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I have a confession to make.

Sometimes I like to be alone.

When I need help, I predominantly stick to guild members or friends.  It’s not that I don’t “like” other people, and it’s not that I don’t help other people.  But even then, I prefer to choose who I help.  When I see a little two-man group on the side of the road to Menethil Harbour, I might throw them a buff or heal them until the crocs are dead.  If I’m just out of casting range and I see somebody die before I can get to them, I’ll throw them a rez.  But what drives me crazy are people who completely lack motivation.  People who “need help” for solo quests.  I get that it’s a social game and all.  But I find myself sometimes in a quandry wondering how to “ditch” somebody who wants me to help them, or who wants to help me.

Today I tried an old classic for the first time in a while.  I responded “No English” when somebody asked for help.  I couldn’t believe it worked.

How do you ditch group requests when you just want to be alone?


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One of the things that bugs me in World of Warcraft in general is how people just don’t learn how to interpret stats at all.  It just blows my mind how many people are completely clueless about how stats influence their class.  I can understand someone asking for an opinion between two items in guild chat if it’s a really tough choice, but there are people on every server I’ve played on that rely solely on trade chat “experts” to tell them which gear to keep and which gear to dispose of.

The power is now in your hands to make these decisions, thanks to Wowhead.com if you’ll just reach out (or tab out) and use it.  Building on the success of their weighting system that I blogged about a while ago, they have now made an item comparison tool.  This tool allows you to select any two (or even more) items and compare them based on the stats in a given weight scale.

Let’s say for the sake of example that I have a level 70 beast mastery hunter.  (Oh wait, I do!)  Anyway, let’s assume for the sake of example that I have Valanos’ Longbow equipped, but there are a couple of ranged weapons in the guild bank, a Crystalpine Stinger and a Precisely Calibrated Boomstick.  I would search for the Longbow, and click the big brown “Compare” button at the top of the item page.

Then I’d click the “Item” link with the green plus sign beside it, and add the Crystalpine Stinger and the Precisely Calibrated Boomstick to the comparison.  But we’re not done yet!  You still have to tell Wowhead on what basis you wish to compare the items, and this is where you’re going to add one of the weight scales I discussed in the earlier blog entry about searching for gear for your category.  So for this comparison, of course, we’re going to specify a beast mastery hunter weight scale by clicking the “Weight Scale” link with the green plus sign beside it and specifying the class and build.

Did you see what just happened there when you finished selecting the weight scale?  Another column appeared at the top of the comparison called “Score”.  It shows that the Longbow I already had is the best item for me at this time.  The Boomstick – even though it’s epic quailty – does not have the stats I need as a beast mastery hunter.  Go back and read that last sentence again.  The crossbow is useless (in comparison) because it has no stats at all other than raw damage (and it doesn’t even come close anyway).

This is just another reason why Wowhead is my favourite database site, they code these wonderful, really helpful web tools.

Now if only we could program the motivation into some players to use them.

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The Big Book 'O Names

One of the great things about my transition from Blogger to WordPress are the awesome stats they provide for me in the back end.  Yeah, that sounded dirty, but what I mean is they provide statistical information on everything from what articles you guys read the most, to what websites linked to me, and all sorts of other interesting stuff.  Frankly it’s easy to see when content goes over really well with you guys (like the day last week when we shattered the site’s daily hit record by a factor of three) or when it flops and I really shouldn’t have gotten out of bed that morning.  Fortunately the latter doens’t happen very often.

The one thing that is painfully clear from the statistics at this point is that you folks are all about names.  World of Warcraft players are all about names, whether they be guild names, character names, or PvP team names.  When you think about it, it makes sense.  Picking a name for your character — for example — may take longer than playing the first three levels.  Sure you could do what some morons do and roll your face across the keyboard and be known as “Jjklilkmnq” for the rest of your WoW life, but most of you — from the data I’ve seen — spend a lot of time researching the names you use in-game.

I’ve never been one to choose the “Jjkilkmnq” route.  I’ve often been told I pick good names, I’ve even had a few people ask me to pick names for them.  Here are a few names I’ve used over time and how I came about picking them.  Quite often it’s not about finding the name you want online, but about realizing how to find it or determine it yourself.


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I have no logical reason for choosing this picture, other than it's hilarious.

I have no logical reason for choosing this picture, other than it's hilarious.

I’m publishing this little tutorial because somebody commented to me in-game the other day that my priest was “amazingly” well-equipped for his level and they wanted to know where I got all my gear.  Well, I could sit here and tell you where I got it, or I could teach you how to find the gear you need yourself.

To read the article, you need to go to my guild’s blog where I posted it.

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Everybody is talking about how WoW is going through drought right now.  I can see where it’s coming from.  The usually populous Ironforge (on just about every server I’m on) is dead.

But there are good reasons for you to start playing WoW if you’re thinking about it and haven’t taken the plunge.

  1. The economy is SO inflated on most (if not all) servers that gathering professions will earn you ridiculous amounts of money.  I was given a total of about 20g by friends when I joined Bloodhoof last week.  In a week I’ve made that selling ore three times over.
  2. There are entire zones that are completely devoid of people right now.  Have you ever been playing an MMORPG and had to wait for a mob to spawn?  Go quest in Desolace.  I guarantee you… there will be nobody there.  (Yesterday I was on Bloodmyst Isle with a friend and watched a rare respawn three times, which makes me wonder whether the spawn rate for rares is based on load.)
  3. If you use me as your referral, I get a cool zhevra (zebra) to ride on!  Seriously, if you’re interested in playing, let me know.  I want one of these puppies so bad.

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