- Don’t really play the AH anymore. When I do, it’s almost all automated scans with Auctioneer.
- When I have a few spare cycles, I play non-WoW phone games now, like Frisbee or Angry Birds.
- Guild chat? Don’t use it, I have Twitter.
- Spending 20 minutes hunting for virtual bargains while walking outside means 20 minutes not paying attention to where I’m walking. Ouch!
Tag Archives: Fives
Like most writers, I think most of what I write is crap. I’ve learned to suppress this kind of thinking long enough to hit Post and ignore the doubts and internal criticism, but hot damn if I don’t do it.
- Windbag: “Holy fuck, did I just take 4000 words to make my point? WTF, Cyn? Could you ramble a little more?
- Ranty McRanterson: “Seriously, isn’t this like the fourth time you’ve bitched about this? How long are you going to whine about Tol Barad / PVP gear / irrational exploit policies?”
- Fuck You Politeness: “Listen, you’re going to spend an extra two hours making this sound reasonable and balanced, when all you really want to do is tell that person to fucking adapt. You’re losing sleep for politeness’s sake. Tell them to fucking deal with it already.”
- Shut Up You Hack: “Oh god you haven’t researched this extensively what if there’s a minor mistake your credibility will be gone you’ll have to delete the blog and twitter and enter a monastery, not the Shao-lin ones where you trained to be a badass, either. Puhlease.”
- Powerpoint Is Better Than This Drek: “Seriously, I could make a powerpoint with a bunch of fucking made up boxes and arrows and THE CLOUD and it would be better than this piece of shit.”
Related: the latest CBM post is too fucking long.
Ghostcrawler has an interesting post up today about some radical changes to threat that are going to be applied in two parts – first as a hotfix this week, and more substantial changes in the next patch.
I don’t have much to say about the change, given that I’ve yet to run a single Cataclysm dungeon, let alone heroics, and that my occasional forays into raiding have been as subs for people who have to leave or are no-shows. My opinion is generally favorable, but I’m by no means versed in the subject matter – therefore, this isn’t about whether it’s a good change or bad.
I do find it highly curious that they’re doing this as a hotfix, though.
Five theories why, some crackpotish, some not. I’ll let you decide.
Theory 1: School starts in the next 1-3 weeks. This move is to recapture players who have been away on break.
This should be pretty self-explanatory, but summer is almost over. It’s been so beastly hot that it’s easy to forget that, but – September is almost here. Dang.
If there’s a lot of players who have stepped away for the summer, making it easier for them to get back into the swing of things (gearing up for Firelands, etc.) will help keep them active and engaged.
Theory 2: Middle of the 3rd Quarter; Blizzard management says sub numbers HAVE to go up in Q3/Q4.
Pretty standard timing theory here. ATVI stock price is down a buck from their earnings call, and $1.40 from the high hit in July (I expect there was some selloff with insider knowledge there) DESPITE having posted solid numbers. My personal opinion is that the PR issue of subs leaving WoW is actually bigger than the financial one, but I could see management stepping in and saying that you need to fix the product to prevent it from being an issue again.
Given that there are only 6 weeks left in Q3, coupled with theory 1 above, there isn’t time for long patch cycles.
Theory 3: LFD is too brutal.
I think there’s a lot of focus on the heroic dungeon finder at Blizzard, as it’s something a lot of endgame players do (even moreso than raiding.) Fixing the tank shortage and making it fun for everyone affects a lot of the player base – not just tanks, but DPS and healers, too.
If done well, removing threat as an issue benefits everyone. DPS as a group don’t have to worry about throttling. DPS without aggro dumps don’t have to worry about substantially outgearing the tank. Tanks don’t have to worry about overzealous DPS. Healers don’t have to try to save DPS who screwed up on threat.
If done poorly, then it’s like nothing has really changed.
Theory 4: This was planned cover for another gaming industry announcement.
Blizzard’s PR department keeps tabs on the industry, and there was an EA press conference today. Some pretty substantial stuff got announced – more SW:TOR demos, ME3 trailers, a new MMO, FIFA 2012, lots of stuff.
Blizzard had two things in the can to keep WoW players focused on WoW today – RealID cross-server grouping to remain free, and massive tanking changes.
Guess what the WoW community is talking about today?
Theory 5: This is an easy change to make via hotfix, and gets them feedback NOW that they can’t simulate in the PTR.
The only change actually being made via hotfix is:
The threat generated by classes in their tanking mode has been increased from three times damage done to five times damage done.
