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Gogogo….rez pls

I’ve been seeing a lot on various wow-related sites lately about the general unpleasantness in random dungeon groups, and given my experiences over the last couple of days I have to say I think that behaviour is getting worse.  A few months ago, I lvled my shaman largely through the dungeon finder, & had very few bad groups. Not all successful, but good humoured. However, my priest is now lvl 51, and having to run Blackrock (prison) and Sunken Temple.

In the last 2 days, I’ve had one group where the tank & melee dps were obviously half-way through an argument which continued until their lack of attention got us all killed, complete with appalling language and personal insults.  In another group, the tank was fully kitted out in heirlooms and ran straight into a higher level part of the instance – ‘I’m just doing this for rep’ – resulting in the healer being unable to cope, and another wipe.

In neither of these groups was there any party chat at all, not even ‘hi’. In one case the tank was yelling for buffs as he was charging towards the first pack of mobs, and then yelling some more when a slightly confused paladin couldn’t keep up. This sounds as if I have a grudge against tanks – I don’t, but I do think that the tank can set the tone for the whole run.  To be fair, the ‘gogogo’ often comes from an over-geared healer or ranged dps – but no matter who it comes from, its inconsiderate to party members who may have never done the instance before, or who have quests to complete.

In the dungeons at this level, a wipe almost always leads to people leaving the group, as it is so hard to find your way back in again, and frankly if the group is unpleasant it’s not worth the bother of trying.  Chances are, you’ll be back in the same dungeon by the time your res sickness has worn off.

So if I could make one plea to players using the LFG tool, it would be this: start slowly, speak to party members, and don’t bring lvl 80 attitudes to lower levels. Its not big and its not clever – try using less ‘war’ and more ‘craft’.  If randoms annoy you, why do them? Surely if you’re that great, your guildies will want to run with you? No?

Sparklehorses

I have been surprised by how few Celestial Steeds I have seen on my server.  Those that do appear seem to be generally ignored, in spite of some players’  best attempts to attract attention.  I have mixed feelings about the whole ‘mounts for money’ thing. Yes its nice that they bind to account so you never have to pay for a mount for a new character; but its the riding skill which really costs, and that still has to be bought.

And really, the horse just doesn’t look that great, especially on the ground. But at least they don’t clog the place up like mammoths, which seem to have a mail-box fetish, judging by the time they spend parked on top of them.

So, I will not be buying a sparkly horse….no I won’t.  My shaman will just have to put up with her elekk until I grind enough rep for something else.  I am apprehensive though – the vast amount of money generated by the sale of this mount must be giving Activision much food for thought.  And I worry how long Blizzard will be allowed to stick to their principles.

The day they start selling anything that has a real impact on the game, thats the day I go back to the sudoku.

A Whole New World

I got really fed up with the server I was playing on – the starter areas were deserted, and the trade channel was full of people looking for pug raids, with all the associated ‘link gs/ach’.  5-man random heroics were being run by seriously over-geared raiders, and there seemed to be no place for a casual, non-gear-obsessed, low confidence player.

I was invited by a friend to try out a new realm which had recently been changed from PvP to PvE, with a consequent exodus of a lot of high-end players. Out of curiosity, I rolled a priest there to try it out – and what a difference!  Loads of new players in the starter areas, no gearscore spamming in trade, and no lag in Dalaran. I absolutely loved it.

Of course, there was a lack of guilds as many had transferred to another PvP server;  and I had the foolish idea of starting my own guild, aimed primarily at new players.  And so ‘All Things Considered’ was born.  I was absolutely overwhelmed by the numbers of people who wanted to join – both new players and experienced players who, like myself, wanted a fresh start in a more social realm.

To give the fledgling guild some funds, I paid to transfer my lvl 77 shaman to the new server; unfortunately I could not afford to move all my alts, so my paladin, hunter & warlock are languishing on my old server and may never see much action.

And so, to quote Whitesnake, ‘here I go again, on my own’…..well not entirely. In the space of 3 weeks, the guild has grown to 140 members – a mixture of levels, classes, abilities, and nationalities.  Being a rather inexperienced guild leader, I am still getting to grips with the organisational side of things – I know I need to appoint more officers, and devise guild events to keep the Warcraft experience fun for all the members.

It has all taken a lot of my time, but on the plus side I am making new friends, learning as I go, and enjoying the game more than I have for several months.  And the priest?  She is now almost lvl 50, shadow specced, and I am finding it immensely satisfying to fry the brains/melt the faces of anyone in my way.  My hope is that the guild will be a strong, stable unit when Cataclysm launches, with all the changes for guilds which will follow. So far, all things considered, we’re doing pretty well.