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June 2011

Three Things I Learned in WoW This Weekend

Here, foxy foxy! Little shadow priest wants to play with youuuuu...

  1. Rogues can use spirit/int leather gear.
  2. It is perfectly acceptable for your mom to do your dailies and character leveling because you are so busy with work and things.
  3. The vanity pet RNG hates me.

On newbie rogues

True story...I walked myself into Stratholme this weekend, on my shaman's road from 45 to 50. It felt weird to be in there as such as a lowbie. But it felt even more weird to find myself arguing with a rogue about how it was inappropriate that he need rolled on a spellcaster chest. I especially enjoyed it when he told me I was dumb and should shut up. That's the point at which the entire rest of the party lit into him.

Thankfully, I was eventually able to kick him from the group. Nd for the first time ever I used the following as my reason for kick: Bad.

Here's the deal: I do not care what leather jerkin you had on previously. A spellcaster piece of leather is NOT an upgrade for you, mister rogue. No matter how much higher an ilvl. It's just NOT. I hold you even more accountable for this nonsense than all those mages and warlocks who keep rolling against my clothies on spirit gear (b/c at least that stat USED to be helpful for them last expansion.)

On slacker kids who live at home with mom

Kid: "OK, guys I'm out, going to work. So it won't be me on playing."

Me: "So, you are account sharing?"

Kid: "Nah."

Other kid: "His mom levels for him."

Kid: "Yeah, my mom does my dailies and my leveling for me. I am real busy with work and stuff."

Me: /facepalm

No offense buddy, but just wait until you move out into your own place and work a 40+ hour a week job. Get back to me THEN about being *so busy*. But then again you'll probably just take all your laundry home for mom to wash...


On my inability to hit the 125 pet mark

I chased after Baradin foxes. I conquered Ahune daily. I killed creatures in EPL for hours. And yet my two pet collectors are still short of their 125 pet goals. Candy needs 1 more pet, while Nexxi is still 5 or 6 away from the goal.


At this point I am haunting my AHs trying to find affordable pets I do not have yet. Ended up buying the druid 4 pets yesterday otherwise she would still have not made any progress.


Friday Five: Five Ways That Gnomes Bring the Sexay

Sorry, Thrall honey, but I'm taken.

  1. We have the sexiest dance moves, both male and female side.
  2. We tell geeky jokes, and there's no humor sexier than geek humor, amirite?
  3. We can sneak up on you from out of nowhere, and drop the sexay bomb, and then run off, leaving you wanting more.
  4. We're the original ponytail rockers. 
  5. Once you go gnome, there's no going back. I mean, you've seen a male gnome doing a dance haven't you?


Happy Friday.

xoxo Anexxia

Not Having an Application Process Can Ruin Your Guild

  this shadowpriest prefers a robust application process
I logged in to Anexxia's horde guild the other day to see a familiar name in gchat. This individual inspired one of my favorite posts of all time, "When the Raid Leader Says Everyone, This Means YOU."

He'd also led a fairly successful (11/12 in short order) new guild with the birth of Cataclysm. A guild he left in the lurch by selling his account and "quitting WoW." An action that screwed over all those who had built that guild up with him (including leaving an established guild to do so.) That decision seems to have lasted all of a month before he turned up, like a bad penny, in my guild.

How did this happen? Because my current raiding guild is run by someone who doesn't think process of any kind is important, especially such a silly thing as a guild application process.

Now, certainly, not every guild needs an application process. If you only invite friends of existing guildies (and by friends I do not mean some person they just picked up in LFD, something a former guildie of mine was notorious for.) But if you are running an even moderately successful raiding guild, it's a must.

Having a solid application, that asks some hard questions about why the applicant left their former guild and what made them interested in yours is a good way to get a glimmer of how someone will behave in your guild. It also gives their former (or even current) guildies an opportunity to put in a good word, or to tell you that the person is a drama queen who tried to recruit away half the main raiders to form their own guild. Without an application process, you can quite easily end up with a guild full of people who can easily ruin your guild's reputation-- and its team spirit.

An application isn't an insurance policy against recruiting bad apples into your guild, but it certainly can be a great early warning system. Don't step into Firelands without one.

Has the Tyranny of BOA Gear Ruined Alt Leveling Dungeons?

Need moar boomkins on dragons!

Philosophically, I am neither for nor against BOA gear for your alts. I have a few caster pieces, scattered across the three servers upon which I actively play. At best, on one server, I have head, shoulders, chest and cloak. On another I have weapon, chest and shoulders. Amassing a collection of alt BOAs has just not been a priority for me. I've put my badges/points to other uses over the years. But it feels like I'm in the minority on that, at least amongst the leveling dungeon crowd.

