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Week 5: The Final Challenge

You’ve done it! You’ve been blogging for a whole month! How does it feel? Was it as scary as you thought? Was it easier or harder than you expected? However you felt about it on May 1st and however you feel about it now, I’m impressed. Great job, everyone!

This will be my final NBI challenge. It has been a blast reading the great things you guys have come up with, and I can assure you that I’ll be keeping up with a lot of you. If you haven’t added me to Twitter yet, please do so!

First things first, though…

Week 4 Recap

This one was a toughie. I know from experience that if you’re a frequent writer, research and fact-checking usually takes longer than actually writing a post. You all knocked it out of the park, though!

  • Learning is Fun! (Goetia’s Letters) – I might be biased, but I happen to think the druid class is pretty awesome, which is why this post is great–it lets us in on the process of creating a new character (troll feral cat druid!), setting it up, and learning to play a new class.
  • Not smarter than your average bear (The Daily Frostwolf) – I’ve tried bear tanking. I actually enjoyed it, but the stress was too much for me. Navi decides to give it a go, and takes us through her learning process!
  • Family History (GnomeGates) – Gnomegates does some digging around to learn about his family and tells us what he’s discovered about Gnomish history.
  • Learning is fun (Starshadow) – Vanguard is going free-to-play soon, and this is  a simple stop you can make to get an idea of what you can expect when you log in.
  • Tons and Tons of Totems (Flask Half Empty) – Shaman is one of the classes I haven’t played past level 19. That might change one day, and if it does, I’ll know where to come to brush up on my understanding of the way totems work!
  • Learning is Fun (Amateur Azerothian) – Working up to level 85 as a prot paladin and then going holy takes some research–this is the process behind a spec change.
  • When you can’t be a battlechicken (Brazokie’s Blog Space) – Battle Chicken is a state of mind, my friends–but sometimes you really just need to be a very strong–or smart–chicken. Brazokie tells us about her experience as a chicken in LotRO.
  • Video Games Make Me Do Bad Things? (Bloodthorne) – This is an extremely thoughtful post on the idea that playing video games makes us more likely to be violent. My favorite part is the look at the good things gamers do that get overlooked by the mainstream media.
  • Lua Plugins and you! (Shards of Imagination) – I would be completely lost if I started playing LotRO right now, but a lot less lost when it comes to Plugins, thanks to Rakuno!

Week 5 Challenge

You’ve survived your first month (or first year or first three months or first what-have-you!) of blogging! NBI started for me with an email from a guy I first met through WoW over a year ago while I was playing a little druid named Roflmeow and have been following ever since. He told me the idea and asked if I would be interested in being a sponsor blog.

Are you kidding? DUH.

Other than having been around for a while, I didn’t feel like I had a lot going for me in terms of being a sponsor blog, but darn it, I was going to do the best I could. You guys made it work (THANK YOU).

It’s your turn! This week, YOU are the sponsor blog.

Your final challenge is this: Find three blogs that participated in NBI, introduce me to each, and give me at least one reason you like each blog. 

You guys are awesome. Pay it forward!

Thank you all for a very fun five weeks. I am going to miss May!

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Diablo III & Why I Play Alone

I am not a Diablo fangirl (at least, not yet). Before the Annual Pass, I never even considered playing, and I still have played more WoW than Diablo in the hours since its release (admittedly, some of that is because the Diablo servers were sketchy).

However, Diablo’s launch and my two-footed leap into it has brought some things to my attention about the way I play the games I play–specifically, how I often prefer to play alone even in socially-oriented games.

A wizard did it.

On Tuesday, our guild forums exploded with battle tags–everyone wanted to play Diablo III together, and who could blame them? You certainly get a lot further in the game playing in parties (if I understand it all correctly).

I did not surrender my battle tag, and I do not have “Quick Join” enabled. I want to play alone.

Diablo is brand new to me. The story, the characters, the mechanics, the environment–all virgin territory to me. I want to experience it all, and I want to do it at my own pace. I don’t want to be led. I don’t want to be followed. I want to go where I want to go and see the things I want to see without feeling pressure to make sure the other person in my party is getting what they want to get out of the game.

The same is true for me when leveling in WoW. I can’t stand to level with other people. I hate grouping for quests unless absolutely necessary. This might sound kind of harsh, but it’s just the way I operate. If I’m trying to blast through leveling, I don’t want to be slowed down. If I’m trying to take my time, I don’t want to feel pressured to speed up. If I want to explore one quest hub and skip another, I want to be able to do that without having to ask if it’s okay.

Most of this is my problem–I’m aware of and comfortable with that. I have an overwhelming desire to please people. The better I know the person, the more I want to please them. This often results in me setting aside the things I want in order to appease someone else. It’s not healthy (I promise I’m working on it), but this is how it is. This means that when I group with someone, I get annoyed when I don’t get to do what I want to do, even though it’s my fault for not being more assertive. Head trip, right?

The other part of it is much less complicated: sometimes I just like to do things on my own.

I’m working on learning to say “no.” For now, that starts with, “No, I don’t want to play with you right now. Maybe another time.”

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If You’ve Ever Wanted to Blog, May is Your Month

Sypster over at BioBreak contacted me a couple of weeks ago about a plan; a way to encourage people who had considered blogging to go ahead and jump off the cliff into the sea of posts and tags and topics.

This plan is known as the Newbie Blogger Initiative. The idea is simple–get a bunch of experienced bloggers together to encourage new ones. There are over 60 bloggers from all corners of the gaming blogosphere signed up.

Throughout the month of May, each of us will be posting a blog giving our personal tips for and experiences with blogging, as well as publicizing and encouraging new bloggers as you start to get your feet wet.

This is a test run for new bloggers–give it one month and see if you like it! If you’re ready to jump in (and I hope you are!), go ahead and create a blog, write your first post, and then come over to the Newbie Blogger Initiative H.Q. to sign up. There you can ask questions, talk to other bloggers, or bounce ideas off of new and old bloggers alike (not to mention the nifty banner).

If you’re not quite sure, come take a look at the forums anyway. Maybe you’ll get caught up in the excitement, too!

And finally, if you’re an experienced blogger and you want to become a sponsor blog, sign up! As a sponsor blog, you’ll be asked to write three blog posts this month for the NBI and to encourage new bloggers as they join our ranks.

What are you waiting for? May is your month!

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