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Vice or Guilty Pleasure?

September 7, 2012 1 comment

Occasionally I’ll get blog inspiration from WoW Insider. They recently started featuring guest blogs posted through Blog Azeroth. This week’s Blog Azeroth’s topic is recognizing which of the 7 deadly sins you commit the most while playing WoW.

We all know of the Seven deadly sins (Wrath, Greed, Sloth, Pride, Lust, Envy and Gluttony) and we all succumb to aspects of them at one time or another, but is there one particular sin that affects you more than the others when you play World of Warcraft? Are you a bit too prideful about your armor set? or Do you look upon someone with envy when they have a piece of armor that you don’t have yet?

I could probably name at least one guildy who would fit each sin. Yes Myranda, you look so pretty. Nos stop being a ho and share the loot. Giz get out of the fire!

Oh wait, this post is about MY deadliest sin! Can anyone guess which one it is? Anyone? OH YOU KNOW IT!

 

ALL THE NERDRAGE!!!!!!!!

Yes, I probably exhibit every sin, but there is one sin that is the deadliest for me by far, and anyone who knows me will wholeheartedly agree.

There’s something about the 9 thousand people in a zone trying to jack my node, or the 18 thousand people in the zone trying to do the same quest,  or the difficulty of new encounters at the beginning of the expansion, or learning my class all over again and HATING it, or the HUNDRED AND THIRTY ONE Rivendare kills for that #$*&% mount, or the underwater Cataclysm zone where I CANT FIND THE GODDAMN CAVE…JESUS EFF CHRISTMAS!!!!  This game seriously pisses me off! FOR REAL!

But I’m not unhappy. Usually. I still have fun. I love this game. I’ll never quit.  But I do have a tendency to go from zero to a frothing bitch and type in shouty capitals without warning.

(oh Cali! I KNOW you just got that reference!)

So yes, my deadliest sin in this game is Wrath. Arthas has nothing on me baby. You DON’T want to see me wielding Shadowmourne on the rag.

Be afraid. Be. Very. Afraid.

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Yes this horse IS made of STARS!

August 27, 2012 6 comments

I DID IT! Alykii is now a Loremaster. Cross it off the bucket list!!

So what kind of blog post would this be if I didn’t at least give a rundown of my quest to… complete ALL THE QUESTS!

My Favorite Zones

Silverpine Forest – Eastern Kingdoms
The lore in this zone is simply epic. This zone I was happy to do-over when Cataclysm hit and reset my quest progress. The new quests in this zone make this a must-have experience. This zone takes you through the war over Gilneas and the plight of the forsaken. The lengths Lady Sylvannas went to protect her race was pure evil and the quests to try to take over Gilneas made me feel dirty, in a good evil sinister way. On the flip side, I did level a worgen through the starting area and through Silverpine Forest (up to level 18 or so). Blizzard really made the story of the worgen heart breaking, and even though I bleed horde blood, I really felt for the worgen and believe Sylvannas had what was coming to her at the Gilnean Wall. I actually sent my mage through this zone as well as leveled my baby shaman here because the story just doesn’t get old.

Hillsbrad Foothills – Eastern Kingdoms
The simple fact that Southshore got buried under a pool of slime warrants this zone being on the list. One of the best quests ever? Welcome to the Machine. I don’t think I stopped giggling through this entire quest. You become the quest giver, and NPC’s come up to you and you hand out the quests. It’s a cute little role reversal. The NPC’s are Dumass (HI! I’M NEW! BIG WHITE LIGHT CREATURE WITH WINGS MADE ME ALIVE! I SERVE THE BANSHEE QUEEN! YAY! HELP! HI!); Kingslayer Orkus ( Point me to where the Alliance hide and I shall DOMINATE THEM!); and Johnny Awesome of the guild <Uber Town>.  Best. Quest. Ever.

Southen Barrens – Kalimdor
I picked this zone purely for the “Don’t Stop Bereavin‘” quest – the sequal to finding Mankrik’s wife. I love Journey and the song that Blizzard cleverly punned is one of my favorite songs that Star and I like to sing in guild karaoke. Mankrik is pissed. Every filthy squealy pigman must die. DIE!!!!! He will not rest until their blood stains the earth.

Uldum – Kalimdor
There’s something about a zone where Indiana Jones meets the Mummy that makes this zone so much fun. Any quest that makes you destroy an entire population of gnomes has to be good. Best quest name ever? I dunno, Don’t Stop Bereavin’ is right up there. But for the dirty minded folks, it’s got to be Camel Tow. I don’t understand what’s up with the goblin quest chain down in the south though. It just seems so out of place. The Indiana Jones quest line is a must do in this zone.

