LFT

Looking For Dungeon should be renamed.

I’m recommending Looking For Tossers (LFT).

This was originally going to be a rant about how much I no longer like healing, but after last night and tonight’s adventures I feel it needs to be expanded.

I used to love healing. I would queue up for hours on end to waggle my arms in the back of the group. Granted Wrath heroics were pretty much a faceroll until the Frozen Halls instances came around and required a little more skill. I don’t like snoozing in the back but I sure as hell don’t enjoy healing as it currently stands. I have little mana after 3 trash pulls, I OOM on boss fights, this to me is not fun.

To be honest though I don’t find PUGs fun at all, even just going as DPS and blowing stuff up. And pretty much it comes down to one reason:

People act like assholes.

WoW Insider recently had an article about tanking¬†wondering if it’s time to make other classes step up to the plate (ha, plate, armor, tanking…see what I did there?). This also goes along with the changes to threat and the new Call to Arms feature. Blizzard can’t understand why people don’t want to tank? Or heal? Please refer to the paragraph above.

I would like to try tanking, I’d like to continue healing but when people get their knickers in a twist because you’re not perfect why should I bother? I find it especially disheartening when PUGs get all up in arms over something but don’t offer any help. I did a PUG earlier to get the last 30 JP for a new dress. We got Halls of Origination (woo?) and for Temple Guardian Anhuur I was asked to get one of the switches. I’m fine with the switch but I’m a mage, I’m squishy, I also have no sense of direction. So needless to say the snakes usually eat my face off, as they did today. And the lovely druid chap healing of course had some snarky comment about how he thought we knew what we were doing and that was “special”. Really? We didn’t wipe, just shut up and heal if you aren’t going to offer any constructive criticism.

The hunter who was with us hadn’t done that instance before so once Druid got the bark out of his ass he was actually quite helpful explaining the fights, things to keep in mind, don’t stand in this, etc.

Why couldn’t he have just done this from the start?

You can get more with honey than vinegar or whatever the saying is, and baring that you can get more with a kind word and a gun.

My point, which I sort of have besides just having a good ol’ fashioned moan, is that I don’t understand why people are so nasty. I mean I UNDERSTAND it, it’s the internet, they are anonymous, there are no real life repercussions for being an asshole. Except you make people not want to play a game they enjoy.

Currently I’m stuck. A few of my characters are in a nice guild but I’m abroad, and most of my guildies are on the west coast. So if I want to get nice things, like pretty dresses or hats I have to take the risk of LFD. Normally it’s ok. Silent, joyless runs (currently a discussion of this going on over on Twitter), but the last night or two I’ve just really had the wind knocked out of my sails.

I guess rather then letting it get to me I could grow a thicker skin, and not take it personally. Or maybe people could start thinking about the person behind the avatar and treat them the way they’d like to be treated.

I think the Golden Rule can be applied to WoW life as well as real life.

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Deep Thoughts

I’ve been trying to think of a new WoW project but have been coming up blank. You know the ones, level via PvP or only kill things with fishing poles. So far I’ve got nothing.

While I ponder I have been running Heroic Magister’s Terrace every day for the chicken and the phoenix. So far ol’ whats-his-face has remained stingy with his loot. However I’ve noticed one thing and been testing a hypothesis.

Firstly, Withers.

You know, the wee tree dude you get for not slitting your wrists while questing in Darkshore? I mean, I know Deathwing came and made shit real and all but between finding dying Night Elves and the whole Grimclaw malarky I just about lost it.

But Withers, he made it ok.

I’ve noticed though, when he’s out keeping me company and we go through an instance portal he magically finds water and returns to his normal, unshriveled size (I dated a guy like that but that’s another story) (I’m totally kidding).

 

 

Please don’t judge me with your judgey eyes at the state of my UI. That’s my next task is to make it look less boke.

Kinda gets you thinking though what EXACTLY are portals made of? Personally if it’s some sort of water based substance that’s ok with me, better that then something dodgy. But if it is water why when we go through aren’t we soaking wet? Of course when we go for a long swim we usually get out dry as a bone as well. Guess it’s just lazy animation on Blizzard’s part. I must remember to test this and see if we get the same result when going through a mage portal, or if it’s just dungeon portals that are made up of unicorn urine (nice alteration no?).

Secondly that crazy cat (tree?) over at Root and Branch¬†told me if you /chicken at Kael’thas Sunbeam he’s more likely to drop his chicken (frankly this sounds more rude than water un-witherings Withers). So far I can say with a degree of certainty this is not true. He’s given me his dress and booties but so far no chicken or fiery pet. Disappointing.

Anyways just a few things to get you guys thinking. And a chance for me to write something that doesn’t include “the researcher hypothesized that gestures offer a beneficial method of interaction.”

More updates as events warrant.

Happy weekend ya’ll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cake or death?

Um cake please.

Since I’ll be finishing up my masters degree soon I started thinking, which usually ends in disaster, what can I do with all this new found, spare time on my hands?

Well, I like writing, I like WoW and who doesn’t like cake so I thought I’d start a blog to waffle poetically about mages and achievements, iced with alts and with a little LFD excitement sprinkled on top.

It might not be as tasty as magical cake produced from the ether, but I’ll do my best.

Plus all the cool kids have WoW blogs.

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