Posted in Stuff and Things on January 8, 2011
Long time without a post from me! I guess that if you don’t check in with Bubs and I on twitter, you might have wondered what happened to me and why I stopped contributing. One part was boredom with Wrath raiding and a lack of ideas due to that, but the major part was the fact that I got a job after a long period of unemployment, yay! In August I started working at a preschool, and initially I thought that I’d take a couple of weeks off from WoW to get adjusted, then get back in the game pretty quickly. It turns out that I severely underestimated what my job would entail.
After a day of MANY BABIES (and it’s true, dwarf babies come out fully bearded and demanding beer), I was left feeling kind of like this.
Which meant that NO, I did not want to log onto WoW and hang out in ICC again. I didn’t even want to make the trip all the way from my front door to the bed. I seriously spent at least a month collapsing on my couch to eat dinner then go to sleep for a couple of hours until my boyfriend woke me up and made me go to the actual bed.
But I really missed my friends in Stands in Bad – I honestly enjoy goofing around with them while playing more than anything else about the game. I didn’t bother pre-ordering Cataclysm because I had no idea how I was going to feel about playing, but on the day of the release I went ahead and decided to pull my big girl panties up and get back into the game. I ordered the online download (which was amazingly convenient but now I’m kicking myself because I want the CE and the Underbitewing pet) and started playing the weekend of release.
And you know what? I LOVE IT. I was so burnt out on Wrath, and I’m so happy to say that I’m really loving Cataclysm. The class changes have me excited and enjoying holy paladin healing more than ever. Leveling wasn’t a pain in the ass at all – I got to 83 that first weekend then 85 over the next few weeknights even with my limited play time. The quests were interesting and engaging, and flying in Azeroth is the best (though QQ for the death of ground mounts). Light of Dawn and Holy Radiance get me all a-tingle. I can heal ALL THE THINGS with light that shoots out of my boobs.
Even the bad things aren’t that bad. I have about 3 hours on weeknights to play, and at first when I got to the appropriate gear level I tried to pug heroics. That was a Bad Idea, but realizing that LFD wasn’t going to work out for me made me decide to pester my guild mates for guild groups, which has been a blast. It’s hard not to have fun with people in SiB, especially in a group with Amber when we unintentionally have dying contests (I’m currently the winner). Even instances that have mechanics that I hate are pretty fun when you’re able to joke about your incompetence. Mario hall in Deadmines, I’m looking at YOU.
Every fucking time.
Posted in Stuff and Things on July 15, 2010
In the past I’ve been a little vexed about the fact that Blizzard starts releasing information for the next expansion so far ahead of the release of the actual game itself. I’m assuming that the intention is to build hype and have people excited for what’s coming, and I feel like it definitely does that, with the added downside of decreasing interest in what we already have to play with. I couldn’t begin to estimate the high number of times I’ve heard “it won’t matter in Cataclysm!” in the past months, and it always makes me want to rage SO WHAAAAT, because whatever “it” is, matters NOW.
MMOs have an ever-changing landscape – there’s always a new patch looming around the corner, and and expansion in the works. After the changes have been announced and details start coming out, my preferred method is to chill out and have fun with them when the changes actually hit the live servers (or if I ever got a beta invite, test them there /cries). Cataclysm info has been flying around since before the alpha even started, and I haven’t been screaming every time I hear a spoiler, but I haven’t gone out of my way to find out any information either. I don’t get being worked up over things that may or may not even make it into the game in the future, and certainly don’t change the game now. Sure, our WotLK raids and gear won’t mean much after a few weeks into Cataclysm, but they’re what we have to play with now!
But there is one part of Cataclysm that DID catch my attention, and that I’m breaking pattern for: the changes to 10 and 25 man raids. Without the allure of different (better) gear from 25 man raids, I see no reason not to run 10 man groups exclusively. Having 25 people in a raid is great from a social standpoint, because it means that you can raid with all of your friends, but it also leaves more spots for people you might not necessarily get along with but need, and putting one together is a giant pain for the person in charge. My intent is to focus entirely on 10 man raiding in the next expansion, and I’m taking steps to make that transition as amazing as possible, right now.
If you’ve noticed that it’s been quiet around here lately, that’s because Amber and I have both been pretty busy getting our new guild set up. To make a long story as short as possible, I was getting stressed out over some guild drama and decided to leave Brotherhood of Oblivion. After others started leaving after me, I scrambled to get a guild put together that they could come to if they wished (since many were people that Amber and I had recruited and wanted to offer a home to) and so Stands in Bad was started.
Putting together a guild from the ground up is a really exciting process for me and one that I’ve never done before. We’re working on getting everything ironed out and all the details covered, and it’s a fun process. What I’m really trying to keep in mind is that this will be a close-knit guild focused on seriously progressing in 10 man content. So far we’ve only had one raid together, and it’s made me incredibly optimistic for getting a lot of little goals accomplished in the coming months, and our ability to mesh together and have a strong raiding force in Cataclysm. Bring it on, Deathwing!
Amber here! Ironically I didn’t attend the first raid of our own guild. Instead, myself and one or two others who had made the switch helped BoO run their ICC10 for the week, because this was all rather late notice as far as raiding was concerned. I have not entirely forsaken BoO–Lyrandre is still there, though I refuse to wear the god awful tabard Steve prefers. Despite the sadness over what is in essence a guild split, Steve seems somewhat re-energized by having sole command of his baby back and I wish them much luck!
