To Follow, To Tweet or To Observe. YOU DECIDE.

The beauty of Twitter is that we can use it however we want: tweet lots or not at all; follow many or none; interact with others or remain a silent watcher. We get asked A LOT about why we decide to follow so many people, so we thought instead of trying to fit the explanation into 140 characters, we would write a short post explaining why.

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Followers…. numbers…. statistics…. get it? :p

We joined Twitter for ONE reason – to interact with the Warcraft and wider gaming community.This is something we can’t do in our personal lives, as we don’t have the type of family that supports spending money/long hours on games and being indoors (there’s a whoooole other post there!). There are very few people we know personally who we can share our ‘gaming life’ with and most don’t game themselves, so reaching out and being part of the community is really important to us.

It started off as a way to be ‘real’ people behind our modest little blog. To see other’s blogs and share what we were up to. We followed all of the big Blizzard reps and other larger names in the community as a way to feed our obsession with news and Warcraft chat. Soon, we followed more people who actually interacted with us back (!!) and we were thrilled at making all these new friends.

In our own opinion, Twitter is a two way street – you want ‘ordinary’ (you know what I mean!) people to care about you and what you have to say? You pay them the same respect. We LOVE to hear what our followers are up to, and we hope they feel the same about us. It’s not about numbers. We don’t care if there are 2,000 people’s tweets to read – we (most of the time) want to know what everyone is doing and how they’re feeling. How can we expect people to listen to what we have to say if we can’t pay them the same courtesy?

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That’s us, the little slow one at the back 😀

Obviously, not every one of our followers feel the same. We get many people who follow just to get a follow back, then unfollow us – I’ve been advised that the more people who follow you/the less you follow is a popularity thing. We also have people follow us thinking we are an RP account and are sorely disappointed when they don’t find two gnomes talking about… snow/engineering/life being short and stuff. We also have our own rules: we won’t follow anyone who swears obsessively or who post a lot of porn or who are continuously negative. We also like to follow mostly gaming accounts, as this is a lot of what our online personas are all about, We may miss some Tweets, especially at night, but we manage to read about 80% and we don’t want to read stuff like that.

We know people don’t like reading through lots of Tweets and we know people might like to post many pictures of naked Animé characters – each to their own. We strongly feel that unless there’s a good reason not to, we should… and we WILL…. follow thus, interact with as many people as we can.

I could go on and on about Twitter cliques (take you back to school, anyone?), trolls and politics, but it’s not even 9am and I need my breakfast. But I hope this rather convoluted post gives you an insight behind our reasoning for following so many.

Finally… if there’s something you really want us to see, please tag us or DM us. We do miss things when life gets in the way of our online presence but we DO want to be a small part of your Twitter world!

The Triumphant Return!

So, we did it, we re-subscribed to Warcraft. We were both missing it and it seemed like a good time now I am on holiday for the summer.

It’s funny though, as soon as I logged in, I went afk for a bit, chatted for a bit, then flew around aimlessly for a bit. It was only after a couple of days after re-subbing that I decided I needed some goals. So, I picked up right where I left off – working for my 60 reps, grinding for the few mounts I need and working on any achievements that take my fancy. Mr B is busy working on more alts, and gearing more alts for pvp. Each to their own I suppose………………….

Things feel different this time though. Perhaps we have wised up a bit and got a better attitude, or perhaps it was a clean break which made us appreciate the game. Probably a mixture of the two, but this is definitely a question of balance. For us and our lifestyle, playing multiple hours a day and prioritising dailies/gear/guild over ‘real life’, and dare I say… each other?… wasn’t healthy. This time around, logging in for an hour, doing something fun and logging out to enjoy the rest of our day away from a screen feels much better.

Anyway, I have a post lined up in the next couple of days about what we’ve been upto in more detail, so ciao for now!

Weekend News

It’s coming to the end of the school term so I am madly busy and Mr B has been unwell. Between us, we only turned the computer on for the first time all week on Thursday for an hour (very unlike us!), which means we don’t have much to write about this week at all.

