Monthly Archives: February 2010

One step forward, fall down hill.

You know the old saying “One step forward, two steps back?” Well for me it’s “One step forward, fall on face.” More about the falling part later, but for now:

You’re looking at (reading at?) the newest guild assist of Surge, and Raider in charge of recruitment! After our GM made a few core-members guild assist (basically junior officers) last week he asked me to help be in charge of recruitment for the guild, along with the website. I’m very excited about this (!) and if anyone out there has tips on how to recruit good players that would be so helpful. We’re looking for almost everything right now, including at least one Priest healer (Oh Codi it’s so on!) and a few good tanks. I made a spread sheet this morning for all the raiding members of Surge, and who shows up etc. So now I have a good idea of what we’re looking for.

It’s a week of “new” in the life of Pheadra– new hair cut, new officer position, new challenge of recruiting. Hopefully this won’t consume my brain to much, although I did manage to spectacularly fall when I was walking to the library this afternoon because my mind was in a galaxy far, far away (is that a terrible reference because I’ve never seen Star wars?) and I bruised my palms and literally gouged a hole in my knee. Not a cut, a HOLE. I’m such a baby when it comes to falling, especially when I fall into mud. Any who, off to go make more spreadsheets and lists!

EDIT: Title was totally written like a facebook status…my bad.

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Dreamwalking in a Nightmare

I never thought I’d say this but…I hate the Dreamwalker fight! Not because of mechanics or anything, I love those. But those stupid orbs are so aggravating it makes me want to pull my hair out. We spent a good 2 ½ hours in there last night and didn’t down her. We had a resto shaman healing outside the portal, Punchileno with his resto set going in the portals, and myself also going in the portals. It would work pretty well until the adds starting going nuts. We were consistently wiping around 5 minutes, except for one time we got her to 97%. And then we died. AHHRG!!

 Sunday night we’re going back in there and I want to kill this bitch! Oh, wait, excuse me HEAL her. That’s confusing. It seems to less angry when you say “Man! I really want to heal this dragon!” I’m going to be equipped with a Glyph of Seal of Light and possibly some other different ones and a Holy/ret spec to see if that works any better.

 I’ve learned several things in this fight, chief of which is that I don’t know how the DPS takes the verbal beating we give them. I almost wanted to cry when we wiped on 97% because I knew if I hadn’t lost my stacks on the second portal we would have gotten it *sniff*. For your sanity guys don’t beat yourself up to much if you lose your stacks. Yes, that is the most important mechanic you need to master, but mastering things takes practice and losing your stacks when you’re just beginning isn’t something to berate yourself over. It’s like a DPS not getting inoculated on Festergut—yeah it may wipe us if you die, but yelling at everyone like a hooligan doesn’t help anything.

 Also, mad props to our outside healer. He was getting almost zero help from Punch and myself and still managed to keep everyone alive until people started taking stupid damage.

 Speaking of stupid damage, do everything in your power to avoid taking damage. Your outside healer is going to rip your face off if you stand in a circle that blasts you into the air, or if you are on interrupts and you don’t catch those frost bolts because you’re off doing something else. Each one of those frost bolts is a huge amount of damage and a slow, which will cause your portal healers to lose their stacks if it doesn’t get dispelled before they go into the portal. Incidentally, Holy Paladins don’t for get about Hand of Freedom. Cast it on yourself when she finishes her speech about the portals spawning and you should be good until the portals open. That has saved my stacks many a time.

 If you guys have the resources I suggest going and gemming up a full spell power set for this fight. Gosh, I’d never thought I’d say that. A holy light set will work okay, but the fight is going to be so much faster with huge amounts of spell power. No matter what you are wearing gear wise always pop a Flask of the Frost wyrm. You want throughput on this fight not mana regen.

 My highest HPS for all of our attempts last night was 17k. I’m only mildly pleased with that, because I feel I should be doing at least 20k. When I can do that easily I will be happy. Until then, it’s off to go watch more strats and read about how other Holy Paladins succeeded in this fight.

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Addiction mix, what’s your fix?

