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The Expansion is Ending?

In Trade yesterday, someone mentioned that the expansion is ending. Someone replied, “what do you mean, ‘the expansion is ending?'”

Mists of Pandaria is around the virtual corner. Some guesses put it as soon as June, some as late as September, but regardless of when it comes, we’re wrapping up Cataclysm. We’re in the last tier of content, we’ve killed the Big Boss, and Blizzard has repeatedly confirmed there will not be a filler raid between now and MoP. Further, beta started this week. The door is closing.

I don’t do postmortem breakdowns. There are plenty of MUCH more qualified people doing that (specifically, Blizzard itself). I’d feel remiss, though; if I didn’t go back and ruminate a bit on what Cataclysm was for me and figure out how to wrap it up in proper style.

Story

I’m going to be honest, even if it’s a bit fangirl-ish: content-wise, I loved Cataclysm. My introduction to World of Warcraft lore took place in three parts, or more correctly, one story in the parts: War of the Ancients. Knowing that I would get to team up with and face off against the characters and dragons I’d read about put me on the edge of my seat for the expansion.

I enjoyed every raid. Really. Okay, I didn’t love Throne of the Four Winds, but I adored Blackwing Descent. It was everything I wanted the first raid to be. The fights were fun (okay, maybe being a moonkin on Atramedes when Lunar Shower still rocked made it a little more fun, but still) and everything felt fresh again. I needed fresh after months and months of Icecrown.

Although I took a several month break from the game and missed the introduction of Firelands, I’m glad I got the chance to see it. I never got to see Ragnaros in Molten Core, at least not when he was the Big Boss. I liked the environment and the fights, even if the instance and I had our disagreements. Plus:

I mean, even I can’t argue with that.

I grinned all the way through the 4.3 heroics, despite the fact that I don’t like the Tyrande’s voice acting (not because the acting was bad, but because I don’t feel like it fit the character). While seeing Deathwing meet his “end” was a little anticlimactic since I fought him in LFR before we ever got to him as a guild,  I still liked the encounters and the story.

My Raiding Experience

I started out on a great foot when the expansion began. I knew that I knew my class, and I proved it over and over again. Even when things got rocky and the guild I was in switched to 10-mans, I did pretty well in every role I was asked to fill (which often ended up being healing).

The only thing I wasn’t completely comfortable with was tanking, but this is where I have to give a shoutout to the awesome people of Ephemera who encouraged me to try and gave me  ample opportunity to practice. They were persistent and non-judgemental, and I love them for it.

After my several month break, I returned, ready to raid again. Things had been in a bit of an upheaval, and I ended up returning to my guild Chi Cerca Trova while I got my feet wet in Firelands. What a culture shock. I’d never taken a lengthy break from raiding like that, and it took me a while to get my bearings straight.

Even now, I don’t feel like I’m back to where I was. I struggle to see the numbers I want to see. I get irritated with myself for not performing the level I feel is acceptable. Right now I sit in a place of deep frustration, and if I can’t find a way out of it, Mists might see me taking on a new role or even a new class. Tastes Like Death…Knight? Tastes Like Holy Priest?

I intend to moonkin to the best of my ability until this expansion officially ends. Time (and beta) will determine where I go after that.

What to Do Now?

We’ve got 3-6 months before we’re standing in line at Gamestop to pick up our copies of Mists of Pandaria. It sounds like a long time, but in Warcraft time, it’s not really. What are you doing to pass the time until we’re rolling our monks?

These are the things I’m doing:

What are you doing to say goodbye to this expansion, and are you ready to step into Pandaria?

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Topic Soup: Guild Tags, Real ID, & Loremaster

A lot of things have been spinning around in my mind lately. I’ve started several posts only to let them stagnate in “Recent Drafts.” I might still come back to them at some point, but in the mean time, I’m going to hit on a few of these topics briefly so that they’re not buzzing around my head quite so much.

