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RL Drama Ruined Our Drama Blog

Posted in Daine, Katie, RL Stuff, World of Warcraft on September 24, 2009 by mmoredrama

We’re back! Erm… Again… *coughs*

Unfortunately, with the hectic chaos that we’ve both been victim to just lately, we haven’t been the most committed bloggers in the world. Well, we haven’t been bloggers at all, as technically we’d need to blog.

The bad news is that I (Katie) had a full time job. I know, sucks to be me. The even worse news is that I recently got the boot from said job due to me “not being good enough” at doing a million jobs at one time. The even worse news is that we are no longer going to university! 😦 So a job really would come in handy!

But the GREAT news is that we’re having a little baby to make up for all of this trouble. And no matter how much he wants to, the baby isn’t going to be called Daine, Xanthya, or Alyssea (I know, what a geek)! We’re both really excited to become parents, even if it means putting off going to university for a year or more. He’ll constantly make “witty” jokes about how he’ll now have TWO children (he implies that I’m the other one), and I’ll constantly use my “condition” to get whatever the hell I want. Perfect!

So, a couple of times over the last week, I have mentioned this blog to Daine in an attempt to get it back up and running. Seeing as I’m at home more now, we’ve got plenty of time to start documenting the drama of the internet again. And plenty of our guildies have been pestering Daine to get the blog going again, so it seems we are (slightly) missed. However, it will be quite bizarre writing a blog about World of Warcraft when I haven’t played for AGES and ran out of game time yonks ago. Earlier, I made some passing comment about WoW end game and it turns out I actually have no idea what the top level of content is right now. So… Should be fun.

Anyway, enough talking (Daine says “self-indulgent rambling”).

Katie

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

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

Take advice from someone who “knows”

Posted in General Forums Drama, Katie, Quote of the Day, RL Stuff with tags , , , , , on August 11, 2009 by mmoredrama

You will find when you quit WoW that you gain a whole new perspective on life in general, and in particular, on the people that you have been playing alongside. Sometimes the spectator sees more of the game, and that’s why it’s always a pleasure to read a “goodbye” post filled with opinions and observations from “the other side”.

The time has come for Cthonya to leave WoW, but before he does, he has a few caring observations to share with us as a parting gift. Isn’t that kind of him? He knows exactly what the world is all about now that he has stepped away from his computer monitor, and instead of being selfish and keeping all of that sacred knowledge to himself, he has decided to share it with us all in an attempt to make the world a better place. So, without further ado, here is what Cthonya had to say in a post entitled, “Finally, toodloo and tata“.

fatIt really all boils down to one single thing.
Unless you get up off your (increasingly) fat arses YOURSELF and venture outside again, in the end your lives really will just amount to nothing more than just screenshots.
There is no such thing as balance in your lives whilst you play Wow. Those who convince themselves that they manage to balance Wow and RL are deluded, there just is nothing more to it.
They are either on the way in or out to become just another wannabe or post hard core player, and there is nothing more to that either.
Loot is god, and there is no other reason your officers are your officers. They are there to control the money and the loot and the goodies and commodities and all the bits that make your belly go all fuzzy inside. The rest is meaningless, just accept it. You are there to make them feel better about themselves, and don’t let them tell you otherwise. Guild Monkey (the one who can delete everyone from the guild and take all the money and stuff whenever they want to) are, well, just fat and useless. The game has no rules, so yeah they can do that and there is absolutely not a single thing you can do about it. Think about it for a second…
Blizzard is no more than a commercial entity. If it wasn’t for them someone else would have done it. Wow is the collective result of all its predecessors and of you. I have nothing against them, I admire them for what they have managed to give so many otherwise lost souls. All that’s missing is a pseudo-messiah and you almost have religion!

How sweet of him to let us know how he feels. And of course, his audience was completely receptive to his positive step towards liberating us WoW players from our life destroying addictions. Forgetting the fact that in the past 6 months, I have been playing WoW fairly casually and still managed to complete my A Levels, get engaged and maintain a healthy social life and family relationships, I think he might be onto something here. After all – he must know. He’s torn away from his WoW addiction and can see what we all fail to realise.

It was disheartening to see people questioning the authenticity behind the controversial words of warning. Cthonya is quitting, and has realised that he was addicted, and therefore we all must be. After all, every person in the world is exactly the same, right?

But one hearty dwarf from Turalyon, Mogan, had a word of warning for Cthonya if he thought life would be all rosy on the other side. “GL on your outside hobbies,” he said, “though make sure you give them up fast or they will control and ruin your life!”

