I was reading the Alternative blog….

Specifically this posting


this morning.  And if you have not read her blog before you really should, there is a lot of great stuff, and very well thought out postings.

And she is dead on, not even so much with the current state of Hunters but I am sure with many other classes.  Way back when, when we started down the road of trimmed down talent trees, the thought behind it was that we were all becoming cookie cutters, you too a certain build for leveling, then switched into the more end game focused build.  There was not much thought in swapping things around, at most you would switch some glyphs depending if a fight called for it.  I may be wrong, but I thought it was Ghostcrawler that had said they wanted talents to be more of a “Choice”  Choose talents to suit your play style.  And that sounded wonderful.  Try out 1 of the 3 in each level to find the one that fit the way you enjoyed playing.  But like it has been for years now, it does not take long for those with the knowledge to ferret things out that in short manner, an optimal build will come forth that all should play, and if you don’t you are doing it wrong.

SHadowpriests are no different than the current state of the Hunter class, where you are being focused into choosing 1 particular spec/talent choices.  I have read the thinking on choosing talents for the top 2 levels,  The logic is all about numbers, not game play.  And if you look at the chart posted in her blog you will see Priests are still way don the list, and that is with the crazy Clarity of Power build and Shadwow Weaving rotation that may be exciting and frsh and complex to those at the top but it is not the way I like to play.

In my mind all DPS spec of a class should be very close to withing 5% of potential damage depending on a fight.  When you get into the top 2 levels of talent choices the difference should be much smaller, less that 2%, and carrying it even further in 1% for glyphs.  This whole illusion that we have more choices is false, no matter what, there will always be those that can determine the best build, choices, rotations, to get the most out of the class, and if you are doing it wrong by playing in a way that you enjoy, then you are a bad player.


The End Game???

I was thinking this morning.  I don’t play for the “End Game”. There really isn’t an end game per say.  Certainly there is an end to the expansion we may be currently playing, but the game always continues on.  In reality there will never be a true “End Game” until hopefully many years from now Blizzard says that this will be the last.  So why should I burn myself out, make myself frustrated when I cannot keep pace with others.  Certainly there are many that would say my getting to level 100 as fast as I did makes me a hard core player, just as there are many that have the opinion that not playing 24 hours straight to be one of the first to level cap makes me a casual player.  It really does not matter when you get to see the content, only that you give it a try and see it at some point, whether it is in the first weeks of release or a year or more later.

So I will try to not beat myself up because I have more trouble with some aspects than others, and I won’t try to hold others to the level that I play at.  There is something for everyone, so I am going to play the game at a speed that makes me happy and wanting to log in.


A rant that seems to be affecting me

I am happy with Warlords.  I did have moderately short queue times due to our low/med population connected server, and after the fixes we seem to be able to get right in.  I am not especially thrilled with what appears to be gating of professions behind the Garrison wall, they did say we would not “Have” to have one, and I guess it is a stretch to say you do not “Have” to have a profession maxed to 700, so call it a raised eyebrow for me on that front.  Missions seem to be fairly simple to grasp and learn, finding followers can be hit and miss depending on if you forget a quest or try to jump ahead, and some hidden ones without a guide may be difficult to find.

The one issue that is causing me grief is flying out of my Garrison to any place.  I have mentioned it a few times to CM’s and have not heard hide nor hair, but my flight plans are slow.  And I mean can watch someone riding on the ground slow.  Perhaps a bit faster than a ground mount but noticeably slow none the less.  A flight from my Garrison to Ashran took over 8 minutes.  My wife left hers a few minutes after I did and I watched her fly past me like I was standing still.  I have had other times where she has a direct flight and mine take me by way of my Garrison.  While I want to like the feature, I will drop it in a heart beat if this continues.  I have a limited amount of time to play in an evening, and having a considerable amount wasted on a flight plan bug is not my idea of an enjoying evening playing a game I love.


What to do, what to do.

10 days until Warlords, and I do not have a clue what I will do with my main.

