Archive for ‘February, 2010’
Apologies, everyone – I managed to foul up the strip for Friday when I was trying to upload all of next week’s posts. Somehow my wires got crossed and I overwrote the image for this friday with the strip for NEXT Friday. The problem right now is that I don’t have a copy here, so I don’t have a way to go back and fix it until I return home next weekend. I know I had a few people giving a strong thumbs up to the Forsaken strip, so I’m sorry that it has to disappear for a few days. I’ll make sure it gets back up. Until then, new content on Monday!
As I said on twitter, this will teach me to try and make major updates at 3 in the morning.
This is pretty much just me patting myself on the back, but still amusing nonetheless: A YouTube video I made almost exactly a year ago reappeared and suddenly ended up on Kotaku and BoingBoing. A very surreal experience, to be sure, but I will not complain. Hope you enjoy.
I am in the enviable position of being one of the better geared players in my guild. Before that would have meant dutifully attending the weekly raid, passing on loot to less geared players, and carrying on as a good little soldier. But in the exciting times that we’re in right now, especially on a raid-crazy server like Cho’Gall, pug raids for high level content are easy to come by, and I’m able to get into ICC 25 without fear of being saved to content that my guild is going to want to hit later in the week. And I have to say, it’s very interesting to see how these groups have evolved since I first started playing.
There is definitely an underlying benchmark of experience that the WoW raiding community has collectively risen to in the past year or so. Before, pug raids were rare; now they are more than commonplace. Where Ventrilo was once scoffed at by some, it’s now compulsory, and you will *NOT* win loot without being present to at least listen. Before, I would have thought setting your sights on Illidan was impossible without a solid, hard working guild. Now, I have to lay even odds on whether my first Lich King encounter will be with my guildmates or with perfect strangers. We all seem to be getting better at adapting to raiding situations where none of us know each other.
However, there are still clear gaffes that happen to remind you with a smack to the head that you are in a pug. Like the ICC 25 run I attended this evening, where a large portion of the group earned achievements off downing Sarufang, thus announcing for everyone to see that this would be the watermark for them, and that any further was unknown territory. The raid leader managed to keep everyone from leaving after what was seen by many as a logical stopping point; we then ran inside without any advice as to the methods for dealing with the Vel’kyr Herald and the dozens of Shattered Essences that appeared. The knowledge gap was death: casters AOE’d instead of focusing fire, we wiped, everyone rage quit because we wiped on trash, and my raiding was done for the evening.
Because of this mixture of improved groupthink and unpredictable chaos where the trap door of stupidity could open at any moment, 25-man pug raids carry a weird air of excitement and alertness that make victory that much sweeter. I think it would be a hilarious addition to the achievement system if Blizzard could somehow track the world first pug kills. What title would you get for that? Would you ever wear another title for the rest of your character’s existence? I think not. I downed the Lich King with a horrible raid composition and a leader screaming on vent because people kept randomly coming into our channel. I have been *there* and *back*. Do NOT screw with me.
We had help on our strips this week, and I want to give shoutouts to everyone!
First, our Convicted Warlock from Monday was played by Twitter user @geekgirldiva, who volunteered her time to pose for a level 1 toon which I created and ran to Stormwind on her server. We did some other shots too which may show up in future strips, keep an eye out!
Also, today’s Rogue recruitment could not have been done without the help of @skulldaisygimp and @ghodamus, who shouted out funny names for rogues when I asked for them on Twitter. +1 internets to you both.
As we have mentioned on our own twitter account, we are always on the lookout for assistance with strips – particularly, large groups who are up for posing for more complicated scenes while being directed over Ventrilo. If you’re up for such an adventure, head to our contact page and drop us a line!