However, I think I’ll grant my Quote of the Day to Conspiracy, who said, “Every 5 seconds a DK quits because the game is too hard. Donate 5 epics a month to keep 50% of WoW’s idiots playing.”

This thread probably won’t be open for long, and is already becoming a bit of a flamefest, which is a shame, because it means that Cthonya’s words will never reach the mass audience that they were intended towards… And overall, the world will be much darker place where fear and addiction keep the masses under control while the dark overlord that is Blizzard continue to rule with tyranny. It’s up to us to spread the message and end this plague once and for all.

– Katie

Vewy embawassing

Posted in Deathwing, Guild drama, Katie, PvE drama, Realm drama with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2009 by mmoredrama

embarrassingOnce upon a time, on the realm of Deathwing EU, the guild of <Lockdown> were the most successful, astounding guild that had ever been seen in Azeroth. All wearing their shiney gear in Orgimmar, flexing at the poor peons around them who had never seen the inner walls of Ulduar or even Naxxrammas, Lockdown members were proud to be heroes. So proud in fact, that they were devastated to be selfishly killing the monsters of the world without giving anything back to the community.

All of those lowly peons of Orgimmar would never get to feel the satisfaction of the Ulduar greats falling to their knees (or running back to a certain spot in the room and inviting them to open a chest). Lockdown couldn’t continue to be so victorious and worthy without contributing their fair share to those that would never get to see these marvellous events directly.

“What are we going to do?” squealed the guild master at his minions. “We can’t forget about all of the ‘little people’ that have helped us become the greatest guild on Deathwing! We must do something!”

But nobody could think of anything. They sat in the old guild hall for quite some time, until the sun began to rise outside and the embers of the wooden fire began to crackle and fade away. And then…

“I’ve got it, mon!” called out a troll, excited. “We could invite them to come with us!”

“No, that will never work,” the guild master sighed, placing his corroding head into his rotten hands (he was undead, if you didn’t get it). “Only so many people can enter the dungeon. It’s always been that way.” Nobody knew why, but it was true, so they went back to thinking.

The door to the guild hall creaked open. An elderly tauren hobbled into the room, using his old staff as a walking stick. The guild members looked at him in dismay. Who was this tauren and why had he just invited himself into the room?

He said, “I was standing outside the door. I heard your discussion, and I think I have the perfect answer.”

“You do?” the guild master squeaked, excited. The tauren looked senile, but maybe he had an idea. It was worth finding out.

“Yes,” the tauren replied. “You should make a live stream of the events. You can blast them onto a huge screen in the middle of Orgrimmar for everybody to see. Use trade channel to advertise, or even spam. People must see your success. They must be able to share that glory with you.”

“That’s it!” grinned the guild master. “It’s perfect!” He pointed at a random number of trolls and orcs. “You, sort out the live streaming. You!” He pointed at a level one blood elf. “You start spamming trade chat with our mission – to show the realm our kill of Vezax on hard mode! We will be famous! It’s perfect!”

And so, the plans were in motion. Lockdown rallied the troops, organised the magical screen to appear in the middle of Orgrimmar, and positioned a number of low levels in a city so that they could spam trade chat with links. And the day came. They stood in their formation with their prettiest garments on, with the strongest elixirs and the most reliable fighters. “It is time, men!” the guild leader rallied them before they charged into battle. “It is time to show everybody exactly what we are good at!”

Twenty five members of the Horde charged into battle with the trash before General Vezax (hardmode). They wiped. And they wiped again.

“Turn off the live stream!” called out an ashamed guild master. “Don’t let them see it!”

But it was too late. In Orgrimmar, a worthy and noble tauren druid, destined for many great things, had been one of the only ones in the very small crowd that had bothered to watch Lockdown’s attempts. Watching his heroes, he felt an innate disappointment not dissimilar to the emotional devastation of his level 80 birthday where he didn’t acquire any new shapeshift forms. The anger rose inside of him – all of the emotional investment in Lockdown, his heroes, his idols – was wasted! He needed revenge… It became his mission from that moment on to bring the truth about Lockdown to the masses.

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Posting progress on MMo-champ. Spamming tradechat for livestream. Wannabe Ensidia ? Now you only miss sponsors, fans and a community website.” Vewy embawassing indeedy-dums. Lockdown invited the server to watch their victory on a hardmode General Vezax, but couldn’t kill the trash and quickly turned off the live stream in an attempt to save their dignity… Seems Morani wasn’t willing to let it go though. Awesome.

– Katie

P.S. Please remember to check out the comments to this post. We love it when a person we have invited into our hearts and blog posts makes an actual appearance with comments and flames. Incarnia, a self-proclaimed maverick, gives her point of view on the whole “boob scandal” of Al’Akir. *munches*