I have another blog ready to work on a boosted character, Alt #2, that will venture out of the starting gate and not use a Garrison, just to see how needed it is or how difficult it may be to avoid it.  So there is that.  Alt #1 will head in and get his Garrison up and running, and hang out to see what progress you can make going it Garrison only, and then there is Marathal.

The character I have played near exclusively since August of 2009.  In Wrath I knew nothing, going into Cataclysm I had all sorts of grand idea’s things I would do and try, but never did, in Mists, I had other ideas, and hit the ground running, only to realize the race to keep up was not enjoyable, always feeling like I was weeks behind, catching up, only to have a new tier drop.  One big difference was being able to take a peak into the open beta to see what would I be like at max level, will I be fun to play.  And this time, I have no clue. I do not know if PvP will excite me with Ashran, no idea if I will be able to do well in Challenge modes, or the Proving grounds, no clue if I will want to explore every hidden valley or cave, no idea if I will want to get back up on that raiding horse again.  I know nothing except for what I have read, it all looks great on the surface, but will I like it.  Will I enjoy playing my one main.

PC issues may arise, in Cata I had to invest in a new PC, it has done an admirable job for 4 years, now it may not be enough, many say just go build a new one, or upgrade what you currently have, unfortunately that is not something I can justify financially right now.  So I am faced with spending $50 on a gamble that I will be able to play with a reasonable frame rate.  I will be happy if I can keep my 24 FPS, will dread times when it drops sub 10, and if lower it may exclude me from doing a great deal of content.  The thought that I may have to work my way slower through the expansion than my friends is a somber thought.  They will all take days off from work, get to max level quickly, will be into Heroic Dungeons and eventually Raids long before me.  And that is another of many issues I am faced with looking ahead.  The bonus money from people doing quests and just general content will be gone, will I need to shut off guild repairs, will we burn through limited stock piles of gems and enchant materials as people quickly gear up, will we be faced with having 23 people wanting to raid Mythic and having to tell 3 I am sorry.  So many things clouding my mind, telling me you should just call it.  It was a great 5+ years, time to move on.  And yet, I want to see it all, try it all, be there in 10 years or more when we hit level 150 or higher, when we are as powerful as the Old Gods.

Having early access to a game in Beta testing has made the choice for me in trying new games out, but when it comes to WoW, where I have years invested, not knowing is a strange thing.  I don’t know what I will do in Draenor, but do something I will.

Guess I will see many of you on the other side.



Pat I will take 3 achievments for 100 gold please


What is To the Afterlife?

Normally I would look at a new holiday event as something to just knock out right then to keep current on having all of them done.  But after taking a quick read on it, I have said no.  No thank you, I will keep my 100 gold.  You see, like anything else, it does not take us, as a player base very long to find ways to exploit the game.  Apparently people have found out ways to quickly complete the achievement by forming a raid group and heading into SoO, and letting each other kill ourselves 3 times collect your achievements and go.  Others have found ways to farm Halaa battle tokens, and to me that just feels wrong on so many levels for something just implemented into the game.  Yes, I will go back and complete older raid ones at levels far beyond the original appropriate level.  Yes I will endlessly farm rep for factions long forgotten at max level, but No, I will not buy something that can be completed in less than 5 minutes.  I hope that next year they have given some thought to ways this was exploited and make it at least a tiny bit difficult to achieve.  But for the moment, I am saying no than you.


When my hobby becomes your job

I am sure some may have seen the guild Method is looking to branch out and become more of a professional E-sports team.  If you are unaware of what I am talking about, link to the fundraiser.


Not looking at the lower level funding, selling shirts, coaching sessions, etc, they are trying to raise money to branch out into the more competitive games, such as Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm.  I think it is great that they have the skill and desire to compete at the top levels of games.  I do not have an issue with them seeking out corporate sponsors, or even asking folks to donate.  We see Go Fund Me requests all the time, and if we feel it is a worthwhile cause or reason we donate to it.  I wish them the best of luck in making this happen.  They do not play the same game as I do.  They are at a level of playing only a few could even comprehend.

