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LFM: one poor sap who I can use to make this place look like it actually has something to do with Warlocks again.  Must have writingscore of at least 5k. 

That’s right, I want a co-blogger!

I’ll admit it, I have always been kinda hesitant about having a co-blogger.  I’m a bit of a control freak, and I always had the fear of having someone around who sucked.  Or, even worse, someone who was so awesome that they made my writing look bad (not overly difficult, really).  But, I think this place needs a breath of fresh air, and it would be fun to have someone else around.

Let’s get into the nitty gritty, shall we?

  • You’d be expected to play a Warlock.  Preferably as your main, but I can swing with alts if you know the class well.
  • Please don’t be as dumb as a sack of hammers.  ‘Course, if you are reading this, you probably aren’t.  We can effectively consider this criteria checked.
  • I’d obviously prefer you to be of the Destructive persuasion, but I can handle another spec around here.  A Demonologist would be kinda awesome.
  • I’d expect you to post at least twice a week.  Now, this is scary, but having someone else around would force me to work out a schedule.  I’m willing to negotiate that, of course, since I don’t really care much when I write.
  • I’d also expect some form of ‘useful’ post once a month.  That means a guide, a spec or talent critique, an indepth look at a strategy, whatever floats your boat.  Before you cry double standards, I do plan on trying to improve on this myself… but yeah. 
  • If you PvP, that would be bloody wonderful.  Be nice to have someone around here who knew crap about killing others!
  • You’d have to write your own about page.  With a picture.  I don’t care if it is a picture of your toon (I know that your real face might just cause a group of insane swooning men and women to hang round), but it NEEDS a picture.
  • You can’t get snippy if I edit your posts for grammar and crap.  Especially if I change things to Australian spelling.  However, I would never change anything else (if I didn’t like a post, we’d talk about it, then I’d just write a contradictory point of view).  You can also write posts contradicting me, I don’t mind in the slightest.
  • You have to put up with my supposed excessive chattiness.  Yeah, if you write here, you get stuck with my endless scary IM conversations.

I think that’s enough for starters.  I really do not want to make it sound any scarier than it does already!

If you are interested in applying, use that handy dandy contact form link at the top of the page.  For fun, I’d like you to address your Warlock experience, why the hell you would want to work with a crazed loon such as myself and write here, and provide an about page.  I don’t care if it’s serious or funny, I just want to know a little about you.   Feel free to ask questions in the comments.

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And that is possibly the longest post title ever.


I know the talents aren’t finished.  I know you have to work on them a lot more.  Thank bloody goodness for that, because, as they stand, they are a pile of crap.

When you get around to editing them, think of poor little Fluffy sitting there in the corner.  So small and cute and cuddly and utterly defenceless.

And remember… I’m waiting.

<3 Sar

P.S.  Don’t even ask how my Druid feels about the Restoration tree.  Let’s just not go there.

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I recently asked Wormskull, a frequent commenter on this blog, if he would like to write a guest post about Ruby Sanctum and his views on the general QQ (my own included!) about raiding being too damn easy these days.  He obliged with the following fantastic post, which I am sure you will all appreciate reading.  I feel it is important to note that I chose the title of the post, feeling that it was a particularly well stated sentence, however, all the words that follow from this point are Wormskull’s, and he should be given full credit for them.

I recently came across a forum post where a guy was saying how pessimistic he was about Cataclysm. His opinion was that Burning Crusade was awful, Lich King was worse and that everything was on a downward spiral since vanilla, which he never actually played, though
he wished he had.

I had to stop for a minute to digest this. The guy had invested something like three years of subscription fees, never mind the playtime, on something he thought was rubbish and after all that still cared enough to post about his disappointments to an online forum.

Where many, many people agreed with him.

I’m the kind of guy that chooses to spend my time on things I like! If I watch the second season (to be honest, the second episode) of a TV
show, it’s because I like it. If I’m still playing a game after the first week (to be honest, the first day) then I like it. Judging by people’s opinions on various forums, that’s a radical concept in the WoWniverse, where folks steadfastly soldier away spending their time and money on things that prompt a litany of complaint.

