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I Have No Words To Describe This…

Posted in Guild drama, Katie, Scarshield Legion, Weird, World of Warcraft with tags , , , , , on August 19, 2009 by mmoredrama

I am flabbergasted. Maybe you will understand why if you enlarge the below picture:

fbook

It appears that a guild, “Homeland” of Scarshield Legion, aren’t getting as much publicity as they hoped for – thus, made the entrepreneurial decision to advertise themselves on Facebook.

So, I checked out the website that was being advertised, thinking “They’re paying advertising fees – they must be a pretty big and potentially famous guild that I’ve never heard of”. Not at all. This guild has 38 members, the majority below level 30, and their biggest feat in terms of raiding so far was an Onyxia run a couple of weeks ago.

“Bizarre!” thought I, and so I went along to the Facebook website and discovered this:

“The minimum budget is US $1.00 a day.”

Assuming the current rate of exchange is $1.00 = Β£0.50 (a rough estimate), this equates to Β£15.00 MINIMUM per month. Seems a bit of money to pay for a glorified levelling guild to get a little extra publicity, especially when it doesn’t seem they’ve attempted any of the free methods available to advertise their guild, such as the realm forums or even guild recruitment.

But I most recommend you check out the website. It’s rather unusual to see such effort put into a guild like this. It’s almost eerie. In particular, take a look at the guild history and the elaborate ranking structure. It appears that the GM feels he is running a company, not a levelling guild.

I just feel like words cannot do justice to the weirdness of all of this.

– Katie

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The Great Gnome Run (on Frostwhisper)

Posted in Bladefist, Frostwhisper, Katie with tags , , , , , , on August 16, 2009 by mmoredrama

Earlier this week, I wrote an “investigation” post about the reaction of the WoW community at large to an event advertised by Dabrin of Frostwhisper, and you may recall that I finished the post with: “However, after seeing the effort he’s going through to make this successful, I think I might go along.”

Well, I did! And it was quite fun. I thought I would just share some screenshots of the event, and maybe later I will post up the video. I know that a lot of people think these events are nothing new, nothing original and generally quite dull and a waste of time, but I actually quite enjoyed myself. For a start, I’ve never bothered with these events because I’ve always thought “Lag central, what’s the point?” but I decided my internet and my computer can handle it, and I’d like to show my support as I know these events can flop so easily.

But this event didn’t flop. When I logged on, I was met with the sight of quite a lot of gnomes, all duelling and spamming every possible channel with jibberish. So much spam in fact that it was quite hard to get an invite to the Great Gnome Run guild.

What a sight to see when I first logged in

And it only continued to get busier. Eventually, gnomes were scattered around the entire gnome starting zone like little ants.

A birdseye view of the gnomes

So, Dabrin (on his alt Crankwell), issued the official rules of the game.

rules

And then, without anybody even saying “Let’s stand in a line”, one was formed anyway. I thought it looked quite cool.

theline

Some of us were a bit scared about the event… Would we be one shot by level 8 bears near to Kharanos? Would we be expected to run into the Searing Gorge?

cower

And we were off! As you can see, I was quite far at the back, but I didn’t mind. I just wanted to watch what happened. Rumours were flying that people had minor speed increase enchants or were partied with hunters with the aspect, etc.

running

And soon the Horde started arriving, hoping we’d stray into a land which toggled us all on for PvP. About five horde were following us eventually, just waiting for the moment they could AoE hundreds of tiny level 1s…

horde

And then, we reached a point where everybody levelled up at exactly the same spot from exploration which was pretty cool to see. Unfortunately this picture doesn’t capture it as well as it could, but it gives an indication.

mass ding

And then, luckily for me, I managed to reach the tram at exactly the same time as it arrived, meaning I could catch up. But it did also mean I had to share a tiny carriage with over a hundred other gnomes (reminds me of the London tube)…

tram

But the crowd looked substantially thinner as we neared the finishing line… Perhaps a lot of gnomes got stomped by level 15 gnolls or burnt alive by Defias Pillagers…

thinned

But it’s more likely that the majority of the gnomes had got lost and gone in the wrong direction when told to go to the Lighthouse…

wrong way!

