If SAN is orange, it’s for the vitamins !

Times are quite tough these days : we have to cancel raids because with the holiday, people are away skiing or I don’t know what. Add to that people with computer problems, the GM a little bit absent for professional reasons and the guild is a mess…

Monday had been a tough night, wiping on Arthas for 2 hours, with lag that made everyone nervous. As usual, one of the guildies thought he new how to play better than the person actually playing the class, but this time, instead just blacklisting the kid like half of the guild, the person got angry, told him to shut up and disconnected. And he’s taking one week off raiding.

Eh wut ? With one healer short, we cancelled the raid of course. But as our healing team is quite depleted these days, we cancelled Sunday’s and yesterday’s raids too, and maybe will have to cancel tonight again…

Every night, after the raid, I log on Argent Dawn. Monday evening, I logged on AD to find Single Abstract Noun guildchat as busy as usual. And my mood was low after the incident, I was angry against that spoiled idiot always thinking he can tell others how to play. I needed fresh air. And also advices on how to deal with this kind of people. And SAN is a wonderful place for that. After the usual 15 lines of greetings, I asked my question. And guildchat was filled with insightful advices, funny comments, and general niceness that made me instantly feel much better. I’m not the only one deciding for my guild but at least, my evening was not wasted any more.

That’s when I realised why, without meaning it, Tamarind choose his troll’s name and then the tabard’s colour right : it’s orange, and orange is good, full of vitamins. You don’t need much, but need it anyway. And that’s exactly what SAN guildchat is : some vitamins in our wow routine, our guild problems, our failpugs, our crappy trade chat… You can find there serious topics or absolutely crazy ones.

Like that one :

What is tossing ?

What is tossing ?

I admit, I began that one… I had just read the guild message of the day, and there was « No tossing » in it. No tossing… Hum hum, what does that mean ? That’s why I asked. Answers were beyond my expectations.

Did I tell you guys that I’m an elf with a true troll inside ?

And note to self : find a way to put the chat frame in front of SUF frame…

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WoW is exciting today !

These days, I’ve been quite low in mood.

In guild, we are experiencing problems to fill in raid spots. Yes, see, Arthas isn’t dying in 2 attempts, it’s too hard to wipe the whole night three to four times a week. Not that progression guild aren’t meant to wipe on progression fight… Whatever, Ascendance is recruiting, one or two priests would be great. And we are officially recruiting « all classes », because the GM hopes it will motivate people to perform (or go their own way without bothering us any more…). Except hunters. Feel free to apply if you speak French.

Being an officer is tiring and thankless. I need some sleep. I didn’t raid Wednesday and Thursday, I watch some silliness on TV, and went to the restaurant with friends, it felt good. I’m ready to rock Arthas on Sunday night !

But today was an exciting day. I was thinking about Tamarind having problems with his guild about his blog, but I still don’t know what to do. This blog is secret. Only my boyfriend knows about it, and a few readers and bloggers. It’s my secret garden. I want to protect it. But anyway, these days I lack inspiration. I have a few post in my draft folder but none of them is actually worth the effort. Either rant or too old or both…

I discovered Tamarind idea of a blogging guild, I joined them, and inspiration came back. I don’t want to talk about my guild and my experience as an officer too much, and I will keep this blog from my frustration if I can. But this bloggers guild is such a great idea. I allways wanted to roll some toon on an English server, but never had the courage to do it… Because being alone on a new server frightened me a lot. But there, it’s different. It’s not like we know each other, but we all share something in common : we are a part of this blogging community, either by being writers or readers. I’ve been more a reader these days but I feel the urge to write today.

I know some of them, because I read their blogs every day. There are a lot of them I don’t know, and my feedreader will be growing tremendously in the next few weeks I expect… I wonder if that guild will grow in something more than just a bunch of people coming to chat with bloggers, like if we will have forums for example and any kind of website were we could share our blogs and ideas with others. Maybe a platform like Blog Azeroth or any other community site will do the trick… I don’t know.