So I ask myself, why are these poor fools putting themselves through this misery? The only answer I can come up with is… they aren’t.  It’s phoney. There’s no other logical explanation, is there?

Let’s take an example. The very familiar "WoW is too easy now" meme, cause of more complaint than anything since SL/SL. The many, many complaints all basically say the same thing – "We are being Starved of Challenge! Things were challenging once, but that feeling has gone now".

Let’s leave aside for a moment the issue that many of these complaints hark back to a time when a Warlock’s job was spamming the Shadow Bolt button. It’s about the difficulty level of the raids, apparently.

Ruby Sanctum Loading Screen Crop: A portal in a ruby coloured forest.

Take Ruby Sanctum, appearing under Wyrmrest in a cloud of "meh, pugs can down it, no challenge anymore, not going to bother"-ness. The
instance can be done, straightaway in one of two difficulty levels. A "normal" mode for those that would like to get it down in an evening
(some people might not want an epic, week-on-week challenge) and a "heroic" mode that will take a heroic number of wipes, tears and pain
to beat. Is anyone beating it on heroic then complaining that it’s easy? No. Of the 200 or so guilds to have killed Arthas in 25HM (an insane fight, even with the buff) only around 50 have downed this. Many of these have put in time on the PTR to hone their strats.

So, how many folks reading this have gone straight in to heroic mode? What did you make of it? Not challenging enough?

You can always try to beat the Lich King in heroic with the buff switched off. Not challenging enough? Try it in blues.

The one possible excuse for people getting tired of "normal" mode content is ICC, because of the requirement to complete it to unlock "heroic" modes, combined with an extended gating period. Even so the excuse that folks are too tired of the content to try and down LK-HM doesn’t quite square with their professed desire to be stuck on content, held up by week after week of wipe after wipe until the content gets nerfed (C’thun, Mu’ru). Ulduar didn’t require completion on normal and wasn’t gated. According to Blizzard barely anyone went straight to hard modes. We all went and did it on normal first. By choice.

It’s easy to forgive the ICC mechanic when there’s such a large discrepancy between what people say they want (spectacularly challenging content) and what they do when given the choice (normal mode clears). Blizzard simply judged what people did, not what they said, as the old adage demands. That has led to a flood of the same old "what they said", but who would really have gone straight in to ICC on heroic mode? On the evidence of Ulduar and Ruby Sanctum, very few.

It’s easier to talk about how much we want to be challenged than it is to actually get up and do it. The WoWniverse is so huge now, not just
some fish in a pond but whole oceans of aquatic life, and news travels fast. The top guilds down Heroic LK in a few weeks, another bunch
takes down Festergut in nothing but blue gear, a rogue solos Patch and Grob in Naxx25. We all want to think we’re in the same league as the
people doing this stuff, but to prove it we have to actually get out there and break our hearts wiping on something insanely hard. And the most likely thing we prove by doing so is that we’re not up there with the big fish after all. Easier by far to mouth off about how these challenges are beneath us. How once we were giants, as good as anyone else, and all that we ask is a chance at something truly befitting our supreme abilities.

QQ is all about wishes, but not the ones that show on the face of it. What sounds like a wish for challenging content is something else, a wish that the QQ’ers themselves were up to the challenge of the content already there.

Everyone has the choice, and they always did. There’s rarely been a time when there hasn’t been challenging content, and there certainly is now. There’s always been easier stuff to do, too and never any reason for that to matter.  People decide for themselves what their ambitions are. If there’s an easier version of a raid, the only people doing it are those that want to and choose to.

Well, thanks for reading. If I haven’t rubbed some people up the wrong way then I’ve not done this right. If you’re one of the ones I’ve got bristling, just do one thing before you tell me I’m wrong. Try the Halion fight on heroic. I dare you to have fun, and be challenged by an awesome fight.