Frequently, I've been in dungeons with people sporting a full set of BOA gear, down to two trinkets. That's fine by me. Should mean more gear for my alts who are relying on dungeon drops to improve as they go. You see, I'm a firm believer in having my alts wear what they can make or they earn from quests and dungeons. I just don't spend gobs of cash on my alts' leveling gear.

In years past, this approach has gone unnoticed/unremarked. But in the past month, I've been on the receiving end of meter spamming, vulgar comments, and being called a bad for my characters in leveling dungeons not being tricked out. Yes, I'm serious: I've been called a Bad for not having optimized my gear in leveling dungeons.

The most annoying was in the level 80-85 grind. Therein were positively the worst LFD people I've encountered thus far. Until that group I couldn't fathom why people would drop group mid pull. Which is exactly what I did after I tired of the vulgar comments coming from the three wretched guildies who apparently trolled LFD to show everyone else how leet they were in their full sets of BOA gear and how fail everyone else is if they don't have it.

It's interesting to me, as someone who has spent most of her WoW time historically focused on raiding to encounter ruthless elitism amongst people leveling alts. Even when I was one of only three druids on my server, at the time, who had a full set of T2 gear, I was never compelled to go around and talk smack to other people. I was able to bask in my accomplishments and feel good about my character without putting down other people.

What is it about the current state of affairs that would compel people to become obsessed with maximizing their alts for leveling, and more importantly, to look down upon and bully others who are leveling without having that same focus? What happened to the game being whatever it is that you want to make of it? When did we get overrun by the tyranny of the BOAs?

One Kitten Short of a Litter: Tuxedo Kitty Needed!

mister Bill, stopping to smell the flowers

I've been thinking about this for a long time. I think I may have even mentioned it on twitter at some point. But I haven't put it out here in the blog, so here goes:

What the World of Warcraft Really needs is a tuxedo kitten pet. I even have the perfect model for them. The adorable Mister Bill you see here. His special resting action could be catching nearby mice and birds and dropping them at your feet. And randomly scampering up trees, then mewing for you to come get him.

Heck, I'd happily settle for a full grown tuxedo cat even. And again, I have the perfect model for it:

who's a handsome kitty? mister bill that's who!

Mister Bill used to sit for hours (usually on my SO's lap) and watch us play World of Warcraft. He was happy that we had finally found a hobby that involved there always being a lap available for him to sit on. He was especially fond of the druids, due to their flight form. I think that if he could have played the game, however, he'd have definitely been a rogue, sneaking up behind the bad guys and going stabby stabby.

I know chances are slim of our ever getting a tuxedo kitty added to the game, but a girl can dream.

Mister Bill, we miss you.


Friday Five: Five Things Every Guild Officer Should do Each Week

Druid coming in for landing...

As the Summer doldrums set upon us, and all of Azeroth gets lulled into complacency pre-patch, I bring you today's Friday Five...five things you should be doing every week as a guild officer:

  1. Talk to a guildie you don't know very well (or at all.)
    In numerous guilds, the Officer team can become an insular little group, mostly talking to-- and playing with-- each other. But to be able to represent the best interests and needs of your guild, you need Officers to get out there and mingle.
  2. Take a visit to your guild forums.
    You do know the URL to your guild's forums, right? It's amazing how many Officers I've seen who rarely participated (or rarely even read) their guild's forums. A good part of leadership is showing up-- and the forums are a part of your guild's communication infrastructure. Don't miss out on this opportunity to connect with your guildies.
  3. Peek at the Gbank.
    Your gbank is probably overstuffed at this point in the expansion. At some point, you need to find a good home for it all. Do you have enough mats to make a guildie an epic armor piece? Or some engineering pets? Or why not send some newly active alts some gear they probably didn't notice that's rotting away in the middle of the overstuffed gear tab? And by all means sell those trepix that drop for your guild every week and stash the money in the bank to use for something fun for the guild later.
  4. Organize a 5-man.
    Remember what I said about insular Officer teams? This is a good way to break out of that rut-- or to squish any perceptions of an Officer clicque. Content doesn't matter-- do the new 5s, or schedule a lowbie run. The point is to play and socialize with your guildies.
  5. Re-commit yourself to being an officer.
    Sometimes, you're not feeling it anymore. You don't feel like showing up to raids or to officer meetings or what have you. It happens. Wallow in that feeling for a day or two. But make sure that each week you take a look in the mirror and evaluate if being an Officer in your guild is something you can commit to and embrace. Because if it's not, you're doing everyone, yourself included, a disservice.

Happy Friday!