Patience, I no longer has it

Maybe it’s because I’m getting older. Maybe it’s because I’ve spent too much time in gaming communities. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen the same conversations rehashed ad nauseum that I have worn out any patience. Maybe I’m just tired from my daughter keeping me up nights, so I’m more on edge. Maybe because I haven’t been able to play hardly at all the last three weeks, I need some “decompress” time. Or maybe, just maybe, the person on the other side of forum really is just a moron.

Not too long ago, I wouldn’t feel frustrated by people who are completely unable to read and comprehend the logical talking points of a discussion. I wouldn’t feel the need to later deconstruct the same argument down into its various segmented components in trying to clarify in perfect simplicity why their counter-points do not apply. It the not-so-distant past, I would never have boggled at the complete ineptitude of other people to understand conceptual intent and implementation into a live system. The old me would never have pulled his hair out at the seemingly aggressive ignorance people present when faced with point-by-point comparisons that negates their earlier assertions.

I don’t know what it is, but I’m finding myself far less likely to let absurd comments go unchecked. I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing yet. On one hand, it feels great to see someone else resort to ad-hominem attacks, and unsubstantiated claims. On the other hand, I don’t truly achieve anything.

Oh well.

Forum WARrior

A champion in text.Blog title theme’s for the win!

I’ve been rockin’ out on the various forums for WAR the last couple of days. Talking about a whole slew of things, getting into discussions, heated and casual about everything from Nerfed Buttons, the viability of a Shadow Warrior in a duel against a DoK, the necessity of a shield for a tank in RvR, or what the best specialization is for aKnight of the Blazing Sun in a bomb group. I’m all over the place, and if you frequent any WAR forums, you’ve probably run into me there.

It’s probably obvious, but I love to be a part of a game’s community, and forums are a big part of that experience. I spend a lot of time on the forums. More than I will ever admit to my employer! I’m used to the flames, the trolls, the arguments, the senseless hyperbole and terrible, terrible logic people employee to back up their claims. I often use crazy analogies, or even hyperbole in an obvious juxtaposed way to highlight flaws in another person’s claims, statements, or arguments.

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Weekend WARrior

I spaced out early last week when it comes to this blog. After a years worth or writing, I guess I needed to put the fingers to rest for a bit. That said, let’s move on to todays topic: the totally awesome weekend I had of playing WAR. I don’t do the rote “here’s what I just did” thing too often, and I don’t want to talk about just that today either, I want to look at why this weekend stood out for me. What did I do differently that made this past weekend a topic-worthy event?

As most of you are probably aware, I almost exclusively run with my guild. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll also see that my guild has never had more than 12 members, and until recently we had maybe six. So, given that, I have grown incredibly used to five and six man teams, running around, bombing the crap out of every blip that crosses our screen. If it’s red, it’s dead. Our focus is SCs. We stay away from the lakes most of the time, unless it’s a keep defense, because those are awesome. Attacking a keep is a snore-worthy event that makes me want to take a cheese grater to my face. It’s terrible. If you read way back when, you might remember that I was in a REALLY big guild before. Probably the zergiest of zerg guilds Order side. So, I’ve done my time in small group play in SCs/RvR, I’m clocked in the zerg-fest of Keep takes/BO hunting, I did the necessary PvE of city dungeons and LV, and I’ve paid my dues solo’ing on my SW while waiting for the rest of my guild to come back and play. I’ve played in most aspects of the game, and found the parts that make me happiest. That said, this weekend, I did some stuff I haven’t done in a long time, or never had before.

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Happy Birthday Blog!

That’s right, it was one year ago today that I started this thing up. One whole year of my rambling, nigh-incoherent, unintelligble drivel that I like to think of as writing. I have to say, being modest as always, I’m quite pleased with myself. Not because of any measure of success or recognition, but pleased that I stuck it out. If I am being honest, I didn’t think I would stick it out, particullarly given the false-start I had with the first blog I tried to be a co-author of. I’ve been playing WAR almost non-stop now since closed beta,with a few detours and quick breaks, and still love the game. What it provides, cannot be found anywhere else out there on the MMO market. While my main focus of this blog has changed from the start (along with the primary class I play), I’d like to think that I’ve grown into a broader view of WAR and MMOs in general. My time writing this blog so far has been great for personal introspection and critical inspection of the genre, hobby, enthusiasts, and all things pertaining to MMOs.

I’d like to thank my readers for keeping me going. What I’ve done, has been fueled by all of you guys and the amazing discussions we’ve had here and elsewhere. Honestly without you guys, I don’t think I would have kept going. I really do feel that with all of your guys help, I’ve managed to lay claim to a very miniscule corner of the internet. I cannot express with anymore sincerty or a stronger vigor just how integral this community has been to me.

So, as I said in the questionairre, I don’t really plan ahead, so there is nothing firm for this next year. I’ll just keep writing, and I hope you guys keep reading, and commenting! If you’re interested in stats and what-not, I’ll be posting them for you to gaze at after the jump. I’m very happy with the growth, it’s been a fairly continual upward progression, I owe my thanks to this to Warhammer Alliance, the great blogging community of WAR when I first started, and the continued blogging circle that I’ve found myself in, and of course, Mythic and it’s employees who have pointed out my blog in various venues.