But the winner was Plainsrunner, who was the first one to reach the finishing line and open a trade box with Kuja at the final destination.

finish line

It turns out that since he was from a different server, he wouldn’t be able to make much use of the prize he won for coming first. So, apparently the event organisers are in discussions with GMs about transferring the item over to the winner. I don’t think it’s very likely, but we’ll see.

But, as a finishing touch to the fun that occurred, we did encounter Wiimage, who you may remember I wrote about some time ago. His name was familiar, so we spoke to the guy and showed him what we posted. Turns out he’s abandoned his mission to raise awareness to the world of the New World Order, instead deciding to just live his life. However, he does still believe in the views I highlighted in my previous post, though pointing out where I got one of my facts wrong! 😦 The conversation took a bizarre twist when he offered me his MSN address, but I guess it does show he’s quite a friendly and talkative guy.

wiimage

I have a couple of other things I need to make posts about later, so this won’t be the last one of the day I think.

– Katie

New expansion “leaks” lead to Cataclysmic drama levels

Posted in Cataclysm, General Forums Drama, Katie, New content, PvE drama with tags , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2009 by mmoredrama

When I woke up this morning, I was sure that something strange and unsettling had happened in the universe. Why? Because I actually had a dream about this blog, and quite an unusual dream. My mum, who as it happens has never seen this blog and probably never will (or at least I can hope), was berating me for some of my more biased blog posts and the way that I can, you could say, be quite a bitch to internet attention seekers. Then she took me into the garden, and showed me a slug making its way up the wall of my house, its disgusting trail following it and she said, “You see, the beauty of the slug climbing up the wall… Why do you need to take sides?” After this slightly unusual but maybe philosophical dream, I woke up thinking about the blog and wondering whether I’d been given a message about my previous actions… Should I try to be more objective? Should I think about beautiful (cough) slugs crawling up the wall next time, and try not to be so biased? What was the meaning to all of this, if there was a meaning at all?

So, I woke up. Sat up in my bed. Turned to Daine, who was also saying hello to the day, and told him of my dream. “Yeah, quite weird…” he said. But, after a quick zoom to town to go to the bank before it closed, I flicked on the computer and…

BOOM! mmo-champion put my dream, and it’s apparent message, straight to the back of my mind with what was surely going to have the most cataclysmic effect on the WoW community since… well, the last patch. Truth be told, I’m actually quite pleased with the new expansion, if the “leak” is accurate. Of course, I’m pleased to see that I’m not the only person who feels a tiny bit queazy about Tauren Paladins and Undead Hunters, but the rest of it looks really promising. In fact, I personally wish they’d gone a bit more “happy with the re-hashing button” and not brought in any of the new zones and continents. But enough about me.

What is most great about new expansion pack “leaks” is that, because there’s been no official announcement, you can be sure there will be PLENTY of conflict, and plenty of whining. All across the forums, people are moaning like cows giving birth about all of the new content. And, if they make a completely valid point, at least we can bitch about the fact that the person is moaning about what can only be officially labelled “speculation”.

Now, I’ve been following the general forums for the entire morning, and of course a few other places as well. I’ve seen every opinion that possibly exists on the internet about the new expansion, “Cataclysm”. One thing to note is that much of the hottest drama is gone, dead, buried, and slowly disintegrated into nothing more than a moderator’s secret archives. Yes friends, conspiracy. The forum mods are deleting posts containing this speculation. So, my apologies for not having made hard copies.

So, who’s whining about what?

