Written by | Posted November 13, 2014 – 12:30 pm A Girl and her Dog

The morning of the all hands summon to the Blasted Lands, Aely went for a walk. The late fall air was clear and cool, and leaves crunched under their feet in the less-traveled parts of the streets. She and Roger took the long way around Old Town, south through Tanner Circle and down Bulwarks, across […]

How to be successful in a PUG
comment 25 Written by on February 10, 2010 – 12:44 pm

After a lot of hullabaloo around the internet (in several places) I’ve decided to weigh in on the topic of pugging. (I’ve actually got TWO things to weigh in on the pugging about, but this is the one that’s irking me most today.) This post is along the same lines as my post about being ready to heal Naxx.

This post is not directed at DPS, Healers, or Tanks. It is directed at players of WoW, regardless of class or role (or even level!).

Oh – and be warned? It’s a bit of a rant.

Anna’s surefire guide to being successful in LFD/LFG/PUGs.

You ready for it?  Taking notes?

Don’t be a dick.

That’s it.

DBAD.

DBAD means not being a meter monkey (of any kind). It means showing up with the proper gear and having a proper spec. It means being courteous enough to say “Hey guys, I’m new at this role, can you be a little patient” and being patient with people who say that. It means having food, water, reagents, and potions. It means fixing your shit so your dagger/shield/hat doesn’t break halfway through the dungeon.

It means watching your aggro – EVERYONE, even the tanks.

It means not afking for 20 minutes because you got bored, or trying to tank in your DPS spec because you feel like it. It means rolling on gear appropriate for your class, and understanding the plate DPSer might be trying to build a tank spec. It means not spamming the meters to the group to show off how amazing your healing or DPS might be.

Don’t be a dick.

DBAD means not assuming all DPS are brain-dead assmonkeys. It means not assuming every tank is a great leader with great gear automatically for just being a tank. It means not assuming all healers are innately good happy wonderful fuzzy bunny lovey people who can save you no matter what you do. DBAD means taking your group for what it is and running with it, and being willing to give it at least one pull to figure out if it might work.

It means a group is more than the sum of its gearscores.

It means not being an arrogant jerk to someone who admits they’re new or makes a mistake. There are new players in WoW. There are old players picking up new group roles. Nobody starts off good at it, and nobody magically turns 80 with gear, and if you can’t handle helping the occasional new person and can’t deal with a run taking more than 10 minutes, group with friends.

It means owning up to your mistakes and not being an assmonkey if someone points out that you’ve goofed up.

It means communicating, being courteous, and remembering the other characters in the group are people, not just pixels – just like every other thing in this game.

Don’t be a dick.

annas

None of this means you have to put up with jerks or other abusive people. /Votekick exists for a reason – and people repeatedly violating the DBAD rule are a pretty good reason to /votekick.

Oh, and PS:

DPS are not replaceable, dime-a-dozen losers. Good DPS are just as vital to a group as good tanks and good healers. Let’s get over ourselves a bit and realize that in a group, everyone is responsible for success, even if single point failure is (sometimes) more likely in the tank/healing roles.

Random thoughts on a Tuesday morning
comment 2 Written by on February 9, 2010 – 12:39 pm

It’s Tuesday, and I can’t seem to get my thoughts together enough to craft an actual, coherent blog post. So instead, you get random snippets!

  • I’m not sure what the deal is, but our towns have had a huge influx of OOC/stupid yelling in the last week, usually of the “OMG I WUV U SO MUCHES WUBBIES!” type (or similar dreck). I’m ignoring 5-10 characters per day on average. It’s worst in Stormwind.

Yesterday saw Annie with 5 new pieces of gear (crafted and dropped), Aely!priest with two, and Aely with 3 (all for DPS). Purchasing gems for 10 pieces of gear, BoA enchants for 3 characters, and regular enchants too, plus some of the odd crafting mats I needed for Annie’s new stuff?  Gets expensive. Fast.  Good grief.

  • On the other hand, Annie now has 548 Defense and 24K Health. Which means I need to Learn2Tank, Nub.

Plan for learning tanking: Clear out quest log of level 76-78 instances – Draktharon Keep, Violet Hold, and Gun’drak all have quests in my logs, and I can pug those and worry less about a n0obgroup. If possible, bring a healer I know.

  • Tanking appropriate gear she may have, but DPS appropriate gear she does not. Though she has a fury dual-spec, I found out yesterday that her highest 2H weapon skill… is about 30. Apparently I need to go find some ogres somewhere and level weapon skill. A LOT of weapon skill. (Also, need to find an offhand weapon. Currently only possess one 2H weapon.)

I still hate holidays. Even though I hate holidays, I did the stupid SFK boss with Annie, so she now owns a really NICE tanking necklace. The Wonderful Holiday Lag, however, can die in a fire.

  • The RP, it is a-happenin’. There will be stories incoming with Aely and Arrens – probably later this week – plus related in-game RP. And there are some Angoleth ideas rattling around as well, particularly pertaining to Russ.

However, I’m still looking for more RP. I’d like to get Annie Mae more involved.  As such, I’m going to try having her show up for things, but Aely is kind of overshadowing that in-game recently. Ideally, I need people to know who Annie /is/, so that she can get more response from other characters. (You thought getting involved in an RP group ended as soon as your main was accepted? Guess again! It’s certainly easier the second time, but it’s a total character reboot, and does involve starting over!)

  • ICC “limited edition” end bosses are over, and normal attempts no longer have a capped number of tries before the bosses despawn. I am glad for this, as it’s quite annoying to wipe 15 times over two days on a boss, and then run out of attempts when you’re consistently getting to the last bit and think you might be getting close to downing him/her/it/them.

TRI is doing another round of performance reviews – something we do a couple of times a year. Evaluating your gear, performance, morale, and all that stuff is really useful, especially as a part of a healing team where we really need to be communicating with each other.  If you haven’t done so recently, I highly recommend it.

Because a picture is worth 80 levels
comment 24 Written by on February 8, 2010 – 11:23 am

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Anna’s In-Combat UI
comment 5 Written by on February 6, 2010 – 2:22 am

Newly updated screenshot here. This was taken in a 25 man Turavon kill before our raid on Friday evening. It doesn’t really get any crazier than this, unless it’s AOE funtime and there are a ton of ground-effect graphics around (like Putricide).

Addons used (primarily):

ShadowedUF
Grid
Dotimer
Quartz
Mik Scrolling Battle Text
Fortress/LibDataBroker/Assorted Plugins
Sexymap
Dominos
Satrina Buff Frames
Omen/oRA2/BigBrother/Bigwigs Boss Mods
Pallypower
Prat
QuestGuru
ArkInventory
Gatherer/GatherMate/Wowhead Database

There are probably a few others that I’ve forgotten, or that aren’t visible on screen – like Auctioneer (that I run for my banker only) or Totem Timers (for Annorah), but by and large, that’s my UI.  I’ve been running with a setup like this for pretty much the whole time I’ve been raiding, adding and taking away as I tweak it.  But I’m pretty happy with how it looks right now!

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