Friday, December 27, 2013

Holiday Revamp Needed

Wowhead recently posted a short editorial about the state of holiday's in Wow. This piece also included some nice tidbits about holiday's in the past. I remember myself the joy and wonder of logging onto WoW each holiday to grind some quick XP on alts, work on the "long strange trip" achievement and fight the season's boss to hopefully get their unique and awesome item. Sadly now that I have two at max level, the achievement is completed and account bound, and boss drops are lower than LFR and dropped (Timeless Isles) gear, why bother?

How about a holiday revamp?

  • Valentines - Jaina shows up at Thrall's house complaining about how he never visits anymore now that he's married to Aggra. We are sent in to stop the fighting.
  • St. Patrick's - All gnomes are accused of hiding pots of gold under rainbows. Get rainbow generator to find the gold. 
  • Halloween - go sit in pumpkin patch and wait for the Great Pumpkin to appear. If you find him, he drops candy and toys for everyone.
  • Ground hog day - 1 person scenario, like training grounds, where if you manage to kill the groundhog boss, he buffs you with a 'early spring' light over your head. If you don't, rain cloud follows you around for day. 
  • New Christmas boss - Krampus slowly bags members of your team. Wipe if you're all bagged. 
  • Warlords - Achievement for putting 250 strands of miniature lights on a single building in your garrison.
So, any other holiday traditions you'd like WoW to honor? How about changing out the bosses? 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Looking for Flex Raiding

As a self-declared "casual" player, I have always had time constraints that prevented successful guild raiding. I WANT to see the higher end raiding content and not have to suffer the pains of LFR, but I also must maintain a happy family life. Unfortunately to maintain that happy family, things like homework, cub scout meetings, soccer practice or even last minute trips to the grocery store will always take precedence. With that said, most of the time, I can play, be it rather LATE (after 10PM local) for most people, but play none the less.

Typical evening:
  • Home from work between 5:30 and 6pm.
  • Dinner 6 to 7pm
  • Assist with homework 7 to 9pm 
  • Stories and tuck kids in bed by 9:15 to 9:30.
With that said, I've been looking at for possibilities. Now that Elk has finally reached a 523 gear score, there are a couple of new opportunities popping up (like). Like healing for the first time, I am nervous to commit to a raid this far in advance (i.e. tomorrow). OpenRaid works off a reputation scale. The more you participate, the better your rep. Fail to show, (I'd assume) the lower your rep.

An alternate to planning ahead on OpenRaid could be the "DPS Looking for Flex SOO!" in trade chat. Ever so popular back in Wrath, you seldom see anyone do it nowadays. Or maybe put my name in the 'cross-realm group finder' UI and see if my name ever pops up. Chat has the advantages in that I don't need to be logged onto my healer to actually call out as heals..

So, planning ahead, LFR or spam trade chat. I have options, but none of them replace the simplicity of running with guildies. Friends could text me directly "WTF, raid started!" and I could let them know that I was almost there.

Who would have guessed that playing a video game would require so much planning.

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