Beyond the Pits

Random screenshot: Deepholm


Admittedly, I’ve gone through something of a “down period” in game. Perhaps you may be familar with such times. When there just seems to be more jerkbutts and “leetest” crap running about, taking the fun out of the game. Whiners and complainers seem to stack up high enough to surmount Nordrassil. These things come and go, and are usually taken with a grain of salt and two asprine on my part.

On rare occassion though, sparks of inner rage set off and in even rarer times, some folks get told to STFU!!!  🙂 I’m not usually one for such language, but then again, niether am I perfect. My more normal response to such things, is the quite handy and useful /ignor function. Works wonders most of the time.

There are plenty of other options available when the waters of Azeroth become stormy. For instance, I keep a wide range of Alts spread across several servers. Most are completely unknown, intentionally so. All but one or maybe two are un-guilded, solo’s by nature. In total, there are some 6 or maybe 7 now, level capped 85’s. The rest span the whole level range at odd points.

Another option I choose at times, is to go out into the ‘world’, and just do simple but nice things for other players. Sometimes, I’ll quietly buff or heal a leveling lowbie. Sometimes, I’ll hang around some starter areas trying to spot newer players to the game, and offer them a Netherweave bag or two. Bags are always a helpful source and I keep several on hand in most of my characters backpacks. Sometimes, when it seems needed, I’ll add a sudden death killing shot to that raging boar who’s enjoying ripping apart a young clothie. Doing these kinds of things from a distance, then mounting and disappearing into thin air are the standard. Sometimes I’ll get noticed though, and see a surprised “TY!” whisper pop up. It soothes the heart.

These are just some of the options available which I use. There is one other thing though that would be really nice if more people would put it into practice. Including myself at the top of that list 🙂

During this recent, slightly inner rage slump, I was off on Thdoria making efforts on that final push to 85. My little sound alert for incoming whisper went off. Someone was asking if I was “Aygaren.” I did’nt recognize the name. I whisper’d back saying hello, and yes it was me. What followed was a nice compliment about enjoying my blog, and the conversation went on from there.

My point here, is taking the time to actually say something nice to somebody in game. You don’t really have to know them. It could be something as simple as answering their /2 question that’s being trashed about. I’m usually fairly good at whispering the right answers to folks to help out, but I should take this up a level and openly answer them in /2. Maybe if more of the nicer players would do this, we could at least put a leash on the trash. IDK, it’s a thought this early morn.

So what do you do during these times of stormy Azerothian seas? Come on now, put it out there in the open, give yourself a pat on the back, you deserve it. I’ll even give you one myself. For Azeroth needs to know who it’s true heros are.


Nerfing Achievements?

IMO post (In My Opinion)

Much has already been said about the new Account-Wide Achievements coming with Mists. After all the reading and viewing multiple polls on the subject, it would seem that the majority of the player base favors this move.

Although I’m not wholly against this change, I’m not especially looking forward to it. As with all things, time will tell once Mists goes live and all the nueances become known.

I believe that my view of the change stems from how I view my characters. As a certified alt-oholic, each of my “kids” are unique individuals in both playstyles and personalities. The only common ground they may share is a general ‘be nice to others’.

I’m currently playing my third (or fourth?) “main”. What this really boils down to is that each character approaches the game and end game via different journeys. More specifically with achievements, no one character holds ALL achievements. If one has attained a certain batch, the next in line travels a new path gaining a much different set.

In the beginning, there’s a druid who gathered things like quest achievements, pets, mounts, professions, pretty much common things. He was happy with them. Then came a BM hunter who specialized in PvP achievements. He was also the first to really begin an effort in soloing some old dungeons. Not many, just a taste test. He was happy with them.

There was a frost mage along the line, she just kind of fizzled out tired. Stuck with her tailoring, tried the dungeon path a bit and died horribly in bg’s. Numerous other alts have claimed their victories in a wide array of achievements, mostly different from whoever came before them.

Aygaren is a mix of everyone I think. If possible, he’ll be the first to obtain a fair amount of achievements in all aspects of the game. IF POSSIBLE!  At least, that’s his plan. His “vision quest” if you will.

This pecular playstyle with achievements is of my own doing. It’s just the way it’s been since vanilla. I generally accept changes in the game with a grain of salt. Figure them out and run with them. Each character though, having to earn his/her own way and grow on their own merits/abilities. Or fail. They share in the joy of another’s accomplishments. I just don’t see them riding on the coat-tails of another where achievements are concerned. If one of them wants a particular achievement, they had better work for it and earn it.

What do you think? Is Blizz taking the pride out of earning achievements?