So, yes, this is a place for me to blow off steam and that’s valuable and good.
But it should also be a place for me to catalog all the good and wonderful and fantastic times I have nearly every day with this group of people who has become a second family to me. Sure, there’s the occasional bratty cousin that needs to have his nose punched in, but by and large, these are great people and I wouldn’t trade most of them for all the shiny gold and titles and achievement points in the game. Here are some reasons they are so great:
They’re generous. With their time, with their assistance, with their listening ears and sympathy. I’ve even seen many of them be generous with their gold.
They’re funny. I seriously need to get better at capturing screenshots of some of the hilarious crap they come up with in chat. And perhaps start recording them in Vent?
They’re genuine. There’s really not a whole lot of tip-toeing around the bush with these people. If they think I am acting like a snob, they’ll ask me what I’ve got stuck up my butt. I’ve returned the favor a few times. There’s no pretense in their concern that our relationship is intact and they’ve been honest when I’ve approached them over similar issues.
They’re smart. Really smart. Many of them work in IT or IT-related fields. Since I fell into the same area by some stupid fluke (I honestly don’t know much about computers and their mysterious inner workings), they have patiently put up with my “Hey, stupid question…” pokes in the middle of our workdays. I have also learned a lot about managing people and being more effective in my communication from folks who do those things for a living.
They care. We’ve talked about everything from bad dates to family issues to jobs we hate and people who have insulted us. These conversations will often get referenced back to at some point or another, proving that they remember and they care enough to ask how a specific situation is going.
They make sure we all stay humble. Honestly, I sometimes think they have done more to keep my massive ego in check than what is really needful. There is a daily exchange of good-natured jabs and pokes that we can all laugh about. I’ll go out of my way to share ‘nub moments’ with them just because it’s so much more fun to laugh at myself with someone else.
They are patient. Duuuude, are they patient. They let me talk, lead raids, boss people around, fail tank, fail heal, and occasionally fail dps (I like to think I don’t normally fail at dps, but I’m sure I’ve had my moments). They wade through the mountains of crap I post to the forums and several of them even wade through this and comment here and in gchat and in game. I fail and flail a lot – more so when I’ve had a bit to drink, which may or may not happen often – and they put up with it all and even, sometimes, tell me I’m doing a good job.
Those are just a few reasons I love them. I might have to do this again after another string of “But leadering is haaaaaard work! Why doesn’t anyone get that?” self-indulgent crap. Because I’m pretty sure that they do get it and will continue to be awesome about it.
So, here are some highlights and lowlights -
All three wings of the 5-player dungeon are currently available for testing.
Select encounters in the 10- and 25-player raid dungeon are available for limited testing.
Quel’Delar Quest Chain: The Battered Hilt, the item needed to start this quest line, can now be purchased from all glyph vendors on the public test realms.
Well, yay. I’m so tired of all the old dungeons and I am not even a hardcore badge farmer by any stretch of any imagination. Also, since we made it through ToC at least the one time, that means we’re totally ready for Icecrown, right? RIGHT?
Meeting Stones: To use any Meeting Stone, it is only required that the character’s minimum level be 15. There is no maximum character level requirement for any Meeting Stone.
IT’S ABOUT TIME.
Area-of-Effect Damage Caps: We’ve redesigned the way area damage is capped when hitting many targets. Instead of a hard cap on total damage done, the game now caps the total damage done at a value equal to the damage the spell would do if it hit 10 targets. In other words, if a spell does 1000 damage to each target, it would hit up to 10 targets for 1000 each, but with more than 10 targets, each target would take 1000 damage divided by the number of targets. 20 targets would be hit for 500 damage each in that example.
NOES. How will I artificially inflate my dps now? Dammit.
Players no longer need to kill the final bosses in all four wings of this dungeon in order to teleport to Sapphiron. Teleportation orbs have been added to allow players access back and forth from Sapphiron’s lair.
Oh, like it was that hard. Geeze. I’m a casual and this is too damn easy for my liking.
Arcane changes for Mages
Arcane Empowerment: This talent now also grants 1/2/3% increased damage done by the mage’s party or raid for 10 seconds after the mage gets a critical strike with Arcane Explosion, Arcane Missiles, Arcane Barrage, or Arcane Blast. This effect is exclusive with Ferocious Inspiration and Sanctified Retribution.
….wtf? This is what I get? I get to help the rest of the raid do damage? Do you think that’s going to encourage anyone to give me all the pretty +crit loots? Because it is not. So there is no profit for arcane mages in 3.3. Eff you, Blizz. When are you going to give mages something they can sink their teeth into?
Tentative status added for calendar responses.
Well, glory-glory, hallelujah! That wasn’t so hard now, was it? When did I suggest that? Oh right, forever ago.
Ignore list expanded to 50 to match the friends list.
Oh, Blizz – that’s adorable! Seriously, make it more like 500 people to ignore. There are so many idiots and I really don’t have any patience for them. At all. Ever.
The following reputations have been sped up by roughly 30%:
Knights of the Ebon Blade
Sons of Hodir
Sons of Hodir quests now give more reputation overall.
…I hate you, I hate you, I hate you, I hate you. FUCK YOU TOO.