Honorable Mention – Kezan, not required (obviously) for loremaster. I loved Kezan. It’s like Sin City. Everyone must roll a goblin and experience this zone.

Zones That Need To Be Set On Fire

Vashj’ir – Eastern Kingdoms
Did this come as a shock to ANYONE? Although being an underwater zone, setting it on fire would be pretty ineffective. Fill it with dirt and plant a tree. Then move along. f’ing underwater zones… you know how much bloody time I spent just trying to find the goddamn cave entrances to turn in the quests? Jesus Christmas. And don’t get me started on Full Circle. That I had to do twice. Or the stupid battlemaiden chain. Or being on top of the ! or ? on my minimap and not knowing if I needed to go up or down. UGH. F’ing underwater zones…

Outlands
Not just a region. Set the whole damn continent on fire. Although getting my revenge on Fel Reaver was nice. The rep grinds.. oh the rep grinds. I couldn’t even finish Blade’s Edge until I grinded Consortium to revered because another chain bugged out on me. I was two quests away from completing the zone, and I had to stop and farm Ethereum Prison Keys and Zaxxis Insignias from Netherstorm.. and run heroic Mana Tombs over.. and over… and over… /headdesk.  F that I went all the way to exalted. That’s right, Chief Exalted Officer. FML.

Icecrown
The zone that never ended. Then when I hit 130 quests, it felt unfinished. I was like, in the middle of an interesting chain.

Silithus
Why the foo is this zone still in the game? 19 quests to complete in this zone. Really? Not that I’m complaining about only doing 19 quests, but still. Should have at least allowed me to get from revered to exalted in those 19 quests. Most useless zone ever.

And there you have it! For those of you that have grinded out almost 5,000 quests like me (hah!) (and yes I”m counting the ones that reset at Cataclsym that aren’t in my stats) what are some of your most favorite and least favorite zones?

Categories: Confessions

Confessions of a Guild Leader: The Can Of Worms

August 1, 2012 6 comments

I wonder where that phrase came from… “opening a can of worms”.

(I love you, Google)

Anyway, nothing in WoW matches up to the proverbial Can of Worms than talking about loot. This post isn’t about my philosophy on loot, since I already blogged about that. This is more about how our system has worked and how our system has failed. This is more about guild opinions being so polarized that for a few days I’ve been caught between a rock and a hard place. Which group of people do I piss off?

The good news is, I’m not alone. I have an entire leadership team to take down with help me! And this is why I love them so much. This post is a teaser. This post is to say that despite the bipolar 16-page recent discussion about loot systems in MOP, I honestly believe that we have come up with a solution that should make almost everyone quit bitching happy!

The biggest contention was how to treat players who are not on a raid team, but float around and fill in regularly verses players who are not on a raid team and fill in occasionally. We were trying to fit them into our current loot system somehow. The problem is, this gets subjective and really cannot be treated as a “one size fits all” policy. Our current loot system is concrete and mostly objective. We absolutely cannot add a subjective element into our system without calling it Loot Council. LC has all of a sudden become a serious option in MT. However when put to vote, just as I expected, so far a roughly 50/50 split between LC and leaving the system alone.

I will say that our current loot system has worked very very well through the current expansion. There have been a couple of blips here and there, but nothing that couldn’t be worked out in a mature adult manner. In the end the system “is what it is” and we dealt with the flaws.

This isn’t a decision we’re basing purely on the majority vote. We’re also looking at who voted for which system, and we see some definite trends there. That’s how we’ve potentially come up with a Loot Policy for MOP that should at least satisfy those who have actively participated in these discussions. This system will be announced as we get closer to MOP launch. There will be a post on the forums outlining the new policy and the Loot Policy page on the website will be updated. The post will also list the tentative schedule and Raid Leaders assigned to each group. Then, as we get closer to MOP raiding, we will have the groups setup.

Loot is a very hot topic. And the analogy works. Once you open the can and the worms come out, it’s a pain in the ass to get them back in and close it. I would have LOVED to just erase the entire thread and pretend it never happened. It got heated. I was afraid of it getting out of control. In the end though, I think it was a much needed discussion. And as much as I hate you all for making my job that much more difficult <3, I need to know where people stand, so we can keep on moving in a positive direction.

