Dose .004 Friday!

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Personal

Summer is definitely here in the Midwest, upper 90’s with index’s of 100+ = WoW Time. Much like the cold winter months, the weather drives me into staying inside the comfort of my 1989 Home and playing more WoW. I did something different last night and played on my Shaman who resides in The Old School Academy. I had logged in verey early yesterday morning to get my ‘dailies’ done with AK and was able to hang/chat with Sokym who also does all of his dailies/chores in the morning– so it freed up my time for the evening (sort of). My shaman is named “Peppercorn” aptly named by my wife about a year ago and remained at 20 for nearly 10 months. Since I’m not a fan of grinding my alts usually stay the same level for months until I get a bug up my @ss, which was lastnight. Shamans are very fun to play, totems are their own pets and having the ability to self heal (and others) makes it easier to level. I made 2 levels lastnight and ran into some new players in Westfall- one named “Ifearyoudie” (Lock) and we teamed up for the Messenger Defias quest lines then flew over to Red Ridge and finished a few there. He’s in Nyghtkill’s guild “We Like It On Top” but decided to not ask about him/others since it fun being a lowbie and unknown. Soon after we downed the big Hog boss his 80 hunter friend took us to Deadmines. “Slopp” was his name and the dood was geared with 7’s and 7.5- not that you need that for anything pre WoTLK but it did mean we were going to have a fast run. When you’ve ran DM at least…100 times, then it’s best to go in as quickly as possible. I passed on all except the Defias Legs and some Linen/Wool to up my First Aid. OF which, to anyone who is new to WoW should always, always level up your First Aid skill coupled with your leveling of your toon. Don’t be one of those who hit’s 80 and goes back. Onward, it was a great time with strangers and meeting new people with the old instances and quests rekindled some lost love of grinding.

PvP Idea

The other night, after killing some Horde who happened to be in my way (rawr) I recalled last winter’s PvP Tournament that former member ‘Ivanvonivan” organized with our sister guild TOSA (The Old School Academy) and it was a pretty successful tournament. OS was outnumbered and in some classes out skilled but over all we prevailed. I had a blast! So…I’m (soon) going to be talking with TOSA, Relavare, The Elite Few & The Order of the Templar about having them select their own representatives. Here’s my initial thoughts.

  • Each Guild has their own class representatives up to 2 deep (2 Locks, 2 Hunters) one is back up and for the free for all pvp game.
  • Each Guild puts in 250 gold for the prize (I will get this from our guild bank)
  • Each Guild has a limit of 20 participants
  • Location is the STV Arena
  • PvP levels are: 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, 4v4, 5v5 and 10v10 and the last one being a FFA held 3 times.
  • Each guild has designated rezzers who are ‘untouchable’- meaning that no one attacks them while they are rezzing/in arena
  • This rule is very important– as we have done this 2 times prior.- ANYONE who jumps down into the arena during a tournament and attacks another and NOT supposed to be there is disqualified and their Guild forefits their 250 gold. If it happens again then the entire guild is DQ’d and then all hell breaks loose and it’s more than likely over. THIS is one of the main reasons why each guilds GM hand picks it’s representatives.
  • Rogues– they are not allowed to stealth. Period. As before, we had issues during the fights where Rogues will stealth or Vanish while everyone else dies off. Not this time.
  • Buffs, Food Buffs ARE Allowed.
  • The FFA or “Last Man Standing” is just as it sounds. ALL guilds jump in the middle and last one standing wins.  However this is done 3 times…as before (again) some guilds pick 2-3 people who get assists from their own guildies and that’s fine–=D
  • Spectators MUST follow all the rules, especially the ‘jumping IN and OUT’ rule. So..if I was a GM I wouldn’t invite a loose cannon to this event. lol

That kinda broad strokes the event– tell me what you think! Ideas are more than welcome!  I was planning on holding this event a month from now.

NEWS

  • Three, Two and One– articles on a casual gamers time in WoW and quitting WoW… # 3 is the meaning of “I’m Bored” – never heard that before, it seems to me that if you are bored you shouldn’t be playing WoW. In this case it has alternate meanings which for some in our guild is true. “I’m bored” translates to “Let’s go do something as a group!”.  # 2 is “Sweating the Small Stuff” – when bored the writer would solo low level instances, getting rep and earning achievements while at times being overwhelmed with the small trash mobs. And the last #1 is about how fun failure can be and I agree 1000%. The most funnest times I’ve had is when we wipe a few times but we simply don’t care because of situations that happen amongst the group. That’s the beauty of running with your guild, you all are in it for the goal- be it loot, XP or seeing new instances. It all equals the FUN of hanging with your online friends.
  • Druids getting a make-over. Next patch or big update and your local Druids will be that much prettier. Honestly I didn’t think they looked half bad…./shrug. They WILL look more individual– details on the WoW Dev site here.
  • Parents, Wife, Significant other pestering you about your “Game Time” when a recent study came up with conclusions (via The Atlanta Journal) that it can improve your scientific thinking, motor skills and analytical & critical thinking…Yea, I know. I can just see someone walking into a Hospital answering an Ad- “Hi! I’m Billy Bowers and last night we 1-Shotted KT!– can I be your next heart surgeon!?!? I’m wearing all purples, I manage a 50 person vent and my First Aid skills is capped!”
  • The 9Ltd  has losses in it’s quarter for losing it’s WoW License. DUH. Seriously how the fuck can someone let the WoW license and agreement expire? Really? This is company in China who ‘had’ a contract with Blizzard….
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