Friday, December 7, 2007

Being generous in WOW

Orc hubby and meself were discussin the other day how to be giving and generous people in WOW. We firmly believe in the "give and ye shall receive" principle. This brought up an interesting question: how would one "tithe" in the game if we were truly roleplaying and playing Christian orcs? (hee hee, can orcs be religious? They're rather bloodthirsty.) We tossed around a few ideas but none really struck us as brilliant. I feel it would be somewhat weird to walk up to a person and ask if they wanted anything. I don't know about anybody else but I'd be looking for the strings attached to the offer. So suggestions on how to be kind and giving orc brutes would be appreciated. Anyways, the other day a fellow orc asked if he could enchant a few items of mine for free. Thinking that he probably wanted to sharpen up his skills I agreed. Loaned him my items, he gave 'em back, and then, remembering our previous discussion on generosity, I tipped him a gold. He whispered, "bro, it's free." I replied, "I know, but I like to tip anyways." He reposted with "haha, ic." End discussion. Looked at my armor to see what he had done and couldn't see any difference. I don't think he enchanted them. After a brief moment of "well, shucks!" I laughed at myself. First time in trying to be generous and I get nothin' for it. But that's what being generous is, I think. Giving without thought of reimbursement. I bet that orc got a good laugh, though. A gold for free!

Switching gears. I thought I was rather ignorant of the whole computer/internet/gaming world. Most people know more than I do. But there's a group of people who know so much less than I do it's not funny. Homeschooling moms. I can't make this a sweeping statement as I certainly can't do a proper survey but it's true of the homeschoolers in my smallish town. (I'm hanging out with homeschoolers even though my orclette is nowhere near school-ready 'cause I was homeschooled by my most-awesome mother and it's the easiest way for me to meet people. Plus it's heartening for them to see that homeschooling can work). When I mentioned I played an RPG only one knew what I was talking about. Only a couple were familiar with the concept of chatrooms. They did express amazement at the concept of spending money for a non-tangible item (heh, like WOW and WOW gold). I actually must amend my statement to they are unfamiliar with the gaming/fun side of the internet. All of these ladies are very intelligent and creative. They just did not grow up with computers/internet. Shows what a huge generation gap there is and that sometimes parents really don't know what it's like. (sigh. My mother is very computer savvy so I never could use that one with her.) But is it wise not to familiarize oneself with what is fast becoming a necessity in America? I might bring that up at the next homeschooling meeting and see what the ladies think.


P.S. I'm behind on reading all my fave blogs so I just read TJ's post about the ice storm in Maryland. I would like to comment that if she thought that was bad (and I'm sure it was) she should try driving in Houston, TX, when for the first time in 10 years they get snow flurries.


Galadria said...

Woot for Texas!! Last year in Austin we were off of work for 4 days for a little ice that melted by noon everyday

Valyre said...

The biggest way I try to help people is to offer items over Trade for free. Granted, these aren't epics or anything huge, but if a stack of cloth or some mob's eyes helps you out, it's worth skipping the amount the vendor would give me.

I've also offered items resulting from leveling professions for free (enchants, equipment, food, etc.). I just go to the nearest lowbie land, say over General what I have and where I am, and hand them out first come, first serve. People seem really thrilled and it makes me happy.

An extreme case would be if you decided to quit playing a character. I've seen people handing out anything not soulbound, liquidating the rest, and passing out small chunks of gold. I once got an azerothian diamond that way. I thought I'd won the lottery! lol

klaki said...

being generous is wonderful. my wife is one of the most generous wow players i know. she has let people have so much gold and items, its not funny. plus, every couple of nights or so, she will take her mage and go to westfall and run all the lowbies through deadmines. she'll just put the lootz on Free For All and go to town. they get all the lootz, she gets the satisfaction of helping others. a win win. she also helps out our guildes a lot as well.

i will tell you that you need beware. once you help someone, especially young kids, they will come to you for EVERYTHING! normally when my wife logs on, she will get at least 3 or 4 tells right away asking for help. and sometimes the people you help are mean too. so thats just a warning.

PS - it's nice to see some Christian orcs :)

Ryster Anch said...

If you're part of a guild, you can "tithe" that 10% to your guild coffers. We have one guildie that drops a silver here and there in our guild bank; every little bit helps, especially when those tabs cost lots and lots of gold!


Dammerung said...

I'm a homeschooling success too! Isa not eegnorant or dubm! i hav job am ownzors!

@ryster Yeah I had thought of it. I think thats the best and easiest solution, for the 'tithe' idea. We're still going to want to help newbies but I think we'll try to do that in a non-monetary way.

Ryster Anch said...

The problem with giving Gold away is that the recipient usually has not done anything to warrant it (so it is harmful) or they come to expect it (which is irritating and worse).

I find that providing manufactured items are one of the best ways to help out. When I group with a guildie, I usually check out their gear. If I find I can make something that's better than what they have on, I'll do it.

That reminds me of the time that one of my guildies (a guy) showed up to the a white wedding dress! He wasn't trying to be funny or anything; it was the best stat item that he could make. After the run, I gathered up some mats and made him some proper gear. That meant more to him than a couple of gold and a sending off to the AH.