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Raiding 101: Joining a Raid doesn’t make you a Raider

Posted in Raiding 101 with tags , , on December 4, 2009 by Wiredude

Welcome to the second installment of this series. In the first post, I discussed what I feel the role of the Raid Leader is, and why you need one. This post will focus more on what you need to look to bring to the table as a player in a raid.

Joining a raid does not a raider make.

Look, I can wire things in my house, I’m not an electrician. I can usually fix a dripping faucet, or a running toilet, but I’m not a plumber. Just because you can (and sometimes do) do something, doesn’t mean that it defines you. This is both a good and a bad thing really, but that’s an enormous discussion that could better be handled by others. Let’s focus on our specific little corner of (cyber) reality, shall we? Continue reading

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Learning and Growing: Part 1 — steppin’ out

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 5, 2009 by Wiredude

I’ve grown a lot as a player over the time since I started playing WoW. A number of things have brought it about, but probably the largest single factor was when I changed guilds back back in March. I’ve learned a lot since then. I still sometimes feel bad about it too, but at the time if seemed like it really needed to happen, and honestly, I can say that I’ve been very happy in my new home, and I don’t think a lot of it have happened had I not moved. I still have a number of good friends in my old guild, and actually I still have an alt stashed there as well, though it’s a toon that I really just use to play the AH. I spoke privately with a few of the officers, and left quietly, no drama or anything, just parted ways.

Things bear a little explaining though, it wasn’t as if I had out-grown my old guild, it was something totally different. I won’t get into any details, but let’s just say I wasn’t happy. I had made up my mind I was leaving, I just wasn’t sure where I was going. I was talking to a friend who had previously been a guild-mate, and was a member of a guild I was considering. I knew some of them, and had done a few runs with them, and was friends with the GM (another former guild-mate), so it would have basically been just a matter of asking. But things never go as planned in my world, ever.

While talking to this former guild-mate, I learned that he was actually about to form his own guild, and that a few of the people I was friends with were coming also. Here’s where things get a little complicated. During the few days it took me to talk with the people I wanted to talk with about me leaving, the main raid leader of my old guild also announced that he was pulling up stakes, and moving on, going to join the person forming a new guild. He’s the helpful sort, always willing to give you pointers, tips, etc. Looking back now, that probably was a major factor as to where I ended up, but at the time, I wasn’t really thinking about it. I talked with these 2 people, got an idea of what was envisioned in the new guild, and decided that I wanted to come aboard. So I joined The Rosuto Samurai on Whisperwind.

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The Learning Curve

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on August 27, 2009 by Wiredude

I remember leveling through the game the first time up through. I’d get a new ability, spell or whatever, and read the tooltip, think “I can use that for..” or “I’ll never use that…” and proceed to put a button on a bar somewhere, and often completely forget it. I remember learning how to do an instance for the first time, I remember it was Hellfire Ramparts, but honestly I can’t remember who I ran it with, and kinda feeling like a noob, having to be told, ok let this “tank” guy have a second or 2 to get agro… I remember finally hitting lvl 70, and thinking I had the game by the tail, only to learn that it really just started all over again. I remember that first time I got asked to come into Kara, at Maiden, to fill in for someone who had to leave, and making it all the way to Curator, and realizing I had a LONG way to come. I remember my second trip into Kara, thinking “Ok, I know what I’m doing!” and getting to close and accidentally pulling Maiden… I also remember having a batch of guildies that was there to pick up a noob hunter, dust him off, and point him back in the right direction. I remember not at all understanding why rep was important. I remember a friendly chastisement about not having my First Aid leveled (heck I was a hunter, I didn’t ever use bandages solo, if I was taking damage there was a problem). I remember having to run everywhere until I hit lvl 40, not being able to fly until 70, and thinking that 1000g was a TON of money. I remember wondering how the heck am I supposed to double my DPS output or better. Continue reading