Archive for Warcraft

Cost Efficiency of Change

Posted in Changes, Guild, Misc., Rant with tags , , , , on 07.22.2011 by Pothos

 

I’ve been considering finding a new home for one of my characters for a while now.  This isn’t happening quite soon yet, as my availability wont be regular until classes start up again.  For a long time, I’ve been against being in more than 1 guild, but lately I think I’ve come to understand at least why I would be interested in doing that.

Anyway, if and when I do this, I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do.  The difficult part of this is cost efficiency.  My best bet would be an off-server guild.  So this brings server Xfer cost up front.  Second consideration is faction change.  I’d rather not have to pay that extra, but I also don’t want to skimp on that and get into a guild that doesn’t suit my needs.

The last hard part is character choice.  I’d rather not do this for more than 1 character.  And don’t even bring up leveling a new main on a different server.  If there’s one thing I ::Cannot Stand::, it’s the leveling process.  I seethe with hate every time I think about it.  I’ve done all of that content already.  Multiple times.  It’s extremely boring to me.  Lucky me, is that I prefer a different class for each role in WoW. I’m just so awesome like that.

An additional difficulty, at least for a couple months, is that I made my current class schedule in alignment with  my current guild raid schedule in mind (and even then, had to miss a day because I had no other option).  So right now, I’m basically screwed.  At best, I could be an occasional attendee, or a bench warmer on some nights to fill in when someone has to leave their spot.  My class times are all night classes.   Realistically, I wouldn’t be available until…. 9 pacific?  maybe even later.

This is all partially due to my travel time to classes, and it being hard for me to get there early.  Boo-urns.

DESPITE ALL THIS. I still have hope.  Of everything in wow, Anything is possible.  Who knows, maybe I’ll pull what did last time.  Join a guild.  in 2 months become an officer.  in 2.5 months become a GM.

Hah.

The things that bind us

Posted in Misc., Rant with tags , , , , , on 07.14.2011 by Pothos

 

Friendship never ceases to surprise me.  Of the things that exists in the social setting of Warcraft, it is probably the most powerful force in holding a guild together.  I can understand sticking around with the people you’ve been friends with for a long time in wow, but to what extent?

Like most of my posts, this is referring directly to my guild.  (See previous posts for details about that).  I have a number of raiders who are completely amazing.  Their raid effectiveness is top notch, they show up when they say they will, and their social dynamic is amazing.  These are people that could easily get into top server guilds.  Hell, they could easily server transfer and get into guilds better than what our server can offer them.

And yet…  here they are on some backwater server, in a guild that really doesn’t scratch much of a raiding itch.

I can’t help but wonder what their limits are.   What are mine even?  Part of the reason I started writing entries was a way to get rid of excess energy and frustration.  If I cannot do something in wow, doing something wow-related can ease the craving.

What can I say?  I need my hit.

All that being said, I’m glad they are here.  I wish I could reward them for their dedication with more than just my company, my hilarious jokes, and witty retorts.

And sarcasm.  Lots, and lots of sarcasm.

Going beyond Nouveau WoW

Posted in Misc. with tags , , on 05.17.2011 by Pothos

If this title doesnt make sense to you, look up the usage of ‘Nouveau riche’.  Wikipedia has a decent article.

Soon it’ll be 7 years of wowing.  I don’t know about anybody else, but other than ‘staying alive’, there isn’t anything I’ve done consistently for as long as I’ve played wow.  What i find interesting is the change of ‘style’ of WoWing over time.

When WoW was new, I spent a lot of time playing.  I was also completely dedicated to my main class.   I had no max level alt, or even medium level.   At the end of vanilla, my highest alt was probably in the 20’s.  maybe 30’s.  I was basically unaware of WoW news and general media on the internet.  Reading the internet meant i wasn’t playing wow.  Obviously a waste of my time.  (we’re also talking about a time when warlocks didn’t dot in raids because they were all pushed off due to debuff limits….  interesting times.)

Once BC was well established, and i started actually having more characters to play on, i looked more into WoW-outside-of-WoW.  I started researching my class.  I inspected blue posts.  found out about potential changes incoming, and general theories on how things could be improved.

By the time Wrath hit, i was regularly visiting wow sites, looking up everything possible, and aware of every blue word within minutes of them existing.

This continues into even farther extremes today.  I read about, and involve myself into wow-based media more than i actually play the game.  This is not to say i don’t play much,  but there’s less demand of my time in wow due to the state of my guild, class, etc.  Even as i type this, i just opened a tab to Gamebreaker in preparation for their WoWcast “Legendary”.