The Meaning of a Guild Tag

Despite beliefs of the contrary, many people (including me) see the guild tag as an extra title. People expect certain behavior from members of certain guilds, both good and bad.

Some guilds have reputations for being good players. Some guilds have reputations for being awful players. Some are known for having seriously nice people, and others for being full of jerkwads and ninja looters. Some are elitist, some are considerate; some are friendly, some are crude.

The key here, though, is that it’s not based on progression. Continue reading

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A Break in the Action

I’ve seen every boss except Algalon in the Wrath content thus far.  I’ve moonfired, I’ve wrathed, I’ve Starfire-Eclipsed my way through 5 different raids.

I’m tired.

I love raiding; as I have repeatedly said, it is my reason for playing.  That hasn’t changed a bit.  I live for those moments when I’m deftly strafing out of an AoE or critting the boss as I watch his health bar drop percent by percent.

But WoW is a social game.  There are real people on the other side of those avatars, with real faces, real personalities, real quirks, and real limitations.  Like with any group of people, you eventually get tired of this one’s attitude, or the way that one talks, and I have reached my personal limit.

I’m one more whiny voice on vent away from quitting raiding altogether, and that’s when I know it’s time to take a step back.  I wrote a note to my extremely understanding raid leader (who has taken vacations for similar reasons before) explaining myself, and then I excused myself from raiding for 2 weeks.

It’s a little weird not signing in at 7:45.  It’s weird hearing voices on vent I can ignore.  But so far it’s been a nice break, and I have one week left.

In the meantime, I’ve been able to do some much-needed farming and I’m leveling a twink (!).  When I get back, I’ll be refreshed and ready to listen, much more patiently, to the whiny voices.

I can’t see myself walking away from raiding until I participate in killing the very last WoW boss ever, but a little break is just what I needed.

Before you raise your hands in disgust at your guildies and type out /gquit, take a minute to see if what you’re facing is burn out.  You can’t fix other people’s quirks, but you can certainly prepare yourself to deal with them.

I hope the rest of your holiday is as relaxing and peaceful (or as frantic and crazy) as you want it to be!

P.S.:  During my holiday break, I was able to guest post on Psynister’s Notebook (you can check it out by clicking the link).

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Raid For The Cure

It’s so easy to get caught up in the World…of Warcraft.  When you’re in a guild, especially, those people become you friends.  They’re your WoW family (even the ones you don’t necessarily like!).

If you found out one of your friends had cancer, you’d probably jump in to do whatever you could to help them.  Why should it be any different when it’s a guildy?

The Sidhe Devils on Kael’thas found out recently that one of their guildies has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  To show their support for her, they’re holding an event Saturday, November 14th.  At 3:oo EST or 2:00 Kael’thas server time, they will begin the Raid for the Cure, a cross-faction marathon walk across Azeroth.

I have friends and family who have suffered from cancer myself, as I’m sure many of us have.  In support of them and all women, I’ll be showing up on a night elf priest named Rcambermist (original, right?).

Find more information here.  I hope to see you all there.

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Letters to my Guildies: An Answer for Everything

I hope you had a wonderful weekend; I certainly did.  My deceptively sweet husband (I know, you think he’s a big bad mageboy.  And he is, but with a big, soft, fluffy warm heart.  Don’t tell him I told you) took me out Saturday for a long-overdue daytime date.  We went and saw Zombieland (Rule #2 is my favorite), stopped in at the comic book store and bought a pack of trading cards each (no loot, sadly), and went to the mall for some lunch and shopping.

It’s a new week, though; and it’s time for a new letter.  This time, I’m covering someone we probably all know pretty well.  I actually know several of them.  They’re both an asset and an annoyance.  Sometimes they change, sometimes they never do.

Dear Know-It-All,

I have to tell you first that I really do appreciate all of your knowledge.  You’ve certainly taken time to read up on a lot of things, and that’s great.  Maybe you have more experience than I do; maybe you just have more time to research.  Either way, it really is helpful when you know the answer to my questions.