Anyway, the few people I met today were great. They all rolled a shaman, I don’t know why… As I said in my previous post, I met a blogger I commented on his blog these days, and it was nice : « Hi ! Remember me ? » « Oh yes nice to meet you ! » Tam describes the guild very well, for what I found out very quickly : it’s the guild « where nothing gets done because we’re too busy talking about it« … I actually spent more time chatting on my new guild chat than questing, and managed to bring my shaman to level 3 in half an hour… The leveling will be looooong I think…

At one point, someone asked if anyone wanted to join a group, but then we realized that it was just not to feel lonely and the guild chat was so … chatty that no one would feel lonely at the moment…

And as a quick update, my dear hunter Nefernet is a regicide, and my baby druid is a Starcaller. I’m proud of them ! Ulduar is fun to heal ! Yeah ! I still need to heal Vezax and Yogg Saron though. Maybe this week-end. We hope to get Arthar 25 downed this week *cross fingers* and are trying hard… We’d like getting the first kill server but another guild is raising on Horde side, an old guild reforming and quite well known for being first a few months back in time… They got the FK in 10-man. I think they can get the 25-man version pretty soon too. We need to work harder against that bloody boss !

Tamarind had the most beautiful idea of the year

I’m late with my blogroll. Very late. I was keeping Righteous Orbs for later, to have the time to read the articles, not just having a quick look at them. But I read something about it on another blog so I had to read RO before… And that’s how I discovered he had problems with his guild about his blog. I was growing cautious with mine and it made me think a lot. I need to think it over a little bit more…

But what I discovered too, is that he created a guild for bloggers on an EU server. The launching was two days ago and I missed it !!!! I just created a baby twoll shaman named Kinie and have been invited this afternoon, I had a little chat with the few guildies online during their lunch break, it was really cool !

I even had the pleasure to meet Protflashes from Aggro Management. I have fun reading his blog these days, he rolled a character on a French server in order to learn French and it must be hard…

Anyway, big huge thanks to Tamarind for this guild ! It’s going to be fun !

New guild without changing…

It’s been a while and many things happened since.

I’m no more looking for a guild. I stayed with Ascendance. And it was worth it. We changed the GM, the 2 co-GM quitted the game and another officer took charge and he’s great. He’s a tree… Second time in my wow life I have a great tree GM. A few people gquitted too, leaving a few classes quite depleted, and other classes like mine, with just enough people to run.

There was a lot of « talking » last week. First, officers shouted at people not pulling their weight in guild, coming to raid without motivation or consummables or leaving their skill box in Dalaran… The two co-GM explained they wanted to stop the game if there wasn’t any improvement. This kind of reunions where everyone is one TS can be not fun and a few people decided to leave the guild. But on the other hand, it initiated discussion between people. For the first time, I had time to speak with the other hunters in guild. We are now 3 hunters left. The co-GMs stopped playing anyway, even if gameplay improved much after the talk. But people changed. They started to talk. The new GM is very talkative, never shuts up on TS. And I noticed people stay on TS later, instead of logging off just after raid. And they come earlier. I feel like I changed guild, except it’s the same people I’m raiding with for two months, but they are different. I feel like playing with people again. That’s amazing the change there have been.

I don’t know how this alchemy happened. It feels like people where afraid to talk to each other between the two guilds. And that night, people let go. They talked to each other. Maybe the new GM helped a lot by giving exemple. Maybe the Saturday afternoon run of Black Temple and Sunwell helped people to share their memories of these raids. « Do you remeber that night when…« , « Oh yes and …« , « No kidding ! This happend to us too !« …

It feels like changing GM helped people to really chose Ascendance as a guild. The ones not happy with it left. The ones staying adopted the guild as their own. There is no more Useless/Addict difference. The staff changed completely. The raider stayed. We have new applicants. The guild is living. Bosses are downed and achievements… achieved…

I feel home again in my guild, it’s been a long time…

Dealing with assholes in guild

Edit : I made this article private back in the days I was still with Ascendance. Now, I don’t care…

You may have noticed very few update these days. I’m sorry, but the game has been quite depressing for me these days.