Some places i visit regularely, like MMO-C for general wow news and its blue tracker.  Other places i visit as they put out posts, like WoMatticus, or Big Crits.  There are plenty of other sites i visit as well, please don’t think i’m trying to single anyone out 😛  If  I listed every wow site i visited……  there would be a long list.

I’d like to think I’ve grown as a player over these years.   I certainly play for different reasons now.  It used to be ‘the new thing’.  I used to play wow just for the entertainment and addiction value.   I needed my fix.   These days, I love the content,  The people, the raiding,  the whole social experience.

And hey, the purples are still nice.  They just happen to be icing on the cake.

The guild issue, and some randomness

Posted in Misc. with tags , , on 03.04.2010 by Pothos

Well not really.  Theres been a lot of talk between guild/blog relationships lately.   Mine obviously isnt much of an issue, as i do not post much.   It isn’t a problem with having content to write about, it’s just more of a time constraint.  I’d probably be more effective as a co-blogger than an actual one.   Just like being a guild master.  OooOOoOooo dissing my own guild mastering.

hah.

Anyway.  I’d like to say that it’s all freedom.  Say what you want.  Your space is your space.   But I can’t.  At least not directly.   But it also really depends on who you are exactly.  While I would wish anyone to feel open about their thoughts, I would have some people be careful.  To be specific, I’d worry about Officers and other higher-ups.  Theres a lot of discussion that goes on in O chat for my people.  And a lot of it I wouldn’t want out in the open.  If we wipe, we talk about it in O chat.  We try to narrow down what caused it, and what can be done to help so it doesn’t happen again.

Now take the example and turn it into a blog post:

Raid Member 1) Upbeat post about how the raid was wiping, but then after a couple tips from the raid leader, i no longer stood in the fire, and everything was okay!!!!!!oneoneeleven

Officer 1)We were doing horribly at a boss.  When i talked to the others, we noticed that Raid Member 1 was being a tard so we informed him of it in a raid-chat friendly manner.

These are different things (and for what it’s worth, doesn’t mirror anything in particular.  although i’m sure someones stood in the fire at some point).  All i would ask of my peoples in some amount of discretion.   At the very least avoid names.  Even great people have bad days.   If at all possible i’d try to avoid even some vague specifics.   Complaining about DPS is all well and good, they’re like roaches. They’re everywhere.  But you complain about your tank, and you only have a handful at best, deduction becomes a possibility.   A little discretioncan go a long way.   And as Matticus says

“…they [bloggers] are free to write about whatever they wish, but have some tact. If it’s a problem with myself, a situation, conflicts, or policy issues, that it be brought up with myself or an officer first to see if it can be resolved.”

Read more: http://www.worldofmatticus.com/2010/03/03/advice-on-blogging-safely-without-fear-of-a-gkick/#ixzz0hDriTzB7

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as a sidenote, that link was actually popped in automatically.  badass.
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THUS ENDS THE GUILD ISSUE.  TUNE IN NEXT WEEK WHEN…. nevermind.

ANYWAY.  It’s been a while since i’ve put out my thoughts.   A little more personal stuff in a personal blog.   Just because i love wow, doesnt mean everything should be about it.  As anyone can see, I’m not followed by many people, partly in the fact that i’ve told almost no one that i do this.  While i like the idea of blogging, i also know that my life/time restraints keep me from consistantly posting.  Which is a shame because i love putting my thoughts out.   If anyone finds them, so be it.   This is mostly just a personal venture of writing.   Hell, i’m supposed to take a writing class or 2 as a requirement anyway.

I’m trying to learn to play guitar as a side-venture as well.  That’s also going slowly >.>  wish i had more self motivation, but damn.   Motivating me is like parting the red sea (+10 dkp for jesus reference)  But i’ll slowly go at it.   I’m still getting better, i’m just not a pro at it yet.  Instantly.  Like i was hoping.