- Wormskull raids with Nephilim on Blade’s Edge EU.  They’ve yet to kill Halion heroic, but it’s gonna happen! (even though they did wind down from this lockout’s heroic wipefest with the fun of knocking her over in normal – hard to resist doing that!)

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I put together a small handful of interesting posts from the protest forum.  I also copy and pasted the contents of said posts for people who may have issues seeing images/ clicking through.  Most of the images were unfortunately too large to post full size on the blog.  All posts are quoted in their entirety and are unedited (including the errors in my own).  They all raise good points, and one of them in particular is a real tear jerker (at least for me).

I also urge you all to post on the forums, whether you agree with the changes or not.  Please be polite and reasonable while doing so, and be clear and concise in your writing (unlike me!)

<3 Sar.

1.  My response to the forum

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I don’t often post on these forums. I will admit that I can be put off by the juvenile behaviour of some, and the flame wars of others.
I do not believe that such a grotesque violation of people’s rights is the answer to this problem.
I’d like to draw attention to a part of the Code of Conduct that you find important enough to highlight every time we make a post on the forums:

Q u o t e:
Help keep these forums a fun and safe place for everyone – please report any Code of Conduct violations you see, including:
* Posts containing personal information about other players.

Why is it acceptable for you to essentially post our personal information? To have our real names viewable by all others, to reveal or open us up to assumptions about personal details such as gender, age and race?
By posting as ‘Saresa’, I can feel comfortable knowing that people view me, above all else, as a person who chooses to play a level 80 female Human Warlock. That is all one can assert about me from this handle. By posting as my ‘actual self’, people immediately view me and may make these assumptions or reach these conclusions:
- ‘Oh she’s a girl. She clearly doesn’t know what she is talking about’
- ‘Oh, she’s got a funny name. If I can’t agree with her about whatever she is talking about, I can always poke fun at her name!’
- ‘Hmmm. She must be ‘old’, with that first name. Who cares what an ‘old’ person has to say anyway?’
- ‘Oh look, I know that name, she’s my school teacher! I’m going to make fun of her and tell everyone at work LOLOLOL’
It is also staggering that Blizzard has not learned from the privacy fiascos of entities such as Google and Facebook. Why make the same mistakes as these companies? It leads me to assume that you are banking on the poor understanding of online security that young people have (see: just for starters), and are hoping that they simply will not care. I would advise you to remember the largest demographic of WoW players for starters (not children!) when making these changes – many of us are from a generation of older, more wary gamers and internet citizens.
Please reconsider this change. I say this as a fan of Real ID in it’s first release state (not perfect, but opt-in, which is what we feel it was marketed to us as). Honestly, if this comes down to making the forums ‘more friendly’, then I feel your motivation is misplaced. It will lead to more racially and sexually targetted flaming, and will not save you time or money in moderation.
I also feel that giving us the option to ‘not use the forums’ is no real option at all. Making an MMORPG more social by telling people to ‘not use the forums if they value their privacy’? I’m very sorry, but that doesn’t make sense to me.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Saresa (Gamer, Blogger – – and all round Blizzard fan)

2.  Employment Oriented Post by Qawiu of Greymane

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Medical professionals, educators, law enforcement officers, legal personnel, these are just a few of the people who CANNOT AFFORD to draw aggro to their real legal names. People for whom even an arrest on false charges, later vindicated, is the end of their careers. People who can be crushed by anonymous accusations and groundless complaints, or even by the very act of harassment itself. These are the people you are guaranteed to be rid of if you implement this. The people with nothing to lose because they’ve accomplished nothing in life will not be deterred.
And we were your ideal customers, because we pay regularly, often without even using the game during that time, we often don’t have much time to tax your resources, and we don’t make much trouble for you in general.
But more awful to contemplate, are the young people who will ruin their lives without realizing that what they do as youths will be attached to their names FOREVER. Archives of internet content persist and they will find you. Forget ever making anything of yourself if your reputation is ruined now. Not even for anything you’ve said, but because someone else didn’t like the way you speak, didn’t like your name, didn’t like that someone else liked you. Didn’t feel you paid enough attention to them or were impressed enough by their l33t g34r.
And even worse, the innocent bystanders whose names coincide with or are used by misanthropes, who get hell rained on them without anybody even understanding why. Because ‘cyberbullying’ is not a problem, right? No one’s having their life ruined by harassment from internet sociopaths.
I can’t hold on to hope for this anymore– I’m going to go grieve a game that was so much a part of my life for so many years, and all the memories I’m going to have to leave behind. I’ll never forgive this, Blizzard. Never.

