Archive for March, 2008

From The Eyes of a Guild Master

March 27, 2008

Once a week I will be interviewing a GM of a guild. This week I interviewed Lexivus, a Co-GM of the Elune guild, Fight.  I greatly enjoyed my conversation with Lex and was giving some great info that I will share with the other officers of Perpetuus Mos.

Ok, so, lets start with what made you want to help run a guild?
I’m a pretty big wow nerd, and I wanted to help out my guild by doing that kind of stuff for straight leadership stuff, I wanted to feel useful, and I didn’t want other people to have to bear that burden.

You seem to be the kind of guy who enjoys helping people out. How does that impact how you carry out your duties as an officer? gear doesn't fix stupid
I’ll try to go out of my way to help people, with quests or information, or showing them how to be better, that sort of stuff.

“Showing people how to be better” do you ever have problems making suggestions to others on playing?
Yeah, sometimes, for simple stuff it’s not so bad like “You need to keep dots up more” but, if I was going to tell someone how EXACTLY to do something, I’m a bit hesitant to do that.

Yea, that tends to make me nervous too, especially with classes I don’t play, haha. Let’s say there’s a new guildie who seems to be troublesome, how do you handle that? Someone who’s not following raid rules, or is being purposely offending to another guild member or an officer.
Any sort of personal matter, we’d kick them… The same for people who just don’t “fit in” with us, such as  people who can only talk dirty. But as far as raid rules or performance, I’d have a chat with them on what they are doing wrong and show them how to improve.

what’s your favorite part of being an officer?
Making a difference.

What’s your least favorite thing about being an officer in your guild? Does anything really make you cringe?
I really don’t like when the other officers argue, but the most frustrating thing is the people who don’t pull their own weight and having to deal with them, even though they have been around for a very long time.

I can see how that could be rather stressful.  Does being an officer ever have an impact on your day to day life?
You bet,  dealing with that many peoples lives, for so much time out of the day you feel some sort of connection with them, then they go and act like a retard, or start acting like a new person, and you have to deal with it trying to come up with stuff that will keep everyone happy but that never works, thinking to your self “what could I have done better”, or second guessing yourself when laying down something new (those are pretty much reasons for stress, not necessarily things that happen as a result of stress).

Have you ever regretting becoming an officer? If so, when?
I’ve regretted some of the decisions I’ve made, but not actually becoming an officer

My mom used to say ‘You can keep some of the people happy some of the time, but you can’t keep all the people happy all the time”, which I always think about when settling something in game. What sayings do you think apply to real life and wow both?
You’re damned if you do, you’re damned if you don’t.

What kind of goals do you and the other officers hope to accomplish with the guild?
Well, we’ve been around for like 12 years we’re a bunch of guys who game together we were around before wow, and will be after… We’ve met up in real life to mess around, we’ve helped our members in time of need (Hurricane Katrina). But as far as WoW goes, we want to beat the game, which to us, is killing Illidan

It must be nice to have a guild with people you’ve known for so long, kind of like an extended family. 
realIt is some people are in it just to raid, which is cool but we’re not quite about that we’re more interested in getting people who “get it” and having them stick around as long term members, even outside of WoW.

What advice would you give to someone looking to start a guild?
Find good people with common goals to your own, have definite reasons for starting your own guild, rather than joining another, and be prepared to sacrifice.

Last but not least, I’m going to give you a free space to say what you want. Be it rant, invite to readers to join the guild, random joke, just something you’d like to share.
The one thing you can’t fix is personality.  Gear can be easily acquired, skills can be improved, but you will not be able to change the way someone acts or thinks.  Recruit the person, not the avatar.  Also, gear doesn’t fix stupid.

What’s something that other officers, guild masters, or even guild members should keep in mind?
When dealing with people, remember, it’s not some imaginary person on the other end. It’s really a person, with emotions, and feelings… You have to act like a person back to them you have to be nice and civil.