What had me thinking driving to work today was how does my hobby being your job affect me.  I cannot fault them for asking people to pay to watch what they do, people can play football as a hobby, baseball, any numerous hobby’s that have a corresponding professional level counterpart.  People pay for access to NFL Sunday ticket to watch games, and they even compete professionally at video games.  Look at World Series of Poker, people will watch for hours as people gamble.

One thing I have noticed in recent years is that if there is a chance to make money doing something others enjoy as a hobby, people will try to make money at it.  Just focusing on WoW here, lets look at sites like WoWhead, WoWInsider, etc.  They are not asking you to pay a premium to visit their sites, they make money through advertizing on their web sites, it is enough to pay the bills and keep it going, maybe even pay some staff.  We have newcomer AskMrRobot, who offers much for free, if you want additional functionality you can pay a small fee every year for more.  We have class web sites that run on donations and advertisements.

But the one thing that gets me is that while all of these people may have started playing WoW 1 even 10 years or more ago, they did it because they wanted to play a video game.  But now they are looking to find ways to fund, dare I say justify, their playing video games.  There will always be someone out there with a blog, or their own personal web site just talking about what they love, there is a passion finding that person that has found one aspect of the game that they want to focus on and just talk about.  They will listen to ideas, and entertain theories.  They are doing it not for a paycheck or name recognition, just to talk about something they love.

I think that when you no longer look at playing a game and talking about it because you love to talk about it, and instead you start looking at it as a job you have to do, because you get paid, some of the spark dies. When you think that what you offer is so valuable that you think people should pay for it, you have taken a step across a line.  There are many lines, one you cross when you take that step to put yourself out there and talk about what you have a passion for, when you step up to say, hey, I have written a sort of guide based on what I enjoy in the game, to a point where you say, I want to be paid for talking to you about my hobby, and eventually this is my job, my career, I compete at this and want to earn a living doing it.

Is it wrong to want to be able to play games and earn a living doing it?  Absolutely not.  And I am sure people will find value in contributing to you for the entertainment you provide to them.  Just keep in mind, when you lose the passion, we will know, when we see that you are looking at us as a paycheck, we will find someone new that has the passion you once had.  And offers it for free.


I’m sorry you did not fit in.

It really pains me to have to write this, but I guess it is necessary.  I know you may never read this, or if you do will misinterpret it into something against you.

I’m sorry you did not fit in.  You use to play alliance but when many of the people you played with left the realm and a few faction changed you switched.  You made your own guild, you wanted to PvP on a predominantly PvE server, one of your friends joined our guild and then so did you.  You would spend time on your character in our guild complaining that growing your guild was hard, that because it was not a level 25 no one would join, I tried explaining that you needed to work at it and be there.  You asked for more PvP events, I explained that we did not have many interested, you felt I was bashing PvP, that was not true, we had a few that were interested, but not many, you placed creating something you were interested in doing in my hands to make happen, and I couldn’t.  Telling me to make ranks for PvP and people will do it.  When I explained that we are, and always have been predominately a PvE guild you wanted to hear none of it.  Myself and others tried to help you with gear, reforging advice, gems, enchants, you never used half of what was sent, would complain other classes were OP, and your DPS was bad because of poor design by Blizzard, you would come into the raid channel in vent when not in the raid to complain about some issue bothering you.  Once we had an officers meeting and were in an officer channel you thought we were there ignoring you, despite telling you otherwise.  You would even come into the guild vent when you were on characters in your own guild to talk to people.  Eventually some could not take the constant talk of things being broken, the server sucked, the game sucked, bring back 40 man raids, original WoW was better than this crap, eventually you felt the guild sucked and that people were in cliques and that some officers were rude, and finally left.  You left the server on some characters to start someplace new.  Yet seem to come back looking for reasons to say it is toxic and continually bash those that at one time tried to help you.

I am sorry you did not fit in, you took a step to find some place to start new, please don’t continue to look back on what was to you a bad experience, and try to move forward.