October 6, 2009 – 8:04 am
How does your character deal with grief? With heartbreak?
It’s a question likely out of an old Friday Five, really.
One that I’m trying to wrestle with now with Aely – trying to find the balance between an unhappy character and not making other people want to avoid her because she’s vacillating between being deep in a funk and being randomly short tempered. And really, there’s only so much strawberry icecream and bourbon that will make a difference. She’s flung herself into her work again, as though working her fingers sore as she bandages and heals and puts folks back together in the field hospital will drive away the darkness of self-doubt and loneliness through sheer exhaustion. Her work-a-holic phase is bad enough that she’s even back to helping at the Stormwind Infirmary on her days off, tending all the sore throats, broken arms, and skinned knees common among school children.
I like to think I’ve struck a good balance between “putting on a face for the world” (since we’ve all been there, done that) and acknowledging her emotions, but it’s a hard one to hit right. Too much in one way or the other and I’m either driving my friends nuts or not being true to the character. Grief is, like many misfortunate things, a very personal, private sort of road to walk, but even writing fics has been difficult. (Maybe she just wants me to leave her alone?)
Add to that my desire to scare up something remotely happy for her, since she’s been something of a tragedy-magnet lately, and with 3.3 on the horizon, that’s not likely to get any brighter. She’s planning a bit of a shindig for the anniversary of the Longest Night – but even she can’t decide if that’s a happy or a melancholy thing.
I’ve got a pretty clean slate today, and it’s decided to be unseasonably gross outside, so maybe I’ll be able to get something written to deal with some of this. Dunno. Your ideas are welcome!
Annie Mae would like me to let you know that she’s been working hard fighting wolves with no tails and eels without fins in Terokkar Forest. She’s level 65 now, and I’ve got a good momentum running, which is /really nice/!
October 2, 2009 – 9:39 am
Arrens has a post up today on how his two major mains (Arrens the Forsaken Rogue and Arrens the Human Warlock) perceive the different races of the Alliance Faction. It’s a good read, especially if you’ve not thought much about how your characters actually think about other factions in general (not just your own opinions).
Of course, I had to start thinking about how my various characters would respond. However, rather than TWO characters, I have… at least four – if not five – that would respond. So I’m going to break this into two posts. Today you get the Alliance version. Next week, the Horde version!
- Aely – “Nae much t’ say th’ likes ay human kin’. Wir a ragtag bunch, frae poncy nobles t’ ruffians, bu’ fair loyal on mos’ counts. ‘Course, most ay th’ Southron folk’re wee on th’ floofy side, bu’ ye cannae blame ‘em f’r tha’. Hard t’ judge any, wha’ wi’ all th’ various parts an’ sundries we c’n be frae. ‘course I’m partial tae Lordaeroners – who wouldnae be!”
- Annie Mae – “Human folk are generally a good bunch, if not the wisest folk I’ve met. Usually talk too fast an’ think too slow. An’ busy interferin’ with stuff that ain’t botherin’ ‘em none. But they’s good intentioned, ya know?”
- Angoleth – “I like most humans. They’re a little short on perspective, but long on loyalty and commitment. And when they do stupid shit it usually gets them killed so I don’t end up having to deal with them.”
- Anzefi – “Ooooo… ‘umans. Dats a hard one. Dey’s not so easy ta pin inta any wun shape, ya know? Ya gotta giv’ ‘em each deys due. Voodoo… not so strong wit dem, dow. Dey don’ hold wit’ Spirits… Too bad fer dem, ya?”
I’m fond of humans for their versatility, and for their racial bonuses! They’re an easy race to pick up and RP relatively well without a lot of work, but if you want to DO the work, the lore is there to hold it up. And, well… you know how I am with Lordaeron…
- Aely – “Elf folk… tha’s nae so easy as allat. ‘ve met a few wha’ pester my las’ livin’ nerve, bu’ by an’ large they’re constan’. Solid, ayeh? Dinnae like t’ change, elves, an’ yet still like t’ be surprisin’ sommat. Gen’rally, good allies.”
- Annie Mae – “Elves are weird. Too busy thinkin’ they’re important folk to see the problems under their noses. But good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgement, so … good for advice. ‘cept they usually can’t make up their damn minds what they think on stuff. And they’re really … tall.”
- Angoleth – “I’ve met some good elves in my time. Met some assholes too. Mostly assholes. All eternal this and Elune that. Bullshit. You do what you need to do, when you need to do it, and you stay the f*ck away from magic. At least Shando knew that… <trails off grumbling>”
- Anzefi – “Elfses, hmm… don’ know many elfses. Usually ‘cuz I be findin’ ‘em ded firs’ <cackles> Longears dem gotta get som credit – dey’s mos’ly da reason we gots a worl’ ta walk on. Dat’s good for somfin?”
