Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Minipost: Anyone need a medic?

If you wanted one in a hurry, don't ask me. I only just maxxed out my first aid doing one of the first aid quests when I was in Azsuna.

Nokturn started playing some of his alts in the guild again, and he was surprised it had taken me so long. But, how many healers actually bother doing first aid? What a waste of time profession!

But I'm not one to snort at free achievements. I did nothing except Darkmoon Faire First aid and those random drop first aid dailies to level my first aid. I've only done 4 of those quests though - man they are a pain to get to drop! And when they do drop it's often one I've already done (which means I just abandon it). This time was one I hadn't done before, requiring some salve made from mackerel. Of course, I was low on mackerel so I had to go fish some so I could do the quest.

Go go achievements!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Minipost: Guardian Legendary #1 - Fury of Nature

Got my first Bear Legendary today when doing an ordinary mythic dungeon!

Everyone thought I'd chosen the wrong loot spec, but I really have too many legendaries on resto and boomy so I thought I'd try getting some bear ones. At least I have something to wear now as bear! Though lots of the legendaries cross specs so it's not disastrous, really.

I wonder how many I can collect!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Storytime - Scarlet Confessional Book

"I don't know how you do it, Navi," said Pancakestab.

"Do what?" I asked, popping a piece of chocolate in my mouth as I continued cataloguing the guild bank contents.

"How you can listen to everyone COMPLAINING all the time."

"The secret," I said, as I put aside twenty five stacks of Starlight Rose, "Is that only 10% of what is said is actually relevent. The rest is just noise. In the middle of the noise, you make agreement sounds, throw in the odd 'I see your point' and a few sighs."

"Wow, Navi," said Kjerstin. "So you're telling me that half the time you're not listening to what people are saying?"

I threw him a wry grin. "Probably closer to 70% of the time."

"HOW can you do that! You're the guild leader!"

"That's EXACTLY why I can do that."

Kjerstin folded his arms, a stern look in his eye. "What OTHER secrets are you hiding that we should know about?"

I shrugged. "I dunno. Ask me something."

Pancake stood up. "I have a better idea. Where's Amelior?" He sprinted out the door and vanished.

"I don't get that. Why does he have to cloak in Dalaran?" I turned my attention to the Dreamleaf and packed them into neat piles of two hundred.

"Probably to surprise Amelior. I bet you he's fallen asleep."

"If he's asleep he wouldn't see Pancake coming anyway. I suppose it's just another rogue thing." I frowned at the empty chocolate container and sighed.

"Hey!" said Pancake in my ear, as he appeared out of nowhere. I squealed a girly shriek as I fell back, clutching my chest, glaring at him as he collapsed in gales of laughter.


Amelior sat down next to me, yawning. "He woke me up, saying that we were playing confession time with Navi. What's he talking about?"

"Nav has secrets. We want to know them," said Kjerstin.

"Do you agree to this, Nav? To tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?" Amelior took out a small red book, the Scarlet Confessional Book, ready to make me talk.

I shrugged, pondering what I secrets I had that I didn't want anyone to find out. Ohh wait, there was one...

As Amelior cast the spell, I could feel the urge to suddenly talk about everything and anything. The compulsion was so strong!

"Hey, Amelior," I said, "Did you know it upsets me that you out heal me when you play holy priest offspec that I feel like I should just not raid sometimes?"

Kjerstin and Pancake howled with laughter as I clapped my hand over my mouth. "Earthmother! I didn't mean to just blurt that out, sorry Amelior!"

Amelior laughed as he closed the book and slipped it back in his robes. "The spell lasts for 2 minutes, so if you guys want to know anything, you'd better get her to start talking."
"Navi," said Pancake. "You know Spoon's DK?"

"Yeah, Elfishpresley. Why what about him?"

"Do you remember he used to have a really bad name... Amelior and I have this theory - that someone in the guild reported him and forced him to change his name. Do you know anything about that?"

Oh oh. I could feel the urge to spill the beans bubbling up. I tried to deflect it. "What was his old name anyway?"

"It was Dixienormous," said Amelior. "We talked about it yesterday because we saw someone with an even more offensive name and wondered how come THAT name didn't get banned..."

"Now that was a funny story," I gushed. "I told him that I didn't like his name, but he didn't seem to care. And you remember how we were doing that Upper Kara Mythic plus and we were on the last boss and suddenly he went offline?"

"Yeah, we were all there, I remember that," said Pancake.