3.  Rights for Transexuals by Occam of Shandris

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Hello, Blizzard.
How’s it going?
Why don’t you have a seat, I have some anger to blast at you.
I’m an Male-to-Female transsexual, Blizz. I haven’t legally changed my name yet, and I made my account long before beginning to transition. As a result, my account is labeled with a fairly masculine name, which I cannot change under the current system until I get it changed legally. This was a major concern for me when the realID friend list happened, but it’s not been a big deal, thanks for outing me to a good portion of my friends who play WoW, though. That lead to a few tears, not like I haven’t had a hard enough time convincing the various guilds I’m a part of across the four or five servers I have 80′s on that I’m female when they hear me over Ventrillo.
I just wanted to say THANK YOU for making this decision to out me and, oh, for the sake of statistics, the some odd THOUSAND others in my situation to every single person with a account. It really means something to us.
I skimmed over the previous pages, and couldn’t find any post pertaining to this, and felt it needed to be said. I’m sure there’s more than a mere thousand in situations similar to this, so let’s say a nice, low, 10,000 players of your supposed several million strong playerbase, and assume they all play WoW.
I plan on cancelling my subscription, and never looking at Blizz again after this change, and we’ll say half of those people plan to as well. 5,000, times 15 every month just from this group loss to profits. Is whatever cock-eyed profit scheme this is based on really worth that sort of income loss?
Also, posted on an alt keep from outing myself to my ENTIRE guild, instead of just people it’s beneficial to be able to pull off of alts at any give time. Yeah, only for IRL friends my ass.
inb4 my post is buried under more recent replies and I’m the only person to ever read it

4.  Quitting WoW post by Tacobeef of Zul’jin (one of many similar posts)

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After posting here in this thread, around page 200 something, I ask again, is there something that can be done legally to block this? I’d like to read a post from someone with a law background regarding this topic which I think it surely has to break some internet or civil rights law.
Also this:
Thank you for playing World of Warcraft, and we hope you enjoyed your stay in Azeroth. All credit card information has been removed from the account ******** as of July 6, 2010 7:46:15 PM, so no further billing will be processed on this account unless payment information is manually re-entered. Your account will remain accessible for play until August 5, 2010 7:12:51 PM, when the remaining pre-paid time expires.
Good luck, Blizzard, you’ll need it.
EDIT: I also filled out a complaint at the ESRB.

5.  Unique Name post by Shrike of Wyrmrest Accord (again, one of many)

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Q u o t e:

Q u o t e:
Feel free to see how many other people in the USA have your name, for me it’s 27.


For me?
And my name isn’t even that strange. If it was first name? 1,500 or so. My last name has 572. But the combination? *One* person has that, and it’s me.
Obviously, I am aware that Blizzard is not a single entity, but we have not been informed, nor (I’m sure) will we ever be informed, who made the decision to do this… So I’ll address the following as "to the relevant parties at Blizzard…":

  • I defended you all the way back to when you opened paid server transfers for the very first time and made my first server into a cesspool and utterly destroyed the RP community there, because I trusted that you would make things right (and you did, you doubled the "new server" delay before transfers were allowed).
  • I defended you when you made sweeping changes that hamstrung my own class, because I trusted that you would make things right (and you did, by drastically overhauling my class and making it fun to play again).
  • I defended you when you forced the migration of all World of Warcraft accounts to accounts, because I trusted that you would make things right (and you did, by making more user-friendly, and adding the ability to use Authenticators).
  • I defended you when you allowed the Trading Card Game to include in-game items, because I trusted you, that it would never include game-altering items.
  • I defended you when you started selling in-game items for cash, because I trusted you, that it would never include game-altering items.
  • I defended you when you implemented RealID, even though it made me extremely unpopular with my friends, because I trusted that you would actually take privacy concerns into account and make sure that no "slippery slope" came into effect.