Lore

Tauren paladins? Undead hunters? Even draenei shamans are coming under attack for breaking lore! No news is too old today, and all of those cool kids that play on PVP servers and actually don’t give a tiny shit about the lore, and don’t consider WoW a roleplaying game, suddenly have an issue with the fact that the lore is beginning to get lost underneath piles of epic gems, resilience caps and free Emblems. With the overuse of add-ons like Qhelper, I fail to believe that 75% of players in this game even bother to read the quests anymore, but suddenly everybody gives a crap what is right and wrong in the World of Warcraft. I’m inclined to agree with Fireandfrost (yes, you guessed it from his name alone, he’s a night-elf druid!), who said: “No one cares about lore in WOW.If u want lore go play Warcraft 3.” Let’s face it. The majority of WoW players don’t have a clue about it’s story or it’s background beyond the trailers, and the bit of RP lecturing they might get if they accidentally stumble onto an RP server with a name like “Vancleefalien” or “Arthasbro”.

Authenticity

Don’t like something you’ve read? Want to make a forum post about it? Don’t bother. You will only be told by about 500 smart alecs that you’re QQing about something that hasn’t been verified by Blizzard. Viriato asked what we were all wondering, saying: “But one thing… is that information reliable?? Seriously, is there any chance the things said there are true??” He, like everybody else, has no idea – so shut up about it, right? As Shalinda says, “Nothing is confirmed. If I were you I’d stop discussing this until next weekend, when Blizzcon starts. ” After all, there is a law that states you can never discuss the future. After all, the future is based on many variables which could shift and change… Unless you are 100% positive that something will happen, which is physically impossible for any of us to do (though I’m guessing an atheist may disagree), it’s ILLEGAL to discuss it, to wonder about it, and to imagine it. That’s why me and Daine aren’t going to bother looking at houses for us to move into in September as planned. Too many things might change, it’s not worth discussing until the day we move in. Right?

Old news

Indeed. A lot of people have woken up this morning with nothing more to do than to whine about whining itself. Not only are we going to whine about the current CRISIS of the impending expansion, but we are going to drag up old whines in order to make a point about this current whine. Take Yara, for example, who says: “First patch 3.2 would ruin wow now the new expansion… soon a maintenance will ruin wow aswell πŸ˜›“. A valid point by Yara, if not a small indulgence in a tasty bit of hypocrisy here, and further down on the same page, Drivebye adds: “it cant be worse can wotlk now can it?” What is it about new content that re-ignites our hatred for the other things Blizzard forced on their unwilling customers?

Injustice

I couldn’t help but feel for Blackspot, who was unhappy with the injustice of this new expansion: “Wtf why’s cairne getting killed he’s done nothing wrong“. Although Blackspot is sorely naive if he genuinely thinks that “only bad people die”, I guess it’s something we should think about. Writers of a soap opera often survey their market audience before doing anything drastic on a television show, because its the maker’s jobs to give us what we want. And for a change, we don’t want this game to represent a war torn world where people die in brutal waves of shadow magic and immolation, and leave their children orphaned, or end up as broken versions of themselves, floating in the nether… It is time for us to see the things that bring a tear of joy to our eyes, instead of a tear of sorrow. Instead of killing off Cairne, I say they should give us something better. Maybe Jaina Proudmoore could have a half-human half-orc baby with Thrall. The bundle of joy could be celebrated across the world, there could even be a quest line to “Visit the new mother and baby” and donate a set amount of gold for rep with the new “Jaina-Thrall trust fund” faction. Yeah, I should totally write this stuff. Hit me up, Blizz, I’d love to be a creative writer for your squad.

