I put the fun in raiding…wait.

So I was poking through my reader and spotted this post by Kyr.


I really do love /rw.

I really do love /rw.

I’d like to say that there’s some reasoning behind the way I explain boss fights. For one thing, nothing drives me battier than explaining a fight normally and then having to tell everyone what they need to do after the fact, individually, because they didn’t pay a lick of attention.  Admittedly even I have to force myself to pay attention when Steve explains something, and half the time I tab out and read about the fight elsewhere if I haven’t already. 

There’s also the fact that sometimes the “official” descriptions can be…lacking.  What’s going to give you the clearer idea: kill Gift of Eonar when they spawn on Freya?  Or kill the green trees? 

I don’t know about you, but I would walk into that fight going “What the hell does a Gift of Eonar look like and OH GOD WHY AREN’T THE ADDS DYING”, which seems to be exactly what happened on our Freya attempts, come to think of it….

Then, of course, there’s the simple fact that…you REMEMBER the funny shit.  You don’t remember your GM droning on and on and on, and it also lightens the mood for the learning wipes to come. 

I also like poking fun at Blizzard.  That’s why I made comments on Hodir like, “Snow is bad, mmmkay, except when it is good.”  Think about it: “Run away from falling snow!  Get away from circles on the ground!  ….unless there’s about to be flash freeze, and then you run ONTO the snow, okay?  Only not too early, ’cause then it throws you across the room.  But not too late, either, ’cause then you freeze.  Oh and the edges?  Don’t count.” 

The only fucking difference between the good snow and the bad snow is the size of the gods be damned circles!  So there I am, strafing, looking at my raid frames,  looking for raid warnings, AND trying to decipher if that’s a big circle or a little circle?  ajhdasjhdajhd. 

I do love the fight though, and once you get the hang of it it’s not difficult.  Unless you’re our rogue, apparently.  Damn floor eaters!

Last but not least, I just enjoy being funny.  Considering the “state of things” for some of us, the financially strained, the worried, the jobless…a little laughter goes a long way.

Now if I could just get Steve to not explain things the boring way right after I explain the fun way, we’d be good!  Though…if they didn’t explain things the boring way, I wouldn’t have an excuse for my silly /rw interjections.  Hmmmm.

Kyr and I seriously discuss upcoming paladin changes.

Kyr and I seriously discuss upcoming paladin changes.

I also joined a Naxx25 put on Lyr to test out Holy.  First off, it’s weird.  Second off, I miss my bubbles.  Third off, the first time I died I totally forgot all about, you know, doing something other than stare at my Fail Angel is dismay. 

Her name is Sue, by the way.

I don’t think that a Naxx pug is the BEST way to test the spec for how I’ll be using it in Ulduar, but it gave me time to feel it out a little.  I have some UI tweaks to make, I think.  We’ll see how it goes tonight in Ulduar, and I do still have my disc spec to fall back on.  I hope that we do really well tonight, so that we have plenty of time to get Hodir down and poke some other keepers on Monday!


That Naxx pug was also sad.  So I’ll leave you with a couple of open letters!

Dear Fellow Priest,

Please learn the difference between Mind Blast and Mind Control.  Really.  Please.  Lrn2tooltip.

The Other Priest

Dear Men Boys in Pugs,

Let’s say there’s a GIRL in your pug.  Holy shit!!!!  If she happens to mention in passing that it’s really warm in the room she’s in (“brb, need to see wtf is wrong with the AC, it’s too damn hot in here”), that is NOT your cue to /whisper something about how she should take her clothes off!  For one thing, it’s kind of rude, if not creepy, for you to say to a complete stranger.  For another…dude, I’ve already thought of that, mmkay?  Go back to stealing porn.

No love,

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  1. #1 by divinebubbles on June 24, 2009 - 11:50 am

    That Ignis explanation makes so much more sense than reading a guide about abilities. *giggles*

  2. #2 by Misneach on June 24, 2009 - 11:50 am

    When my wife talks in vent she gets the ZOMGAGIRL! reaction from pugged folks.