Addiction

  1. Compulsive physiological and psychological need for a habit-forming substance.

  2. The condition of being habitually or compulsively occupied with or or involved in something.

 

There’s a fair bit of addictive things in this world. Food, sex, drugs, alcohol, and video games. Each of these things is a way to escape reality, something that makes the person feel better about themself. I’ve met plenty of people who I can say “If they started doing X they wouldn’t be able to stop.” So, now I’m going to get onto my blogosphere soap box to talk about this, because the thought of addiction has been weighing on my mind lately.

It all comes down to being able to make the right choices. I grew up with my step-dad (who I admire very much, even if he does incessantly make fun of me for playing WoW) who until I was about thirteen played Ever Quest twelve hours a day. Now for all the people who say WoW is difficult I dare you to go hardcore play EQ. Those are some SERIOUS raiders. One story my step dad told me was about this boss (for the life of me I can’t remember his name…some dragon or something) who they tried to kill for eight hours of CONTINOUS raiding. They used several different teams and switched them about throughout the course of the fight. The hitch was that this particular boss was never supposed to be killed, so when they finally succeed he didn’t drop any loot, just disappeared, and a minute later the whole server crashed. After the crash the boss didn’t respawn and to this day each sever is only allowed one kill of this boss, which will still DC the entire server.

My step-dad was able to pull himself away from his hardcore playing when he realized it was effecting his health, his family, and his relationship with my mom. He also, a few years later, cold turkey quit smoking after 30 years of sucking on those cancer sticks. I’m endlessly awed by the amount of perseverance (and sunflower seeds) he used to chance his life and move away from two very addicting things.

There are always people who won’t be able to pull themself away from those things, however. It feels to good to be good at something than realizing you’ve let your life slide into the gutter because of this addiction. With over 11 million people online there are going to be a fair few of us gamers who don’t know when to stop. The stories of people who have done crazy things because they don’t want to stop playing are often broadcasted over the internet, and gamers whose family or friends see these reports will often get the “intervention talk” because it is assumed that if anyone plays WoW they’ll eventually become addicted and ruin their lives. I don’t believe in this “inevitable philosophy” (as i’m going to call it) simply for the fact that I play with a majority of people who have their lives together. They go to work, or school (or both as in the case of many of us college students), spend time with their families, and have stable relationships. It is not impossible to have a hobby like WoW and live a life outside of game. Just like it’s possible to go out and party four times a week and have a job and relationships.

However, there are certain addictive personalities who can’t stop themselves from falling into an addiction no matter what they do. I’m not writing this for any particular reason, as a warning or anything. I just happen to of had a first hand experience last night about how extreme theses things can get.

 No, no, it wasn’t me! If I was to get addicted to anything it would most likely be expensive fruits and vegetables. Now where are my pomegranate…(just kidding, they’re not in season :[ )

My new best WoW buddy has a fiance we both play with. Last night she asked him to limit his playing time, and to say the least he “flipped” and several very bad things resulted. I’m not going to go in excruciating detail to respect her privacy, but the Cops were almost called and if she hadn’t gotten her car back when she did I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t end up in jail for grand theft auto. When you set yourself up for this kind of addiction by not having anything else in your life that you feel is worth working for then when your game is being threatened you react in extreme ways. I’m glad she’s alright, because if she wasn’t hell hath no fury like a woman defending her scorned friend.

People who lose their mind when asked to limit their playing time give WoW players a bad name. I personally don’t like getting the “oh my god, you must be like those weirdos” every time I mention that I raid or play WoW. So if you ever feel the urge to steal a car, blow up a building, or hurt yourself because your life is nothing without your WoW account, I suggest you put your head back on straight and realize that this game will end one day. Now I can’t guarantee that your life will be so much better if you stop playing video games 12 hours a day, because most likely your life has crumbled while you were glued to your computer.  But you’ll have a lot better time with the family and friends who missed you than alone when the WoW gods decide that it’s not worth running the game anymore, or you lose interest in it.

*Steps off Soapbox*

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If you don’t Shut up and Grind I’ll tell you to QQ more, you altaholic!

