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Baby Blizzard Bear Love.

Its WOW’s 4 year Anniversary, and for logging in on the 23rd of November, you get an achievment, “Wow’s 4th Anniversary” and you get a nice little present in the mail.

The Baby Blizzard Bear.

He is very cute!




77.81 US Shipping for a Freaking USB Sized Authenticator?

I am in shock.

No: I am bent over laughing in a manical manner, with phychotic drool pouring out of my dumbfounded mouth

So the Authenticators are available to us Aussies now…

While I was in their store I decided to buy the soundtrack as well.  Trying to Pad the purchase so I browsed the limited other items in the store, and that was all that tickled my fancy.

suffered through slow connections to find.

Authenticator was  $6.50 and CD $9.99

Now add that our dollar is sitting under 0.80 US atm ( for the banks FX calc I used )  that brings the order to 118.14 Aus



Now thinking perhaps that the system got confused, and that i can live without the CD if I saved a good portion of the shipping,  so I deleted the CD and then…

So I’ve canx the order for now.

Yes I know there is no price for security – but thats to a point… like A Medium point.

This is extorsion.  I live in metro Sydney Australia – not the behind end of the world in the middle of the desert

I think it would be cheaper to pay a courier to pick one up for me and stand in line at a po box and stick the envelope in the mailbox..

Oceanic Forums for Wow..

So us Oceananicans have our own forums now.. 

Um Why? –

So far 6 pages of Forum text has been filled with..  “Anyone from.. ”   and “Why do we have our own  forums”

So after wading through people looking for  various cities in Australia or Suburbs to ‘represent.. ‘  the question as to why? is remaining un answered.  Speculation and desire for our own servers here in Oz  are rampant. Complaints about lag, and Ping,   There is even a “All Aussies are criminals thread..”  guild recruitments and players looking for guilds  threads are just starting..  now this is in addition to our realm forums

I would have rather seen Server Specific guild recruitment forums,  not another place for random discussion.

Another Blizzard social experiment..?  Lets see what they do with it,  who will be the trolls that we love and hate on this forum,  will the regulars from the realm forums try and assert their trollness onto these forums? Who will start the  ” This is not a guild recruitment Forum.. ”  thread.

 It seems an odd thing to do..  unless we are getting more local servers…   – Please ! Pretty please with Vegimite, and Toast on top,  with Pavalova, and Kangaroos in the top Paddock..  Please or we will send a drop bear from the gumtrees to get you….   ( Jokes..   the drop bears aren’t dangerous!  )

The MMORPG the biggest fishbowl experiment ever.

I’ve come to the conclusion that a MMORPG has to be the biggest ‘fish bowl’ experiment, that most of the players aren’t even aware they are in … What do I mean? Blizzard gave us a game. We created a culture. In game and Out, and social anthropologists I’m sure study these virtual worlds with glee…

Its been the players that have used the ‘rules’ given to them by the creators ‘god’ and adapted them into practicality – Applying them to ‘ virtual reality’ Its like throwing people onto a deserted island with limited tools and skills. How do they survive? What Social, Political, Financial ( trade/barter), industrial society develops because of the limitations.

Some examples?
Who came up with spell rotations?
Who comes up with strategies for Quests/Fights Bosses
BG Tactics?
Who pores over Reports on DPS and Crit and Proc Percentages to determine the best possible gear.
The best use of Talent points for each class and Spec
Social Dynamics and hierarchies  such as officers in guilds / raid leaders  from GM Roles to Pugs..

and any theorycraft practically.

Players do..  Blizz gave us a world..     Players are the cogs that run it.

Did blizzard think of Level 19 Twinks? Or only encourage a ‘sub culture’ by refining rules such as item levels for enchants and item enhancements. Level 19’s still don’t have BG Rewards why? People who Twink out a level 19 don’t do it for the shinny epics.. They do it for the pleasure of playing and getting the maximum out of of a level by hunting down ruthlessly the best available gear at that level, and utilising the existing ‘rules’ of the Warcraft Universe to get the best advantage. Eg Quest rewards don’t have level requirements. If you can pick up the quest you can pick up the item. People have to plan their twink by about level 12 Did Blizzard predict this? or watch in amusement at this growing ‘side game’ within wow.