What we can tell you though, is that we are trying out a new mod pack for Minecraft called Hexxit which we have been playing in Survival with two friends. I was going to do a short review, but as I sat down, the server crashed and we’ve been unable to get it going again. I’ll write one up in the next couple of weeks instead.

So far so good, though. Loads of items and new mobs to play with. We especially like the giraffes and elephants! It’s apparently aimed at adventure, and there are certainly many dungeons and caves with lots of cool loot. I know the boys have been enjoying those, whereas us girls have been building and primping more than anything else.

In other news, I’ve been knitting lots of things in the evenings where I would usually play WoW. I’ll put some photos up at the bottom (if you know of a good Warcraft pattern, hit me up!). We are both missing Warcraft, but every time we think about resubbing, we wonder exactly what we would do and always come to the same conclusion: nothing. Come 6.0, we will be there with bells on!

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George, he’s tiny, but very cute!

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A little baby comforter. This was a practice for a gift I’m going to make 🙂

Entertainment, or a whimsical distraction?

What we’re talking about, of course, is Blizzard’s new “webisode”, Azeroth Choppers.

So, some guys at Blizzard, instead of focusing on getting the content out that 6million people are waiting impatiently for, have decided that they actually want to plow money and resources into a series of films about some other guys creating some motorbikes.

Okaaaaay.

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Aside from the fact that I hate the stupid word “webisode”, the whole concept has seemed a bit… silly to me. I expected to see a lot of the design process, seeing as Blizzard designs stuff. I also expected to see Blizzard people do a lot of the presenting, talking us through ideas and showing us some techniques or technology… seeing as that’s what they do. Finally, I kind of expected the main Blizzard guys to be building… or at least present… in the process. I’m a bit confounded that none of these things really happened to be honest.

Okay, okay, we got to see Metzen being all pro-Alliance (making a principal or whut?) and even some back-stage Sky Golem design (how exciting! Not). They even flew some Blizzard guys out there to inspect the bikes and give creative input which sounds like a great use of their time. No seriously, I hear everything is ahead of schedule with Blizzard games currently…

Meh, who am I to comment on their business plan and resource use? After all, I’m just a consumer who contributes a teeeeeny tiny percentage of their gross income. /sigh

Although I was disappointed I didn’t see more designing and more of the Blizzard people and their processes, the final bikes did look amazing.. I also thought since they had gone to the trouble of making it a (here comes that word again!) “webisode” series, it could have been longer and more detailed. I thought it was a bit of a shame the guys working on the bikes hadn’t played World of Warcraft before, and that it took them 5 episodes to introduce them to it. A good idea not properly thought though, or a bad idea dressed up with some Blizzard pajazz? Not sure.

I suppose I’m kind of taking the stance of: “If you’re going to do something, do it properly”.

I think it’s a really wasteful use of time at the moment, considering all the gripe with the slow release of the expansion. We know there are different teams working on different elements etc etc etc but actually, we want content, not 8minutes of making bikes a week. People are so starved for news that they want, no, they NEED the tiniest bit of Blizzard goodness.

The end result of each bike was pretty incredible, and I must say, I prefer the Horde bike with its tusks and chains. I would have liked to have seen a mock up of each design in-game before I vote, as the translation from real life to screen could be very different.

We would both love to be tempted back to WoW with the promise of an awesome new mount, but this isn’t news and it isn’t content! It isn’t anything, except 10minutes of some dudes we don’t know putting together a cool looking bike based on a game some haven’t even played. Nice try, Blizz, but we’ll get excited when something real happens. KK? Thxbai.

 

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Community Matters.

We had a very interesting conversation last night on Twitter with a person who clearly thought we were not only “ignorant” but “narrow minded” about this very subject as they obviously didn’t agree with our opinion. We aren’t asking you to agree, but we do hope you will understand and not name call in your response.

Let me enlighten you.

