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Jenesis of on the Arthas server posted this nugget of wisdom today:

This is why you absolutely MUST have a set way to join the raid team as a full-fledged member. STICK TO IT. I am a full advocate of “Don’t mix casual girlfriends with the raid team” because of this reason.

Tell this girl if she wants to join your runs she has to do three things:
1. Gear up for the minimum requirements
2. Read up on the fights and show she has a working knowledge of them
3. Submit a formal application to your officers for membership into the core raid team

If she’s not willing to do these three things she just wants a free ride.
Mini-Rant:
I see this ALL the damn time. Girlfriends in game who put no effort into the game but expect everyone to bend over backwards to make up for their lack of initiative.

STOP THE FREE RIDES. Girls/girlfriends in this game are not going to learn to be better raidteam members or better players if you coddle them and don’t hold them to the same standards as every other member.
Ask yourself…if this player wasn’t a) a girl b) an Officer’s girlfriend, would you let said player onto the raid team unprepared? No.
I can understand people wanting to play with their SO but when you choose to be an officer in a raiding guild you are put into the position of making sure the raid team functions. Sometimes this means excluding weaker players even if they are the SO of said officer. He’s putting the best interests of his girlfriend first and doesn’t seem to realize the work that was put in to get that initial raid team rolling.
Fine…he wants to put his girlfriend first he shouldn’t be an officer. A raid is a TEAM. Every player has to contribute.
I have no problem with people playing with their SOs…but a raid environment is a numbers game. DPS, healing, threat, gear. If the numbers don’t add up the bosses don’t go down. If she doesn’t care enough to understand this than she doesn’t care enough about the raid team, she has no business being on it. If your officer cannot see this he shouldn’t be an officer, or he should find a guild that will accommodate both of them.

End-mini-rant.

Make her earn her spot. Because if you start to show favoritism to players who don’t try to prepare themselves you’re going to have a mutiny on your hands and a typical “Girl-drama bomb” scenario.

Just gotta love these idiots who are so caught up on the girl thing.

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Reflections on past mistakes

I help herd cats. That’s what they call it. I help gather people together for raids and try and keep them moving and successful. The hardest part of raiding is dealing with the personalities, so they say. Sometimes, I’m pretty good at this.

Sometimes, I am bloody horrid. Most of those times have something to do with my temper. I have one. It will occasionally get the best of me. Since I have been a raid leader, it has happened twice. Both times I still feel the outrage was justified. My regret is that I let my temper get the best of me. Not that I was upfront with two people that I thought they were out of line, but that I did so in a way that was incompatible with what I feel is correct behavior. The bad behavior of others does not excuse my bad behavior.

But, it’s done. Gotta deal with the consequences. Even if I wish certain people would actually tell their stories truthfully. See, I can do that. I can say that I handled those two incidents badly, but I feel the right final outcome was made. It might be cringe worthy, but it is the truth.

Still, I wish I had not lost my temper. Luckily for me, there are people who get loosing one’s temper from time to time and they are good at slapping me down when it gets bad.

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I am so tired

So, returning to work after 5 days of WoW is not nearly as exciting as you might think.

 

Of course, if it had been just pure powerleveling I might be happy to be here.  But RPs!

 

Anyway.  I go balance this bank account now.  I need to consider how to put Belf RPs on my blog.  Who knows, maybe the warcraft sues community on livejournal will find me to mock!

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Perspective

I am a horrible blogger.

 

Just last week, I was having a horrible month.  Still unhappy in WoW, still struggling to get my head on straight.

 

What a difference a week makes.

 

Last Monday night, we had the culmination to a story arc that has been a part of Noxilite since before I was even a member.  I was actually not happy with the ending (mostly because I was frustrated with myself and my use of game mechanics.)  I went off to sulk Aside for a while.  (Thank you for the people who poked me out of said sulk.)

 

I should use this moment to add as an aside, that I really enjoy creative writing.  So obvious I know, but its my blog so 😛

 

Anyway, thinking about the implications of the end of said RP started a ball rolling.  Not only have I written practically non-stop for a week, but there were a lot of people involved.  It was, hands down, one of my best experiences in the game in four years.  It made me realize that I had forgotten what made me want to stay with WoW in the first place.

 

Don’t get me wrong, I love raiding.  I like the challenges of getting people together, learning new fights and trying to do better myself.  But if that is all the game was…  Well it is really not enough.

 

When Wrath hits, not only will I be ready to play because I understand the classes I am going to play, but because I have an understanding of the characters.  And that, more than anything, will keep me in the game.

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Last night I went on an SSC raid with my Warrior.  The raid was to gear mains and alts for an alliance raid that I was once an alt tank for back in the vanilla WoW days.  The loot rules were kinda stringent.  (and I am not posting to critize their loot rules.  I knew what the rules were going in.)  I thought I would be okay with it and it turns out that I didn’t feel that okay with it when the raid was done.

Now, my warrior is the least geared of all my 70s.  Since I started raiding hordeside and accepted an officer position in the raid alliance Hordeside, I just haven’t had much time to spend on her.  Knowing that I was going to go to SSC, however, I spent pretty much every second of free time on her.  Farming SSO rep, farming Scryer rep trying to get golds.  In the end, I was able to get rare quality blue gems stuffed into her tanking gear, but I walked into SSC with seven gold, not exactly enough to get some good enchants. (or any)

For the most part, the instance went fairly well.  I’m a competent tank and I was not a main tank.  It was the loot that kinda annoyed me.  As I said, I was aware of the loot rules when I set foot in the instance.  Still, knowing that there was barely a chance in hell that I would get anything (aside from a pair of off-spec boots) was rather annoying.  I left the raid feeling pretty annoyed.

After thinking about it for a while, I realize that gearing yet another 70 for raids is not only pointless, but silly.  When am I ever going to find the time to really play my warrior?  She’s fun, but its a choice between working on her for raiding and leveling an alt or playing in the beta.  Leveling an alt or playing the beta are more relaxing.  I spend most of my time balancing three horde alts for raiding.  The desire just isn’t there.

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The past couple of days, I’ve been getting hits from another blog.  It’s a WoW blog.  It’s a paladin blog. 

So far, I like what I see, so I have added it to the games and gamers links.

It’s Paladin Time!

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Oh, its true that it took us 7 attempts to kill Vashj and that I was frustrated with some people.

And it is true that work is still less than what I want it to be.

But, when you end a long hard night with kill Don Carlos, walking around in a sombreo and goofing off and RPing with friends…

that’s a good night.

❤ to Kansin, Azunma, Fyriat, Gharr and Keega.

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