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Home Sweet Home

Posted in General with tags , on August 24, 2010 by Korzik

If you follow me on Twitter you know that during the past couple of months I have been in the process of buying a home, which has been the main contributor to my absence from the blog. And while it takes time and energy to find the right home in the real world, it also takes effort and consideration when thinking about your home in game: your guild.

With Cataclysm approaching and some major changes coming to how one approaches the game, now is the time to think about what type of guild best fits you. Whether you want to raid 25 mans, 10 mans, or do high ranked rated BGs, each of these will likely require a different type of guild. While it is possible to have a secondary group of 10 man raiders in a 25 man raiding guild, it won’t be common and will feel more like a guild within a guild. The same is true of raiders participating in rated BGs. Raiding guilds can and will most likely do them, but without attention focused on truly succeeding, they will not do nearly as well as a battleground focused guild. There are obviously exceptions to this, however. For example, many of the best players in the world who are in the top 20 guilds are also repeat gladiators.

How to find the right guild is the tricky part. On each server there will be several guilds of each type. Here are a few tips that will help you find the right guild for you.

  • Visit their website – Take a look around and read all the threads you have access to. Forums and websites can give a lot of insight on what type of overall attitude and humor a guild has.
  • Talk to the management – Ask them what is expected of members, what activities they plan to do in the expansion and how things will be run.
  • Talk to members – Get a feel for how members feel about the guild. Ask how much turnover the guild has had historically. Ask how issues are handled and how management handles things like mistakes and under performance.
  • Talk to previous members – Find out why they left. This is one of your few chances to hear the downside of your prospective new guild. Just remember to take what they say with a grain of salt and don’t take it all to heart. Their information may be false or skewed to make them look better.
  • Try to get an alt in – This is both the most difficult to achieve and possibly viewed as slightly underhanded. It could also be the best the thing you do. You’ll be able to experience first hand what the guild chat is like, what times the guild is most active and whether or not they match your own play times. It is exactly what it seems: a chance to spend some time in the guild without committing yourself to it. If you are okay with frequent guild hopping go ahead and disregard this tip. However, if you are like me and tend to pick a guild and stick with it this could be invaluable to finding the right guild for you.

Now is definitely the time to make a guild change. Even if you are happy in your current guild be sure to ask what the guild’s plans are for Cataclysm. Guilds will become much more focused their primary goal in game and finding a guild that matches your own will go a long way to making your in game experience as enjoyable as possible. The next most important step in finding your new guild home is making sure you enjoy the people in it. For, even if you love the people, if you aren’t included for whatever reason, you will not be as happy as you could be. And remember that just because you leave a guild of friends, that doesn’t mean those friendships are over. After all, that is what the friends list and RealID are for.

Slow Torture

Posted in General with tags , on May 30, 2010 by Korzik

High Priest Thekal is very slowly torturing me. Once every three days he has his fun with me, leaving me dejected, tired, and frustrated. For over eight months he has kept up this routine. Why do I keep giving him the opportunity?  Well, ever since the first time I saw the Swift Zulian Tiger, I wanted one. The only thing that has ever tempted me to play Alliance was the opportunity for every one of my characters to have a beautiful, graceful cat to ride (well and, the chance to see the lore from the opposite side).

I never became serious about obtaining one until I found my true class: the rogue.  Ever since I hit level 80 on him I’ve been there almost every three days (vacations intercepted a few opportunities) to check. And I’ll go back every three days for as long as it takes until that beautiful orange cat is finally mine.

What about you? Is there any single thing in game that you continually put yourself through torture in order to obtain? How long have you been at it?

Hardcore Casual

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on April 1, 2010 by Korzik

Just thought I’d write up a bit about how I play WoW.  I have a shift schedule at work which really cuts into my raid availability, so it can be hard to explain.

I approach this game with a definite hardcore attitude. All the classes I play I keep up with the patch notes and latest and greatest changes.  I play to do the best I can at whatever I choose to do. I currently have 5 level 80s the least of which used to be my old main before 3.2.  And that leads to me to my second topic. I have become an altoholic and an AH player in order to fill the gap that was raiding.

My 80s are:
Mut Rogue, Blood (tank) DK, Prot Warrior, Resto Shaman, Surv Hunter.

As I said, I aim to be an exceptional player with each of my toons.  And, for the most part I believe I am achieving that goal. I still have more to learn and practice on every one of them but, anyone who tells you they have perfected their play is most likely lying to you.

I’ll be writing about my experiences and opinions about every one of my toons and in game activities. And now that you’ve been introduced to the toons and my mentality towards the game I hope you’ll better understand and enjoy the posts that will be coming.

Book Review: Stormrage

Posted in General, Lore with tags , , , on March 13, 2010 by Korzik

Now, no one can claim that any of the Warcraft books are works of literary art.  But, Stormrage by Richard A. Knaak is by far the worst written of the books.  If you can move past the writing and get to the base story of the book.  You’ll find a shallow and uninteresting part of lore.

The book deals with the Nightmare that is currently inhabiting the Emerald Dream.  Through the course of the book you learn the cause of the Nightmare and how it is dealt with.  Effectively putting to rest the possibility of a future expansion dealing the Emerald Dream.  There a few revelations in the book that could effect lore in the future but, overall it is just wrapping a story line.

An interesting note about the book however, is that it is the only Warcraft Novel that takes place in current time. (Night of the Dragon could be argued to be also) That in and of itself may be a reason why I found the book rather interesting.  The other books I was able to look past their flaws to enjoy a bit of the history of the Warcraft universe.  That history greatly enriches the game experience for me when I the why, when and, how of events.  Stormrage provides none of those insights at this time.

Would I recommend it: If you are a lore nerd; yes, despite all of it’s flaws and shortcoming it is still Lore.   If you don’t care all that much about lore and only want to read one Warcaft book.  Go out and buy Arthas instead.

Welcome to my new blog

Posted in General with tags , on March 9, 2010 by Korzik

If you followed me over from Dirty Deeds: A Rogue Story at blogspot, welcome to my new general WoW site.  If you happened across this blog from another source, welcome to my rants and insights.

This blog will have a much larger scope than Dirty Deeds did.  While DD was a rogue specific blog this one will cover anything and everything in game that I feel is worth writing about.  From the warcraft novels, to guild issues, to alts and, of course rogues.

This page is very much still in development but, I just wanted to give a quick rundown of what is going on here.  Expect a lot of changes to take place before my next post.

So again, welcome and I hope to see you back.