I cannot defend this travesty, and I feel sickened that I ever defended you about RealID in the first place.
You’ve proven all the RealID naysayers right, destroyed your credibility, and alienated your most vocal defenders and proponents, all at once.
The only thing you can do to make this right is to implement a RealAlias option, so each account can have a single NON-REAL-NAME identifier attached to it, that is just as difficult to alter as a real name attached to the account would be. Without this change, the service will be unusable by anyone with even a shred of self-preservation.
I’ve never threatened to cancel my accounts. It’s always a stupid move to threaten it. And I won’t threaten now, because it doesn’t work. I’ll just state very simply that this move insults me, my wife, and everyone I know who has any dignity or desire for privacy, and I feel no interest in continuing to play a game whose operators insult me.

6.  MVP’s against the changes: Frejya.

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Just saw Blindsight’s post a few pages back. Evidently Icedragon and Nok posted as well. All against this change.
For those of you that might not know – these guys are part of a core group that posts regularly in the Getting Started forums.
I don’t see how losing them is going to improve things.
¸..• ‘¨¨)) -:¦:-
¸.•’ .•’¨¨)) Frejya -:¦:-
((¸¸.•’ …•’ -:¦:-

7.  Another MVP post, with a remarkably fitting signature.  Snowfox.

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“Paranoid: Worrying about Big Brother
Cautious: Worrying about his little brothers”

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It seems I may have offended Death Knights in yesterday’s post.

I could say that no offense was intended.  I could say that I was actually mocking the tanking community (and, by extension, the WoW community) for their attitudes towards Death Knights.

But now, I don’t want to.  You have convinced me that it is much more fun to keep babbling on about DK’s rather than merely apologising.  Because, as we all know, apologising is for Mages, Sissies, and People Who Are Often Wrong.

OK, Death Knights, here is our two prong approach to fixing your problem.

1.  ‘There are so many crappy Death Knights!’

Well DUH.  Every man and his dog is going to roll the class that starts FIFTY EIGHT levels ahead of the rest of us.  Simple logic really.

  • Starting 58 levels ahead is kinda lazy
  • The average person is lazy
  • Therefore, everyone will want to start 58 levels ahead.

Unfortunately, many of us are not good at Death Knightery.  That’s OK, I am sure they are all good at something else.  Like crocheting.  So, we simply need to persuade these people to not play a Death Knight anymore.

We could always tell them that they just suck at the DK.  In my experience, people do not take this too well at all.  This may lead to you being called an elitist asshat, or worse.

Or, we could just kill them.

We’d be doing the world a favour, really.

2.  Death Knights doesn’t afraid of anything!  Except a wee bit of mockery.

Death Knights are like the new plate wearing Mage.  They stand around, try hard to look pretty, and QQ at the drop of a hat.  Not the way to behave for the class that is trying to take the evil mantle from Warlocks.

Stop crying when we pick on you.  Instead, grab the said mocker’s face, and smash it into the nearest Runeforge.  Then stick your nice specially enchanted weapon right up their posterior, until they beg for mercy.  I would suggest you stop if they are doing the wrong sort of begging as well, since that means they enjoy that kinda thing *looks at the Mages*.

Stand up for yourselves!

Also: This is really just a sneaky way to write a post about RealID, without putting RealID in the title or in the majority of the post, I have tricked you into reading something that ultimately is about something you are not at all interested in because you have heard it so many times already and OMG just shut up about it!