How to Piss Off a Hunter

March 26, 2008

Just another little rant of mine. I’ve dealt with these things (and more) the past few days and they were driving me crazy, so I thought it’d be a good time for another vent.

Tell them to have their pet off tank, but then don’t heal the pet. I’m sorry, I didn’t realize your free mana was worth more than the silver I have to spend to replace pet food.

Break the trap on a mob even though 1- there are still mobs up that need to be killed like that sapped mob that just broke out of its sap! 2- you are a clothie when I said you break, you buy, I meant it! and 3- you DOTed it all to hell!!!

Ask them to re-trap the mob that you just filled with DOT’s I’m sorry, but can your succubus seduce a mob with DOT’s on it? No? Then what the hell makes you think I can trap it?

Tell them they can’t roll on leather DPS gear. Wait… aren’t you a boomkin… In CLOTH?!?

My Add-ons Part 1

March 26, 2008

I use a LOT of add-ons. To many to count, IMO. Here are my favorites, what they do, and why I love them.

Atlas Loot has loot tables for gear in all instances, along with tier sets, PvP sets, and badge gear. 
Why I love it While knowing what can drop where is wonderful, I love being able to compare what I’m wearing to the gear I would get if I up on a T4, T5, or T6 token.

Call of Elements is a totem timer for shaman. I love the way that it keeps al of your totems of each element in one place, and you can configure them any way you want.
Why I love it There are so many totems that a Shaman has, I’d kill myself if I had to put each and every one of them on my action bars.

Cartographer keeps track of all your herbs, veins, fishing nodes and gas clouds. It also has instance maps, a scroll down menu that shows you what zone is where, allows you to create way points, and keeps track of quest NPC’s.
Why I love it  You can set it up to create a route for farming, which if you are anything like me when it comes to farming, is GODLY!

Cellular gives you an IM-like window for each of your whispers which can be minimized.
Why I love it One of it’s features is that you can view the history of whispers, even if it’s days later… Complete with time stamps and date!

King of the Jungle puts two movable icons in the middle of your screen. One to mend pet, so you don’t have to search for it on your action bars, the other is a customizable menu which only shows when your pet needs to be fed.
Why I love it Because them menu is customizable, I never have to worry about accidentally feeding my pets my agility food on accident!

Quest Helper is my new favorite mod. It puts a way point arrow in the middle of your screen telling you where to go to get which quest, and it creates a route for you that optimizes your questing and keeps you from running back and forth from places.
Why I love it I have no favorite part of this mod. It does all the footwork for me. Tells me where to find what, who to turn it into… It’s my new love.

Simon Cheats lets me make a list of what color sequence to use for the Simon Says Ogri’La daily.
Why I love it It’s easy to use as long as you pay attention.

Raiding 101 – Part One: What to Bring Along.

March 24, 2008

Once a week on a Tuesday I’ll go over some tips and tricks for raiding for a Shadow Priest, Hunter, or both. Hopefully this will be like a raiding 101 course for raiders and soon to be raiders.

Now, it’s fairly common to use consumables when you raid, so make sure you have them with you. Personally, I prefer 1-3 stacks of buff food, 1-2 stacks of elixirs, 1 flask (depending on what we’re doing), and at least 1 stack of Super Mana and Super Health Potions.

On Mercy, my Shadow Priest, I usually have the following filling my bags:

My Heal Gear: 17 slots
1 Flask of Pure Death: 1 slot
1 Stack of Adept’s Elixirs: 1 slot
1 Full Mana Potion Injector: 1 slot (4 slots if I have plain pots instead)
1 Full Healing Potion Injector: 1 slot (4 slots if I have plain pots instead)
2-3 Full Superior Wizard Oils: 2-3 slots
1 Stack of Elixirs of Draenic Wisdom: 1 slot
At least 1 full stack of spell damage food, preferably Blackened Basilisk: 1- 2 slots

As you can see, at any time I have at least 25 bag slots devoted to raiding when I’m on my priest. Sometimes I have up to 35 bag slots full, depending on wether or not I have injectors at my disposal and wether or not we’ll be doing Nightbane and I need my urn.