Laziness

As highlighted by Incuro, “OMFG. no new content, no new classes. instead blizz r just being lazy and reuse old content and makes it possible for all races to be like all classes?? i mean wtf who wants that.“, by going through all of their previous hard work and updating it, changing it, adding phases and instances, completely altering previous content to bring it up-to-date, Blizzard are being LAZY. No, they’re not giving us what we want. Ignore the billions of suggestion threads that have emerged since TBC, asking for Azeroth to be updated, to change every now and then, to make some form of progression… Blizzard are simply being lazy. And of course, these alleged zones that were once unclickable blobs on our world maps aren’t new content at all. Right…

Soooo…

A lot to get our heads around. But the real victims of all of this are Blizzard, I think. Imagine if you were a Blizz developer right now… You’ve gone to all of this trouble to try and fit every player’s desire into the new expansion and it’s less than a week away from being announced at Blizzcon for all to see, and you’re really excited about everybody’s reaction… And then the info gets leaked, the fanbase go crazy with rage, and you have to timidly take to the stage to announce that it was in fact true… I guess we just have to hope it’s inaccurate like these rumours were pre-WotLK and they got their facts wrong for Blizzard’s sake.

I would probably have so much more to write, but I always know I’ve written enough when Daine announces, “You must be writing a long post…”

– Katie

Best blog ever

Posted in Emo, Idiocy, Katie, Quote of the Day, World of Warcraft with tags , , , , , , on August 13, 2009 by mmoredrama

We’re going to stop writing mmoredrama from now on. It’s because we just can’t compete with this guy. Read this blog. We feel ashamed to even be posting on the same internet as this awesome guy. 😦

“I just feel like working out and tear all my muscles hoping that the pain will overwhelm myself”

– Katie

WoW Radio versus Blizzcon

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on August 12, 2009 by mmoredrama

For once I’m going to go against the sarcastic tone of this blog and make a short post to just say how bad I feel for the guys over at WC Radio. As pompous as TotalBiscuit can be, WC Radio has been around forever and a day and has had a lot of interaction with Blizzard and the WoW team over the years, along with covering each Blizzcon along the way. After a donation drive to get money for new equipment specifically for going to Blizzcon, Blizzard has been in touch to say that DirectTV have exclusive rights, and no other fansite or broadcaster will be allowed to do so. Weepy as the frontpage post may be, I sympathise with the guys over there and felt compelled to make an obligatory post saying so. However, my eloquence is nothing compared to Gnomage of Draenor, who sums this whole issue up better than I ever could.

%%#@ Activision.
%%#@ them.

I hate the way Blizzard are getting #%!**d like a slave.
Your reputation as one of the best gaming companies in the world, has gone down the drain.
Douchebags.

-Daine

Shield of the Self-Righteous

Posted in Daine, General Forums Drama, Idiocy, PvE drama, Uncategorized, World of Warcraft with tags , , , , , , on August 12, 2009 by mmoredrama

Now, I’ve written about Allene before, but after browsing the General forums as we do over the last couple of days I feel compelled to do so again. I don’t think I’ve ever, in all of my 4 years in WoW, seen someone so far up their own arse that they came out the other side brown. As you will have seen if you read that post, Allene is a player that doesn’t feel he/she (I’m not really sure, so from now on I’ll just use he for no other reason than it most likely is) needs to comply to general ettiquette within the game, and isn’t interested in doing content in any other way than his way. Despite posting many, many gems in many, many threads, I’m going to focus on this one.

Since 3.2, on overpopulated servers it has been harder and harder to get into instances due to the ‘can’t be launched’ message. To be expected really, with everyone and their dog farming for mad T8 badge gear. A lot of the points the OP make are pretty fair, showing the level of spaz apparent in the WoW community at large. However, Allene manages to derail the thread away from the OP within the first page, and make it all about his problems. This might however be due to the fact that he’s a tool and everyone hates his self-righteous drivel. His argument is that by not allowing people in blues and some BoE epics tank heroics and 10 mans, you’re not allowing them to experience the game in the way it was played in November. Top guilds got to do it this way, so why should casuals have more pre-requisites put on them to experience the content now? Obviously not because these ‘no-lifers’ as he likes to call them have been working together for ages and generally are pretty good at this raiding thing.