/cheers

Categories: Confessions, Raiding

Confessions of a .. ahem.. “Raid Leader”

May 17, 2012 Leave a comment

So we made some progress on H Hagara last night. We’ve figured out the lightning phase. Frosted flakes phase still give us a little trouble. My raid leader and backup raid leader are getting married today (CONGRATS CRIX AND RELUU!!<3) so I’ve had to raid lead. Yikes.

With me raid leading, it goes something like this:
Me: Ok, for lightning phase we’ll have a healer at 9:00, 3:00 and 6:00. That’s also where we’ll hang out during ice lances.
Tsorb: So where do you want me Aly?
Me: Uh… take 9:00. I’ll take 6:00, Mackayla take 3:00
Me: Ok find a buddy for ice lances!
Mackayla: wait, where am I going again?
Me: I dunno. I don’t even remember what I just said!
Tsorb: I think you’re at 9:00
Someone else: Didn’t she say you were at 9:00 Tsorb?
Tsorb: Aly?
Mackayla: So where am I supposed to be?
Me: /facepalm

*sets up markers*
“you on purple, you on green me on blue”
Whew.

Oh yeah that and I forgot to turn it off heroic for Warlord. Oops. Someone brought it to my attention just before we pulled. That would have been hilarious.

Just as hilarious as it would have been if I had to call out slimes on H Yor’saj because our ahem.. leader with the addon was getting ready for her big day.

It could have gone something like this:

Me: Kill green! no wait! Yellow! uh… I think?

Someone else: Pink!

Someone else: Orange!

Someone else: Periwinkle!

Someone else: Boobies!

But that only happened in my head.  Anyway, I downloaded the addon, AND I made sure it was set to heroic! Go me!

At least Freggos didn’t try to kill me this time.

Categories: Confessions, Raiding

Confessions of a Gamer: Getting Too Close

April 13, 2012 12 comments

There are a number of different ways I could go with this post. I could take the jaded cynical route. I’m not sure that would do any good though. It would be easy though. Too easy. When there’s so much emotion churning, it’s difficult which one to run with… sadness? anger? confusion?

It happens to many people. You meet someone online, whether it’s in chat rooms or MMOs. You form friendships that can feel as close as if you know them real life. You may even form something with someone that goes beyond friendship. You may find yourself caring so much about someone that you would do anything for them.

I feel that way about many people I’ve met in WoW. Some, I’ve even met in real life. They know if they need something, they can count on me. Just as I count on them. Star just might be my best friend in the whole wide world of warcraft. I’ve formed almost a sisterhood with the girls in my guild. I would do anything for them. I would do anything for just about anyone in my guild. Just as I would do anything for the person I allowed to get too close.

This person had a hard shell, and I was finding my way through it. He had his very sweet moments. It was because of these moments that I grew to trust him. After knowing him for several years in the game, he was a very good friend. That’s probably the hardest right there, losing that friendship, for reasons I can’t even begin to figure out. I don’t understand how someone can just turn on a dime. I never betrayed him. I’m the one that should be angry and upset. He made promises he couldn’t live up to. But I still believed in him. I’m the type of person that sees the good in everyone, and I treat people the way I hope to be treated.

I let my guard down and let him in. In hindsight, if I were granted a do-over, the only thing I would have changed would be to not let our relationship go beyond the boundary of friendship.

This doesn’t mean I’ll close myself off. I’m not going to build the proverbial wall. This isn’t going to change who I am. If the opportunity presented itself with someone else, I’d still take it. Would I be just as caring, understanding and generous as I was for him? As I would do for anyone I care about? You betcha.

Call me a fool. Or just call me a Masochist.

 

Categories: Confessions, Guildies

Confessions of a Guild Leader: Being the Bad Guy

April 1, 2012 7 comments

I can count on a couple of fingers how many people I’ve had to remove from the guild in the past 2 years. I’ve been very fortunate in that respect. My guildies are generally a group of low maintenance low drama adults that play to have fun. That’s what I really care about here. I’m also a very nice person and I’ve been known to let a few things slide with stern warnings.

MT is a fairly large guild. We’re not one of the humongous 900+ member guilds, but we do have close to 100 accounts and over 360 characters. Naturally, there’s going to be some personality conflict. Some play styles are more laid back than others. I tried my best to have each raiding group consist of like-minded players to reduce the potential for conflict.

Except that blew up in my face.