We both have an extreme non-tolerance policy for any names we may stumble across in game that we think are offensive, abusive or derogatory. This is for a number of reasons:

  1. To protect the community. There are members of our community who are vulnerable and underage. These people need to be protected – as far as we are able – against bad language, bad attitude and bad behaviour by other players. This is why Blizzard have a censoring system in place, report features and T&Cs. This is why the community is asked to be vigilant against offensive names as they are unable to police it completely themselves. It is a community issue.
  2. To make our experience better. We don’t want to see foul language and foul names in game. Simples.
  3. To fight against racism, sexism and abuse. If we are not being proactive, we are not being good citizens. These issues are current and ripe in our community and they shouldn’t be. If we don’t actively fight against it, there is something seriously wrong with us.
  4. This is a game, not the playground. We, as adults, should not be using names like “shitdipper” or “rétard” (etc etc). WE ARE NOT 12 YEARS OLD and we should be creative enough to come up with a name that’s acceptable and follows the naming guidelines. Seriously.

worldA common poster in schools. Its meaning is simple and effective, yet as adults, we often forget it.

The name Mr B reported yesterday was “Blackpuff”.

The word “puff” in the Midlands (UK) is hugely offensive, used by kids in the playground as a derogatory term for a gay person. Other areas have variations like “poof” and “puffter” both of which, in our opinion, are as vile. Obviously, to put the word ‘black’ in front of it insinuates offensive racial issues. Not good.

Regardless of whether it was meant offensively, or whether someone else does not find it offensive, the fact that a whole area of the UK uses the word as a homophobic insult is enough to justify its removal. Imagine if a young, easily influenced, person logs on to WoW for the first time and sees that type of name in LFR, what kind of example is that of the company and the community?

We aren’t robots, there are some extremely funny names out there. We also realise that some people may report things a bit pedantically, but when it crosses into racism, sexism or bad language we WILL report it. We have heard the argument that we are naive and “Welcome to the Internet” many times, but you can argue with us, or call us as many names as you like, it will not change our opinion on this subject.

The more stringent the community is on these types of issues, the better experience we will have. Team effort, people.

 

Ta-ra a bit, luv.

I thought I’d enlighten you all with a bit of our native Midland dialect in the title. Hope you all enjoyed it 😉

The primary reason for this post, unfortunately, is to announce that we have unsubbed from World of Warcraft for the time being.

You may have read a few posts back that we, especially I (Mrs B), have been really bored with the content left available to me. I have achieved *most* of what I am able as a solo casual player with limited time for play. I even ventured into much-hated PvP in a desperate attempt at re-lighting the beacon of interest, but it just didn’t happen.

As with any game, especially one that you pay a subscription for, value for money is a huge factor, and paying £18/month for a game you are logging into once a week  for an hour of challenge modes just seems like a tragic waste. It was mainly this factor that played the most important part in our decision.

Don’t misunderstand us, we are not unhappy with the service Blizzard provide, but just bored and need an extended break. We WILL be back, definitely before Warlords, and most certainly be very excited for the new content. We still love you, Blizzard, but with few lines of progression left available to us as casual players, we have to draw the line somewhere.

It does make us sad that we hear of many people going down the same route. It also makes us a little cross (for want of a better word – we aren’t really cross people!), that Blizzard implies it will get content out quicker then makes no more utterances about this over the 6 months following. It seems like recently, the company has been drip feeding the community information – Artcraft, blog updates etc – to keep the public at bay. But is it really working? We think not.

Yes, we all want a quality product, and yes, we all want value for money. What we don’t want is coining of a catchphrase (yes, looking at YOU “Soon TM”) which is then used to fob off the public and a year between any content release. There is a fine balance which I think most of us could argue just has not been reached. Moar communication please, Blizz!

As for the blog, we’re a bit uncertain about what to do – should we blog about the other games we play, would people be interested to read that? Or, just start it back up when we return for the Warlords pre-expansion hype? Let us know!

