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The Loot Drama Monster

Old man caught in the grip of the dreaded Loot Drama Monster.  (To be fair, the cloud did outroll him on something that wasn't really an upgrade for it.)

Old man caught in the grip of the dreaded Loot Drama Monster. (To be fair, the cloud did outroll him on something that wasn't really an upgrade for it.)

Once upon a time, in a WoW far, far away, I really cared about loot.  I felt cheated whenever I got outrolled for something.  I refused to look forward to the next level, the next dungeon – if I missed out on something now, I was cranky about it.  I was also polite enough not to spread my crankiness around to others, but still, in my head, the Loot Drama Monster raged.

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Rocking Out in WoW

A lot of people have little “raid rituals”.  They get their soda and snacks lined up by the computer, they turn on their favorite music, they pray to the Random Number Generator Gods for good rolls, sacrifice a mage for good luck, and so on and so forth.

My rituals have always been less…organized.  The morning of the raid I log on to make sure I’m properly gemmed/enchanted/stocked-with-potions-reagents-fish-feasts-etc.  If I don’t plan on doing dailies or other fun things involving my raid toon beforehand, I try to log out by the summoning stone of the raid in question.  Then, somewhere between 5 and 15 minutes before raid time, I finish whatever household chore/alt leveling/TV show/dinner I was working on and make a mad dash for the computer.  I log on, join the raid group, sign into vent, drop a fish feast and some tree hugs, and away we go!

Often the last words reverberating through our little condo before the raid starts is me hollering:

“Oh, crap, hon, I gotta run to the bathroom before the raid.  Can you refill my water since I forgot to?”  (Just to ensure I have a steady flow of liquid during bosses so that my legs will be in a permanent state of crossed by the time the mid-raid break is announced.)

Tazha in WoW?  Always ready for healing.

Tazha in RL?  Generally shoving a headset on herself rather breathlessly a few minutes before the raid starts.

So yesterday was a nice break from my insane dash to the computer.  (more…)

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Take Me To Your Leader

Just trying to lend a helping hand...

Raid leadership is a tricky business – although I’ve never personally led a raid, I’ve watched my raid leaders closely and tried to learn from their examples.  I enjoy working with all of them, and I trust them to take me into content both known and unknown.  I heal, they lead, everyone’s happy.

However, over the last week I saw the flip side of being good at leading raids – occasionally my raid leaders join a raid that isn’t theirs and forget they aren’t in charge.

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The Norm Factor

I like my raids like I like my '80s television - funny and with a reliable core of characters.

I like my raids like I like my '80s television - funny, stress-relieving, and with a reliable core of characters.

I prefer 10-man raids to 25-man ones.  There, I said it.  I know that back in the day, 40-mans were the Thing To Do and All Was Grand and there were 400 people on rotating raid rosters and it was Magical and Wondrous.  I’m sure it was.  And I know that now 25-mans are the Heroic Version and Challenging and Where It’s At.  I’ll still take my 10-man any day.  It probably stems back to my WoW upbringing…

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    Greatfather Winter in happier days, seen here clutching a terrifying doll and various other goodies for Azeroth's residents

Greatfather Winter in happier days, seen here clutching a terrifying doll and various other goodies for Azeroth's residents

Once upon a time, Greatfather Winter was a jolly old man who brought toys and joy to creatures all over Azeroth.  Then something bad happened…we’re not completely sure what.  Maybe he got jaded, because no one ever gave him toys back.  Or maybe his brother betrayed him and was involved in a plot to mind-control him into helping out an evil Old God.  Who knows?  Either way, lately Greatfather Winter’s been letting himself go, hanging out in Ulduar, and looking a lot more like this:

A picture of Greatfather Winter in his current state (where he calls himself Hodir) - note the crazy eyes, giant mace, lack of jolly

A picture of Greatfather Winter in his current state (he calls himself Hodir now) - note the crazy eyes, warrior hairstyle and armor, giant mace, general lack of jolly

Tazha decided to join several groups this past week who were on the diplomatic missions of trying to get to Greatfather Winter and end his misery/talk some sense into him.  (more…)

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To Do List

So your first ever Ulduar raid starts in 30 minutes, and you haven’t read up on the fights?  After a gentle scolding for not being better prepared, I’m here to help with a quick guide to the first four bosses in Ulduar.  This is a very resto-druid-specific guide, so I won’t be explaining how the raid leader should set up the fights, etc, but just what you, as their friendly local tree, needs to do to hold up your end of the let’s-all-go-raid-and-I’ll-help-heal! bargain.

(Scolding commencing…) Bad tree!  Be better prepared next time! (…Scolding complete.)

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The Well-Bred PuG

The Well-Bred PuGWarning: This is the story of my first Naxx PuG.  It is a big post – sorry for the length – but I found the experience very personally instructive in PuG etiquette and raiding overall.  Hope it keeps your interest and/or helps you, too.

Summer vacation is upon us and that means raid members jetting off left and right to go enjoy the sun and surf in warm bits of the world.  This left my pally and I completely raidless on Sunday which we were enjoying by doing Argent Tournament dailies and Midsummer Fire Festival achievements.

Enter a fellow raid member (herein refered to as “FRM”) from our Sunday evening 10-man group, who invited us to a half-PuG 25-man Naxx that evening.  After a quick discussion my pally and I agreed to go.  (more…)

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