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This is what happens when I mess up and people try to correct me on vent with tortured cries:

Frost likes to peek up my dress.

What I learned from my former home, Moon Guard:

I like this fellow’s thoughts on gear score.

OUI, OUI.

Kotakh and Evis BOTH win.

Gosh, I don’t know if I can keep associating with all of the perverts in this guild.

I love the whole BoO and everyone in it, boom de yada, boom de yada.

What happens when an enrage kills everyone else at less than 1% health? You bubble and you hit that boss with your weak healer’s arms, RAWR.

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The guild is going through a bit of a shake up right now, and I’m actually very pleased with it. I think I’ve typed the phrase “I’m so excited!” more times than I can count in the past 48 hours (yes, I am also SO SCARED because I am a Saved By the Bell nerd). We’ve recruited a few new people who I am really enjoying playing with, especially when they whisper me with snarky comments (Don’t have anything nice to say? Come sit by whisper to me.) and we have more on the way. I am slightly bummed because I ran across someone who also has a hearing impairment who was looking for a guild where it’s not a big deal, so I offered up BoO. She applied and we haven’t heard from her since, but maybe I will try to check in today to see if she’s forgotten about us. The influx of new people should definitely mean a return to all-guild 25 man raiding, and that’s inspiring our officers to reevaluate some criteria for Core Raider status, bring back some rules that have gone lax, and take us back to using DKP as a loot system. These changes all sound great, and I’m liking the fact that there is discussion going on that isn’t limited to just the officers.

Which brings me to something that I’ve been thinking about for a little while – how do most people approach sharing their opinions while taking ranks within the guild into consideration?

Perhaps because my most serious, hardcore raiding guild had a long-established officer base that was not looking for input from the rest of us, I’ve been prone to taking a sit back and deal with it approach. I will definitely voice my opinion if asked, and I have been known to grumble a little in the healer channel from time to time (and definitely on this blog, eheh), but I don’t like complaining directly to our officer team or trying to impose my ideas about things that should change. I don’t give my advice or say “I think that we should do this”, because there are usually several other people doing that. Some nights I might not like our plans, but I keep it to myself, and I find myself wondering if that’s the best course of action in the long run. Sometimes I have strong opinions, so why not express them?

For one thing, I think I have a very friendly relationship with our GM and I don’t want to bother her with things. I apologized about publicly bitching about something last night, even though I know she agreed, because she has to deal with fall out when that happens in general. I know that she has a lot on her plate with running the guild, and I feel that it’s my responsibility as a friend to be there for her if she wants to rant about it, but not to tell her how I think things should be done – that’s what her officer team is for. At the same time, I want her (and others who might be so inclined) to feel that I am capable of thinking about issues related to the guild and to raiding, and of offering my opinion if it’s needed. I want to feel as though I am someone who can be trusted to consider multiple points of view and not just think about what will affect me and and my closest friends within the guild. In short, I’d like to be thought of as someone who does more than show up three nights a week for raiding and making pervy quips, because I do feel that I’m emotionally (ha, can you tell?) invested in seeing BoO succeed. Frankly, if something happens and I’m not with the folks in Brotherhood of Oblivion anymore, I probably won’t even be playing the game. But (aside from reading this post) how would people know that if I simply keep my mouth shut all the time? At the same time, I don’t want to come across as “LOL I’M IMPORTANT, LISTEN TO ME”.

Thank you if you’ve stuck with me through the ramble. :D I wanted to express what I’m thinking about this, and also ask: what are your feelings about making your thoughts known within your guild? Am I the only person who feels like they shouldn’t step all over their officers’ toes?

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I don’t think anyone would be surprised to hear that I’m a social gamer. Despite being very shy, one of the main reasons that I play WoW is to interact with other people. Who knows, it may subconsciously have been the reason behind my switch to tanking, then healing – I felt very under appreciated when I played my warlock and was just dps (though my guild master at the time promoted some newer members who didn’t help out as much as I did, to an officer rank, so that was definitely the other reason). Social issues have had unfortunate impacts on my guild membership in the past, and that part of the atmosphere is generally why I will take a hike, rather than anything to do with raiding.

BoO seems to be the exception, and I think it’s because we’re a guild of bloggers. Sure, not everyone has a blog, but I feel closer to and more understanding of the ones who do. I know that the reason for that is simply communication. People love to use vent to talk during raids and during offtimes, and in the past I’ve felt very isolated at times because of it. When everyone’s talking somewhere that I can’t pick up on everything, guild chat tends to be really quiet, and there’s nothing that I can do to include myself. In one of my last guilds, I chatted a lot with the only other (coincidentally also holy!) paladin in our paladin channel, and he was always encouraging me to get onto vent and talk to people during the day, but didn’t understand that I wasn’t comfortable with that. At the time I only used vent when my friend Ashley, who knew me IRL and knows just how much I can’t hear, was on and could relay anything directed at me, or tell me to speak up if I was way too soft.

Vent does still get used a lot in BoO, but the thing I’m grateful for is that there is a lot of text chatter as well. I do log onto vent for our raids and sometimes join into conversations when I can, and I’ve been trying to make a habit of talking more often. I kind of have this crippling fear of talking over someone or saying the wrong thing because I don’t follow the conversation. But I feel that despite this, I know and understand my healing team well because we all chatter in the healer channel during raids, and because most of us who play healers also blog. It makes me so happy to play in a guild where I have this, because it definitely makes those few bad raids with lots of wipes much easier to bear.