I’m not that fond of elves, though I enjoy the two that I RP with. I find that it can be hard to get into the mind of a character that’s been alive for possibly thousands of years. I do, however, hold a longstanding and unchanging love of their starting zone, from an aesthetic and nostalgic point of view. The first starting zone I got halfway through was Durotar. And then I went to Teldrassil – and I did Teldrassil by myself? And I’ve loved it since.
- Aely – “Solid, straigh’forard an’ make th’ bes’ damn ale south ay Stratholme these days. Nae tha’ ye’d wanna drink anythin’ comin’ owt ay Stratholme… bu’ I’m strayin’. Gen’rally good wi’ th’ common sense ‘swell.”
- Annie Mae – “Dwarves are great – good friends, an’ good to fight with. Not that they’s all good an’ wholesome, but it don’t take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.”
- Angoleth – “Only ever met one bastard that could out shoot me. Was a Dwarf. Figure that’s worth something, right?”
- Anzefi – “Now dats a question f’r da Spirits, mon. Dwarves, dey gots som good Voodoo goin’ – but dey don’ call it Voodoo, do dey. An’ somtime dey do dumb stuff, wit da bangarang round dose big mines? Gotta be careful in dem earth. Somtime ya not know what ya be findin!”
I really /really/ like Dwarves. And I don’t have any Dwarven characters that I regularly RP with. This makes me sad. Of course, I don’t have time to really RP with the four/five/sometimes six characters I already work with on a regular basis, so I can’t really just “add one in”. If I ever manage to start getting paid to RP though, I’m totally rolling one.
- Aely – “I coul’ do wi’ owt Gnomes, t’ be hones’. They dinnae bother me owt, bu’ oft they seem t’ be so tied wi’ tinkerin’ an’ crazy shite tha’ I cannae get ‘em t’ hol’ feckin’ still an’ get anythin’ done.”
- Annie Mae – “We’re strange buggers. Don’t much hold for Gnomeregan Gnomes – they usually want to make some floofanagle machinery instead of just pickin’ up a shovel and gettin’ to it. If it don’t seem like its worth the effort, it probably ain’t – an’ mostly I see a lot of not worth the effort …”
- Angoleth – “Clever little buggers, Gnomes. Never know what they’ll come up with next. Of course, it’ll probably blow up your ox cart, but hey, it might save the world. Gnomeregan… well that’s just misfortunate there. Just don’t ask me to have a conversation with one.”
- Anzefi – “I knows, I knows, ya wan’ me ta say I like eatin’ gnomes, ‘cause dats wat Trolls be doin’ ya? Well, I don’t. Don’ eat no land meats. ‘ceptin’ fer special, an’ fer spirits. Gotta sacrifice tings somtime, ya? Den dat’s ok. Oterwise, jus’ fishies fer ol’ Zefi.”
Gnomes are tricky. They’re very very easy to turn into comic relief? And that makes them difficult both to RP and to RP /with/. If your character is just there to be funny, it’s hard to have them around when I need to have Srs Bsns RPz. RPing a gnome who is, in fact, rather silly – but who’s also a very serious character can be a challenge.
- Aely – “Th’ Draenei ‘re an odd lot. Hold still t’ tha’ poncy Naaru shite. Th’ tails ‘re a tad weird. Otherwise, nice enow folk, an’ bloody fearless in battle. Good t’ have as allies, if nowt else.”
- Annie Mae – “I’ll admit, I don’t much hold with Draenei. Not that they’s not pleasant folk. But seems ta me they’s either so busy bein’ Light Filled that it ain’t worth tryin’ ta change the subject, or they’s touched in the head.”
- Angoleth – “They crashed. A giant space ship. Into our islands. I’ll give one or two of them the benefit of the doubt… maybe. Bunch of morons. All that Light this and Light that. Couldn’t they turn the f*cking headlights on in that thing?”
- Anzefi – “Don’ know much ‘bout no hoofed blue Draeneis. Ones I’s met all seem ta get da Spirits dow… which’s odd, f’r bein hoofy an’ horned but ain’t Tauren. Still, dat ship ting don’t seem ta be goin’ anywheres <shrugs>.”
Draenei are probably the hardest race to RP because their lore is so sketchy in game. I did some out of game reading and was able to piece together enough to get Annorah a decent setup, but I’m still not really happy with it. I do really like Azuremyst though, and I think there’s a lot of opportunity for good RP with them. It’s just not easy to do “out of the box” like it is with some of the other races.
And that’s it for today. Four characters opinions (plus mine) on the five Alliance races. I’ll see about getting those Horde opinions sorted out (and maybe add Anaje to the mix on that one!)