Blizzard and any other MMORPGdevelopers give people a set of rules, and the players determine what parts of that Game is worthy playing, and Blizzard has shown some adapatability in encourging  ( or discouraging ) particular methods of play – by making the Guild Social Interaction easier ( in game Voice chat that no one uses..   and Guild banks

Which begs the theory – does the success of the game depend on the original concept, or the way in which the players are allowed to run with the concept?

What prompted this line of thought? A Shadow Priests Shadow Word Death.

“A word of dark binding that inflicts X to Y Shadow damage to the target. If the target is not killed by Shadow Word: Death, the caster takes damage equal to the damage inflicted upon the target.”

My Crits are hurting me. Bad. I raid with around 9.1-9.3 health depending on how many class buffs we have, I stam up for BT so as to survive Najentus’s Blast Wave, and it helps when running from Volcano’s in supremeous, I’ve been getting a moonkin in my group and with a Base – unbuffed +shadow Damage of 1295 now I am criting for 4k that’s practically half my health, and yes healers now know to heal me up and my VE helps. So it got me thinking. Is the spell being used as blizzard intended, or has its use ‘Evolved’ as players tested the spell and discovered the beneficial ways it could be used.

The Original concept was whenever you kill a target using Shadow worth death, if you are talent spec’d into Spirit Tap you can have a 100% chance of boosting your Spirit by 100% and allowing 50% mana regeneration while casting for 15 sec. So instead of getting an Innervate like Mages do for themselves, or Druids do for themselves, or others, or Life tap for warlocks this was a way for priests to get mana back at a reasonable rate.

Was Shadow word death intended to be used as an essential DPS tool? Its not an completely unique idea, self damage for beneficial results.. Eg Warlocks Life Tap has the same concept, they do it to get mana back.. i wonders..

A Boo Boo.. and a rather helpful Role Playing Gm..

I said I would “sing the name” of a Blizzard Gm in my guild halls  due to assistance rendered over a silly thing I did.

One shouldnt try and do complicated things when you have messy bags at 3am in the morning. So because there werent that many people on in my guild at that time, I figured I would blog it, so its recorded for posterity.

So a Big Thankyou to Antinik for assistance rendered.   I’ve not revealed details as to the nature of the assistance, as we discussed,  The trees have ears, and a Paranoid Gnome in this delicate climate is probably a good thing to be..

I’ve heard that Blizzard Gms answer their tickets in roleplay,  but I’ve never really raised one before at all..  and I wasnt sure how to respond at first..  do I stay in character..   will that get a better response? So I played along.. got a good laugh and had my issue fixed..


Much Ado about Ninja’s

Its a common thread on any Realm forum,  “insert random name  is a Ninja” It happens in Pugs, and in guild runs,   and usually with Tier items.

What can you do if it happens?  Nothing.  Not one thing that is going to change their behaviour or cause them grief, and Stressing about it only effects the enjoyment of your game.

No matter how many times you post it in trade, or on Forums.

Doesn’t sound very fair does it?

The sadder thing is that there is often easily obtainable evidence such as the “Monitoring and Logging”  of your chat conversations that Blizzard can do, that the ninja acted dishonourably,  Lied even, and did so with intent to permently deprive someone else of an item. But they can’t be prosecuted or their actions reversed because it happened in a virtual world.  Second Life seems to be crossing the border as to whats virtual and what is real in that they use real world currency to purchase virtual items, and that there are real world court cases on property disputes, and copyright infringements for items that are virtual, as it was determined to have real world value.

So I’ve had a look at Blizzards Warcraft EULA and the only thing close to a potential action against a ninja can be found in..

5. B part 9
Participate in any action that, in the sole and absolute opinion of Blizzard, results or may result in an authorized user of the Program being “scammed” or defrauded out of gold, weapons, armor, or any other items that user has earned through authorized game play in the Program .

