Pre-Combat Upgrade

{June 25, 2007}   lfg.. lfg!.. LFG!!!

How is it that I can be in a guild of over 500 people in a game of over 8 million subscribers yet sit in the LFG tool for an hour trying to find a damn group for an instance?  I do a quick ‘who’ to find several hundred people online, so what is the problem?  It’s peak time and I’m STILL looking for someone?  We finally line something up and ‘oh, I have to go now’ tends to happen.  Is this the ‘which came first the egg or the chicken’ argument?  Do people not want to join your group because they don’t want to wait for an hour to find a group which in and of itself CAUSES the actual problem?

Same with raiding.  Our guild has a weekly meeting on Sunday which the guild leader gives out free greens and blues (which takes much too long IMHO) and then we raid some Ally city.  So why is it that we barely clear a dozen people, half of which leave as soon as they die the FIRST TIME!!!  What are you doing in this game?  Why are you joining a guild?  Have guilds really been demoted to a place you join so you can get instance runs by high levels instead of social breeding grounds? 

Is it poor game design?  Is it too many loners?  Poorly ran guilds?  Do people really not want the connection of playing with other people?  Whatever it is, it’s annoying as all hell.  If you don’t want to participate in groups and guild raids, then why are you here?


I was playing some WoW last night when I should have been working on Fowl Prowl (our 2nd in-house game and Dream Build Play entry which is due in 2 weeks) and I heard a rant on vent from a now-former guildie.  He met with someone to build him a riding crop, of which he was going to give 5g tip plus mats.  After the trade was comleted and he went into his inventory to equip the crop, he couldn’t find it.  “Where the F*** is my riding crop?”  After several minutes of ‘damnit, I can’t find it’ and ‘i just totally got ripped off’ I heard the phrase that is the military equivelent in my mind as getting a cruise missle up the arse.  “I’m paging a GM”

 Remember when Storytellers and Game Masters actually.. well.. TOLD STORIES?!  We have teams and teams of people who’s sole purpose is to deal with stupid little ‘I got ripped off’ scenerios that it sickens me.  If you don’t want to get ripped off, PAY ATTENTION.  You have a trade window up.  The ENTIRE side of the person trading you something highlights when they’ve accepted the trade.  Big red letters pop up saying ‘trade succesful’ or ‘trade cancelled’ depending on which happened.  Use common sense people.

What makes you think that other players do and should have to play fair?  If you don’t want your mats ripped off, don’t use someone you don’t know to craft something for you.  Show a little thing called ‘patience’ and either buy it from AH or have a guildie make it.  I don’t get the concept of thinking Blizzard is our mother and we should cry to her every time someone doesn’t do what we want them to do in-game.

Do I approve of ripping people off?  No, unless it’s part of the game.  Thief profession anyone?  Anyway, back to the original rant.  I just am fed up of hearing people cry on vent that they are quitting if a GM doesn’t give them x and x back because they were morons and handed it over to a complete stranger in a virtual world to build them something.  If you think only morally correct people play World of Warcraft, then I have some ocean front property in north dakota to sell you.

I’m going to have to build some better trade/crafting tools for Forbidden Dawn to accomidate trading of this nature.  I want to do this to eliminate two problems, the bigger of which I feel is the actual use of GMs to get back something you GAVE to someone else hoping for something in return.

 I wonder how many babysitters there are and how much more live events would happen if those babysitters actually did their job of being ST’s and GMs?

et cetera