Friday Screenshot 4/29/11: And Stay Down!

April 29, 2011 at 3:21 pm (Achievements, Friday Screenshot, Raiding)

It was a good couple of days for Blackrune (Undermine) and Sword of Azeroth:

The Ascendant Council fell on Monday…

and both Maloriak and Atrameedes dropped for us on Tuesday.

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Draft Day: “Raiders” in WoW

April 27, 2011 at 3:15 pm (Guild Relationships, Raiding)

Following my rants against elitist attitudes, I’ve given some thought to the title of “Raider.”  When defining the term, however, it bears thinking about the fact that there are different levels of raiding.  So, in honor of the upcoming NFL Draft, I’m going to compare those levels to the game of football (American style):

Hall of Fame Players:  In the NFL, these are the giants of the game, who are elected to the Pro Bowl the year after they retire, just because.  Not always the guys with Super Bowl rings on their hands, but Read the rest of this entry »

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Elitist Attitudes part 2: You Can’t Go “Home” Again

April 25, 2011 at 2:11 am (QQ, Raiding, Real Life)

Previously, I discussed the recent complaints by the elite crowd that raiding had become too accessible for the “causal” player and that only the best should be raiding.  I’m presuming that they’re referring to the days of The Burning Crusade, as the raid content was so difficult in Vanilla that only the top 1% of raiding guilds ever reached Naxxramas.  Most, in fact, were stuck in Molten Core.  BC raiding required the huge time investment, but the gear drops allowed more advancement.  The biggest problem in BC raiding, and the one that seems to have fostered the elite attitude, was that it was nearly impossible to join a guild that was progressing past the initial steps.  As a new 70, you needed to be in a guild that was starting heroic dungeons – without a dungeon finder getting a group together to run heroics that required an attunement process was astronomically difficult.  And, once the gear had progressed past the heroic dungeons, the grind virtually guaranteed that folks wouldn’t be going back.  This held true as groups began to gear up through each tier of raiding.  So, if you couldn’t find a group that was starting when you were, your odds of getting to raid were slim indeed.

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Friday Screenshot: Paradrop

April 23, 2011 at 6:22 am (Friday Screenshot)

Rustbeard makes a freefall parachute drop, smoke trailing...

OK, so I forgot to post on Friday.  But, here’s Blackrune trying out for the Sword of Azeroth’s parachute team.

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Shared Topic: Who Owns the Guild

April 21, 2011 at 5:31 pm (Guild Relationships, Shared Topic)

Since Cata started Guilds, matter more. In order to recieve Guild beneffits. everyone most work for them. In Wotlk, Leaving a Guild meant, changing Guild Tags, in Cata means TIME.  Does a Guild belong to those who lead it?. Should we check Guild Etiquette?

Cataclysm brought a number of changes to the game, not the least of which is guild mechanics.  Formerly, guild involvement was limited to whatever the members wanted out of it, from raiding to social interaction.  If things weren’t going well, you could leave the guild, and join or form another without repercussion.  Now, with the addition of guild reputation, guild achievements, and tangible guild rewards and perks, members have more than time invested in the group.  So, when things go wrong and the issues become epic, the question is raised of who “owns” the guild and gets to determine its direction.

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Must See Post: Call to Arms

April 17, 2011 at 3:26 pm (5-Mans, QQ, Snark)

A special shout-out to Amber at I Like Bubbles, this Call to Arms 5 Player Guide is a must read.

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