This kind of turned into a ramble, but the gist is YAY COMMUNICATION. \o/ It’s why I like saying things in my dungeon groups and handing out compliments, or occasionally saying something silly in trade chat that starts a conversation. It’s undoubtedly why I have a blog, and why I need to do a better job of updating it, even if it means silly personal posts like this, because it’s my blog and I do what I want.

Also, this is why I NEVER make fun of Amber, other than because I luff her.

When I do, she exacts great vengeance!

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Boomdeyada, boomdeyada!

It’s so easy to get bogged down by negativity when it comes to WoW, especially lately. Boredom and burnout are rearing their heads, and it seems like every other PuG that I step into leaves me wondering how people are smart enough to even function. Sometimes I forget about the things that keep me playing: little things that I enjoy about the game and that have kept me engaged for over a year now.

Crusty Bob – Every single one of my characters takes a screenshot with this turtle who hangs out with the hunter trainer outside of The Exodar. Guys, HE SMILES. A TURTLE WHO SMILES.

Azshara – by far my favorite zone, I’ve always like that it feels deserted and ruinous. The autumn setting is gorgeous, and the lack of quests and people in the zone just adds to that atmosphere of emptiness. If you’ve ever done laps of the zone for herbs or mining, you know it’s a huge place, and there’s something peaceful about having it all to yourself (a few naga aside). The night elf ruins with the toppled Ravencrest Monument are a wonderful illustration of what the elves lost in the Sundering. Since Up (my favorite movie, words just cannot express) came out, I’ve started associating Azshara with the scene when Ellie and Carl lie under the tree watching the clouds – it just has that feeling for me.

Sheddle Glossgleam – Head upstairs in The Threads of Fate, plop yourself down in the Shoeshine Seat, and if you’re as in love with sparkly things as I am, prepare to be thrilled.

Windle Sparkshine – When it gets dark in Dalaran, he turns on the streetlamps, then sells Wendle’s Lighter, which lets you turn on any that he’s missed. :3 Dalaran in general is just a dynamic zone, and it was amazing to explore when Wrath hit and people were slowly trickling into the city.

Naxx doodad – the door in the arachnid quarter doesn’t say this any more, but it used to send me into thralls of glee, making it the only part of Naxx to do so. Doodad nerf ’09, never forget!

Karazhan – I’m a BC baby and this was my first raid. I’ll always remember it fondly for that alone, but the lore and the way that a manor full of sinister spirits speaks to me are what make Karazhan special. The encounters were interesting in ways that other raids have yet to top for me. How freaking amazing was the Opera event? In a similar vein, Duskwood is my favorite Azerothian questing zone. I love spooky undead!

Dorfus Alphamage – I didn’t play in vanilla WoW, but that doesn’t stop me from loving this shout out in Dalaran to a time when dwarves could be mages. How awesome is that spinny braid female dwarf animation going to be on mages in Cataclysm?

Flame Leviathan choppers – I squeal like a little girl when I get to ride around beeping my horn. BEEP BEEP. \o/

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner – Her story and the Lament of the Highborne are hauntingly beautiful. She is by far my favorite faction leader, and I miss being Horde because it means that I’ll never be doing my auctioning and hear her begin to sing. The only appropriate response to her song is to rush to the Royal Quarter and bow in reverence at her feet. People who don’t stay to listen to her sing are heathens!

Downing a boss for the first time – It feels amazing. Congratulations to everyone in Brotherhood of Oblivion for our first Anub’arak 25 kill! I logged off feeling giddy and remembering why I love raiding, that feeling of finally coming together and besting a boss who’s given you trouble in the past is nothing short of euphoric.

That’s just a few things that I can think of, and I know there’s more that I’m missing. My poor boyfriend can attest to the fact that every now and then I just start flapping my hands and squealing over some little exciting thing. The details are part of what makes the game enjoyable for me, and Blizzard does not skimp. So tell me, what do you love about World of Warcraft?

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On guilds.

At my heart, I am a social gamer. Sure, WoW is my first MMO and before that I was exclusively a console RPGer, but since I started playing, the old RPGs just don’t hold the same allure for me because there is no interaction with anyone who’s not an NPC. Anyway, because the social aspect became so important to me, I find that the guild I’m in has a huge impact on how I’m feeling about playing the game. When my guild hits a rough patch, I feel like I’m unneeded or disliked, or my friends bail to move somewhere else, my interest in playing the game as a whole skids to a halt.

The good news is, right now I LOVE my guild. Love is actually something of an understatement. I joined Brotherhood of Oblivion at the beginning of September, after my longest break since I started playing. Typically I deal with burnout and bad feelings in a guild by taking a few days or a week off from raiding, but this time I went from April to September without stepping foot into more than a pug VoA. Thanks to faction changes coming out, I could finally play with Amber‘s guild, who sounded like a perfect fit for me from all of her posts, in terms of attitude. It’s probably one of the best moves I’ve made, because in the short time I’ve been with them, I already feel like I fit in and am part of the team.

Sure, I’m still terrified of somehow disappointing Mach or inspiring crankytankness in Zoja. Because I don’t talk often in vent, I sometimes feel like my sense of humor, which can be dry and sarcastic even when I’m in a sunny mood, can be taken out of context. I like to pick on people – it’s how I show my love (yes, I’m from one of those families), and I still feel apprehensive about busting that out on those who I haven’t interacted with that much. That said, I love our healer channel, because I feel completely free to say what I think in there. At the very least I think Amber and Mika get me. :P They don’t seeeeem to mind when I bust out lines from Clueless to crack jokes.

There is honestly nothing better than having a guild that you enjoy doing things with. I don’t care that sometimes we wipe repeatedly on 10 man Faction Champs, because I have FUN doing it.

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