Archive for the ‘/rant’ Category

What Would John Hughes Do?   3 comments

 

In light of everything that’s been circling around the blogosphere lately, I thought that perhaps it was time to get to the bottom of it.  And I think that I’ve got a fool-proof method for solving the problems that we’ve been seeing!  Honest!

You see, being a child of the 80’s (yes, I had mall hair – MOCK ME IF YOU DARE!) we had a definitive guide for how to behave.  Someone to help us understand that you can’t always judge a book by its cover and the teach us to differentiate good behavior from bad.  (See!  The 80’s had more than just kick ass fashion, Aqua Net and Madonna!).

Who was this guide, this muse, this purveyor of such a wealth of information?  I’ll tell you my friends, it is none other than the fabulous John Hughes.  (Snigger all you want!  The man was a genius!). 

WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DON’T KNOW WHO JOHN HUGHES IS?!?!?!

Well…that explains a lot!  If you are scratching your head confused, head to your nearest blockbuster and rent anything of his pre-1990 (preferably with Molly Ringwald)!  Be educated by the master of how to treat people!

The Fool Proof Method!  The next time you have the urge to be a bit controversial in any medium, be it your blog or twitter – before you act, ask yourself “What would John Hughes Do?”. 

And then remember how awful you felt for Molly Ringwald as she stitched up that pink dress only to have to go to prom alone.  Of course you should then relish the awesomeness that is Ducky – and learn the lessons that Andrew McCarthy learned the hard way.  But hopefully by now you get my drift!

In all honesty, you could do a lot worse than follow some semi-dated, yet still relevant, advice from the 80’s!

Oh – and stay off my Aqua Net!

Posted March 1, 2011 by Beruthiel in /rant, Community, Just for Fun!

Dear Ghostcrawler, I Promise I’m Trying! I Really Am!   21 comments

A while back Ghostcrawler wrote a post regarding the relative difficulty of dungeons and their heroic counterparts.  He said a lot of things in that post that made me really respect him a lot more than I already did, but for the purposes of this story I want to highlight a bit of the post that has to do with group coordination – and more specifically crowd control.

Tanks, you can’t pull and AE every group in a Heroic (again, until you overgear the content). It’s a good idea to crowd control at least one target — and sometimes two. As long as you have someone with a long-duration and/or renewable crowd control and someone else with a short crowd control such as a stun or even a snare, you should be fine.

Before I get to exactly why I’m highlighting this, I want to look again to commentary that Ghostcrawler made.

This time I’d like to point you towards a post he made regarding tank threat, more specifically he talked about how sometimes when pulls go bad, it’s not always the tanks fault.  In fact, sometimes other players in the group are equally, if not more, responsible for supposed “poor” tanking.

We do want players to pay attention. We don’t think it’s too much to ask for DPS and healers to wait a couple of GCDs for the tank to get the enemy under control — we’re not asking for five stacks of Sunder Armor these days

Ok, ok!  I know that by now you are probably wondering where I am going with this!  Well, I’d like to tell you the story of the little orc that could (also known as Kitai). Read the rest of this entry »

Have Progress Rankings Lost Some Of Their Credibility?   23 comments

Awhile back I gave some of my thoughts on my feelings regarding progress rankings. My thoughts on this haven’t really changed since the last time I offered them, save for the fact that I am now even more frustrated by them than I was previously.

The Current Source of My Frustration

Really, all of my frustration with rankings can be boiled down to recruitment. Whether I like it or not most potential recruits will start out by researching a guild via a guild ranking system such as Guild Ox or WoW Progress. Fine, I understand that people want to see how a guild is performing, if their
advertisements are accurate, etc. That’s certainly reasonable (even if I don’t like the ranking system). However, right now the ranking systems are flawed and knowingly reporting less than accurate information. This has the potential to have a very negative impact on guilds trying to recruit – especially if the potential applicants aren’t informed about the current reporting issues.

But Beru, what do you mean they are reporting less than accurate information?

Here’s the deal. Right now in Blizzard’s system, there is no way to distinguish between a 10 and a 25 man kill. Blizzard purposely designed it that way to push their “raids are equal” philosophy, I believe. And when WoW Progress and Guild Ox updated for Cataclysm the both said “we are just going to rank kills regardless of raid size”. Except that really ruffled the feathers of a lot of raiders – specifically those that felt that 25s deserved separate recognition.

