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I love reading these reflective posts: I cannot help but wonder if players are simply growing up? Mythic raiding cannot compete with a new baby or other big 20-30 something life changes. Those serious raiders maybe getting serious about real lives, and if pressure is coming from real-life bosses, professions, spouses, etc., any tiny bit of performance pressure in a virtual world seems unsustainable to me. Maybe I'm just projecting. I've never been a great player, mostly adequate and casual, but am thinking about all those 20-30 something (mostly young men) I see at Blizzcon year after year and wonder how a wonderful avocation like WoW can compete with a fabulous adulthood.
Maybe I'm just looking through mom-colored glasses.
2 months, 1 week ago on What’s Going on with Mythic?
Enough damage is done with "Well played" as I get nuked.
7 months, 1 week ago on Half a Year Later, Relieved at no Chat in Hearthstone
11 months, 1 week ago on Stop Covering for Other’s Bad Play!
Thank you so much for this video: this is far better than training dummies.
1 year, 9 months ago on [Video] Endless Healer Proving Grounds
Very fun to get the inside scoop on writers - thanks!
1 year, 9 months ago on Behind the Blogging Scenes Interview: Liore
Holy smokes - what if that item existed in real life? Think of the things I could procrastinate about on an epic scale!
1 year, 9 months ago on Buying Time
Sir Matticus: Considering Bill Gates and Steve Jobs may be (or were, RIP) in your father's age bracket -- consider that generation 'digital pioneers,' unlike the digital natives of today. When's the last time indeed....pffft. :)
2 years, 1 month ago on Hearthstone: Why the Disappointment?
Did you all go out for pi later?
2 years, 1 month ago on Here’s My Nerdy Guild Trying to be Funny
The obvious answer is leadership, but I think it has more of a nuance than that, more akin to what keeps a friendship or a marriage together. It's understanding that there will be times of discontinuity and personal squabbles, but overall, the old tried-and-true values of love, respect, and above all else, a sense of humor go a long way. Managing expectations is true in any relationship, and that comes from clear communication. Easy to say, but tough to do, as most things.
2 years, 3 months ago on What Keeps a Guild Together?
2 years, 5 months ago on Sunglasses
Hope this helps: http://wowsugar.blogspot.com/2012/09/watchdogs-of-azeroth.html
2 years, 7 months ago on Help! Need Your Resources and Links!
Why is it the short posts that sometimes generate the most thought? It is a tough call, isn't it? Deciding to have "every boat float" with rolls of the dice, or sitting in analysis and judgment of resource distribution is something a GM should set forth a framework or protocol prior to the construction of a team, perhaps? And yes, you will make folks unhappy, because the "game" isn't always fair. You try to be equal, but being fair is nearly impossible with the RNGs fingers muddying up the paint.
2 years, 10 months ago on Social Cost of Leading