Also, thanks to BRK for letting me shamelessly steal his technique of conveying messages.  And by letting me, I refer to the type of letting that happens without consultation… so the ‘letting’ in that sentence is utterly pointless.  He didn’t let me at all.  But that’s OK, ‘cos he’s just a Hunter, after all.  Just a big red scary one.  /hides

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Hi.  I play a DPS class (2 of them, actually).

As such, I understand that the Triumvirate of Tanks (The Death Knights have yet to be allowed membership into the sacred order – go whinge about it on your own blogs, suckers) and the Holy Healership of, um, Healers require me to surrender the following, immediately:

  • The will to question orders
  • The ability to read anything other than a Tankspot strat, and the Elitist Jerks page for my class.  Reading anything else leads to questioning.  Questioning is bad.
  • My brain
  • A minimum of 10 years of my life, to fit into the ‘immature child’ part of the enforced stereotype

I am, however, allowed to keep the following:

  • My face, because that’s how DPS plays the game, right?
  • A membership in the ‘I, Uh, Duh…. DeePeeEss’ club.  Whether I wanted it or not.

I have complained many a time about how DPS are perceived as stupid, selfish, greedy little bastards who care only about the meters and epeen.  Apparently, it is impossible to make a great contribution to the raid as a DPS.  We are there to follow the orders of the tanks, make sure we don’t drop too low on the meter by simultaneously staring at it and not paying too much attention to it, watch our threat but don’t dare ease back on the DPS because “OMG you lazy DPS are too slow and are killing us!”, and to respect the healers who treat us as the butt of all jokes because they are apparently naturally superior to us.  Oh, and while you are staring at the damage meter and the threat meter and watching where the hell that crazy tank is facing the boss today, make sure you don’t stand in the bad.  Even if it is expected of you, you brainless DPS.

Of course, I won’t even bother going into the fact that I must be a truly inferior DPS, being that I’m a girl, and must only be there for the Vent lols and because my ‘boyfriend’ (who is a tank/healer and therefore important) threatened to drop raid if I didn’t come.  That is a) a whole other blog post; b) something that, as far as I am aware, has never been a problem for me, just many other women and c) let’s face it, it’s a damned tired old topic.

Apparently, my complaints have gone unheeded.  I guess it is time for me to give up and just follow directions (I heard that ‘For once in your life!’, you lot in the tank corner.  Bite me).

So, here you go.

cardboard-box-open-lgI just ask that you be careful.  My brain has been feeling particularly squooshy as of late.

And remember, I’ll probably need all that crap back when I decide to tank or heal on my Druid.  Since that apparently is much harder than my current job.  Just so you are all aware.  Thanks!

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No, really.

I’d like to know.

Y’see, I saw many tweets last night about Halion.  About people killing Halion.  About people nearly killing Halion.

And all these tweets made me wonder.

How difficult do we want Ruby Sanctum to be?

See, we all know I tend towards the masochistic side of things.  I want my raid bosses to spank me, and spank me hard.  For weeks at a time.  There’s no satisfaction in it otherwise – it isn’t a challenge if he/she/undefinable it hasn’t been wiping the floor with us.

But many people want the game to be easier.  Apparently, raiding is only fun if you can win the raid.  So, if that’s what people want nowadays, I guess it’s acceptable for a new raid to be cleared within hours of release.  And not just by the ‘top’ guilds, but by a variety of guilds.

So, I’m not going to get on my soap box and rant (quite yet), because I have a funny feeling that what I want out of the game isn’t what anyone else wants.  Hell, that’s what turned me off raiding in the first place – that it just wasn’t the same, it wasn’t the right sort of challenge for me.  But I would like to know: How many of you wanted a boss that could be tumbled over within hours?  How many of you wanted something a little harder?

