Friday, April 4, 2008
"She was seduced by him in the form of an ant."
How does this happen? My brother came up with a theory:
1) Zeus and Thor are hanging out in a bar.
2) They both get smashed. Really really smashed.
3) Thor brags that he nailed this princess after killing a dragon or some such.
4) Zeus says "Dood thatsh nothing I've nailed plenty of princeshshesh."
5) Thor tells him he's just making things up and bragging.
6) Zeus says "NO really I have! Tonsh of timesh!"
7) Thor says prove it, and points out Eury's daughter.
8) Zeus says "That would be too eashy"
9) Thor says Zeus is just being a wimp and tells him to put his money where his mouth is.
10) Zeus says "[hic] Fine! I'll go one better...I bet I can do it ash an ant!"
11) Thor is drunkenly impressed and they think of some huge horrible thing that Zeus will have to do if he fails or renegs.
12) They resume drinking.
13) They both pass out.
14) They wake up.
15) Thor remembers the bet.
But seriously.... WHO THINKS OF THESE THINGS? An ant? Seducing a princess? Was he out of KITTENS?
All of this came because I was googling [The Myrmidons] on Drenden. Turns out Wulfa and Udacha(youngest dumb brother) joined their guild. And they chat a lot and run Kara 2 nights a week.
I'm still debating. I really dislike the "Hey can I join your guild my friends did!" approach. And I can't really think of a reason to cold whisper a guild leader and ask for an invite. Also they have like 5 level 65+ shamans.
Now me debating guilds? This is not reason for a post. But a drunken bet that you can seduce a princess while you are an ant? And then make enough babies for a nation to form? Now that is blog worthy.
Speaking of blogs: Check out this awsome: http://robinhobb.com/rant.html
I'm talking to you Ego! Vonya deserves a BOOK!
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Myself: A chance to see raiding one night a week, a guild that is willing to do arena or premade battlegrounds. VERY light on the foul language. Medium-light on the adult conversation. Understanding that Orclette comes first.
Herself: A chance to see Kara one to two nights a week and a chatty social guild that doesn't cuss a lot and one that understands that Herself has a kid and other priorities.
Dumbself: One night a week raiding + someone to listen to.
Youngself: Mostly... someone to talk to. He plays often enough to fit with anyones schedule.
Gurgleself: Shiny, banaflavored, chewy, noise making, face banging things.
The real article
Matt's approach makes sense from a professional standpoint. If you are sloppy, you are hurting everyone else. Sit out or shape up. I like it for Arena Teams, Pre-Mades, etc. If I'm competing... I don't want to mess around. We analyze our mistakes/successes and learn... or we play something else. And honestly... if you are applying to a guild that wants a certain number of hps or gear and requires you to raid on nights x, x, and x? You should expect to be cut if you can't cut it. Superbowl teams don't get there by letting people show up late to team meetings and skip practices.
Tobold though mentioned a friendlier world where the guild helps you skill/level up and they don't leave you behind/cut you if you aren't keeping up. A loyalty world, not a world where players go from team to team each season trying to get to the top. I like the loyalty, I like the feeling that this is my 'home'.
1) I think the reason earlier incarnations of guilds would wait for people to catch up was simply because there wasn't enough 'dedicated', 'skilled' players available. Also the idea of treating raiding like a Job that you apply for and interview for and schedule... was still growing back then(and is still growing now). As the numbers of very competitive, skilled players grows and they meet eachother they start setting standards. Show up on time or get booted. Wear [x] gear or get booted. Be [x] spec or...
And they can actually apply these standards...because if they boot someone they -know- there will be a replacement who is just as skilled. Before there were less players...and the pool of people willing to play like this was much smaller.
2) There are plenty of people who aren't this dedicated and prefer loyalty. You just don't see their guilds very often. Why? Because we focus on the top... and the fanatics get there faster. They don't have to wait around and level people up and train them.... they demand you be ready. So they get to the top 10%...and then we stare at them and want to be there too... and we try and emulate them. And guild jumping starts happening. Because we saw someone else 'win' by doing it. And the loyalty guilds? They are still demanding loyalty... and they will eventually do the top stuff... but at a much more glacial rate.
3) Being a pvp-based person I think I would prefer to be in a loyalty guild and expect performance from my Arena team or Premades. This way I get the best of both worlds. If I was a raid-based person... I would sit down and -decide- which I prefered. The friends angle with preformance on the side(you can have both you just need a focus). Or the Performance angle with friends on the side(Matticus does have friends in the game I'm sure he just also has standards for raiding).
Anyways, this has been another rambling post from an Orc.(ps: 52 yay baby!)[Ungoro Crator I love you](spelling optional)[now 33% fat free]
Other news. I was very excited yesterday because a blue I had bought for 6g sold for 30g. Go me! A bit of farming in Azshara but Dammy doesn't like it, I don't really care for it either and I've already outgrown it so we won't be going back. I like the Western Plaguelands. Lots and lots of bears that I can skin (thank goodness they all don't aggro =) and undead peoples that drop cloth that sells well on the AH. News in RL .... my boys (Dammy and brother-in-law) helped me with my newest project. Remember how I told you it's very dangerous to let a person who has even the slightest interest in interior design read one of the magazines? We're constructing a concrete block bookcase for our room. By we I mean them. I picked out the colors and it was my brainchild (well, not really, brother actually had the idea for his own room first but I expounded on it) but last night it was dammy spray-painting and brother sanding the boards down. The boards we're doing a dark purple which looks really cool, and the blocks we were doing a light purple. Turns out it looks like grey rather than light purple. We did test the colors, btw, so I'm not sure why we didn't catch that little detail ... anyway, I'm thinking a light green might work better. Back to Lowes, the other big blue store! Did you know they sell garden stuffs? I didn't, although I probably should have. One of these days I'm going to buy some flowers and try really hard not to kill them.