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I’m likely to get into trouble for this, especially as it’s a bit ironic, but I can’t help myself.

The power of people is a wonderful thing. It has the opportunity to alienate, create community, annoy, bring joy… a whole host of big personal emotions. As a person, you’re able to influence someone else directly. How mad is that?

We are asked time and time again why we follow so many people om Twitter. The reason is really simple – we enjoy reading about what you all get up to. The highs (and lows), the achievements, the news, the personal experiences… we love it all. We would much rather have a really busy timeline with loads of news, than follow 100 people and have no experience of our followers and their lives. Seems a bit self centered to have loads of followers and not partake in a two-way relationship… in our own opinion anyway.

Recently, both of us have been suffering from extreme WoW  fatigue, so we sympathise, we really do.

To justify this to the haters: I am now gear capped (I can’t do normals due to my work commitments), I have 15k achievement points, I have 58 exalted reps, I’ve done all but one boss of Brawlers Guild (which I just can’t get past – 50 wipes and counting!). I *almost* have Gold Proving Grounds (I keep failing the last wave, QQ), I have ALL professions maxed, I have 10 level 90’s with one left for the boost. I have a full set of current 522 PvP gear (which considering I HATE PvP I’m quite proud about!), I have 168 mounts. I have almost all the recipes for each of these primary and secondary professions (relying on drops), I have all Best Friend reps (Halfhill, Nat Pagle etc). We have – thanks to you lovely folk – a wonderful level 25 guild.

I’ve been playing since Cata’s last patch.

So it has REALLY  pissed me off this week with the amount of goddamn moaning on Twitter by people who don’t seem to WANT to find things to do, or see the good points of Warcraft. “There’s nothing to do, QQ”, “WoD changes suck, QQ”, “What am I paying Blizzard for? QQ”, “Changes suck, QQ”. So much so, I’ve gone MIA – I just can’t keep my cool with people.

complaint1Let me get this straight:

  1. I understand you have been playing since Vanilla
  2. I understand you don’t want to raid / can’t raid / have raided HC
  3. I understand you pay for content
  4. I understand you have done all that I have (and probably more)
  5. I understand you absolutely hate the proposed changes to: your class/spec/character models/raids/[insert change here]
  6. I understand you feel that without flying you can’t live/have fun
  7. I understand a year without content is a long time
  8. I definitely understand that you don’t feel Blizzard listens to everyone / works hard enough / reads the numerous blog posts, tweets, forums

In case you’ve forgotten:

  1. You have a really understanding set of developers who are clearly listening to as many suggestions as possible – last nights interview on FinalBossTV if you can’t believe that.
  2. You have a pretty good bug-free game
  3. You have regular fixes
  4. You have a really good (from my own experience anyway) Customer Service
  5. You have [insert time here] number of hours of entertainment for the sub fee. If you don’t, why are you playing? Cinema for two people in the UK here is, say 3hours, for £8pp. You do the maths. We pay £17.98/month for WoW.

… So can we all just shut up moaning now?

thinkHow on EARTH do you know whether you will hate the changes to: class/spec/character models/raids/[insert change here] if you haven’t played it yet? It’s like the children I work with telling me they absolutely 100% hate the piece of music I give them to play without even hearing it. It’s ridiculous and I’m sick of it.

By all means, give your opinion on the alpha changes! But try this: instead of adopting the familiar blame culture that is the Western society, say it once, say it politely, and then leave it be. Even better if you can have a solution ready – Ok, so loads of hunter abilities have been removed. You know Blizzard wants to remove the bloat, so instead of QQing to them and not being constructive, offer a solution that they might consider. Win-win.

We love to hear your opinions, but there is a difference between an opinion, and moaning for the sake of being negative. We are both generally really happy people and it’s really depressing seeing so many people not even trying to see the good stuff or offer solutions to the numerous problems they find with the new content etc.

We have unfollowed people this week because of this, which makes us really sad. We want to interact with the community, but we just can’t hack the negativity at the moment. I know this is a post moaning about people  moaning, but after watching it for a week, I reckon I’m allowed.