Why do I waste 17 slots on heal gear? Because I am a priest. You never know when there’s to much DPS, but not quite enough healing, and if that ever happens, I want to be prepared for it. I’ve been debating taking my priest holy/disc for a little while, and I’m still debating it. Well… We’ll see.

Now, on my hunter things are different:

20-24 Stacks of Adamantite Stingers: 1 full quiver
1 Stack of Elixirs of Major Agility: 1 slot
2-3 Stacks of pet food: 2-3-slots
1 Stack of Kibler’s Bits: 1 slot
1 Stack of Buff food, preferably Grilled Mudfish: 1 slot
1 Full Mana Potion Injector: 1 slot

So on a regular basis, I’ve usually only got about 7 slots filled for raids, plus my quiver, which I’m not really counting in this, seeing as the only thing I can put in it is arrows.

For you, there may be things you need that aren’t listed, or you may not need things that are. This is just a basic list for the things that you should keep around.

12 Ways to Get Ahead In Your Guild*

March 23, 2008
  1. Do something to stand out this doesn’t mean that you should become the guy who when people mention your name in chat the general response is “I can’t remember what it was, but I remember having a really crappy experience with him”. What I mean is that when someone says “Hey, do you know anyone with Mongoose?” a good answer should be “Yea go to Mercyrose. She doesn’t charge anything if you provide the mats.” (Shameless plug)
  2. Offer your assistance if you have a lowbie in your guild who is a pretty cool little dude and can’t get a group for Stockades and all you’re doing is running in circles in Shatt, offer to take the little dude on a quick run. You never know, the guy may be an ultra leveling pro and might be level 70 in a week when you can’t find someone to fill out your group.
  3. Have time for more that just yourself in your day. When you need an enchant but the guild enchanter is leveling her new alt, be willing to wait. And if she logs over to give you the enchant, be willing to do the same. If you’re an Elixir Master, but you’re on your alt and someone needs a few elixirs made, speak up. Don’t just continue along your business and hope the other Alchemist, who happens to be a Transmutation Master will do it.
  4. Know the people in your guild from the level 1 random bank alt named Imabankalt all the way up to your GM, know who’s who incase someone who doesn’t know, but needs to can find out.
  5. Be knowledgeable if you tell someone that 1 mana/5 is = to 4.5 healing, 4.5 int, or 45 spirit for a T4 Resto Shammy, be able to explain how and why, or at least be able to point them to some references with the why and how.
  6. Be considerate if someone donates 8 stacks of strength food to the guild bank in the free for all section, don’t take all of it. Leave plenty for other people who may want or need it, and make sure to thank them afterwards.
  7. Make sure you’re self sufficient nothing is more annoying than a mage who the minute the raid starts says “Does anyone have Adept’s/Draenic/Spell Food/Oil that I can have?” Make sure you have everything you might need. Don’t rely on others for your reagents, consumables, or repair costs.
  8. Pretend you’re a girl scout and come prepared. Yes, this is very similar being self sufficient, possibly one and the same. But along with having all of your own stuff, you have to have the stuff like your heal set (if you’re a shadow priest like me, or a tankadin) or a tank set (if you’re a boomkin or healadin). Also be sure that you know the general mechanics of the raid instance and bosses in that instance.
  9. PvP like a pro. Wait, what exactly does this have to getting ahead in your guild? I’ll put it very simply. PvP helps you teach your self how to respond quickly to different situations. How to CC on the fly, how late is to late to pop out of Shadowform and toss out a Greater Heal. Which in turn, helps you teach yourself how to do it in raids, which Raid Leaders, Guild Masters, and Officers love!
  10. Names mean a lot, and say a lot about you. Just last night we had someone log on who at some point had been invited to our guild with a seriously offensive name to a large portion of the members. When approached by an officer of the guild he laughed and was extremely inconsiderate. He ended up being kicked from the guild, but it turned out, not one of the officers nor the GM expected him to act differently, which we all attributed to the name.
  11. D0N’T U53 1337 5P3AK. n0w i kn0 da7 it5 much fa573r 70 7yp3 7hi5 way 70 sum p30p13**. But most people have no idea what the previous sentence means. And when you’re in a guild and trying to converse with the rest of your guildies, who learned how to read and write using letters, one sentence using “1337 5p3ak” takes way to long.
  12. Pretend you’re Santa Clause. No, no, no, I’m not talking about some weird kind of role play. I’m talking about being jolly. There is nothing GM’s and Officers love more than to have guild members who are fun to be around. People who are angry all the time are just not the kind of people most of us want to spend our free time with.