October 1, 2009 – 9:07 am
I have the stomach flu. I spent yesterday laying on the couch pretending that I didn’t exist. Today, I’m back at the computer, but rather sufficiently behind. I’m also working on an Anzefi fic and some non-game-related research. So as such, in lieu of a real blog post, I’m going to send you around the wow-blog-ring to some excellent posts that have shown up recently.
And then I’m going to try eating some jell-o.
- Two posts from WTT:RP this week have caught my eye – first Wrathgate Wednesday: Inspirational Speech Edition, in which the Riders prepare the day before Wrathgate. Aely was there, as this would’ve been a few hours before she got sent down to the front. You’ve all seen a lot of her story here in the Angra’thar storyline. Wrathgate Wednesday shows what happened with the REST of the Riders. And then today’s post, Fic This, where Bricu breaks down the writing process for “Fics” – a process I’m going through today.
- The Snarky Duo over at World of Snarkcraft instructs healers in the Art of Saying No. It’s good reading – especially for me. ‘Cause I’m known to be particularly vulnerable to the sob story on IM as a way to get me to come heal things (BUT ANNA, IF YOU DON’T COME WE CAN’T GOOOOOO /sob).
- Honor’s Code thinks through the new Icecrown Citadel information – as well as speculates on how it can impact both future patches and general gameplay. (If you’re a pallytank and you’re not reading Honor’s blog, you need to be!)
- Lorecrafted celebrates an anniversary with a total page overhaul, as well as a look at some of the upcoming lore changes. My favorite post so far? The one about the return of the Highborne. Angoleth is… not so rational about all this. She doesn’t like Darnassus anyway, and if Tyrande accepts the Highborne back – well, let’s just say it will be expletive producing.
- And Pike, over at Aspect of the Hare, has an excellent post (that I helped with, in my tiny way) about Hunters, Pets, and DPS.
- Linedan, Der Panzercow, updates us on the Latisha Experiment – something I’m following closely, as Latisha and Annie Mae are very close in level these days. And he’s right, being a prot warrior is pretty fun… and then you get Sword and Board and it gets /really/ fun.
- And the Big Bear Butt Blogger, who has been taking apart PUGs lately (for shoddy behavior) asks us all what is our Least Favorite Group Behavior. As always, a good combination of solid common sense and great storytelling (which is the mark of the Big Bear Butt, you know).
- Cynwise has a great Introduction to Wintergrasp, with maps and explanations and all kinds of good stuff.
If you have any fun or interesting posts you’ve read recently, feel free to add them in the comments! Oh, and shameless self-promotion is 100% ok!
/me staggers off…
September 29, 2009 – 9:27 am
So you’ve got this offspec. And maybe you like to PVP too. You get a little gear for it, now and then, mostly when nobody else wants something, but by and large your main spec gets all the love.
What happens when suddenly you find out that your offspec is now also needed? Or that you’re playing more of a certain kind of content, and you really need some upgrades? How do you balance your “raiding main” with enjoying all the other things that you do?
I’ve found a few ways.
Don’t be a dick. It’s the quintessential rule of TRI, and I think it applies here. If you bid on a token and win it (whether by DKP, EPGP, SK, or Loot Council) it should be used for that which you said it would be used for. Don’t tell your raid that you need the gloves for a set bonus and then trade in the token for your offspec pants. Lying is bad, mmkay?
Evaluate your group. I play a paladin, and Aely’s offspec is retribution. We have two fury warriors, a ret pally, an arms warrior, and two DK’s in our raid, plus a warrior and paladin tank that both need offspec gear. The likelihood of my winning a piece of plate DPS gear in our 25 man is… small. If you’re the only druid in your raid, and there’s only one rogue too, your chances are much better.
Know what will be most useful. Prioritizing your offspec over your main spec isn’t usually a good way to go… but what if your raid now wants you to go DPS (or healy, or offtank) for a couple of fights, to help fill in? If your main is geared out the wazzoo, but your offspec really /really/ needs new pants, and that will help you be a better contributing group member, well – buy the pants!
Know what you find most fun. There’s a point where “minor upgrades” are all you’ll be buying for your main spec. And if you love PVP and do a lot of it, spending some badges on a major upgrade for your PVP gear instead of a minor or sidegrade for your main spec? Probably ok.
Be sensible. Remember this is all about balance. You need to be performing at the best of your game for your main role – but you need to have fun too. Finding that balance can take a little thinking, but it’s not too terribly hard.
In my case, I’ve just shelled out some Triumph badges for a new pair of melee DPS shoulders for Aely. Her old ones were abysmal, she /really/ needed a little extra +hit, and I’m now going ret on a fight or two, here and there. Plus the occasional Naxx run and a lot more soloing. The chances of my winning a set of tier shoulders for an offspec? Slim to none. Plus, there wasn’t really anything I could buy with the badges that would vastly improve her Holy gear right now.
And they’re pretty. >.>
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Tirith and Aely were their second and third.
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