So let me get this straight. Instead of farming badges for easier gear being a good thing, it’s actually stopping people from being able to experience the game, and makes it harder for casuals to gear up. Right. Let’s just take a moment to look at this guy’s Armoury. Can I just add, for the record, that I’ve maybe done four Heroics, one Naxx 10 and one Ulduar 10 as a tank on my Paladin, and have better tanking gear than this. Maybe that fact that his gear is shite and he has a terrible attitude is the real reason he can’t get groups. With that out of the way, we can see that effort to buy BoE pieces is above this guy. Naxx 10 was tanked by x guild in November like this, he should be able to aswell. Fair enough. Just don’t expect 90% of the community to agree. Apparently though, he wouldn’t even be getting carried as you can’t carry a main tank.

This doesn’t end here though. As you may have noticed, Allene is guildless, but not through lack of trying in a massively stupid way. What guild would really accept a guy who, and I’m paraphrasing here, will delete any piece of offspec gear that he didn’t earn while playing the offspec, will demand to tank everything to progress his character as he won’t be boosted, and won’t farm badges from Heroics/Naxx unless he’s allowed to do it ‘the hard way’. This would all be fair enough if he’d set up his own group, but I guess that’s harder than forcing people to agree with you. Another thing to note is he won’t read tactics in advance, as the raidleaders back in November didn’t know the tactics so why should he? Again, more pressure on casuals now. As good as all this is, the real kicker is that ‘no-lifer’ hardcore raiders are scared of people being able to get Tier 8 gear because it levels the playing field and will show up their lack of skill. I’m starting to see a flaw in the self-proclaimed consistent argument that he prides himself on here. Gear is so hard to get becuase no-one lets you, yet it levels the playing field and takes away the exclusivity the ‘no-lifers’ covet so much because it’s easy to get. Right.

Going back to the guild thing, he feels he needs to be upfront about ‘his way’ because he doesn’t want to deceive the guild he’s applying to into thinking he’s a team played who will compromise to help the group move forward (my words not his). Ironically, Allene is also the maker of an add-on that creates fake achievements for you to link, so you can deceive raidleaders who demand them for entry to their groups. Definitely a masterclass in showing how to be an upstanding, intelligent contributor to the community right here.

-Daine

P.S. I forgot to mention that Katie just started a full time job, so chances she won’t update quite as much, or at least not until late in the evening.

The investigation continues…

Posted in Uncategorized on August 11, 2009 by mmoredrama

Before we get into the real post, we should first ask a daring question about CONSPIRACIES. After all, the forum topic containing the concealed breasts of Incarnia as “reported” by us twice here and here has mysteriously disappeared from the face of the Al’Akir realm forums. DUM DUM DUM! Weeks after the post was originally reported, it has finally vanished from the face of the earth – it seems that the powers above us at Blizzard have come to the conclusion that barely naked females IRL and a bunch of whining, competitive troll posts about different guilds being better than other guilds aren’t welcome to the official forums. At least we have copies of the photographs provided hosted on this site, or they’d be gone forever. πŸ˜‰

And now for the real news…

You know what they say about some ideas – they’re too good to keep to yourself. That’s why Dabrin of the <Disgruntled Alliance> on Frostwhisper went to all the trouble of inviting the entire European WoW community to join The Great Gnome Run, an initiative which some people are comparing to the escapades of “Athene”, who has apparently shot to Warcraft fame for a “gnome humping” adventure on an RP server. But Dabrin didn’t just make a post on the general forums, most likely because it would quickly fall onto page 2 below a zillion whine posts about twinks and the recent patch. Instead, he went to the effort of posting the exact same message on every single realm forum in the EU. No, seriously! He admitted that this was no easy feat, as he said: “you guys are right – i did post on our own realm forum……… and the rest of the EU forums, which was a *#!*% to do. This whole “maximum 10 forum topics, new forum topic accrued every 10 minutes” is a killer! What’s most astounding is that he seems to have gone through the same ordeal the next day, replying to any questions or comments made about the idea. What it would be to have that much determination – all of this effort for one event which will apparently take 30-45 mins!