So WoW Progress and Guild Ox, in an effort to appease their “clientele”, decided that they were going to try to bifurcate the two raid sizes and jerry rig a way to track progress from varying raid sizes. Only, really, they can’t do this with any efficiency or relative accuracy.

Now to give credit to both sites, they recognize that this is a problem. Guild Ox even posted a statement regarding the issue. And to try to keep things “accurate” they have both chosen to display a “10s rank”, a “25s rank” and a “T11 combined” rank. Now for both sites the combined rank disregards raid size, as was their original plan, and just ranks you based on your kill count.

The problem becomes the “10s” and the “25s” rankings – and specifically has a huge negative impact on any guild that opted to run 10s before starting their 25s (which is a large portion of guilds, including mine).  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted January 26, 2011 by Beruthiel in /rant, Progress Rankings, Raiding

Multiple Sources Are A Good Thing!   27 comments

One of the things that I love about the WoW blogosphere is the diversity of the community. We have all kinds of different people from different backgrounds blogging, and I happen to think that it’s fantastic. Everyone has something unique to offer, if for no other reason than they have different life experiences that give them a differing view on something. I love the fact that I can read five different posts on the same topic, and gain something different from each one of them.

Um…do you have a point here, Beru? Or is this just going to be one of your rambly, long winded, where’s the point posts?

I do have a point, and I happen to think it’s one that needs to be said. Lately, there have been a few things in the blogging community and more specifically in the resto druid community (and perhaps elsewhere too – I just tend to follow more resto druid blogs than others!), that have been bothering me. I have tried very hard not to rock the boat, or stir up trouble, because I happen to love the community. But time after time something is said or done that has bugged me. And itch that I’ve been trying not to scratch. Well it’s now at the point that I’m spending more effort trying not to scratch that itch than I think I should, and I’m not often one to mince words or bite my tongue, even though I often should.
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Posted October 6, 2010 by Beruthiel in /rant, Community

Please Forgive My Bullet Dust   8 comments

So sometime between yesterday and tonight when I got home my blog theme took a shit on me. For some unknown reason the “entry” boxes for comments and the search function reverted back to the blue color that was part of the original style sheet. No matter what we tried to do, it wouldn’t fix it.

Fine.

We made a few changes and I am now running the blog solely from the “Custom CSS”. Which is all well and good. Except for some explicable reason certain things are just fucked. Even though the only change I made to the original style sheet were to some of the colors (none of which were the text colors!). One of the guys in our guild spent a couple of hourstonight getting me mostly straightened out, and the blog is largely still readable and functional because of his help.

However – you will find that any and all bulleted posts/pages the body text is black, instead of the light blue that the rest of the body of the post is in. You will also see this to the left in my WoW RSS feed. I have tried about 50 different things to get the damn thing fixed and I am at my wits end with it. So – until I can figure out how to get it fixed, some of my older posts and pages will be botched – and will be difficult to read as a result of the black text on brown background.

I really apologize for this.

However, I have no clue as to how to fix the damn thing, and every last thing that I have tried and every last tidbit of information that I have found on the internet so far has failed to resolve the issue.

Yes, I feel like screaming like a 2 year old who just got told that they couldn’t have the candy from the isle at the grocer’s.  I have spent my entire evening, which was supposed to be a nice relaxing night, trying to deal with this mess and growing increasingly frustrated when I couldn’t fix the problem.

I promise that I will try to get this fixed ASAP, as I know that I do A LOT of my posts – especially strategy posts – utilizing bullet points.

Additionally, if anyone has any clue on how to fix the damn thing I would love advice. Hell, if you do it for a living I will pay you to un-fuck my blog. Even though I love the way that the new layout looks – I find that I am starting to regret having ventured into the custom CSS, as I don’t have the time or patience to deal with it when it goes haywire :(

Posted August 24, 2010 by Beruthiel in /rant, Blog Design, Changes

Dealing with the Blahs, and other Monday Musings   5 comments

You may have noticed that in the past few weeks my posting has dropped down significantly. That’s not by design, and I do intend to keep my general posting schedule, but you see, I’ve been very busy with work and was traveling for almost two weeks. But that’s not even all of it. I’ve been a little bit burned out and I’m trying to un-burn a bit, so bear with me while I ramble through my thoughts here.

