OLRG: We got this…(and this is going to be a long one)

Sno-cone anyone?
Sno-cone anyone?

ACT I: THE WANTING

Dear Blizzard: I realize this is very low on your to-do list, what with the time machine you’re building and all (did you contact H.P. Lovecraft? He might be able to give you some tips.), but if possible, could you please go back to old content and “fix” it? Many of your players are restless, so restless in fact that some of your star players and fans are now permanently off the team. And no, I’m not talking about Landon Donovan. (Sheesh, what drama! What a story! And I don’t even follow soccer…why don’t I pay attention to the world?)

Here’s what we want:

1. Old content is accessible by any character who is higher than level – meaning if I bring my paladin who’s never been to ICC she can stroll in at heroic or normal.

2. Make it cross-faction. Hearing Tyledres sigh because my stupid OLRG are mostly Alliance and not Horde is breaking my heart. Hey, a Death Knight is a Death Knight. Arthas didn’t see faction or race when choosing his undead legion, so why should Blizzard? That actually is a pretty good idea: make Death Knights cross-faction.

Scarlletta and Matty hanging at the AH
Scarlletta and Matty hanging at the AH

3. Change the loot: if it’s moggable (why do I feel annoyed by making up words this morning?), then let the rolls roll, baby. Lupe ended up with a pretty mace and sword yesterday. If there is one thing that fail tank has got going on, it’s that she is a looker.

Sincerely,

Mataoka of the Awesomesauce 

Okay – onward. Tome and I first ventured in and then our buddies joined us, and we had no issues. Thanks to one and all for joining us, and Navi – one rule of OLRG is we never self-denegrate. We do not look at item level, gear, dps/heals, ever. It’s like going out with a bunch of friends for appetizers and cocktails. What a buzzkill if someone said, “Those potato skins have 500 calories! Don’t enjoy them! Stop laughing! You’re showing the bacon bits in your teeth!” (Actually CD Rogue’s mother used to do that all the time: we’d be at a family dinner at a nice restaurant and she would look over what I ordered and tell me how fatty it was. Fun.) We didn’t the Full House achieve because of player error: mine. I didn’t read the directions and went blazing in and killed all the adds. Duh! It was cool to get a refresher course on Ice Crown, and I don’t see any issues with cleaning up those ten-man achieves. The only one that may be is a numbers game with Portal Jockey, and I know we’ll have to do two runs to do the vampire lady biting one. You know what was on last night? Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, a truly awesome movie. I would like to read the book sometime, but my book club keeps choosing things more akin to an Oprah book club. Okay – random – back on task.

ACT II: THE BITCHING

I will confess that our run yesterday cleared up some…annoyances? I saw a hunter putting together a Flex group for SoO 1, and since Sajja still can’t get her off-hand, I offered to heal. On the last boss, Sha of Pride (dialogue is brilliant in this fight: the blame game, arrogance, those inner voices we all have manifested in a game), we began to wipe, and the priest healer told everyone to dispel. I said that players could only dispel if they had the Gift of the Titans. They disagreed. I said at least that was my experience on normal, to which the priest said HEROIC. Not worth arguing about, (why is it every time you say you’re not arguing, but just offering insight, people say you’re arguing when they simply do not agree with you?) I said hey, no problem, look it up when you have a chance, and let’s move on. I’ll do it your way. But they couldn’t let it go. I was called a scrub, and then I left the group, and the druid healer felt compelled to whisper me and inform me ‘your so bad.’ Due to my own pit-bull nature, I looked up the link about dispels in that fight, and send a courteous letter to the 12-year-old behind the computer screen, saying for his future reference (he had wanted us to mass dispel, and even the priest told him that was a bad idea) he might want to know this mechanic. Since I am fairly certain most of the group is illiterate, my spell of knowledge will fall flat. Story of my life. But on a walk, I pondered with CD Rogue why is it those minor slings and arrows sting us the most? Why is it difficult to keep things in perspective? Why does what a mean little shit whisper to me piss me off, or even an older mean little shit? My mom says I am a classic “right -fighter,” and she has a point. I need to learn that when I’m right, that’s enough.

