December 7, 2012 – 7:49 am
This week, in lieu of a set of questions, we have a ficlet prompt! This is intended to be a small piece of writing, no more than 500 words.
This prompt is in honor of Shad, who came up with the best definition of an epic raid that I’ve seen yet (Epic: an instance that makes you feel small and powerless even while you’re kicking its ass.).
Write about a time that your character felt small or powerless and how they responded to feeling that way. This can be a negative or a positive experience, as you see fit.
If you don’t have a situation from your character’s past that fits the prompt, feel free to PUT them in a situation like that! Did they feel out of their league at the Jade Temple? Maybe they’re feeling powerless in the face of the Sha, an enemy we haven’t fought before. A new Pandaren character might feel very small when faced with the whole of Azeroth.
Be creative, and leave links in comments; I love reading these!
December 4, 2012 – 9:47 am
Last night we did an Ulduar 25 man run for some transmog gear for our DK tank (and of course, I got 3/4 of a set that I wanted, so I’ll have to go back to finish my own set too). It made me remember just how much I really loved that instance.
For all the things people hated about it – it’s long, some of the fights were really obnoxious, we were working on it for a long time because of how many bosses there were, the legendary caused drama – I still can’t help but really like going back into Ulduar.
I have good memories of that raid. Memories of having a naked fist-fight with Zalbuu to determine which of us got Val’anyr first (I won the fight, but we decided to /roll because paladins are much better at punching things than priests, and he won the roll. I’m fine with that). Memories of fighting Yogg-Saron, of doing the hardmode fights (Firefighter can still fuck off and die, as far as I’m concerned). Our raid was strong, and we had a good group of personalities, and we were clearing the content even on a casual schedule.
In some ways, going back to Ulduar makes me miss 25 man raiding. I don’t miss the clusterfuck that it was to manage the roster and the subs, but I miss getting together with 24 of my closest friends and doing something that felt epic. Naxx and Ulduar and ICC all felt epic. I’ve not felt that way in awhile.
I’m hoping I’ll start to feel that way about the Pandaria instances. I’ve done very few of the heroics, and it’s all been lightning fast gearing runs. We did clear the first boss in Mogu’shan Vaults this week, and that was definitely a challenging fight to perfect the execution on. (We’d have killed the second boss but our raid leader’s afternoon got interrupted by a Basset Hound. For real. Had to quit early.) Even though we got off to a rocky start (2 last minute cancels or no-shows in a 10 man raid is pretty steep), I had a good time. I’m also terrible, but I think some of that is relearning positioning. I got better as the raid progressed, and I’m sure I’ll do better next week.
I want to feel like I’m part of something epic again like that. Even going back with 7 people and clearing Ulduar, you could feel the power of the instance design (and some of the boss fights will still gib you if you’re not careful!). Yogg Saron is still an epic fight, even if it’s not exactly hard anymore.
I’m not sure I can quantify Epic, as a design element, but Ulduar has it. (as did Ahn’Qiraj, Naxxramas, Karazhan, Blackwing Lair, and Icecrown).
I’m holding on to the hope that I’ll connect to Pandaria that way. I’ve enjoyed the questing content quite a lot; I hope the raids can have the same “wow factor” that some of my fond memories have.
And if not, I still need shoulders and gloves from Ulduar, plus a full set of hunter Transmog gear from ICC, so I’ve got some chances to go back and enjoy those places again, with good friends and less stress than the first go through.
November 30, 2012 – 8:32 am
Your character has unlimited funds and unlimited space to make their dream abode.
- Is it in the city or country? What zone, if you could pick one?
- Big or small? What does it look like?
- Is it cluttered and crazy or clean and neat?
- Do they share it with anyone/anything?
- Do they live there all year, or is it a seasonal home?
November 29, 2012 – 8:28 am
I’m here today to talk to you all about a very serious problem I see in the RP community – RPer disease. I don’t know any roleplayer who doesn’t suffer bouts of this infection, and while not exactly contagious it seems to come in waves. It’s a serious problem with potentially epidemic proportions, and something we should all be on the lookout for.
What is RPer Disease?
It’s the disease that makes people say things like “I never RP because I’m not good enough” or “I don’t know why people RP with me, I’m really bad at it” and “I’m a terrible writer, I don’t know why you people put up with my additions to your stories” or worst yet “I really want to RP but I’m afraid I’ll be bad at it so I don’t try.”
RPer disease can infect you in lots of ways. It can show up as straight-up fear, your inner editor, or self-doubt, or a lack of confidence, or getting outside your comfort zone, or being new, or whatever.
There is only one cure for RPer disease, and that’s actually getting out and roleplaying. I know that seems counterproductive, but console yourself knowing that every single roleplayer goes through periods of suffering from this disease.
We all get it. Even the people we think would never feel that way, the people who are so good at roleplay, who craft amazing stories and have great characters and ideas. Even the best roleplayers sometimes feel like that too.
I get over it by not letting the disease ruin my fun. When I feel myself starting to come down with a case of RPer disease, I have to face it head on. Take a deep breath, log in, maybe voice my fears to a sympathetic friend, and then jump headlong into the story.
Your character doesn’t get RPer disease, it’s a disease that infects players. Let your character help you beat it back.
It may never fully go away, but see it for what it is. A pestilence. A plague of self-doubt and fear that does not serve your abilities, nor does it fairly represent what you’re capable of doing. If you find yourself with symptoms, know that, like the common cold, we all suffer from RPer disease, but it’s far from terminal. You can overcome it with creativity, stubbornness, and a good dose of story. You can even enlist some friends to have a pub night – it doesn’t have to be a big elaborate story, just enough to get your brain involved and the creative juices flowing.
Refuse to be put out of commission by RPer disease!