March 18, 2008 – 6:40 am
Every Tuesday morning we get this little forced break, of sorts, while Blizzard cleans the hamster cages*. The game is down; the servers are down; the forums are probably down (if not, they’re slower than molasses in January); the armory is down. Ok, well the armory is down a lot more often than just Tuesdays, but you get the drift.
Because I usually work afternoons, my mornings are spent taking care of various other things around the apartment and keeping up with the Blog Azeroth folks. So maintenance doesn’t really mean much for me, other than having more people than usual in the Feathermoon IRC channel and the BlogAzeroth chat room, and maybe getting ahead on the blog posts for the week.
I was wondering though – does the weekly maintenance really have much of an effect on you? Sometimes if it runs long and I happen to have the day off, it’s a bit annoying, but I don’t find that it cramps my style too much. Do you have things that you do or don’t do on Tuesday mornings because of the server outage?
Oh – and in case you were wondering… your characters are probably out, enjoying the party.
*since obviously it’s a bunch of hamsters running on squeaky wheels that run the authentication servers lately.
March 17, 2008 – 8:25 am
So The Game Dame asked an excellent question in a comment on my previous post: Things You Should Know About Shaman. She writes:
What’s your opinion on whether or not a shaman should be expected to heal himself if he is not the designated healer?
Honestly? It depends. For the most part though, I would say no – with some exceptions.
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March 16, 2008 – 8:00 am
After reading Matticus’ post about the characteristics of a mature guild member and then the Massively article responding to it, I was reminded of the catch-all phrase that TRI uses for our raiding rules.
Don’t be a dick.
While there are a few explained iterations of this (don’t waste people’s time, don’t be a loot whore, don’t autoshot and watch TV), by and large, whenever someone asks what the basic raid rules of TRI are, there is a very simple, direct answer to that question. Makes things easier.
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March 16, 2008 – 12:03 am
So Totally Karazhan WTF has completed its third weekend raid, pull to Prince in 3 hours and 3 minutes, due to some… interesting… experiences on the last fight. Namely the misdirect totally not working – see the graphic, hunter pulls, hunter has aggro, dies, wipes raid. Very peculiar.
- Protection Paladin
- Feral Druid
- Holy priest (x2)
- Rogue (x2)
- Enhancement Shaman (yours truly)
- Elemental Shaman (our loot trashcan for the week)
- BM Hunter
Curator in 2:05 (NEW RECORD MATTICUS!), Aran in 2:13, Prince in 5:32 on the final attempt. This week’s loot trashcan was an elemental shaman, so I took up my axe and mace and went to town – just like old times. It was *really weird* to be hitting things. For some reason the mental shift between resto and elemental is not as huge as the mental shift between resto and enhancement, and I was definitely rusty. But it was fun, if a little slower overall than last week, and everyone got 22 badges and some good loot!
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