In my 30 years of life…(yes I am old…well i think 30 is old). I have to quite a few places that I have really enjoyed!!
1.) Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This was a Spring Break Trip my sophmore year at Denison University…yeah so…let just keep it at that. Good times…lots of booze etc.
2.) Rome, Italy. It was ok. It was kind of crowded, as I went during the pope’s world jubilee or something World Youth Day? My mom thought it would be a good idea. It was fun looking at all the old things etc. The Coliseum is freaking awesome. Food was good, wine was good. The bad…people not using showers or deodorant…
3.) Seoul, South Korea – now these trips are ok…cannot really cut loose as it is visiting fanily…if you have the chance to go. I recommend it, Seoul is a fun place to visit.
4.) Tokyo, Japan…one word amazing. I had an awesome time there!. Great sake, ramen, sushi. karaoke! And MAID CAFES! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akihabara
Ok in mmo’s there are places that I have visited in game that have made me go…wow…
1.) This is more of a recent visit….The Frozen Throne…if you have not had the chance to get there…DO IT!! So worth it….
2.) Zoning into Jeuno for the 1st time. Getting there for the 1st time is an adventure! Avoiding angry tigers, goblins and undead….scary!!!
3.) Although I hate all short people (gnomes, halflings, hobbits) Lord of the Rings, represenation of the Shire is executed very well. Quests here vary but the more amusing one is delivering food and avoiding hungry NPC Hobbits lol.
4.) The starting zone for both factions in Aion….jaw dropping. capital city…jaw dropping….Aion…hands down…very beautiful game. Too bad too many things that preventing if from being great.
5.) Warhammer online…my favorite zone – Avalorn. The dense forest, the whole feeling. Done very well. It just feels like what an elf zone should be lol. Silvermoon does not compare imo.
and random things
THE WORST DRIVE-THRU MEAL IN AMERICA
Carl’s Jr. Double Six Dollar Burger
with Medium Natural cut Fries and 32 oz Coke
144 g fat (51.5 g saturated fat)
2892 mg sodium
Of all the gut-growing, heart-stopping, life-threatening burgers in the fast food world, there is none whose damage to your general well-being is as catastrophic as this. Consider these heart-stopping comparisons: This meal has the caloric equivalent of 13 Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Donuts; the saturated fat equivalent of 52 strips of bacon; and the salt equivalent of seven and a half large orders of McDonald’s French fries!
Also last night marked the return of my buddy Delerius to raiding!! Welcome back bud!
Ok as you have seen from Ari’s blog http://clearcasting.wordpress.com/2010/04/22/cue-the-music/ and Koala’s blog http://dotsandhots.wordpress.com/2010/04/22/of-birthdays-laps-and-warlock-tears/ it is now SR vs LK. Who will win….though it might take some time…SR will win. Hey the good guys always win! AMIRITE!!! HELL YEAH! I cannot wait to kill him and the heroics!!!! MOAR LOOOOTTTTT lolololol.
But what then….? Sure there are heroics modes to look foward to. Also there is still the 25 man versions. But in my opinion, they will not have the same thrill of killing a boss for the 1st time.
Also after killing LK and moving on to heroics and eventually learning those fights….what does guilds/players have to look foward to??? Sure there is going to be the Ruby Sanctum…but if the OS is any indication, it will be short and sweet for the most part.
Man I am real negative lately
!st this pic rocks!!
2nd – Guilds, Content, and WoW.
I know I may have touched on this before, but I really wonder how Blizzard is going to keep people happy till Cata. One little sanctum instance is not going to keep people happy. Well its to late now…but Blizzard should have had something in place to extend the life of ICC perhaps, but not with artificial lock….that is lame. More wings etc?
ICC its supposed to be some massive fortress, but it did not feel epic in scope. Especially when one compares it to Kara, or even Ulduar. Where are all of Arthas’ soldiers…ICC is pretty empty…oh wait they are all on the outside having a BBQ.
With such easy access to “endgame” what exactly does a guild provide in game?
Read Lissanna’s post!
It has some very nice points and overall an awesome blog to read.
Getting back on point - I do agree with Lissanna’s idea of making 10 and 20 man raids rather then 25. 25 is an awkward number. 5 less kittens to herd into a box…err raid. 5 less people to worry about standing in bad, 5 less people to deal with when handing out loot. 5 less people afking at bad times. 5 less people to umm…
I will have to disagree with the Guild Level idea. I think it will help bring guilds back to the fore front of being a “need” to raid. If they do it well the benefits to being in a guild that is lvl’d up should shine.