My guild Useless merged two weeks ago with another guild. I’m now in the guild Ascendance. We had too few tanks and healers because of some people who left as a group for another server. They were the best geared, they were active healers and tanks, it was a blow. We merged with a guild lacking in dps but now there are far too much people in the guild to do 25-mans.

We usually clean ToC25 in 1 hour, with two raids of around 20-25 people, including a few applicants and socials. And then, one heroic raid is made, and they head to ToGC, they oneshot the 4 bosses and the evening is done. The rest of the week is Anub and Ulduar hard modes. You noticed the use of « they » ? Because for two weeks (actually more but the guild is doing heroic again for two weeks) I haven’t put the foot in the heroic raid.

With the merging, the DKPs I was keeping for a token have been reset and the loot was a free roll. This wednesday, a moonkin won 2 tokens, the BiS caster’s neck and 2 heroic loots without any officer to notice he was the only one getting loot. A mage got his fifth T9 piece when some people still don’t have 4 pieces. A applicant got a token over members…

And as usual, I was left aside for the heroic raid. I’m the less geared of the hunters, because my applicant period put me behind in term of gear. And now that I could get some upgrades, I’m not in the raid…I’m only good for Ulduar nights, to clean up to Algalon and Keepers. At least i’m in the hardmode Ulduar raid, I tried Mimiron and Algalon this week, and downed Freya +3 Elders. I love Ulduar, and don’t care wiping on Mimiron HM. I just wish I wouldn’t spend half of my evenings watching the raid on Ron’s screen (because Ron being geared and a mage, he usually got a slot in every heroic raids).

The competition is hard, and some officiers only see the top of the dpsmeter. There is no solidarity between members. When looking to build a 10-man raid for heroic ToC yesterday, and not able to find decent tanks or healers, I was laught at ! Because I’m not availiable on Friday nights which is the 10-man night. They laught at me because I was left aside ! Can you believe that ! I felt so hurt.

And It’s not the first time I’ve been hurt that way. There is some sort of competition between the two guilds and people get really nasty… The new forum is not very well secure and last week I could read messages in the officer’s forum. The co-gm (from the other guild) was putting his hunts in front, saying they were much better than me and the other hunter from Useless. He was ready to « bet his balls ». Except I’m very undergeared compared to the others, and still pulling my weight in the top of the meter in 25-mans. He quoted some of his guildies from their old forum, who were quite insulting. I felt very hurt.

I never fail (staying in fire, shadow crash or others…), I know the strat and come on time and prepared to raids. My gear is usually behind in term of level but I manage to perform nearly as well as the others in term of dps. I’m active on the forums and on guild chat. I try to build groups for 10-mans. The other hunters log for the raid at 20:15, barely say hello, and I still haven’t seen any activity on their part on the forum (and even wisp me because they don’t know the strats and need advices…). And that asshole of a co-gm want to get rid of me !!!

My officer from Useless answered that the meters were not a proof because of the difference in gear, and I trust him to be more intelligent than the co-gm. At least that was comforting. I’m still trusted by my class officer.

I know I should change guild. Except I don’t know a single guild needing an undergeared hunter and a mage at this level. But more than anything else, I want to make the co-gm recognise he was wrong, I want « his balls » as a trophy ! And I will endure anything to get it. I’m very angry. I will get to the top of the kevinmeter whatever the cost ! I don’t allow me any mistake, no fail, never ! I will get to the top with my crapy gear without failling !

The only thing that could make me leave this guild now is another guild offering me and my mage a better situation. I’m quite desperate actually… But I don’t know if my nerves could afford another trial period…

I miss my friends from my old guild. I miss their trust. I miss their friendship and solidarity, their humour.

Updates… and a rant…

I’m still living… It’s just I dont have so many thing I want to talk about. (Seeing the length of this post I’m sure you won’t believe me…)

The new guild is strange. People connect on TS at raid time. It’s not very easy to get to know them. And I haven’t been in any 10-man raid eather with are a good way to meet people. At least once or twice a week, I’m not in the raid while Ron is, and I’m just left alone with my dailies while my boyfriend is having fun with interesting fights : Algalon, Coloseum’s hardmodes… I feel like I’m a spare raider, the one you use when you miss people. That’s not exactly true but I’d like not to be left alone on raid nights. I can’t even go pug because they sometimes change the comp of the raid in the middle of the run.

