I seemed to get positive response from last weeks "Weekly WoW Roundup" so I guess it is going to be something I keep doing. There was quite a bit this week, and several "controversial" topics... especially from them damn gnomes.
A personal update, even having cleared Dragon Soul every damn week, because I'm in a 10M raiding guild, I still haven't graduated to The Sleeper and The Dreamer yet and it is getting pretty irritating. I'm at 272/333 so I need to average 7.625 gems each to be able to finish that phase next raid week... it doesn't look good. But enough QQ, on to the Weekly WoW Roundup:
It is always tough when a guild you are a part of breaks apart - I've been through it myself on a couple of occasions. Roark posts about how an ending can become a new beginning in "When a Guild Goes Kablooey." He also points out that he's joining the dirty Alliance now, and a gnome of all races, so anyone on Laughing Skull give him a big hug for me. Except when I say "big" I mean "sharp," and when I say "hug" I mean "dagger." Here's a photo
for the wanted poster to identify the body.
Squelchy (another damn gnome FFS) has a take on the LFR loot system, and how people are using it. His opinion is that if someone wins an item in LFR and doesn't need it for some reason, they should pass it to the next highest roller. He also seemed to agree with someone who said they give it to someone who truly needs it as an upgrade, but doesn't like the fact that large groups will go in and all roll need on an item then pass it to a guildie or other member of the group. I disagree, and here's why: If I go in to help in the run, I am just as entitled to the loot as anyone else. If I roll and win, I should be able to do whatever it is that I want with it, and that, as seen by the current loot rules set forth by Blizzard, seems to be the official stance on the matter. I don't really need anything from there except perhaps to build an offset of gear, or to help a guildie get geared up. Why shouldn't I be able to give it to a guildie? How is that a dick move? So I have better gear than most of the others in the run, I also do more damage and end up carrying much of the bottom end of DPS as well - I have no reason to go in there and provide that support in LFR unless it is specifically to help out a guildie, and neither does most of the rest of my guild! I'm fairly certain that if Blizzard ever incorporates different loot lockouts to disallow this, LFR will lose most of the folk that do most of the carrying. I would wager money that these very things were considered when LFR was developed and they opted to roll it out the way they did. Head over to his article and let him know your take on the matter.
Tikari has been awfully quiet... but unfortunately I don't think he's hunting gnomes.
Somnar pulled a Brett Favre (pronounced FAV-ree til my dying day but don't tell Noel at Heals and Headshots) and came out of retirement. But he wants your feedback as inspiration, so head on over and tell him what you want to read about. I guarantee he will be more accommodating than me.
Azeroth Observer reports on "2011 – The Year of the War on Casuals". I think a lot of the points are valid and I think it is just a difference in the mindset of the players. The older players from Classic recall that epics were actually RARE, so when you saw someone decked out in full epics it showed their level of commitment and hard work. Now they are passed around like your mom... Sorry, had to go there, it was just too easy. But before I digress into a discussion on MILFs, the main difference is that players now seem to feel entitled to epics, while players from Classic still see them as (or recall them fondly as) status symbols to an extent. If they made the heroic drops blue with the same stats, I think the Classic players would be satisfied but then the newer ones would be upset because they aren't able to gear out in epics. Solution: Go back to 40m raiding and let these wrath babies feel real pain.
Sorta in response to Squelchy's post, Tzufit posted, Changing Our Dialogue About PuGs, which looks at the moral and ethical behavior in WoW. Tzufit also posted a "Cataclysm Bucket List" with which I can agree with... except for Archaeology. Archaeology is the suckiest suck that ever sucked. I loathe it, and hate the fact that I have to do it to get the coolest ground mount in the game.
On "Jed's Corner of WoW Shenanigans," Jed describes the perfect guild application. And by perfect I mean perfectly wrong. His entry, "How Not to Apply to a Guild" describes a doucher with a friend already in the guild who seemed to feel entitled to join because of that. While Jed doesn't link directly to the guy's app, I'll save you the 42 seconds it took me to find it by linking it here if you want to read it. There's a good bit to gleam out of that post, and I've seen some similar applications as a GM/Officer in guilds. Some people...
The new blogger Golden has jumped into the "20 Days of Wow Blogging" fray with her "Introduction" post. Which also reminds me, I need to get back on that horse and finish it up... what did I get to, Day 5?
Lorekeeper Glaci wrote "Time Crash" an alternate ending to the Cataclysm expansion and a new beginning for 5.0. I saw no mention of Pandas. I like that fact. Beside the lack of Pandas, it is an interesting read, and a neat lore concept.
I TOTALLY forgot to put Matticus' "11 Raid Finder Personalities You Will Never Escape" in the first Weekly WoW Roundup. It is quite the entertaining read. That omission was an error on my part, and it will not happen again. I hereby submit myself to DeviouslyDev for spankings. ("Well let me have just a little bit of peril?")
I haven't seen anything from Jack the Pally latey... WTF man?
The hopefully soon to be Banshee Queen, Lady Sylvanas, aka smokin' hot actress Michele Morrow (@michelemorrow) is now writing for Hello Giggles and begins with What Kind of Gamer are You: Part 1 and Part 2. But things aren't all rainbows and lollipops about her - she has a boyfriend. And worse yet... she plays a huntard.
Frazzled has joined the blogging fray with: Among the Elements