I can't think of an appropriate cheer today. FOR THE HORDE is too serious. I didn't mention Orclette. FOR SPRAY PAINT doesn't have the right ring. ooo. I know.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Last night I had to save a Russian Informant from certain doom as a member of the SIS, also I was busy helping my new friend Kolgan, Kelgan, Kelgor or something like that kill horrible canabalistic trolls. Two enh shaman dual critting on Windfuries at the same time is a wonderful thing.
I haven't had a chance to really play with Shamanistic Rage but I imagine it is also lovely. Too bad though. Once I hit outlands I'm collecting Int/healing/crit/stm gear for battleground healings. I've found that I instinctually think in terms of healing first damage second in PvP as a shaman. Can you get your gear enchanted for shadow resistance? I'm just curious.
I wanted to go more into detail into this idea but I don't see having the time this week. So here it goes:
A large instance on the roof tops of a city. Lots of narrow pathways. You can't agro the guards in the streets unless you drop down... but if you do they -will- kill you(infinite spawn). Once you have traversed the rogue/hunter(owl/bat pets)/demon/shadowthings infested rooftops you reach a castle... in the castle the key is to agro as little as possible... Any time something agroes you have about 4-5 min to kill them and then get out of dodge and back hidden as wandering patrolls will come by...the patrols would be large enough to guarantee a wipe. Again... the purpose is to -avoid- detection... you sneak into the rooms of 4-5 bosses and persassinate them(they wakeup groggy and get harder the more wakeful they get). Then you sneak out before the alarm goes off :P
Tada! Special Forces Warcraft style.
Anyways... back to researching bank things. Which is why this morning was busy
Monday, March 31, 2008
Beowulfa logged on to see that Auctioneer, Omen, and the Quest tracker thingy no longer worked for her. Very sad, makes her feel a bit blind. I have not kept up with my google reader (although Dammy managed to find the time) so although I know patch 2.4 came out I don't really know what it did .... guess what we'll be discussing at lunch today? Turns out the Pox Arcanum people have been incredibly busy and have formed one, two? new groups? AND the biggest news is that my brother-in-law, and this is the last one, I swear, no more hiding in the closet, has started playing WOW. This one swore that he wouldn't. But WOW allows you to play an hour at a time unlike his previous loves so he's giving it a try. I haven't talked to this brother much so I don't think he's prepared for the awesomeness that is Beowulfa. She is very talkative. And allows you to see all the random thoughts that come out of her head. Like goose sex. What are your thoughts, opinions on goose sex? And you will have to wait for Dammy's explanation because it's his funny story not mine. I just provided the laughter and some of the fodder for the story.
Anywho, I'm done. Lot's of organizing and redecorating to be done. I had nothing else to read so I bought some interior design mags. Those are very, very dangerous. They should not be allowed into the hands of anyone with an ounce of interest in the subject. Dammy and I will now be going antiquing when we get the chance. And I'm thinking of hiring my cousins to come over and move all my furniture. I could do it but I want to see it in different configurations and with Orclette underfoot .... teenage boys are much the better option.
When humming "My Favorite Things" can make you cry... you know its dangerious to write things where people can see them. I shall attempt to do so without drowning you in emo-tears.
The trip was excellent. I really enjoyed seeing friends. It is nice being able to visit with people. Gave me a huge sense of yay here are people who care about me.
Coming back to my own house and bed and everything being clean? Was also excellent. A huge sense of Yay this is my place.
One large effect of the trip was to cure my mistaken desire to work retail ever again. Just seeing the old places I worked shocked me back to sanity. No no no no. Not even with a Goose. No.... I like my job(with reservations)... I just dislike being friendless at work and up here.
The goose sex...hmm... it is a joke. How do you say... "In Mother Russia the Geese Sex You!" or something like that. I was driving to church and saw two geese and the next thing we know me and Wulfa are polling people for their opinions on Goose Sex. We find it incredibly funny. Not sure if the Geese do. They might not even get any for all we know.
Call of Duty4. Just wow. I played the first CoD and hated it. But coming from playing halo... CoD4 is amazing. I like 'swat' in halo best and this is even better. Very lethal...very fast... awesome maps.
And now I return to WoW. 2.4 rocked my shaman's world. I cannot say enough about the totem timers. Ghost wolf being instant has been LOVELY. I played enough AB this weekend to gain 2k honor. Oh...and we didn't lose a single match, although some were more frustrating than others. I love healing in battle grounds.... it is lovely to frustrate other players efforts.
I'm going to be leveling some more though. My youngest brother just hit outlands on his NELF rogue and I'm very interested in being 70 finally. I don't think I will continue to pvp as a shaman though. I like him too much as enh....but when I pvp -all- I do is heal.... I'm leveling up a troll priest(Briarcree) on Drenden for pvp healing only. Although I keep thinking I might prefer the paladin's survivability... any thoughts?
Matticus mentioned liking special forces games and whatnot. I had WoW thoughts triggered by this this .... someone remind me later this week to post on it.
Well... thats it for today.