The other night, I waited 3 hours farming and doing dailies. After 2 hours, I had done all my dailies and was bored to death, watching the raid on the other screen in Ulduar. I ended up to go to Zul Gurub with a guildie. It was nice. I didn’t know him, he’s not a raider in the guild, he was just there and asked me if he could group me for a raid group to enter the instance. I said yes, and then asked if he would accept some company. And we cleared all the bosses more or less easily. I’d never been there before. It’s really a cool instance ! Bosses are fun. There is a « room with lots of raptors and trolls. And a bunch of skulls you can clic on. Ooops, the pally clicked and we aggroed the whole room ! And I got mind controlled… I killed the paladin and then my wolf (poor Sethi ! /cry) and then was killed by the mobs…

Another boss (don’t ask his name…) does mind controls with a totem. At first, the paladin didn’t get the idea of killing the totem to free me of mind control… I nearly killed him while he was healing himself, despite me yelling « THE TOTEM » in raid chat… He got it eventually and we downed the boss. And the last boss was easy actually. I’d eared about him, how he’s tricky because of his mind control. But with the pet tanking, the paladin healing and me pewpewing, it was just easy… I got mind controlled and tried to kill the paladin but he healed it easily this time, being in healing spec and gear instead of ret… The rest was just smooth and easy.

Zul Gurub is fun !

Warning : the rest of the article is just a rant, don’t read…

Yesterday, we had a crappy raid. The first boss in heroic Trial of Crusader (or whatever you call it in English) gave us a hard time (we oneshotted them last week) behaving oddly (fire on the casters for example. We stopped the disaster after a tenth of wasted tries. And then one of the guildie built up a group for Onyxia. I didn’t tell you how much I don’t like this fight ? Well, done now : I don’t like this fight. We weren’t able to complete a group with guildies so we pugged. And them the RL realized he was already linked… We had no more lead, and one of the pug took it. He managed to fill the raid, we summoned everyone and off we go… Except everyone was supposing people knew the encounter. I had done it once, in 25-man, last week. I just don’t know what to do with myself during this combat.

I know I must be careful with the tail : don’t stand behind her. Ok let’s stand there, on her side ? Oops no, too near the tail ! What ?! You kidding, where am I suppose to stand ? I’m not behind her and still wiped by the tail ??? OK, only one whelp popped, quickly aggroed by the offtank, no arm done.

Phase two. Ok so I’m suppose to pewpew the dragon and aoe the whelps. Ok, I can do that. What ? Where are you going ? Wait ! Blasted dragon out of range ! *Run to the other side of the room* Why am I alone ? Healers and raid didn’t follow… Deep breath… Alone on one side of it while the rest looks pretty comfortable where they are. Ok, health stone and go back : phase three…

Errr, guys ? Why are you tanking that on the whelps side ? Ok, as you wish… Not much room to be sure not to be kicked by the tail… *Dragon turns a little bit, and tail kick !* Woosh flying night elf hunter… In the whelps ? Nearly, on one of the spikes above the whelps… Don’t ask how I did that, I took a screenshot I will post when I will be back home… But I was pretty useless for the end of the fight… Only one whelp popped and aggroed me but I was on avoid mode oddly and I didn’t died. At the end of the fight though it seemed the bug was gone and it killed me then depopped.

Crappy fight, crappy gameplay from me, I was just angry with myself. I flew off to finish my dailies.

During this time, my boyfriend was having fun with the members of one of the 10-man groups. The organization of 10-man raids in the guild is still a bit cloudy in my mind. It looks like they have two regular 10-man groups, and a third for those who have no groups. Great, I suppose it’s very balanced… Two good groups and the left-over, get on with it or pug… Ron managed to be accepted in one of the 2 groups. And during this time, I’m again left alone.