Arguablly: You could say that the Ninja has scammed you and potentially 23 others into running an instance for their own personal gain. You have been defrauded, as the fact that you killed the boss, you earned a shot at the loot through your ‘authorized game play’
Given that as per the following extract.

8. “You agree that you have no right or title in or to any such content, including the virtual goods or currency appearing or originating in the Game, or any other attributes associated with the Account or stored on the Service. Blizzard does not recognize any virtual property transfers executed outside of the Game or the purported sale, gift or trade in the “real world” of anything related to the Game. Accordingly, you may not sell items for “real” money or otherwise exchange items for value outside of the Game.

No rights and No title – how can you be scammed on something if its not legally yours in the first place..

We really are playing on the whim of Blizzard. ( and for the most we love em..  )

But whats the alternative? A Warcraft Court? Where parties with greviences can put their case forward, imagine the resources required to resolve these issues?

Sorry – I can’t come to Hyjal I’m a witness in a case against Such and Such..   am Due in ‘court’ in an hour..

You can’t protect yourself..  even trusted people go gah gah when its something drops that they have been dying for. Loot councils while on the surface seem fair are often corrupt

Need/greed rolls can be manipulated in that some can greed,  but one need roll will discount all the greed rolls.

I’m a big supporter of Master Looter in a trusted run, meaning that I trust the person who is in control. But I’ve seen mistakes happen – items looted to people that shouldn’t have been..  and not even to a class that can use the item.  Bliz Gm’s responses have been for the most..  your mistake, its not up to them to fix it. I can see their point, imagine the requests they get for BOP item redirectors, Echanters who blow up the wrong item, or people who accidently vendor an essential piece of a Set.

So I propose..

Loot can’t be changed to Masterlooter unless all members of the ‘Group’  / Raid accept Yes.

You can only roll on items that you and your class can equip. ( it will reduce accidental looting and people who need on other items for fun.)

A dispute roll option to be enabled/disabled. Whereas a Vote for NO by a majority causes the item to trigger a re roll request.

Now these won’t stop all the ninja’s and can work against the honest person,  but if you earned the roll, and a majority of other people voted No against you then you have more problems then you first suspected.

Worse case senario – No one gets the item because everyone is arguing about it.

So avoiding pugs isn’t always the answer, its not practical and how else can you meet new people..  ( or be head hunted.. ) and even your own guildys can give you cause for mistrust.. ( everyone knows the toon in your guild that got the Tier piece and then /gquit) People are random.  There currently is no answer but to trust luck.. and as many people as you can afford.


Tolkien – Father of Warcraft Elves?

I was going to write a post on the similarities of the Sin’dorei & The Sindar

and While I have read Tolkien – I havent read any recently… but I was reading theMeeting at Corvallis – SM Stirling today The Sindar was mentioned in a passing comment as one of the chacters in this post modern Apocalyptic society has a Tolkien fetish.. and is speaking Elvish I love this series for so many reasons, but the comment registered in my brain as a ‘Oh’ I recognise that name from World of Warcraft.. and that led me to Talk: Sindassi a Wow Wiki Entry. That has also drawn some similarities and debate. I wonder if there are any tolkein fanatics that could correct the Wiki…. and without suggesting that Blizzard have ‘stolen’ the name.. they do ‘borrow’ from popular culture. Look at Adam ( Heman) in lowercity.. or Haris Pilton in the Inn. Blizzard wouln’t be the first to borrow content from Tolkien.. and while I am far from an expert… LOTR was a very long book. Very complex – and intricate and as someone who professes to be a sci Fic/Fantasy Writer ( ME… published and paid in small quantities) Like Prachettes World I envy the universe that Tolkein Created. Pieces of Tolkien has found its way into most modern Fantasy… while his work hasn’t been duplicated – his spirit and ideals.. live through so many writers yesterday.. today.. tomorrow…. isnt it fitting it has also done so in gaming..,..


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