Top-level helm and shoulder faction-related enchants are now available as Bind-on-Account items that do not require any faction to use once purchased (they still require the appropriate faction level to purchase).
Never mind. All is forgiven. Are we cool?
I am not even going to touch on the changes to the heroics and looking for raids and all of that. It has been discussed unto death and my only thought about it currently is that it’s going to make for some terribad server stability tonight.
But then this one guy leaps into the conversation, which is odd in and of itself since he never really says anything to anyone, and hasn’t for something like a year. He’s been one of those people you wonder why is even in the guild because he gains nothing and contributes nothing, but since he also harms nothing you don’t boot him. So to have him suddenly asking whether the next patch was when we were going to get goblins and worgen was… odd, but just brushed it off as him being stupid.
Then real stupid happened. He started to talk about how his account had been ‘haked’ and he was naked. Several people who had also been hacked before started to give him advice on what to do. His response?
“u all need to give me ur ore so I can make stuff 2nite.”
No one hesitated to jump all over that and tell him no. Then someone in officer chat said that he had taken stuff from the guild bank – random crap that no warrior would ever want. I demoted him and sent him a tell, basically telling him that his attitude was not going to fly and he better shape up if he ever wanted to have privileges in the guild again.
“sry” he said.
A few moments later, he sent me another tell, “it wouldn’t make me made if you kicked me frm the guild”
I typed out, “It wouldn’t make me sad to kick you, either.” Then deleted it. No need to be a jerk.
Then one of the other officers had a good idea. It took a few tries but he finally snagged this guy’s meandering attention and asked him which character was his main.
“This is,” he said.
Which was not true. So, figuring he had been hacked or sold, and not liking his attitude and theft, no matter if it was petty, I kicked him. (names fuzzed because no one in the guild has really given me overt permission to write about them, ha)
And for me, I had to contain myself just a little because gkicking is such a fun and heady experience. In fact, it was so fun I had to ask if there was anyone else on who wanted to say something stupid. Everyone jumped at that chance and bam, we were off on politics and Climategate.
How many other people employ the SPARTA method for kicking?
And how many weeks will I have guildies logging in and instantly demanding everyone give them all “ur ore”? Since we still have one officer spamming “anyone wanna run SM” about three months after THAT beggar annoyed the piss outta us, I have the feeling it could be a while.
Well, it’s likely a good thing that I don’t have an audience to speak of, aside from (I think?) some guildies who know how much I love the comments and yet do not leave them (/eyes Noxy). Still. Bad blogger for leaving a lame ass picture post and then disappearing for a week. I know.
In my defense, it was the holiday and I did have my family over and when I wasn’t busy trying not to commit murder I was very busy trying to kill some turkeys. And shoot rogues.
Aside from holiday festivities both in and out of Azeroth, I managed to see New Moon with two dudes, both of whom went willingly. Hell, it wasn’t even my idea. Apparently, my friend forgot that the book is pretty much all about Bella hurting and moping and hurting some more and there’s not really just a whole lot in the way of action sequences. He spent most of the movie bitching about that and then we all went out to dinner and bitched about the crappy makeup jobs and whatshisname’s inability to convey any emotion other than constipated. “I love you, Bella.” [/looks constipated] “You’re not good for me.” [/looks constipated] “You’re really alive. I’m so happy.” [/looks constipated]
I so did not mean to get off on that tangent.
I meant to talk about my baby toons and what progress they’ve made. But I find that it bores me to even think about it and surely no one gives a crap that I made it to 10, 20, 33, 40 and 55, plus some headway into 75. Surely no one cares about how my baby huntard made it through three levels before I realized that the heirloom gear was on my shaman and I was running around essentially half-naked except for the useless shirt. And I was out of rested so it was quitting time on that toon anyway.
/realizes it’s true – no one cares
Yep, it’s Wednesday and the day before Thanksgiving. I stayed up a bit later than I meant to last night, competing with half the damn server for turkeys so I could level cooking on my priesty, who went from 0-320 in about half an hour. Maybe someday she’ll be able to help contribute fish feasts at raids!
Anyway, in the spirit of “I am somewhat tired and not feeling at all creative,” here are some random screen shots for your viewing pleasure.
When I die, which I am grateful to say is less often these days, I tend to take pictures of whoever is nearby, which is often the healers. I love me some splash AoE healing. What’s sad about this picture is it’s from when the exploit still existed for Mr. Unclean and I still died anyway.
I am easily amused, which is why I snapped this shot of Thorim drumming his fingertips in midair. You’re not on your chair anymore, silly! Oh, and just so you know, we will kill you soon, you big jerk.
I love cool GMs! And yes, my husband really did catch his turtle mount on his first cast. I sort of hate him. A little. Maybe more than that. Look, I’m still working through it, okay?
This is me being a dork, a not uncommon event. I may have started singing “I can shoooow you the wooorld! Shiiining, shimmmmering, splendid!” My husband may or may not have rolled his eyes at me and started praying furiously that I wouldn’t launch into the “Gaston” song from Beauty and the Beast. He really hates that song.
In other news, blogger + pics stinketh greatly and I don’t really feel that this ended up being lazy in terms of fiddling with layout efforts. Still totally lazy in the coming up with words department though.