*Thank you Matticus for the idea!
**Translation: Now i know that it’s much faster to type this way to some people.

You Talkin’ to Me?

March 19, 2008

Some people pay attention to whichever class it is that they play and nothing else. It annoys me to no end when someone asks me “Mercy, are you shadow?” when I’m in shadow form. Or, “Can you scatter shot?” after I inform them I’m BM. Here are a list of my pet peeves that I deal with when playing my priest.

Annoying Things to Say to Priests:

“Are you shadow?”
You see that little buff icon? The one that when you hover over it, it says SHADOWFORM? Yes, I’m shadow.

“Can you heal?”
Yes, shadow priests can heal. But we are not specced for it, so although our +800 spell damage and healing may be enough for your friend who is disc/holy, it is not for us. We have no healing bonuses, and our heals are longer. So don’t tell the mage, rogue, and hunter not to worry about CC, ‘We’ll just burn them down’.

“Can you CC?”
Um… You mean instead of a mage? Or rogue? Or hunter? Or lock? When I get asked this question it usually puts me in the mood for a classic TJ move… Up Yours.

Heal me!” or “Heal the tank!”
This always puts me in a crappy mood, whether I am healing or DPSing. If you have that little confidence in your healers that you don’t think they have the mental capacity that they don’t know the person between them and the mobs is dying, then you should not have grouped with them in the first place! That’s right up there with

“Spirit buff please.”
If I had a spirit buff, don’t you think that you would have gotten during the first or second or third round of buffs?

Self Deception is an Ugly Thing

March 10, 2008

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.

~Richard P Feynman

Every once in awhile I get into a kind of raiding funk where I can’t seem to find myself getting into the fights. My DPS is usually passable, but it always drops significantly. This past weekend, though I didn’t raid Friday, Neb needed me both Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Saturday I went on Mercyrose, they needed my shackles. That’s when I was introduced to two hunters, neither of them in the guild, which is no big deal, and both of them somewhat below par. Now let me say I am not an elitest, I understand that sometimes you just can’t get your head in the game which will drop your DPS output quite a bit. I’ve been there, I’m pretty sure that most of us are at one point. I mentioned it to Neb, who said that they are usually much better, so I left it be.

Sunday, I brought my hunter, and still just wasn’t in the game. My DPS stayed up, but I just couldn’t get myself to enjoy it. We tried at Prince for 4 hours and our Infernal placement sucked big time. After four long hours filled with AFK’s and joking around, we finally called it.

Monday we went again, once again, Yem was my weapon of choice. Both hunter’s raided with us, though it as at separate times. One of them brought their DPS up greatly while she was in the raid, the other, well… Not so much. Some of the officers discussed it after the raid and someone mentioned getting her some shot macros so that she could up her DPS. While I understand the reasoning for shot macros and things like that, I personally feel that in order to truly learn a class, you have to do it without macros and mods. Once you know your class’ mechanics, then if you need mods or macros, by all means, you should use them. But you have to know your class. People who use mods or macros before they hone their own technique aren’t being true to themselves. Some people try to argue that some things just can’t be done without these mods, like healing a 25 man. I have it on good source that there is more then one healer who heals not only 10 mans, but 25 and did 40 back in the Pre-BC days, topping the charts who have never used healbot, or anything like that. What’s my source? I saw it with my own eyes.