Although Steve and I shared a similar vision for BoO, in the end our joint command just wasn’t working. A guild that raids with friends only works when everyone’s friends like each other…and well, I attract a different sort of person than Steve does, and not everyone was getting along. I feel too much responsibility towards the people I bring into the fold to be happy when they were unhappy. I liken SiB and BoO to be rather like siblings–we love each other for the most part, but do better with some space! With RL friendships at stake we’re treading carefully, but so far it seems to be going fairly well. With luck, we can retain ties with BoO and still do some stuff with our friends, without constantly forcing together the personalities that really clashed and cause further drama.
The new recruits have taken it very well, for people who were plunged into OMG WTF with little warning. I’m grateful for that. To any new recruits we had still coming (I knew there were one or two) I won’t be upset if you are scared off! If not, though, we still have room for you under either guild tag. <3
The best part, though?
FULL TIME MUFFIN TABARD.
Posted in Stuff and Things on May 28, 2010
Yesterday I was promoted to the role of BoO’s recruitment officer. In honor of the occasion, here’s my favorite method of recruitment – screenshot posts – here’s some silly (and uhm, NSFW) things we’ve been up to lately.
I have to preface this with something that is true, but no one ever believes.
This is our lovely GM, who absolutely does not hold grudges.
Just because she’s a disc priest doesn’t mean that she makes fun of holy priests and call them fail angels.
When you get on her good side, you get a gold star. What’s the opposite of gold stars?
Sometimes in the guild we have very serious discussions about important matters.
Breaks during raids are an opportune time for such serious discussions.
Here’s one of our members, who is chaos personified. If he doesn’t pull extra trash, it’s not a BoO raid.
Everyone’s favorite BoO meme – Eviscerate’s balls.
We love Evee.
I am an extremely classy lady (dinner is good too).
Posted in Stuff and Things on May 7, 2010
Since Amber can’t concentrate on making a flowchart, I will!
Hi, my name is Ori and paladin buffing sends me into a HULK SMASH rage. It … flames. FLAMES on the side of my FACE.
I hope that clears things up. I don’t like it when paladin buffs make me mad, but sometimes I have to be rough so that everyone will learn. Come hug me so I can return to rainbows and sparkles Ori.
Also, if you are a paladin and you don’t have Pally Power, I am never speaking to you again. Ever. So there.
Posted in Stuff and Things on April 27, 2010
You might have noticed that there hasn’t been much paladin talk in these parts lately. Unfortunately, a lot of that can be attributed to me being extremely lazy, but another significant factor is the fact that I’m experiencing a little bit of the dreaded Burn Out. Maybe it’s a seasonal thing – I did quit raiding roughly this time last year, just after Ulduar was released, and it took me months (and finding Amber and BoO, whoo!) to get back into the game. Brotherhood of Oblivion is doing extremely well in terms of progression – we were stuck at certain points for a little while, but our 25s team has done a great job of tackling new content, and once we’ve downed something we generally don’t have too much trouble with it the next week, which is always WIN. At the same time, doing well and having more than 25 people ready to go leaves me thinking some nights, “Hrrrm, I can hang out with some friends, it’s not like they need me.” I’ve complained elsewhere that the attention that I can give to raiding right now is completely shot – I just want to show up and make dirty jokes (and because I’m being encouraged, I’ll share them on the blog sometime :D).
Partially I wonder if all the Cataclysm release info is to blame. I think there’s a general attitude once information from the next expansion starts coming out, that the things in the current incarnation of WoW aren’t really that important any more. I came into raiding at the end of the BC cycle, and it was hard to find guilds that were still interested in raiding and pushing their way through content, because WotLK was just around the corner and none of it would be important any more. “Oh, I’m doing X to prepare for Cataclysm” is something that I see said a lot, and it seems silly for an expansion that doesn’t even have a release date yet. It especially seems weird to get very worked up about information that is likely to change, since the expansion isn’t even in the beta stages at this point.
Then again, knowing that I’m being promised an AoE heal and I’m probably not even going to get it because BLIZZARD HATES US QQQQQ isn’t what’s making me apathetic about raiding. So I’m going to chalk it up to spring fever, mmyep.
Posted in Stuff and Things on March 15, 2010
Well, a mantra for holy paladins and pretty much every other healer as well.
“I will not check recount.” Repeat it as many times as necessary to let it sink in.
“I will not check recount! I will not check recount!” /shifty eyes /recount show “… FUCK”.
When it comes to healing, being in a constant competition for numbers is sure to get you down, unless you happen to be that person who’s always on top (four for you, Glen Coco). There are just so many factors to healing output to render it much harder to measure than dps numbers. A lot of it has to do simply with class and spec – some have higher thoughput potentials than others, and we all know that disc priest absorbs aren’t often taken into consideration. Another factor is how many healers you have in your group. The more you have, the less healing is needed in general, so those who are faster (due to gear or simple reaction times) are going to have more healing done.
But if you’re competitive like me? Knowing that doesn’t make you feel any better. It makes you want to pout and sulk in the corner because you don’t feel like you’re pulling your full potential. The only solution to keep yourself happy is remember that if you make it through the encounter, that means you’re doing well and pulling your weight. Step away from the healing meters!
(Post inspired by the fact that I have been grumpypants over recount lately, even though I know better! I do wish that there were better ways to evaluate performance.)