Never did get my bloody off-hand cricket cage. Thanks Blizzard. *Eye roll.*

OH BUT YES – Old Ladies: I do love you. Now that Lupe is able to do the heroic version, let’s get back in there and knock a few of those achieves out. 

ACT III: ERROR SPEECH

It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. Body language, tone, and context is everything. One of my side projects includes listening to error speech. Far and away, Forsaken females are a testy lot, coming a close second are Draenei females. Night Elf and Blood Elf females always sound fairly calm in the clutch. Here are two unedited examples, taken during my field research:

And my Night Elf hunter, Keilei:

ACT IV: BLOCKED

When we briefly get to meet in a suitable time-zone, Navi and I both lament about our current lack of writing inspiration. I really enjoy sites that discuss writing and the writing process in detail, and I even posted on my own professional blog recently.

Some sites that help:
Writers write: http://writerswrite.co.za/10-amazingly-simple-tips-to-get-you-back-on-the-writing-track

Writing Prompts That Don’t Suck: http://awesomewritingprompts.tumblr.com

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Oh, and of course, Tumblr overall is grand fun. It’s not a distraction, it’s endorphins!

Sometimes you just need to get out of your routine, get a fresh perspective, and don’t worry. Just write.

And remember, only boring people get bored:

9 thoughts on “OLRG: We got this…(and this is going to be a long one)”

  1. That was really so much fun! I think some of those achievements are made slightly more complicated by being overpowered but we’ll get them all :D
    And I wish sometimes the runs were more Horde, but then alliance runs give me an excuse to play Tyl and I can’t complain about that either. :) Thanks again for putting these together, so often they are the bright spot of my Saturday.

    1. They are mine too – I don’t mind sharing Horde side at all, just wish it wasn’t an issue at all! I have so many straggling achievements, but at least they are account wide, so that’s good. Thanks for walking us through most of that – really appreciate it P.E.!

  2. I. The wanting, oh, the wanting! Those would all be great changes. DKs being able to cross-faction would be cool — but I think it would have to be restricted to grouping with b’tag friends *in a dungeon/raid*, to limit the potential for abuse.
    I’m glad the ICC went well!

    II. Still trying to get that cricket cage with my priest. The only-dispel-if-you-have-Titan’s Gift is in the WoW insider LFR strat for that fight, sheesh! I don’t know why donkeyfaces in LFR get under my skin so badly, either. It ususally takes me a few days to shake off something like that, and I sometimes *make* myself go to LFR the next day as part of my strategy for putting a bad incident behind me.

    III. Huh. I sure didn’t know that Draenei gals were snarky when they’re irritated — but I guess a couple dozen milennia of being chased by demons will shorten one’s temper. I’ve had error speech turned off since quite early in Kam’s leveling career because I got tired of hearing it. The red notices on the screen are necessary, but annoying enough by themselves.

    IV. I enjoy reading about the writing process, too. One of my favorite Harry Potter fanfiction writers, back in the day, sometimes wrote as much about the process and structure of writing and how it related to the story she was telling as she wrote story itself.

    1. The Draenei ladies start off sounding sweet, and then they definitely run out of patience, unlike the Forsaken who just tell it like it is right away. You would think being dead and all they’d know things are eternal, and patience is part of their existence. Who am I to judge? Normally I don’t have it on, but it’s kind of fun once in awhile to have your character speak, even if it is talking back.

  3. Sorry I missed running with OLRG this week. I worked evening shift yesterday and today is my day off and tmr another 16hours shift for me… Im pretty tired but oh well its life needed the money of course. Anyway glad you always have fun! Take care! guys hopefully next week ill be able to come with you guys… sure i definitely still need Ulduar achievements and Naxxaramas… Take care! <3

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