    One guy in our guild (older guy, kinda creepy anyway), said “Make sure Cheesi talks on vent during the raid…we loooove when she talks on vent.”

    Isn’t just the teenagers.

  3. #3 by Light on June 24, 2009 - 12:36 pm

    The other day I was pulled into an Ulduar 25 pug in progress… so when I joined the RL was asking me if I knew how to do Kolorgorn.

    One guy goes “four girls in a raid?? the world is coming to an end!!”

    Ah yeah, I don’t talk in vent much. I guess I should talk less. :P

  4. #4 by Troutwort on June 24, 2009 - 12:46 pm

    Holy crap, half our guild is women! No seriously, like half. Sometimes it’s more women online than dudes.

  5. #5 by Misneach on June 24, 2009 - 12:55 pm

    @Troutwort: Ours, too.

  6. #6 by Ambrosyne on June 24, 2009 - 1:21 pm

    We have…er. Well, the number depends on if you’re talking the guild in general, or amongst the raiders. I honestly can’t tell you about the guild in general, but here’s five or so women you’ll see in our raids. It’s not unsual for me to be the only one in a pug, though.

  7. #7 by Dorgol on June 24, 2009 - 1:23 pm

    Our GM is a female. She’s cool to talk too since we are both a few years older than the average gamer (we’re both 30(ish)) AND both have young children.

    She also knows that the best way to get people to scream in terror is to start talking about Twilight with the other females in guild. It’s sickening…

  8. #8 by Wikwocket on June 24, 2009 - 2:06 pm

    A great way to test out a UI is to hop into an AV or AB battleground. You get people to fill in the raid frames, buffs and debuffs, people to heal, and even get to see DBM in action if you have the PvP modules turned on. Plus, you can start at any time, and stop to fix things whenever you need to.

    As for gender roles, I am a healer, and my wife is a tank. We get odd stares in person and the equivalent “Wait, what?” reactions in-game. It’s like people didn’t realize that women can tank or something. On the bright side, people who give my wife trouble just might have that crucial heal they need come in a second too late, due to “lag.” ;)

  9. #9 by kyrilean on June 24, 2009 - 2:33 pm

    See why I love raiding with Lyr?! She’s just too damn entertaining. :D

    @Amber – BTW, your rapid-fire, auctioneer explanation was absolute win! I actually listened to that one, no offense to Steve. :P

    @Dorgol – LMAO!

  10. #10 by Jess on June 24, 2009 - 2:57 pm

    I’m the ONLY girl in our raiding guild that talks in vent.
    But since I can keep up with the guys, I don’t tend to get many “ZOMG” responses. :)

  11. #11 by Jessabelle on June 25, 2009 - 3:53 am

    Sooo… when my fiance is explaining boss fights, I may or may not be sending random tells to people making fun of him. Or snoring. Depends on the night.

    I do not have the patience or attention span to listen to boring ass fight explanations. I’m a healer, so unless you tell me otherwise, i’m just gonna like, click on the green thingies, mmmk? I have learned the hard way that there is scary NoobDeath on the ground. Which is why during the Malygos fight I am running away from PewPew Ooze. “Jbelle, wtf are you doing? Why are you running away?” Yeah. Because I don’t listen when you explain the boss fight, yo.

    Also, in regards to what you said about keeping the humor alive, that is seriously why your blog is my new fave. Everytime I come over here and read I’m cracking up.

  12. #12 by Isiene on June 26, 2009 - 1:31 am

    I hope that was a joke, Jessabelle. :)

    Because as another healer, that just makes me cringe, times 10…

  13. #13 by Emanuel on August 8, 2013 - 8:26 pm

    Your post, “I put the fun in raidingwait. | I Like Bubbles” was worthy of writing a comment here!
    Only needed to mention you did a fantastic job.
    Thanks for your effort ,Mahalia

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