I will try to find my place in this guild but how ? I don’t know if they need a hunter. There is already 2 hunters in the guild and I think they are already in those groups. I’d like to go to Ulduar 10-man to finish my hardmodes and get my rusted protodrake (only Yogg+1 achievement missing…) and fight Algalon at last ! When will I be able to put a foot in this bloody planetarium, after all those months helping others to go there ! (Even if it’s not this guild I helped…) I know I have the gameplay to go there ! I know the fight. I’ve watched it dozens of times on Youtube, and watched it on Ron’s screen twice. I’ve followed my guild’s attempts and down on TS countless times. But moreover, you, my new officers, stop doing that to me : stop inviting Ron to fun ride, while I’m condemned to watch him having fun, and trying to smile normally because I don’t want to spoil his fun… It’s getting harder. I’m maybe jealous. Yes, I am. But not just that. I’m feeling lonely, left aside, like I’m no one.

And to finish on a brighter note, I rolled a baby troll hunter. Some ex-guildies changed faction. I can’t bring myself to decide to change Nefernet into something else than a night elf. Really. Nefernet is my little night elf hunter and has a personality of her own that would spoil the game for me if she had to become an orc or a troll. But I miss my friends. They are so cool, and keep asking us to change side and join them in the new guild they founded. So we rolled a troll hunter and an undead mage. They invited our baby toons in their guild and it was like being home again after a long travel in the desert. I also spend some time on the TS of my friends on Krasus which feels good too : being greeted by your name when you log on, asked how you’re doing in your new guild, what boss you downed recently, then they tell us about their own achievement and everyone go on with the game, have fun, tells jokes…

I don’t want to go back there, I would regret it because I wouldn’t be able to achieve what I want in this game : kill the end bosses. But what a price it’s getting… I’m in a bad period these days because the game is not giving me what I want, what I transfered for : endgame bosses, hardmodes, and new friends. I miss my old friends but I expected to make new ones. I just end up not seeing my old friends and not having new ones… I begin to have doubt about my gameplay as a hunter which is the worst that could happen to me, because it’s the last thing I have there : a toon I can play well. Give me a chance to show you…

I try not to rant to much on this blog, to stay positive, but I needed to get this out… Sorry.

Breaking news from Elune

After more than two weeks guildless on my new server (Elune-EU), I’m a guildie again, and that feels good. I mean, really. I was quite depressed these days, feeling lonely on my new server, with an empty friendlist except for my ex-guildies who transfered too. My new guild is named Uselees, and is second of the server in PVEHL.

I put my application on my new guild forum and transfered two weeks ago, after they said they would test me. Since, I’ve raided three times with them… Being used to raid six days a week, that was quite a change. I didn’t even raid the first week. I didn’t even tried to motivate myself to find some pickup to do 10-mans. I prefered watching some movies and getting some extra sleep. Yesterday, I was in the raid and my keyboard felt awkward. I felt awkward raiding again. The bosses we did yesterday were quite easy : basically tank and spank. No void to avoid, no quick swich of target. That’s a chance because i wouldn’t have been able to do it properly. I need practice to be good in raid, and these two weeks have been really long…

But now, I feel better. I’m ready to get up to date with my new guild : Mimiron hard downed last week, Freya and Yogg+1 a few weeks before. Their are working on Algalon now. The heroic Faction Champions were downed this week. And the twins are giving us some hard time… No them… I’m not invited in progression raids… That will change, but I got behind with my stuff and the other hunters have better gear and they give more chance to down the new boss. I can’t wait to do these fights. I got a glimpse on Algalon on my mage’s screen, seeing he was invited and I wasn’t…

Actually, yesterday I was in the raid to do the Iron Council. And then, they switched people. And I was there, in front of him, Algalon, because they opened the door, staring at him with my mouse hovering over my earth stone… The clic was hard to do. And it felt even harder because my dps was really good, I was 5th on Auriaya’s achievement and 7th on the Council, with my crappy gear… But I had never seen this boss, and it was a no-go… But never mind, in a few weeks, they won’t be able to raid without me… Well…