With WoW the past month or so, I’ve been, for lack of a better term, stressed. This stress has lead to frustration on my part, and honestly, that frustration has led a little bit to a lack of desire to play…and that in itself is frustrating. Let’s step back a little bit and see where it all starts, shall we? Read the rest of this entry »

Posted June 28, 2010 by Beruthiel in /rant, Guild leadership, Raid Leadership

Ya’ Mon…this sucks.   8 comments

•Tree of Life is changing from a passive talent to a cooldown-based talent, similar to Metamorphosis. Mechanically, it feels unfair for a druid to have to give up so much offense and utility in order to be just as good at healing as the other classes who are not asked to make that trade. We are exploring the exact benefit the druid gets from Tree of Life. It could strictly be better healing, or it could be that each heal behaves slightly different. You also will not be able to be banished in Tree of Life form (this will probably be true of Metamorphosis as well). Additionally, we would like to update the Tree of Life model so that it feels more exciting when you do decide to go into that form. Our feeling is that druids rarely actually get to show off their armor, so it would be nice to have at least one spec that looked like a night elf or tauren (and soon troll or worgen) for most of the time.

And that seals the deal.  I will be a troll come Cataclysm, I cannot stand the tauren casting model.  I fucking hate this change.  I hated the concept when GC first tossed it out months ago, and I hate it again now.  I hope to fucking christ this does not go live.

I have actually now deleted about 4 rants from this spot.  I’m going to sleep on this and see if it seems any better in the morning.  Oh…and I’ll give my thoughts on the other resto changes (not that there is much to opine on!), but I just needed to get this out of my system now.

 

Just say NO to ToL Changes!

If you too, feel we should save the trees, please feel free to share Keeva’s picture on your blog! Perhaps if there is enough rustle in the wind, someone will feel the breeze!

Posted April 9, 2010 by Beruthiel in /rant

Unannounced 3.3.3 Lich King Changes   4 comments

This public service announcement is brought to you by an angry tree.

If, like us, you are currently working on the Lich King encounter, you should be aware a of a few stealth changes that were made to the fight:

1. Raging spirits now spawn instantly. Yes, instantly. As in immediately after a target has been selected. As in while your tank may be silenced from a scream and can’t taunt the instantly active spirit.

2. There is more time in between transitions between the phases of the fight. (i.e. the stage takes longer to build; endless winter takes a bit longer to clear away).

And now I am going to rant a little bit.

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Posted March 26, 2010 by Beruthiel in /rant

A Penny For Your Thoughts   3 comments

CAVEAT: This post has absolutely nothing to do with WoW. It is opinionated, and reflects on some of my opinions on social values that you may not agree with! If this type of thing doesn’t interest you, please move right along and check back tomorrow for something involving WoW. If it does interest you, but you find you disagree with my opinion on things, my only request is that you are respectful in your dissent.

Disclaimer: I am a graduate of Ole Miss.

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Posted March 24, 2010 by Beruthiel in /rant

On Being “Pro”   20 comments

In the past 6-9 months or so new slang has entered into the WoW vocabulary.  I’m not entirely sure how it happened or where it came from, but it’s there.  I’m sure you have all heard it, are familiar with it and perhaps even use it!  The term that I’m referring to is “pro”.

As far as I can tell, to be “pro” is to do something exceptionally well.

The problem is, I hate the phrase.  Perhaps it’s just my old age coming through, and my dislike of this new-fangled term is just me being stodgy.  (Hell, let’s face it, I still find Tom Selleck, circa Magnum PI, as the pinnacle of a gorgeous man!).  I mean I also disliked it when people said “Money” or “$$” back when it was the term du jour in Vanilla WoW.  Maybe I just dislike all slang terms, and am a stuck up goody tooshoes, who knows.  I just know that every time I see/hear the phrase “pro” I cringe a little bit on the inside.

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Posted March 15, 2010 by Beruthiel in /rant

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