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Fear the wrath of Neelshok!!

It turns out I’m totally out of practice with leveling. I keep getting full bags.. or noticing that I’m running out of shards (I’ve resolved to use Spellstones and Soulstone myself constantly). And what’s the deal with picking up 8 different kinds of food? My bags over floweth with 1-2 pieces of “stuff you eat”. I’m a warlock FFS.. I can’t remember the last time I ate anything.. well except for Blackened Basilisk. Speaking of which.. I’m so totally eating basilisk while I level. I have 3 stacks in the bank.. that should last me until … 74 or so.
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Lootranks + Warlock DPS Spreadsheet = ZOMGASM

First you take Leulier’s WoW Warlock DPS Spreadsheet and you fiddle with it until it matches your items/spec.

Then you goto Loot Rank and you enter those values in for the rankings.

Then you twiddle through the items and see what you can find. Nibuca’s Lootranks for Warlocks
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Asshattery, Beaurocracy and Cheesedickery: The ABCs of Guilds

We started off simply. In the beginning the only guild rule was “No Drama”. It was simple. Anything that happened in the guild.. you could look at it and say “does this cause drama?” If the answer was yes.. the don’t do it.

Then we grew. We got more people into the [...]

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The tips and techniques explained here may be outdated.

Wrath Release

I hadn’t really planned to go to a midnight release.. I’d planned to be responsible and go to bed. So much for that. I wouldn’t call it a “release party” more of a release.. standing around in the cold (where cold was really only in the 50s or 60s). I do wish I’d made plans instead to go to the GameStop in downtown San Francisco. As it was, we and about 25 other geeks stood around in the cold in San Pablo (about 10 miles north of SF). Some of them epeened.. it involved a lot of cursing (“we were fking clearing Sunwell when the bitch was hard.. the fking patch made it fking easy”) I wasn’t impressed. In the crowd we spotted 3 instances (including myself) of the fabled “grrl gamer”. We were about tenth in line and easily got our collectors editions.

We ran home, installed the game.. and with hardly a whisper we started questing in Northrend. There were plenty of mobs. There wasn’t any lag. The servers didn’t crash. It was weird.. and we are looking around the corner to see if we’re just missing something.
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Arthas who?

OK.. so Arthas is kicking dust in the face of both the Horde and Alliance. We get it .. we don’t like him. We’re going to go Northrend, kick butt and take his loots. But really, what do you know about Arthas?

You know you’ve got time right now.. while you’re [...]

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For Pwny

Soon you will make a death knight. You really should.. it’s very very interesting.. at least play through the starter area. I mean I can understand not liking the play style.. or not wanting to go through Outlands -again- but you should at least play through the starter area.

No spoilers here.. but I will [...]

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/love {critter}

There’s this achievement, “To All the Squirrels I’ve Loved Before”. You have to go around all of Azeroth (and possibly Outlands) and /love tons of specific critters. Lately we’ve been going through raids and someone will /love a critter in the raid.. and then you’ll see 4-5 others /love that critter. I admit, [...]

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“Ya, but what do we get?”

Frost WyrmLast night, as the Grand Council meeting was wrapping up (we were finalizing our Wrath plans and talking about updating to the newest Group Calender) I asked if anyone had been to Orgrimmar to see the current World Event. Most of the GC were unaware that a new world event had started. I launched into a short explanation of what was going on in Org.. the lore.. and possible implications (all boring stuff that in retrospect they may not have cared about). Finally, one of the GC members asked “Ya, but what do we get?” and in that short sentence she captured the feeling from most of the WoW population.

So far the mobs drop no loot, there’s no quest to kill them, there’s no tabard for defending Org or the harbor and at this point.. players just can’t be bothered. “Oh, they attacked our harbor.. yeah(slightly bored now).. back to emptying my bank so I can get on the boat on Thursday.”
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Drama Llama is hungry

Drama LlamaThe drama llama still has no power over me.. but unrelated to the previous potential source of drama (Holierthanthou not getting loot) a new and special form of drama reared it head.. and then was .. headded-off.

Three members were unhappy and left the guild. We (the guild and Grand Council) had -no- idea they were unhappy until they left. We (mostly the guild master) continued to talk with them after they left.. and the very next day they rejoined the guild. We (the guild and the Grand Council) are now aware of some issues we weren’t aware of and we’re trying to make changes to prevent this from happening again.

Losing good players from your guild for asinine reasons is .. Asinine.
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Evolution of a loot system

Pot of GoldLet’s just start out by saying there is no “one-true loot system”. All loot systems are flawed to some extent. I’m using this post to map out the evolution of our loot system.. not to suggest that everyone should use it.

The Constraint

We started.. and try to remain dedicated to the ideals of chivalry and honor.
We will -never- use DKP of any form. The GM is opposed to it.
In all cases we want to be fair and distibute loot as evenly as possible.
We would rather give loot to -someone- who will use it than shard the loot.

Everytime we try to address a failing in the loot system.. our rules become more complex.
We really -want- a simple loot system. Unfortunately “simple” doesn’t feel as “fair.”

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