But you have to understand that it gets on our nerves sometimes that you know everything.  The fact is, you don’t.  You do know a lot, and answering questions you know about (your class, for instance) when you’re asked is fine.

Sometimes, though, we’re just chatting in guild chat.  Sometimes we’re bouncing ideas off of each other, or just wondering something aloud.  These moments don’t always require an answer.  If I wonder if Cataclysm is going to nerf moonkin, I really want the statistical chances of an incoming nerf based on previous patches.  A simple “let’s hope not” suffices.  Or don’t answer at all.  We’re used to saying things in guild chat that never get answered.  It’s okay.

Also, if you’re not an officer, please don’t boss us around.  You did this on the PTR, or you did it with another guild, or you read all about it on EJ.  Good.  When someone says, “What can we do about…?” then you’ll have an answer ready!  But you are the same rank as the majority of us.  Don’t pull some nonexistent superiority on us.   We know it’s a farce.  It comes across as snobbish and rude, and no one likes a snob.

Here are the points to remember:

1.  Not every question requires an answer.

2.  Not every question is directed at you.

3.  You don’t have to have an opinion on everything.  If you do have an opinion on everything, you don’t have to share all of them.

4.  Nobody liked the bossy kid on the playground, and we still don’t.

The best news is that this case is actually completely fixable, and you can lose your know-it-all reputation.  There was a guy in my guild back in BC days that really grated on a lot of people’s nerves.  He was exactly what I’m describing here, plus he was a real-life know-it-all (the two often go hand-in-hand).  Somewhere in there, he disappeared for a week or two.  He didn’t really disappear, he just stopped talking.  When he did start speaking up again, he was a lot more personable.  Before he left the game, I ended up liking him quite a bit.

Consider it a challenge, Know-It-All.  Can you stay quiet for a week?  Two weeks?  Can you be diplomatic and supportive about your advice, instead of a condescending braggart?

I think you can.

Sincerely,

Ambermist

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Letters to my Guildies: TNK

We’ve all been the new kid at some point.  We’ve all also been the guy looking at the new kid with that glassy, who-the-heck-are-you-and-how-did-you-get-in-my-kitchen look.  So today’s letter is devoted to all the New Kids out there.  Except the ones on the block; they can stay where they are.

Dear New Kid,

Welcome to our guild!  We certainly enjoy fresh blood, especially when it comes in enthusiastically.  We’re mostly old and cranky raiders, and it’s nice to have someone who is excited about going into Ulduar for the 40 millionth time.

But please understand that while your enthusiasm is welcome, there is a limit to how far it will take you.  We’ve been successfully guilded, raiding, and operating more or less the way we are now for a few years (the guild as a whole is 4 years old, although I’ve only been in for 2).  You…well, you’ve obviously left your own guild for a reason or two.

Please don’t immediately jump in and tell us why our forums need revamping or how to communicate with each other.  Don’t tell us why you think our class or role-based chat channels are unnecessary, and don’t tell us that our strat for such-and-such boss is wrong.

I’m not trying to be mean; you might even have some good points!  But your good points are getting lost in your overwhelming tide of things you want to change. The fact is that what we’re doing is working, and you know the adage about fixing things that aren’t broken.

Instead, sit back.  Spend some time with us.  Watch our strange and sometimes hilarious conversations unfold in guild chat.  Pay attention to directions that are given and follow them.  Stop trying to make things the way you’re used to and try to do things our way for a while.  Then, if you have a suggestion, make it politely, one suggestion at a time.

You may find you like us the way we are, and you might even learn a few things you didn’t know, assuming you realize that you don’t know everything (none of us do, it’s admitting it that’s the catch).

Don’t worry, you’re not the first new member to come in a little overzealous.  I’ll bet for sure you’ll find that by the time you’ve gotten used to us, we’ll have gotten used to you, and we’ll be much more likely to listen to your ideas with a little enthusiasm of our own.

Sincerely,

Ambermist

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