Some people might point out that while i say i dont tell anyone about these posts, that  “hey, i saw this on your twitter!  JOO LIES”.   I would then point out to you, that the only people that i have on my twitter (majoritively) are wow bloggers/web site people that i like to follow.   Some of you have interesting insights/thoughts/lives.   Well, and some webcomic people.  But following you guys/girls on twitter also alerts me to your blog posts 🙂   When you mention them anyway.  At the very least, Matticus points out his postings 😀

To those who would care to know an extra thing about me, I like reading.   I didnt read much in general until i started taking classes again.   Takes about an hour and a half bus ride to get there, so i use books to fill the time.  I am currently reading David Eddings.  I finished The Belgariad recently, and am currently working on The Mallorean.  I just finished book…… 3?  i think 3.   I also need to go and pick up the latest (and last!) book of the Deverry Cycle (by Katherine Kerr).  *tear* It’s like…. book 14? or 15?   Why must it end so fast!  And to anyone open to recommendations, (everythign i’ve mentioned here is fantasy btw)  Please, please.   Go read the Chronicles of Amber by R.Zelazny (god i hope i spelled that right).
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interlude:

As i write this post, i honestly do not know if my own guild is mentioned at all on this site.   I don’t *think* I’ve put my guild name in here.   But i can’t be sure offhand.   I don’t hide my name at all, thought theres quite a number of people who use it.   I ❤ my guild and (most) it’s people (:P).  But i can’t shake the feeling that… wow… it would be weird if any of them ever read something i put online.

It would be…….    creepy.
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On that note, we’re getting closer to Fester25.   We need better DPS though.  Our overall drops in 25 have been sucking.  It doesnt help that a number of high dps have taken breaks/quit wow recently.
The new tabard design went over well 🙂  I’m particularly proud of this one.

This posting on a Th morning works pretty well beyond the fact i’m incredibly tired.   Think i’m going to stop and publish it now.   Put some more thought into the T/TH morning thing.   I wake up fairly early for classes, but i do give myself extra time to actually be awake//need to hit snooze 15 times.  This also means i dont want to start things in wow, but when i’m tired i also do not gravitate toward gaming.

Alright i’m out.

E>  My blocky heart knows blocky love.

3.3 and Cataclysm

Posted in Cataclysm, Rant with tags , , , , on 12.08.2009 by Pothos

So here we are.  The fall of the Lich King.  I expect trumpets to sound at any moment, but that would require the server to be up! (cheap shot, i know)  It’s at this point i have to worry about cataclysm.  I haven’t seen any word that even the F&F alpha is going on, and there’s definately not a beta happening.   So how far away is cataclysm?

I understand that ICC is going to be released over time similar to ToC, but how long?  I have guildies that hold a (as i see it) misguided belief that Cataclysm is in line for XMas ’10.  I dont know about other WoWers, but that is a long time.  Even if ICC is stretched out for 3 months before we can hit Arthas, that’s still 9 months of farming him.

The Gods know that Arthas will be down by the top guilds the week he’s released.  I mean, they’ll probably not even wipe on their path of destruction to his doorstep.   Sure the ‘common’ guilds, even the pseudo-casual like my own might not be up to him at the point he’s released.   My own people may never even reach him, i do not know.  (but more of an issue with their own effectiveness/dicipline to the craft that is war)

But i digress.  9 months is an extended period of time to have no new content of.  Unless blizzard goes back on themselves and 3.3 isnt the last content patch of this expansion.  So where do we go from here?

Is Cataclysm going to take until the holidays?  Will it go through a (everything is relative, especially in blizzard time) fast alpha/beta cycle?

I cannot honestly say i’d have very much motivation to log in if 8, 9, 10 months from now, im still zoning into the same raid portal i’ll be going into from this wednesday on.

Save me blizzard, for the only cure to my disease is rolling that Goblin.

The wave used to be done in stadiums….

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , , , , on 11.24.2009 by Pothos

All this hype on google wave!  I wish i could actually motivate myself to devote the hour+ to watch the video.  Luckily, my fiancee has watched some of it and given me some summaries.   While it sounds flexible, and pretty crazy interesting…  its probably something i’ll just have to use myself to get a good idea over.

Just as back in the day when i was offered a gmail invite and i thought “I dont know, i already have an email address….”, wave could end up the same deal.  I dont know where i’d be without my gmail.   My original email vs. gmail is like B&W vs Color TV.  Or maybe closer to B&W to BluRay.

But, there’s not much i can do about it at the moment.  I’ve lost touch with old friends, especially ones who would have google invites.  There may be eventual hope in some other people, but nothing major.   I did make a post on ‘WoW on Wave’ thanks to #Ithato.  How that’ll end up I’m not sure.  But it’s nice to see a list of wowers on there.  Even the coveted Tekkub (/swoon).

Not much else i can write about something Iv]sfda;lfjdsghad;.

I dont like typing on this laptop >.>

Anyway… something i’ve had no personal experience.

 

All this being said.  I wonder how lightweight ChromeOS will be.  This laptop has issues running XP, so i’m wondering if it’ll be able to handle Chrome…   Issues for future times i guess.