I know some may disagree with me – but I don’t like this, lets PuG this or PuG that…the system in place is like a “loot pinata”. With that system in place…anyone and their momma can get epics. This hurts guilds and recruiting. This is one of the reasons that it took me so long to play wow seriously….the ease of obtaining loot. I hate going back to an old game, but in FFXI every piece was earned and no so easily thrown out 3 months later. Each piece of loot was earned and well deserved.
Maybe Blizzard needs to look into some items that need to be required to be farmed to pop a boss, have a item with a high cost that needs to be purchased or something. It’s kind of sad a new 80 after grinding out a few days of heroics can be quite well geared. (although that is how my priest did it.)
Cata. changes…ok Blizzard…take your designers and you may want to hit them with whiffle bats will they bleed. Lifegrip…Wild Mushroom…wall of fog….why….if you wanted people to worry about things..you sure succeeded. But it is still early and things may change.
Ok we have all made mistakes, from the disastrous to the hilarious.
These mistakes can wipe a raid and/or bring laughter to peoples faces.
For me these are the most common mistakes!!
1.) As Paladin – forgetting Righteous Fury – very important lol. A certain lock always pays for my mistake
2.) Very minor error – forgetting Inner Fire as priest
3.) Fall off the edge in FoS…yes it can happen.
4.) Getting hit in the face with an empowered fireball and standing there watch it come towards me lol.
5.) Umm..nothing else comes to mind.
In other MMOs
1.) Facepulled a bunch of mobs in Dynamis-Bastok, in front of Auction Houce…..death ensued.
2.) Fell asleep drunk in a middle of mission, smack dab in an area full of angry mobs…how i did not die till i woke up…amazes me.
3.) Being rex’s and the dying 2 seconds later from 10,000 needles…3x…..good bye XP it was good to know thee.
4.) Accidentally using ninja’s 2 hr ability Majin Gakure (you explode, killing yourself, doing damage to the enemy in the process), in the middle of fight..which in turn wiped the group.
5.) Bought a 100 gil item for 100,000 by accident ><
Aprils Fools Day…blah we have been turned into walrus dudes….funny Bizzard. (check out the armory)
…….we look like freakin hobbits/gnomes etc….punt punt punt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Also check out the new awesome system Blizzard is to put in
Equipment Potency EquivalencE Number
Check it out…going to be awesome.
Real post to come today…maybe.
Go read the inital part for a refresher. Take it as gospel, the koran, etc for being a raid kitten.
Also check out http://1337bohica.wordpress.com/
I agree with what Tir has written. (he may have a temper at times, but the man does know his stuff, and he is genuine when he wants the guild to succeed and besides he is a nice guy).
I admit that I do not think I am a “good” WoW player. It takes me a while to learn mechanics, as Slo mentioned you can read and watch all the videos, but till you actually see the fight first hand, all that other stuff is fluff. The written strats and the videos are reference materials only and really should not be taken as gospel.
Raid Leaders and members must: Learn, adapt, and evolve as appropriate. Otherwise we die. A raid is a living breathing organism composed of its members, when one faile, the raid dies.
Be prepared when you head into a role you are not used to, be it healer or DPS, or tank. Spec, gem, enchant appropriately. If you are not used to DPSing – spend more time with it. Not used to tanking, do more of it…(yeah i know i need to tank more).
Watch your threat meters, don’t get tunnel visioned into lifebars (I am bad at this sometimes), procs, etc. Dont stand in front of a boss (if it has cleave) or behind it (if it has a tail attack).
Also learn the habits of your fellow raid members if possible. Learn to think what would they do in a certain situation. For example, Ari and I were targeted by the ice tombs. My reaction is if someone runs toward me and we need to be spread out, I will run from them. Forgetting Ari can blink, she can move faster then I, should have allowed her to move as they are better equipped for the task.
When possible keep raid channels and vent clear for raid information that needs to get passed on.
I do not want to sound like an ass here but there is no other way to put this. Joking and fun is all good, but please can the chatter when about to pull or when in the middle of combat. If you talk while in combat…and hitting that push to talk key – you may miss something you need to GTFO from, cast a critical spell needed, or cut out someone trying to relay an important piece of info to the raid. Combat time is srs bizness. I don’t care if its lolNaxx, or totc 10 something can happen to screw the raid over. (like a certain Paladin or Shaman not being in a healing spec still cracks me up)
If you are getting replaced or not picked, do not take offense. Means comp is not working and need to try something else out. Once the kinks are worked out alt ways can be worked out etc. If you are getting replaced, take it as moment to Learn, adapt, and evolve. Is your spec off? Rotation off? Gemmed, enchanted incorrectly?
The game is not about the loot. Its about, as Tir mentioned, beating the “endboss”. If loot is your driving goal. You may wanna review why you are in a guild. If you just want loot, join a PuG.
A guild raid is a beautiful thing, a guild is like a family. A guild is like that security blanket one can always rely on.