Happy Birthday to WoW.. Oh, Crap…

November 24, 2009 at 7:54 am (Uncategorized) ()

Surprise, surprise. I try to log in this evening to have a bit of relaxation before taking off for a week at home – Denied! A little power outage killed my Battlegroup?! *sigh* I so can’t wait to get on the red-eye full of stress, and unable too sleep.

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One Turkey of a Holiday

November 23, 2009 at 6:14 pm (Holidays, Vanity Pets) (, )

Bugged Holidays annoy the crap out of me. I don’t really know why, because it seems every time Blizzard creates a new festival of some sort, an important part of the meta-achievement is screwed up and it takes 24-48 hours to fix. I should just expect it by now. It often becomes a time crunch for me. Given that I work out of town from my family, I’m often home over the holidays, and when I’m home, I play little if at all. So, Sunday was my day to accomplish as much as possible, but the Echo Isle server had bugs in the feasts at both Stormwind and Darnassus. Combine that with everyone hunting turkeys at the same time was a recipe for frustration. As of 4am this morning, I managed to kill enough turkeys to get the achievement, but the chairs still hadn’t been fixed with a pending server shutdown. Since I fly out very, very late tonight, I don’t expect to get back on to see if they’ve been updated properly. And I was so looking forward to vanity pet number 77. For those wondering the best turkey path for the Alliance – take the road west out of Goldshire and stick to either the north or south – kill one and start running further down the road, there’ll be one there if someone hasn’t broken the chain. Either side of the road seems to work.

Unfortunately, I let that level of frustration spill over into my Wow time in general, so I played somewhat less than I was able (which wasn’t much). Don’t get me wrong, the break was good, as I used the time to get packed and clean up a few outstanding items on my calendar that I’d been postponing. As I’ll be away, a Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. Wherever you are, take a moment to count your blessings, as will I (and it’s a blessing that anyone at all reads this).

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My Important Lesson as a Raid Leader

November 18, 2009 at 9:52 pm (Raiding) (, )

Emotions in a raid leader lead to stupid things, no matter what the emotion. Save them for after the raid, when you’ve logged off. Upon reflection, I made several mistakes this weekend due to the highs and lows of raiding. It not only affected the raid’s performance, but my own as well. While the potential pitfalls are legion in number, here are a few examples of why you need to maintain a stone-cold presence (with perhaps one exception):

Vent. To those who are outwardly emotional, vent will prove to be your downfall. The emotional outburst after a 1% wipe, with the resulting blame (fair or not) will drive your guild-mates away. We’ve all seen the Onyxia wipe movie; and while it’s funny, place yourself in the place of one of those raiders. Not only is the tone condescending at the beginning, to have made a mistake and be lambasted, in that manner, for the act in front of the guild – I would have /gquit on the spot. There’s a difference between constructive criticism and emotional outbursts, and objectivity takes a back seat to emotion. How many guilds do we know about that have broken up over just such issues?

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Echoes of the Weekend 11-10-09

November 10, 2009 at 10:15 pm (Raiding) (, )

Why is it that the people who complain the most about running raids don’t show up when they’re scheduled? After months of crying, cajoling, coddling, and coaxing, I managed to get folks signed up for a Naxx-10. First raid for many, so I expected some trepidation. What I didn’t expect was for none of the tanks to show. The DPS DK who had connection problems – I can understand and work around. But not to have tanks? Well, we managed to PuG a pair, but when they’re not on vent it can be a bit frustrating.

Even so, Anub’Rekhan fell on the second try. Considering the tank had failed to kite the big ugly around on the first swarm, it wasn’t surprising to fail. But, the second time in, we responded like a well oiled machine. What dropped? Tank gear of course, and a Agonal Sash that had just been bettered by our Mage in H-ToC. There was an improvement for the OT, so at least we figured that they would be satisfied (more so since a pair of Minion Bracers had dropped in the trash clearing.)

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Self Financing alts

November 4, 2009 at 11:47 pm (Uncategorized) ()

Part of the pleasure of rolling an alt is that you often don’t worry about gold. There’s enough to finance your riding and mounts; and buy all those troublesome mats at the AH for power-leveling professions. Alts generally make up for the constant worrying about having enough cash for your next flightpath you experienced the first time through. In fact, being an alt is pretty much like going through your 20’s as a kept man/woman – show up on time, do your “quests” and get a health reward from your patron.

Well, I’ve decided that my alts must finance their own epic flying. Not to be mean, but since I’m something of a mount whore on my main, it has dug deeply into my cash reserves. Besides, they’re going to get all their reps finished up in the Argent Tourney anyway, so they can earn their fast flyer cash there. And, if my guild ever decides to do some raiding, it won’t demolish the piggy bank on my main. In fact, my DK is currently doing this, and it does get somewhat embarrassing when grouping for the “Threat & Commander” quests – I just tell them that “I have a cheap main.”

But, I also see this as something that ought to extend to guilds as well. I have no problem working a short term loan to get a member in good standing epic flying – it benefits the guild (perhaps even more so in Cataclysm.) However, your alts are on their own. You’ve got access to a pretty good cash flow in, so please don’t ask the guild for cash for your alt’s flying mount – even if you’re intending to repay (which you should anyway).

Any thoughts from the 3 people that read this?

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