Eve: Day 11

Ezekeil Rage, Log Book, Day 11

My Ibis has been back to full working order since I returned from the last mining job. The ship I talked about in the last entry to mine that ore was the company’s, and took a big chunk out of my pay. At least now that I have my own ship, I’m hoping that I can see a bigger profit share from whatever work I do. The Ibis isn’t much, but it’s a start and it’s dependable.

I’ve been speaking with a number of various employers around the station, trying to pick up the mood of the place and see where I can best make some isk. The little work I did for Unash seems to at least have gotten me an “in” with the business crowd here, and confirmed I know how to flip a mining laser on. I expect that any possible work I do here is going to be crouched in assessment jobs to make sure I’m not completely incompetent. I don’t know who hopes more I will be able to perform to task, myself or the ones hiring. We’ll see how it goes.

On the plus side, found a track to do some runs on. There’s an entire artificial field for this stuff, and fairly cheap too. The juxtaposition of the various areas of the ship continues to make an impression on me. The initial docking area and quarters I found myself in on arriving here made think this was some back-water impoverished corner of the State, but the size, scope, and quality of this field is just one huge counter point to that idea. Where the corridors below had dirty faces and people wrapped in rags, crowding corridor with exposed vents and piping, with ramshackle lean-to’s selling who-knows-what, this place is diametrically opposite. Real grass, manicured to perfection lines running paths perfectly laid out along hills and slopes that reveal breathtaking views of green expanses and flower beds as you rise each crest. The running path twists and turns in upon itself that I was able to get a 30 minute run in the area of maybe four city blocks. Trees offer shade against the false sun from one side, and a giant viewport on the other gives a great glimpse at the traffic coming and going from the station.

All that said, I don’t fell particularly bad for those who dwell in the lower sections of this building. Considering my situation and the ease with which I’ve been able to secure a modest level of comfort here, I can’t imagine there’s anything really keeping them from achieving greater success. It makes me wonder a bit why they don’t strive to improve their situation. What keeps them from rising out of the grime to take a place in relative comfort?

Idle musings I suppose. What’s important is to focus on the now. I’m hoping to have some more exhilarating job possibilities tomorrow. A little security or maybe some courier work, where I can really put the lead out and put my ass in the seat of my ship, we’ll see.

Seperate or Equal?

Can't make an omlette...

Like I said in my previous post, I get a lot of my ideas for topics from my reading of the forums. Recently at the Alliance, I was involved in a discussion that was centered around the idea of splitting off scenario queues between premade groups/warbands, and solo queuers (PUGs). The idea behind this is that no one likes to be farmed, or to farm. The separation will create a more equitable basis of competition, leading to more enjoyable matches. This topic became particularly active on the forums most likely due to Mythic’s statement about upcoming changes to the scenario system, and everyone likes to gossip and theorycraft!

When looking at the idea, it’s important to fully understand the base realities of the two separate groups, in general. Obviously, outliers and exceptions will exist within each group, but statistically, I think it will remain fairly consistent. This core understanding of how the two operate is integral to making a strong case for this change. Without this common ground of understanding, an agreement to the reality of the situation, the conversation cannot progress. So, if after reading my understanding and take on how the game operates, you don’t agree, you can save yourself some reading time and just click comment and tell me how wrong I am.

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Oh, and another thing

Destro kill our king the other day. I expected it far sooner, but *shrug*. Grats to them.

2010, Welcome Back!

After the holiday break, welcome back everyone. I hope all had a merry time and spent it with family and loved ones. I also hope that you got to squeeze in some gaming time. I don’t know about others, but I’ve always found that the holiday’s offered less opportunity to spend on our collective hobby than the rest of the year. Still, even with all that was going on for me, I got in some gaming, and had an interesting time with the family.

My Christmas break was spent in the hospital for the most part (for obvious reasons), but I got to return home the day after Christmas with my wife +1. The weekend was spent in a blurry haze of naps and late nights, and lots of TV marathons. Monday I returned to work, and a slightly more normal routine. I got to romp about the world of WAR with my guild, which has been bursting at the seams of late with people. We’ve had a major revitalization of the guild, and I continue to be amazed by it, we have 8 people on at one time the other day, and there was even a warband being led in our vent. It was spooky, and a bit uncomfortable to tell the truth. I have no fear of Blitz ever becoming a zerg guild, or anything even close to it, but memories of vent channels with five people all speaking at the same time still bring about the frequent blepharospasm (thanks to my friend getting her doctorate in Pharmacy for that $10 word).

My Knight is coming along quite nicely, I hit RR57 just yesterday, I have my full set of Invader gear filled for the most part with the talismans I want. I also got my 2-handed weapon from Lost Vale, thanks to the continued assistance and urging of my guild leader to convince us to do the hated PvE task. None of us like doing it, so I appreciate it all the more. Lastly, the guild got 37 just the other day, so we have our fast mounts now. All these changes so close together and I really feel like a beast on my KotBS now. More than before, I feel like a strong entity on the field of battle, able to help swap the tide. I can only hope that the enemy is starting to recognize my Knight for more than just my guild tag or the allies at my side.

As for other gaming, my goals fell drastically short of what I wanted.

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