or etc. Can I help you? Sure. Then on the way to where I want to go you veer off again and then this game of tag dwindles away into a purely selfless act on my part. Check out what 4Haelz has to say on being Selfless and Selfish and you’ll see what I mean.
6) If you will not lead I will. It is that simple. If you don’t care for the members of your group don’t get upset when someone, probably me, asks you to pass leadership or at least pretend to care about the current group members. In all fairness I don’t like being rude either, usually, so this will come as a nicely put pst (most of the time). If this does not work and the group continues to grumble along like rocks grinding against one another don’t be surprised when group members start to fall off the face of the earth only to magically appear…in the same spot but not in group anymore? Low and behold, they formed their own group and are now moving along without you. Cheers.
Stay tuned for an upcoming post about Guild Invites.
So you’ve hit that point where all your guild members have abandon ship and that left you, the Guild Master and Officers, shaking your head. What do you do, What do you do? Shoot the hostage! Just kidding, but really, what should your next steps be? Should you too abandon ship, should you try and get your old members back, should you just use it as you bank alt’s extra bank spaces?
Take some meds. Your guild was probably sick. If your mates have left you because of friction between other members or because your not moving in the same direction don’t let that get you down. Take this opportunity to really self-evaluate. See what in the guild wasn’t working and for what reasons and then fix them. If you are the GM then you most likely created this guild and don’t want to walk away from it which gives you more incentive to really make the needed changes without giving up on them.
Recruit. Once your ready start recruiting again. You can even let some of your other members know about the changes you’ve made and ask them if they’d be interested in coming back. Advertise for people who might share your core goal or whom you’ve run things with in the past to group and do things with. You can also PUG and let people know that if they are in a guild they are not happy with that you are trying to put together a group that can do …*Insert goal here*…
Make Sacrifices. Once you get some people in your guild and things start to happen don’t be one of those ‘My Way or the High Way’ type of people. That is well and good when it comes to Guild Rules (which should not be broken unless updated upon to improve the rule, not randomly) or Loot Councils, but in the world or planning events if you want to do XX and everyone else wants to do something else, make a bargain. Say ok, let’s do that other thing, but I’d like it if we could schedule XX for so and so date and time, that way everyone gets what they want. You get more friends with tickles than punches.
You are KING. Keep in mind that you too can cut your losses. If things aren’t going the way you planned or you have found another group to align with go for it. You can keep your guild as a backup (if no one else is in it) so that you always have it if you want, or you can become a double agent and see what its like in another guild.
At first glance, I wasn’t sure I had an opinion worth writing about on this topic. It was the same feeling I had when glancing over the previous Shared Topic of Best Change to the Game. I will try to address both items here and if you don’t like what is said then feel free to smear the website with tomatoes. (I will laugh at any who try such an attempt)
I don’t pay much attention to patch notes, news, or PTR information. *GASP* I think this is partially what separates me from hard-core gamers. I consider myself an avid casual player. I’ve read different uses for the term casual but in this case I mean it to be that I do not play everyday and I don’t raid. I pick up dungeon runs when I feel like it, and I quest or grind when I feel like it, and sometimes there is something on TV that I can see/hear from my computer that completely draws my attention from WoW. This does not mean that I’m not a true WoW gamer (whatever that may be) but it means that I don’t spend the majority of my free time reading and researching WoW…so says the WoW blogger.
When change comes I accept and embrace it. When the drastic changes were made to paladins and the times when other classes had to reset their talents points I didn’t let it bother me. After all, I was thinking, “Hells Yeah! Free talent tree re-spec that doesn’t cost Xg (amount depending on the number of times you already screwed up your stuff).” I usually make up my own tree anyway, hence the early knowledge of how much gold it takes to fix said screwed up stuff. I’ll do the research and check out the suggested tree for specific things but in the end I’m going to choose what’s best for me and the way I play. If one talent will help maximize DPS and another talent offers up some kind of buff that helps me stay alive, I’m probably going to pick the one that is going to give me the most survivability since I enjoy playing alone and don’t group a lot. When I decide to raid (if and when I get to 80 and if I get the opportunity) then I will look at suggested rotations, talent specs, and abilities. Until then I will play with what best suites me.
In regards to PTR’s and News websites all I can say is that I enjoy seeing pictures of cataclysm and what it holds, but I don’t plan on going to the PTR, researching the dungeons, and looking at the minutiae of the abilities. When the game comes out that is when the blogs and news sites can have at it in a hands-on type of way. In my opinion I don’t want to take advice from someone who hasn’t played said class or race in-game anyway. Especially since the PTR is just that, a Public TEST Realm, meaning they can change every thing that they tested and then laugh at us later (which is what I would do).
I understand why raid leaders and guild masters want you to research the tactics and videos for dungeons, but I think it takes something away from the game. That said, after the fourth-seventh wipe I’m frustrated enough to start biting heads off of kittens. Being prepared by knowing what spells and items won’t affect a boss is different from watching a how to video that plans out every move like we are a pack of thieves imitating Ocean’s Eleven.
I noticed my hack on a Saturday. I was hacked 7 days before that. I set up a ticket to the GM’s on Saturday, that night I had an email stating that they had to reserach the issue and would get back to me. Monday I received an email saying that they were restoring my account and they listed exactly what was being restored.
After all that I just wanted to say Hooray for Blizzard.
I’ve heard about expereinces people have had that haven’t turned out good and ones that took too long to get a response. I’m glad that even though Blizzard has its faults, customer service being one of them (so I’ve heard), it still came through for me. I didn’t get everything back. I noticed one thing I was looking for particularly was an epic shield I had picked up for my Paladin in a dungeon, but hey, with the amount of goods and all the funds returned I’m not going to be picky. They could have said sorry…we can’t return anything.
OMG!!! I can’t believe it. My account was hacked. Apparently this happened 7 days ago. I had no idea. I’ve been leveling a druid off and on for a while now. This past week I didn’t even play that much. Today I log in really excited to try out my new toy, Logitech G13 Gamepad, and get asked to do a Mana Tombs run. When I get there they ask me to tank. Well, as I’ve only done cat DPS and as mentioned in my previous post I don’t really know all the tools available to me and as I just got and set up this new toy I really don’t know what I’m doing. I let them know hey, I have a paladin of the same level that I can tank on.
I log into my paladin only to find ALL my GOLD is gone! All the stuff in my bags (potions, bandages, quest items), all my bank inventory, all my crafting items (ore, herbs), all my armor items (I had two other sets, one for tanking and one for healing since I wasn’t sure which spec I was going with)…all GONE!!!! WTF!
They even left the guild I was in. Why would you do that? I thought something was wrong or maybe I had been booted for not being on recently so I asked but we checked the log and 7 days ago I left the guild?! LOL..I would never have left the guild since they are the only people I know in WOW. I’m so angry my whole body is shaking. And to think, last Thursday I ordered an authenticator. It’s in the mail now. Go figure something would happen right after I order it.
I started a ticket with the GM (which I had to ask a guild mate how to do). I don’t know if I have to stay logged in, or how long a response will take, or what they will be able to do for me. I wanna know why this happened 7 days ago, and I finally log into WoW today to play a toon and that toon still has all the stuff on it. WTF?
GRRRR…what happens now and what am I supposed to do?