And like the Michael Jackson presence on the WoW forums, this adventure of Dabrin’s really teaches us a lot about the WoW community, and it’s sub-communities (read: realms). We can divide the responses of all realms into a few categories…

The Unbothered

These realms, which make a vast majority of all of the different realm forums across the EU community, have no interest in the event, or even the forums in general. In most cases, Dabrin’s post is still fairly close to the top of the forum list but has no replies and remains untouched.

The Fairly cruel

On Bladefist, for example, Dabrin is branded gay, and it is alleged that he has no life. Nuwanda, a night elf druid, is the most callous, saying, atleast i dont waste my time trying to organize some pointless “run” that in the end accomplishes nothing but waste of other peoples time … even thought this sounds very genius and i would normally respect u for being able of making people actually WASTE their time … gnomes are gay and there is nothing special about gnomes xept their size so it does rly make any sense why people start prioritizing gnomes over any other class just because they are “rofl cute”. Srsly what is wrong with people and discrimination ?” On Bronze Dragonflight, Hostage tells Dabrin: “no go die in ur cave“, Nordrassil offered the completely new and never seen before “cool story bro“, and Outland seemed to take a GREAT deal of amusement in the whole thing, with a string of lmaos and rofls galore, and Museum chirping in: “@#*@ing humiliating is what it is @#*@ off“. On Twilight’s Hammer, Zepu had some advice (regardless of allegedly having piles, and more worryingly, cooties): “This is pathetic, get a life instead and go out running with your friends.

But the awards go to…

The Self-involved

In the case of Defias Brotherhood, tens and maybe hundreds of new posts are made every day, and it looks like the majority of the server are constantly on the realm forums. However, as an RP server, it’s likely these guys are so wrapped up in their roleplay guilds, drama and various other such things, that Dabrin’s post isn’t even on the first page anymore. Yes, Defias Brotherhood is the most self-involved server on the EU (which comes as no surprise to people who come from there, such as myself). Tons of posts have been bumped and such since Dabrin’s, but his has been left untouched. DB is the only server where his post had fallen off the first page within the first day.

The Completely Confused

Thunderhorn win the award for being the most confused realm. It seems that it’s too hard to grasp the concept, and thus the invite received this response. I can’t even begin to explain what is going on there, as it’s beyond explanation. Take a look if you like to try and figure out the meaning behind completely retarded weirdness.

The Most Cruel

The only server which has more than two or three replies, none of which are in any way friendly or polite, is the server of Executus. This is the server you should go to if you enjoy a bit of group bullying.

The Surprisingly Friendly

It almost made my head explode when I discovered that the only server in the entire of Europe which didn’t flame Dabrin AT ALL, and in fact gave quite a lot of positive reactions, was none other than the drama hub of Sporeggar. The realm where a guild can’t be created without a thousand players wishing its premature demise, and where GMs are accused of all manner of evils after their departure, and where almost half of the posts have been reported and deleted from every single thread, is strangely the most receptive to Dabrin’s kindly offered invitation to join what could be a nice event. A few “awesome” compliments, and a bit of discussion about how fun the event could be. Bizarre.

However, as said by Daine in a previous post, the drama on the forums is unfortunately weak right now due to the many generic whine posts about the newest content. Thanks to Dabrin though, it at least gave me an opportunity to continue my ongoing scientific investigation into the different personalities of realms. Shame it took so much of his time as, with such a widespread response of negativity and a lack of interest on their own guild forum, it doesn’t look like this is going to be the most popular event to hit WoW. However, after seeing the effort he’s going through to make this successful, I think I might go along.

And for those who are interested in the “Athene” phenomenon, which is also making a great impact on the topics discussed in the realm forums, the below video should answer any questions you might have. Not that I’d know, my speakers are broken.

– Katie