"We were just standing around and I thought, well I'm bored, I am going to report Spoon's name, and I literally did it just as we were opening the door. And suddenly he went offline. And he said 'Hey Nads, I just got flagged for a name change...' and I was like.... OH SHIT, was that because of me??"

"NO WAY! It was you?" said Kjerstin, his mouth agape.

"I was like, why would you get reported in the middle of the night? And inside I was thinking Holy crap that was me... and when Amelior said 'Well, it was probably reported ages ago and only now they're dealing with it,' I totally latched onto that and said 'Yeah, the Americans are probably waking up now or something,' trying to deflect the blame away from myself. But I never told him, I should tell him one day...."

Amelior, Pancake and Kjerstin howled with laughter. "Well, he's going to find out now!"

I smacked my hand to my head. "Well, I guess I did have a couple secrets after all! WHOOPSIES!"

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Raiding - At capacity

Raid was REALLY full on Wednesday. And I mean REALLY full.

There were 27 people there, and 2 raiders who didn't raid as they were not well. And I had an enquiry about a raid spot so I am super hesitant about saying anything to that person, though I wasn't exactly DIScouraging.

And as there were some 7.3 quest crumb lines being started up yesterday, there must have been something glitchy because we had maintenance right in the middle of raid again. Ugh. Nothing like maintenance smack bang in the middle of raid to ruin a night.

Of course, when you're rushing, you make mistakes. With the server shutdown 15 minute notice, we rushed in and then we had a mistake and had a wipe. Of course it happened on my tranq for the Embrace of the Eclipse, when it felt like it was not healing ANYBODY'S bubble off. Solution was just to use two cooldowns for that since we were so healer heavy.

The biggest piece of rubbish that evening was 3 vanquisher legs dropping from Mistress and zero Protector. With an extraordinary number of raiders on that token, that was a huge blow. Let me think... that's 5 warriors (Splatz, Moisty, Falln, Gale, Consti), 7 shamans (Cosima, Crooked, Spoon, Vork, Eurie, Slug, Fin), 3 monks (Aimei, Ram, Lushen) and 1 hunter (Ultra). Vanquisher tier is dreamy with 4 druids (Navi, Yeti, Gravy, Gen), 1 rogue (Pancake), 1 mage (Xethi) and no death knights. Conquerer has 3 priests (Amelior, Kinry, Mag), 2 paladins (Kj, Tri), 3 warlocks (Sev, Aza, Dugg) and no demon hunters. Good for me, since I got an warforged leg tier out of it. Woo!

Even Cosima/Koda, who is the most quiet and tolerant of our raiders, said "Navi, just saying, NO MORE PEOPLE IN PROTECTOR TIER FOR RAID please."

Now that prepatch stuff for Argus is up, I have had a few people thinking of moving classes. Splatz is considering tanking on the DK. I don't think Falln will change anytime soon, though of the shamans, only Spoon would be fluid moving to another class since he plays all his classes well. I wish he would play his mage but he moved that to another guild.

I have always been an advocate for "play what you want to play, not what the guild needs". Longevity in game comes from playing what you enjoy not something you've been forced into. That's why I worry about people like Kjerstin and Triarchi, both of whom are tanks at heart and being forced to DPS. I had a word to all the healers about DPSing and we should all take turns, even though Kinry is the loudest complainer that he might as well be sat out, and yes as heals he does an extraordinary amount of healing, but it gives the rest of us an opportunity to work harder and work on our own healing. This goes against all I said about play what you want to play, but it's either DPS or sit out.

We are not even recruiting! I honestly cannot believe the number of people we have who are interested in joining. A fair bit of it is word of mouth, which is lovely and speaks for itself, but I hate turning people away. Looking at what we have now, I feel like I can honestly say that we will never have raiding problems again, for lack of numbers.

What is going on? Why is the guild busting at the seams?

There seem to be a lot of ex-mythic raiders wanting to decrease their time commitments because of work and family. I suppose that late teens-early twenty year olds who played WoW and kept playing now have families and work commitments, and still would like to play but at a reduced level. Also, I am not sure people want to play a game for hours on end anymore - a few hours a time seems to be the most that people can sit still for these days.

Thursday went really well and we got everything cleared so that was a rather satisfying week. Interestingly, we had just on 20 people so it was a much smaller raid!

We'll see how things pan out with numbers. I do have on guildie leaving for a mythic guild but feels guilty about it - told her not to stress, we're all fine with people wanting something we don't offer (ie mythic). Besides, she can come back if it doesn't work out. I guess that opens a raid spot - but then, we're pretty full on healers anyway!