As for me?  I’m mentally going back in time and beating my head against Black Temple and Sunwell.  Oh, the memories…. *dreams of Mother Shahraz*

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imageBTW, Carmen Sandiego has always freaked me out a little.  Why can we never catch her?  Why so much leg, yet so much sleeve and a scarf?  Are you hot or cold, lady?  Do you just not feel temperature, thus enabling you to hide anywhere in the world without feeling discomfort?  And how can you pull off red and orange without looking silly?  Also – WTB those thighs.  Mine are showing distinct signs of ‘too much icecream-itis’.

Where have I been?  What’s been going on?  Why am I not writing?

Well, where to begin.

I’ve spent a small amount of time killing zombies.  The zombies spent slightly more time killing me.  I also seem to have a remarkable talent for shooting my team mates in the back of the head and missing the zombies entirely. 

I’ve been chasing pies like crazy.

I’ve been cursing at the Steam client for not downloading Dragon Age: Origins as fast as I would like.

I’ve been occasionally Huntarding.  I think that word needs to be reworked to reflect massive amounts of fail. 

I’ve been blogging elsewhere, in the hopes of making money.  So far, it hasn’t worked.

I’ve been writing report cards.  The process turns me into my favourite creature – the flailing octopus writer.  If someone can design me a t-shirt with a flailing writing octopus holding several quills and using its own ink, I’ll squee immensely.

I’ve been tweeting excessively.

I’ve been shouting at people in fits of explosive rage.  It’s quite scary, really.

I just haven’t been able to think of anything fun to write about that’s WoW related.  At all.  I think I need to go back to asking you guys for topics.  I also think I might be scaring people off with my constant snark.  Whoops! <3

I’ve also been sleeping lots.  Mmmm sleep. Zzzzzzzzzzzz


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I am so tired of seeing crap everywhere about Real ID.

So what am I going to do?

Write a post about Real ID!  Whoo hoo!

So many people have their panties in a knot over Real ID.  Some people are more on the social curmudgeon side of things (I thought Dorfs were meant to be social!), others are concerned about privacy issues, and others are telling you to untwist your knickers and pull them out of your arse before you get a haemorrhoid.  OK, maybe that’s my words, not his.  But you get the point.

I for one will be happy to add just about anyone to my Real ID.  I don’t give a flying proverbial if you know my real name (sticking with the whole ‘I’m not afraid of you, internets!), I’m not going to stress too much about being hacked when a) I have an authenticator and b) I have nothing to steal anyway, so NER.  Seriously, if you are really desperate for a fricking White Dress, go for it!  Just don’t take the masses of holiday garbage from my bank, please, I beg you!

Look, the thing is, I don’t care if you want to have a Real ID or not.  I’m more interested in making sure the Imp is using the bathroom on a regular basis, and the Succubus is getting her checks all regular and stuff (seriously – it’s a Minion Union Requirement).  I don’t care if people can find me on my Super Secret Alts, because I don’t bloody have any.  And I don’t play the game to escape from people, because it’s an MMO god damn it – if I wanted to escape from people, I’d play a single player game. Duh.

Sure, there are ‘some flaws with privacy.  Like I said, I’m not a privacy nut, so none of it affects me.  As someone with a rather unusual name, it probably should, but stealing my RL identity would probably be like hacking my account – I have no money, my credit rating is probably already shot to hell, and if you get me a criminal record or something I’ll have something to discuss at dinner parties: “Hey, did I tell you about the time I got arrested for drug trafficking in Venezuela while I was sitting on my butt at home?”

I just can’t be arsed sitting on my little soap box and telling you whether or not to Real ID.  And I’m not going to spout off little statements every day on Twitter sounding like a pompous arse because I won’t or will Real ID.  Here’s my announcement.  I’m using it.  You want to add me?  You know where to find me.


… unless you are one of my students.  That would just be too weird.  And would ruin my naked mail box dances forever.


P.S.  Seriously.  Read Stop’s post at least in those links.  It’s nice to see some not-paranoia floating around the place.  And it has 100% less arse than my post.  Although last I checked, arses can be pretty good.

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