If you ask me, using a mod and calling yourself a bad ass healer because you’re usually one of the top healers is the same as ordering food from a fancy restaurant to-go, bringing it home and reheating it and referring to yourself as an expert chef. You’re not doing anything except push a few buttons.

A Not So Rare Occurrence

March 7, 2008

I went and bought a game card a couple of days ago, and I was happy as a lark. I’d be able to catch up with my group of trouble makers and raid again, since Nebby, said he needed me for raids again. I could also get our K2 group on it’s feet and good to go. All in all, I was really excited.

I logged on for the first time night before last and had a small chat with Nebby and then decided to oblige TB and create lowbies on a PvP server. I can’t say I’m a big PvP person, but /shrug, why not, ya know? So for two days we’ve been over there.

This morning I log on to Elune to do some dailies and see what time the raid is and what not so I could figure out approximately when it’d be over and then me and TB could go out. Turns out, they don’t need me, in fact they won’t need me for another 2 weeks, at least. It turns out we’ll be absorbing another guild, and they’ve got the raids all set for a few weeks. I wish I could say I was surprised, but I wasn’t. Neb’s never been any good at telling anyone what’s going on, or posting anything on the site. I was usually the organized one. Knowing who was signed up, posting loot, all of that stuff. Most of the guildies end up asking me stuff because they all think that I’m the GM. I wish I had known I wasn’t needed when I was rushing to get a game card before the weekend so that Neb wouldn’t need to stress again.

It’s not a big deal, just another time I’m only kept partially informed. If anyone needs me, I’ll be on Tichondrius-US.

Controversy and YOU!

March 3, 2008

I’m a controversial figure. My friends either dislike me or hate me.
~Toni Morrison

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
~Martin Luther King Jr.

Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of “crackpot” than the stigma of conformity.
~Thomas Watson

I suppose I’ve proven my point with the quotes. I get along pretty well with controversy. I’ve had enough of it in my life to know how to handle it and to not be afraid of it. Between being pagan, being African-American, being a young mother, being a single mother, being a gamer, being from the hood but still wanting to make something of myself, I couldn’t get away from controversy growing up.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not the kind of person who purposely starts controversy or drama, but I sure as hell don’t shy away from it. I try not to offend others with things I say or do, but if the fact that I think a shaman is useful in a raid no matter their spec pisses you off, then you know what? Up yours. If the fact that I don’t bow down and say “Oh yes mighty raid leader, I will heal the raid, though I have no heal set and I’m shadow spec” Gets your knickers twisted, bite me. (I do, actually have a heal set, and feel that all raiding priests should, just in case something goes down and you need to re-spec.)

I don’t care if you feel that every priest in the world should be disc/holy and ready to heal for the rest of their life. I feel that people should be allowed to choose their spec, since they leveled that character, they are paying for that character, and they are the ones who are playing that character. I don’t care if you think I am going to hell because I’m not the same religion as you. I happen to be pagan, and you know what’s nice? I don’t believe in hell, or the devil, but I do know that if you are Christian or Catholic, the bible tells you it is not your place to judge others. So put that in a pipe and smoke it!

I don’t mind a little bit of debate, but try, just try to remember that when you start a debate, you’ve got about || much of chance to change the other person’s mind. And if I’m the other person… You’re SOL, because being a mother taught me how to be stubborn as shit!

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I’m So Excited!

March 3, 2008

After over a month, my money should arrive from the bank this weekend! They sent it to a bank branch instead of my house… Why? I have no clue. Once they saw that I don’t work at that branch, they sent it back to the corporate offices. They then canceled my money order and sent me out a new one… All of this took place from February 4th, to February 29th, so I should be getting it by the end of this week or the beginning of next week. Wow, huh?

Well, other than that, I created a 10 day WoW trial account to see how the friends and guildies are doing and then remembered… I can’t talk to any of them unless they add me to their friends list! The things these people put me through… *sigh*

Well, I’ve got a 9 day wait at most… Wish me luck!