Putting together similar people is a good theory. However in practice, when you have 2 alpha males in the same group competing to be top dog, it starts getting a little nasty. When these like-minded types of players get together, the elitism rears its ugly head. When that ugly head swells, these players think they can get away with acting like douchenozzles because “Nothing will happen to us, the guild needs us too much.” The suckiest part of this whole thing is the good people that get caught under a bad influence.

The final straw: Raid time is 9:30. The raid leader is generally a couple of minutes late on Fridays due to work. He logs in roughly 9:33. Raiders are expected to be on at raid time unless it’s known in advance that something’s holding them up. This is ok we’re not a bleeding edge guild that says WoW > All. Anyway, one raider decides he’s going to count down each minute until he logs, and finally logs off at 9:29. Two others log off about 30 seconds after the Raid Leader logs on. The raider that logged off early was invoking his own made up rule. The other 2 logged off one right after the other under the first raider’s influence. This left us scrambling at 9:35 to fill at least 3 spots.

So, what happened next? In addition to me, 2 officers and 2 raid leaders were also on to witness this. I was about to rage, and I never make decisions based on rage. I let it be known to the raid leader of that group that those 3 were no longer going to be part of any raiding team in MT. That’s when we all decided they had no place in the guild after that behavior. I imagine the former members of MT were stunned at the turn of events after logging back in without a guild tag over their heads.

I didn’t feel good about it, but had I let them remain in the guild, I would have been enabling that sort of behavior. Everything I do in this game is usually what’s best for the guild, and this move really was what was best for MT. I can be satisfied that I made the right decision. I don’t care how good you are, or how much you think we need you.. if you’re going to be a turdwaffle, then find a guild that embraces that element.

That is all.

Categories: Confessions

I Am The Great Pretender

March 27, 2012 4 comments

Did I just show my age by quoting a Platters song? I think so!

I mean I’m not THAT old.. but my parents listened to it.

So the nice thing about NOT being a raid leader and being a healer is I can pretend a lot. I can pretend I know what the hell is going on and nobody will know the difference. I follow everyone and play wack-a-mole on grid. Sure, most of the fights I do have some inkling of what we need to do, but others, not so much.

I came into a guild alt run last night as tank. We made it to Spine of Deathwing and my cover is blown.

This is a fight I’ve healed at least 19 times across 3 healers. That’s not including wipes, since I can only keep track of how many times my toons have been involved in a kill. I think. Anyway, in the 19+ times I’ve seen the fight, not once have I figured out what the fuck is going on. I mean sure, I read the strat once 3 months ago.. but we’ve had it on farm for so long, I just didn’t need to ahem.. review it. For 3 months, this is how I’ve viewed that fight from a healer POV (please note that these may be completely out of order):

  • Parachute onto big dragon’s back
  • Tanks pick up some things.
  • DPS pew pew’s some stuff, but NOT the tentacles (no, I don’t know why)
  • A tank or Yakk calls out to stop dps
  • DPS pewpew’s a tentacle that has a fiery grip on someone
  • DPS kills a tentacle?
  • Yakk calls out “stack top right”
  • We go back to middle, rinse repeat
  • Yakk calls out “stack bottom right”
  • I heal shit
  • Some big pieces of the dragon fly off
  • We parachute down to the Madness platforms and hand out loot

And this is what happens with me tanking:

Parachute onto big dragon’s back

Yakk: Aly all you have to do is pick up the bloods
Me: DnD, take a nap, got it!

Chronoz is tanking a big add…la la la

Yakk: Stack top right

We all stack, DW does a barrel roll

Raid spreads back out to middle

Chronoz is just standing there tanking a big add… la la la

Yakk: stop dps, Chronoz build some stacks

Nothing happens. Random raiders poke Chronoz. Nothing happens and we realize he DC’d

Ambient: Aly taunt it!

I’m not entirely sure what I was taunting but I ran around blood boiling everything until I was pretty sure I was the only player with aggro

Raid: LOL because Aly’s tanking everything
Yakk: Aly build stacks!
Me: I don’t know what that means!
Raid: ROFLMAO

Yakk can no longer speak in complete sentences from laughing too hard

Yakk: (sputtering and catching breath) I- I can’t… I don’t even….
Gamma: How many times have you done this fight Aly??
Me: I just follow people and play whack a mole!
Raid: ROFLMAO
Yakk: Ok let’s call it it’s after 11:30
Me: It’s a shame Giz had to miss this

Yakk still can’t breathe

So yeah, note to self… if I’m in a role that I’m not familiar with, I need to be familiar with that role’s role on each fight or next time Yakk might die from hyperventilation. And that’s not good for anyone.

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