I love WoW music videos. Especially the ones that take well-known favorites and rewrite them so they have WoW lyrics. I tried to go to bed last night and then got sucked in for an hour watching videos on WoW.com’s movie watch (then I decided to level a shaman, but that’s another story). There are truly many talented machinama minded people out there. My favorite by far is RavenSylphe productions. The woman who sings in their songs, EmperIsolte, has a wonderful voice that puts me in mind of my favorite 90s songs. Slightly grungy and soprano (yeah my soprano sisters, pound it!) I could listen to her sing these songs for hours. The lyrics are funny, well written, and always make me smile.

Here is a link to RavenSylphe’s page, and to EmberIsolte’s (Her blog, Girls do play WoW, is here). Below is my favorite video they have done so far. I’ve been searching for weeks to find a reason to include it in an article, but alas I’ve been unsuccessful. This video is so good it graced WoW.com’s movie of the week on two separate occasions. Without further ado here is RavenSylphe Production’s song All the Ninja Raiders, a parody of All the Single ladies by Beyonce:

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Surge: Not just an energy drink anymore!

Well my lovely readers (and there are so many of you now!) it’s time for me to give you all some very exciting news. I know many of you are happily guilded, but for those of you who aren’t…

 Surge is recruiting!

 That’s right! You now have the chance to come raid with us on the lovely and scenic Trollbane-Us, where progress is progress and raids are raids!

 We’re looking for some really good healers to replace some members we lost recently, so if you want to come show us what you’ve got in a Server Top ten guild head on over to our website, surge-guild.com, and apply today!

 Oh, and we’re also looking for some people who hit stuff, some people who lets stuff hit them, and some people who throw fireballs at stuff.

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I want your loot and I want your revenge, you and me could write a bad romance.

Loot drama. Everyone knows about, a few of us have even been unfortunate enough to be personally effected by it. Every loot system out their has it’s down sides, from the basic /roll, to loot council, to DKP or Suicide Kings. Depending on what type of players you have, the content you clear, and the atmosphere of your raids you may encounter a little or a lot of drama. Everyone who is reading this has lost a piece of loot they wanted. While getting loot isn’t nearly as difficult as the original 40 man days, finding that shield or trinket you want can still be a challenge, especially when every other healer who uses said item wants it. This does not in any way shape or form give you the right to have a melt down in raid. Personally, anyone who /nerdrages about loot in the middle of an already tender raid has lost my respect. Talk to your officers, explain to them the importance of said item to you, or you can wait for the next time it drops. Now, when I say “tender” raid, I’m referring to some very sad business that has affected my new guild recently. Last Monday night our two Guild leaders/Raid leaders and our main tank switched servers without any warning to the rest of us. So, come Tuesday night we were down several healers, both main tanks, and a few DPS who has jumped ship after the abrupt departure. We managed to get it together enough to appoint two new raid leaders (one of whom happens to be my boyfriend) and pull 25 people in for our raiding night. We did the weekly, VoA 25, and got to the Gunship Battle without any hiccups, most of us crowing about how proud we were to manage to pull it together enough to keep up with out raiding schedule.  Continue reading

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Officer, I swear to drunk I’m not God.

Note: I debated for a while about putting this up, it’s very ranty and a bit personal, so you are forwarned. And the title has nothing to do with drinking, it was the only thing I could think of that had the word “Officer” in it.

Okay, I have a confession to make to you guys: I’m insane. I must be, or why else would I want to be a Guild Officer? Not just a guild officer, I seem to always want to be in charge. From being a counselor at camp, to co-capitan of my colorguard team back in High School, to (hopefully) becoming a manager at work, if I’m not in charge I want to be. My little sister would at this point say “It’s because you’re a bossy know it all, Kate.” (Why would she call me Phea? She would rather lay in a tanning bed than play on a computer. Ah, the variety of one gene pool…) and my mother would promptly agree.

Personally, I like to think it’s because I have a lot of good ideas and I want to help people, and my guild out, especially now that we’re going through such a hard time. Said hard time will be explained in a post later. However, in every guild I have been raiding in I keep getting stonewalled by one thing:

Your boyfriend is already an officer, and we don’t do the whole “couples leading” thing.

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