This is a relatively simple change – you’re adjusting the threat modifier on 4 abilities, nothing more. The Vengeance changes are more complicated, and may require reworking of several abilities. Blizzard wants the changes to go in quickly, both to make an impact (perhaps for the other reasons stated above), but also to start gathering real data about how it affects the LFD.
I suspect LFD testing is somewhat flawed in the PTR. I don’t have any evidence to really prove this, but I can imagine that the social changes they’re trying to effect are limited by the small, self-selected sample size of PTR testers.Notice how GC asks for feedback eleventy-million times in his post? They want to see what happens. This is the direction they want to go in, may as well start easy and see how it works out.
Okay, those are my theories about why this is a hotfix and not a patch – how about yours?
Cynwise, fill us in on everyone’s favorite DK training ground, will you?
- “Okay, listen. I’m not saying that walls have to be your highest priority when the ground itself isn’t entirely solid. But Honor Hold, seriously – look across the way. The Horde have managed to keep their walls together. We have unemployment in Westfall. You have holes in your walls you can fly a dragon through (trust me, I’ve done it.) Here’s a Stormwind Labor Requisition Form. You can connect these dots, right?”
- “Sure am glad my Factor sent me out here for that Runed Adamantine Rod reicpe, always nice to come back to sunny Hellfire WHAT DO YOU MEAN IT’S BIND ON PICKUP!”
- “Wow, there sure is a lot of pork on the menu here. Do you have a pig problem or something?”
- “Explain to me again the strategic importance of the Stadium. Uhhuh. Okay. Right. You realize that what you said made no sense, right? Are you planning on holding a game there soon? No? Okay, then it’s just an empty stadium.”
- “FEL REAVER, I’M COMING AFTER YOU!”
- Really, Princess Myzrael? You were trapped in there by giants and now you want to be freed? You think I free captured Princesses every day? You are going to pay me for setting you free, right? I didn’t think so.
- Listen, you dumb Great Plains Creepers; I’m here for your Spider’s Silk. I have sisters who need your silk for … boots. And capes. We can do this the easy way, or the hard way. Drop. Your. Silk.
- League of Arathor! I have a personal question for you. You have like 350 people wandering around in a … gully, for lack of a better term. But there are like 2 tents. Where does everyone sleep?
- Hey, Prince Nazjak! Thanks for dropping that sweet Tidal Charm, it was my first trinket, like, ever. Pity I had no idea how to use it. Dumb trinket.
- Stromgarde! Oh, you mighty fortress! I hope you don’t mind that I took that Mageweave Bandage recipe and sold the rights to it on the open market. Now, everyone can learn it, and I’m rich. Good luck getting your fortress back!
Cynwise is from Northshire, and she doesn’t like Lakeshire.
- “Look, it took them 5 years to repair a bridge. In all that time they never thought, hey, maybe we’re not so good at this bridge-building thing, and we should start a ferry service instead?”
- “I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed, but if you build your town right underneath gnoll-infested hills, wouldn’t it be a good idea to have, I don’t know, a militia? Maybe instead of whining that Stormwind isn’t protecting you, get off your butts and go clean out those damn caves?”
- “Listen, if you want to live on a lake, that’s fine. If you want to live on a lake that’s infested by murlocs, don’t you think you should, oh, I don’t know, do something about it? It’s a LAKE. They’re not going anywhere. Get some damn boats.”
- “I’m not what you would call a monarchist, but if you’re going to keep electing council members who don’t do a damn thing when your kids are stolen out of their beds at night, maybe you should rethink your town’s government?”
- “Honey, I know the soldiers are in town, but do you think you could… I don’t know, put on a little something that’s warmer? Not look quite so desparate about it? Have some pride? Oh, that’s right, you’re from Lakeshire. I forgot.”
And don’t get her started on the town clock… (“It doesn’t work. WHAT KIND OF A STUPID TOWN DOESN’T FIX THEIR DAMN CLOCK!!!”)
(p.s. Cynderblock is from Westfall. She has no problems with Lakeshire.)
- It’s really hard to take pygmies as a viable threat to an ancient, yet still functioning, civilization.
- No chance to present Harrison Jones an opportune Death Coil to thank him for calling Cynwise “a pretty young thing.”
- Level 83 Troll Druid tried to gank me in the Ramkahen courtyard. Really? REALLY? Guards there are SO lacking in a sense of humor.
- What, I don’t get experience for watching this cutscene?
- I3-5: Desert of Desolation was better. (But to be fair, pretty much any module Tracy Hickman wrote was exceptional.)