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?
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.Tags: Blogger, Help Wanted, LFM
Jul 15 2010
Warlock Talents: Thank Goodness They Aren’t Finished Blizzard, Or I’d Have To Walk Right On Over And Punch All Of Your Kittens In The Face.Posted by: Saresa in Cataclysm, Specs and Spells
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.
P.S. Don’t even ask how my Druid feels about the Restoration tree. Let’s just not go there.Tags: Beta, Talents
Jul 07 2010
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
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
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.
Take Ruby Sanctum, appearing under Wyrmrest in a cloud of "meh, pugs can down it, no challenge anymore, not going to bother"-ness. The
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
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!)Tags: Difficulty, Raiding, Ruby Sanctum, Wormskull
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!)
1. My response to the forum
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.
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?
2. Employment Oriented Post by Qawiu of Greymane
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.
3. Rights for Transexuals by Occam of Shandris
4. Quitting WoW post by Tacobeef of Zul’jin (one of many similar posts)
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.
5. Unique Name post by Shrike of Wyrmrest Accord (again, one of many)
I cannot defend this travesty, and I feel sickened that I ever defended you about RealID in the first place.
6. MVP’s against the changes: Frejya.
Just saw Blindsight’s post a few pages back. Evidently Icedragon and Nok posted as well. All against this change.
7. Another MVP post, with a remarkably fitting signature. Snowfox.
“Paranoid: Worrying about Big Brother
Jul 06 2010
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.
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. /hidesTags: Death Knights, Humour, Real ID, tips
Jul 05 2010
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:
I am, however, allowed to keep the following:
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.
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!Tags: assholes, DPSing, epeen
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*Tags: Difficulty, Ruby Sanctum
BTW, 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. ZzzzzzzzzzzzTags: excuses
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.Tags: Paranoia, Privacy, Real ID