Positive Mental Attitude! Let’s give it a go… for the sake of our sanity… pretty please?

Tanking Mrs B Style, Part 2

You can read the first part of our adventure here.

So, last time I blogged about this I’d just started tanking and had successfully managed Deadmines and a couple of other lowbie fungeons. We are only playing the rested on these characters, as we’re both levelling other alts separately, so today we dinged 45.

Since this is halfway to 90, I thought I’d commemorate this with a picture and a blog update:

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That’s me, on the right!

As a tank, you experience a weird kind of rush… it’s you who is in charge of not killing the whole group, but also for leading around the dungeon and setting the pace. I actually find it, although exhilarating, really stressful. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lot of fun and I’m loving the challenge. However, without Mr B there, I wouldn’t be able to do it as he is the one who tells me which way to go.

One thing I am struggling with though, is other people not being good players. Before y’all give me a lecture, I know this is WoW and I know it’ll always happen, but I totally appreciate how horrendous it is for new players to the game.

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How to help a noob tank like me

  1. Let me set the pace – if someone keeps pulling (hunters, I’m looking at you!) and I have to keep trying to get the aggro, it causes me stress and then I make mistakes. This just slows us all down in the long run. I will also let you tank for the rest of the dungeon. #justsaying
  2. If I go the wrong way, it’s by mistake, I promise. Instead of saying: “wtf this way ffs”, try saying something like: hey, it’s this way :)”. I will respond a lot better and probably not go the wrong way on purpose next time just to annoy you.
  3. If I stop to loot a quest item, that doesn’t give you free reign to pull the next pack of mobs.
  4. Warriors have no speed boosts at this level. This means you may have to wait around. Deal with it.
  5. Calling me “tank” will not get a favourable response. Ever.
  6. I do not play WoW to power level and skip content. Likewise, I don’t run dungeons to maximise my xp/hr. If you’re not happy in the group, do us all a favour and just leave without the drama. Kkthxbai.

Paying It Forward

I’m a big believer in karma.

Both IRL and in-game, I try really hard to be a polite voice of reason even if others are raging a storm. Don’t get me wrong, I’m human and it doesn’t always happen. However, you’ll often see me giving lifts across the Ordos bridge or flying someone on my Sandstone Drake to Halfhill for the gear vendor.

I do this non-profit and don’t accept a tip.

I was on the Timeless Isle the other day and this conversation happened in Trade:

Person 1: “Can someone please tell me how to get to Ordos?”

Person 2: “You need a cloak”

Person 1: “What cloak?”

Person 3: “Take a bird”

Person 4: “Use a glider”

Answer me this: HOW IS THIS HELPFUL TO THAT PERSON?! If they took 10seconds to have a look at his gear, you’ll see 450 blues and a fresh dinged level 90 who obviously isn’t au fait with stuff. So, I /w him and offered to fly him across the bridge, assuming he wanted the Burden of Eternity chest. He was really grateful and I left him gleefully corpse hopping over the courtyard towards his new loots.

The reason I do this? Because when I was a COMPLETE noob, someone did the same for me and I was so grateful for the help, I wished I could have given them something in return. Being new to the game, I had about 50g to my name and all they said was: “pay it forward”.

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The end to my little anecdote is thus.

I was afk in Shrine, as normal, last weekend and a level 10 was spamming Trade looking for a portal from IF to Shrine. He started off with “will tip 10g!” to “will tip 30g!” to “will tip 50g!” before I finally realised that I could portal him and sent a /w. He was so utterly grateful that he could set his Hearthstone at the Shrine that I felt bad about not helping him sooner. As usual, I refused to accept his tip and after another grateful “thank you so much!” whisper from him, we went our separate ways.

Today, I received this, along with 200g.

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I don’t do it for the ‘feel-good’, but this certainly did brighten up a dreary day. Even better? The person in question later joined the guild and has become a great pal. Fantabulous!