Blackwater Raiders and Shadow Council Combining

By bizarre chance I had put some cute little Horde characters on Shadow Council. I’m not so interested in inflicting Moonguard hijinks on another set of low level characters. So I killed them off and re-created them on another hopefully uninfested server.

It would seem disloyal to say “For the Horde” so I’ll say “For my cuties!”

Horde Warlock

Weekly Roundup

weekly roundup

Yay, yay!  another fine edition of the weekly roundup.  It’s all about World of Warcraft this week as we push to level 25 as a guild.  At 96% as I write, it should be a done deal by later this evening 🙂  We have such good peeps in the guild.  How I do love them 🙂

It is funny because as we’re working so hard together for this goal I see people in trade WTB Guild, Want to sell Guild….I became aware recently some people just start and level up guilds  to sell them for fun and profit.  They recruit poor little chipmunk level players to grind along and help them level it up if it isn’t at level 25.

Keep the Wheel Moving!  Level Up!

Chipmunk

All those “fun social guilds” you get invites to might all be what we’ll term “Chipmunk Guilds” for the furious efforts of low level players to complete quests and help the guild level so the bozo can sell it off.  Mice on a wheel man… By the way if it is level 25 when purchased, then the Chipmunk Master may hold onto the guild long enough to have a certain number of bank tabs or a certain amount of money made by the guild perks that toss 10% or so into the bank for every copper the Chipmunks make.

Want to sell Guild!  Used peeps included!

Chip munk

 

Darkmoon Faire    The faire snuck up on me this week.  I only noticed peeps (speaking of…) from Farstriders and Cenarion Circle no evil Moonguard this time.  I allowed myself to fantasize this meant these were the realms we’ll end up with after The Connection.   And Evil steenkin Moonguard will GO AWAY.   Ever the Dreamer.

 

Everquest II

I played my Defiler cat enough to see agh she’s like a Shadow Priest.  She was getting pounded by things four levels below her.  I took the time to rearrange her skills, see what each did, blah blah…sent her back out, much better!  Once I get a good handle on her I’ll make her available as a healer and Gasp be social with her to maximize her potential.  Good Kitty.

 

 

 

WOW Insider on Virtual Realms

Here’s an interesting panel discussion on Virtual Realms featuring WOW Insider writers.  I wish they hadn’t been so reluctant to offer their opinions initially, as once they got talking it was quite interesting.  In a nutshell, they seemed to find the idea of Virtual Realms more workable than CRZ has been so far.

 

http://wow.joystiq.com/2013/06/21/wow-insider-round-table-virtual-realms/

 

round table

Darkmoon Island and the CRZ

On Sunday when I logged in and went to Darkmoon for the profession quests I was astonished to find the place packed to the gills, standing room only.  The game had without mention of it added Darkmoon Faire to the Cross Realm Zoning, and in a big way.  I didn’t count how many realms were represented but it looked from the forums as if some people were seeing as many as 15 realms crammed in.  You really couldn’t get at anything without some patience.  There was no hope of any fishing treasures.

By yesterday morning it had calmed down and we now have people from five different servers in the area.  You can do all of the quests easily, but the competition for fishing treasures is wild, much more intense than it was previously, so I’m lucky if I can circle the entire island twice and get two pools.  I send all my characters in to advance their trade skills so between all of them I’m still able to find treasure enough.

I do wish the developers would re-think the CRZ and take it away.   The ugly behavior of other server people is compounded by the fact that you can’t even put them on ignore, because “that player doesn’t exist”.  Clearly they do.  If you’re on my server grabbing my stuff and filling the air with piggy talk, then you do exist and I want to be able to make you go away.

There is no question in my mind that the population and character of Blackwater Raiders has dropped and dropped and dropped since the CRZ.  I could see it right away.  I liked Raiders because it was a sort of happy friendly server.  That character is simply gone, drowned out by Moonguard.

Needless to say I have seen this sort of large game change thrust upon players elsewhere, and it ended badly.  I’d like to think Blizzard, who I always thought had a good relationship with its players, would step back and say, oops, lets look at another solution for low population servers.

Heading to Guild Level 22…

Our little guild sort of timed out at about 64% of the way to level 21.  OMG!  So close to getting to level 25.  I’ve been trying to beg and rah rah everyone including myself into finding ways to grind out those quests to ease us the rest of the way up.  Thanks to my ever hard working spouse we got level 21 and are now 10% to lvl 22.  We’re going to make it somehow.

Once there I feel like I can relax but…

For me, the CRZ continues to be a horrible annoyance because of one of the realms we share space with (which means anytime you aren’t in Stormwind or Pandaria they inundate you with vileness).  I have actually been doing daily quests this last week or so, now that I think of it, (as a good way to level) and so except in Dalaran I’m not running across them as much. Bliss.  I can almost see the point of view of all of the apologists and bootlickers (couldn’t think of the milder term I needed) who go wild and hit any post on the forum which is anti-CRZ.  If they aren’t matched with a scummy server they aren’t leading The Life.   And I do notice that many times when someone describes the horrors of the CRZ they are matched with our Verminous Scummy Piggie Pals.

erp piggie

CRZ: Cross Realm Zones=Crazies On the Loose

As we approach Guild Level Four thanks to lots of hard work by guildies, I’ve noticed even more annoyances with Cross Realm Zones.

My level 10 Priest was tooling along near the Eastvale logging camp when some bozoid from Farstrider kept running over and killing my murlocs.

Next, I was over at ye Brackwell Pumpkin patch getting the three baddies in the house for The Collector quest when here he comes again.  I made sure to tap all three of the npcs quickly and sure enough he runs over and starts whacking them.

Then he has the Big Ones to whisper and ask if I’ll heal for him for a bit.

“Are you kidding? I said.  You’ve been stealing my kills.”

“Ah, I was just helping you.”

The really annoying thing about this is that you can’t put this person on ignore.  You get “player not found”.  I found that to be the case when some bonehead challenged the same character to a duel.  Can’t ignore them.

One the plus side, I sent my druid to Northrend and since the place is so thick with baddies it is nice to have some people around to help clear the decks.  However, of all the people running around, not a single one was from my own realm.

I do think the realms have their own personalities, or did.  Now it seems like the lowest of the low are all running around everywhere.

I’ve been reading the forums about this topic.  I like the suggestion to be able to opt into them or not.