Why Do I Raid?

WoWGrrl asks… Why do you raid or not?

What is it about raiding that you value the most?

Making friends is by far the funnest part of raiding.  There is a level of camaraderie that is built when you go into a dungeon and just figure it out on your own without looking online at how to do it.  That is probably why I still enjoy going to DTK.  Learning to depend on others and know that they will be ready to help you in sticky situations builds trust.

Is it the Loot Upgrades you get?

It is certainly a big part of it.  However, I have only gotten a couple of upgrades in the past couple of months.  I still like to raid for the progression and experience of everyone in the guild, and loot is more of a secondary perk.

Is it how awesome the raid gear sets look like?

Nope, don’t care at all of how a set looks like.  I enjoy having pieces that look cool on their own, but have yet to have a full set or really care for one.

Is it because you’ve crafted and dungeoned for every single upgrade you can possibly get without setting foot in a raid instance?

No look is not the reason to go.  Having fun with a group of people is.

Is it the team environment that extends beyond the largely-solo “leveling game” within World of Warcraft that grabs your interest?

Yes, team environment is probably the most appealing.

Is it being able to explore each nook and cranny of the game, to be able to see or experience what’s been developed?

Yes, this is also a big reason or it was initially.  I felt that paying for a game and not getting to beat the final boss was like letting the princess die. I think we all pay for the content and we all should get to see most of it.  Of course like with every game, some places, modes, weapons are for the very dedicated.  However, I felt that without raiding I would not get to see a big portion of the game.

Or, is it because you feel like you’ve done so much of what comes before raiding that you’re bored with it and have since become interested in the “something new” aspect of raiding?

Nope, I am actually lore and questing deficient to the point that I did not read any of the quest information for most of WoTLK.

Or is there another reason I haven’t mentioned that you’d like to suggest to be considered on the list? :)

The list is pretty comprehensive.  I think you covered most of it.

Smell What Logtar’s Cooking

Yesterday I finally received the achievement Grand Master Cook.  I was a lot more excited about it than I thought it was going to be.  Besides having to grind for Bear Flank, I did not have much gathering to do because guildies gave me tons of fish to cook.  I don’t like fishing in a video game, not just WoW but other iterations of electronic fishing to me really feel like waste of my time.  Fishing is an activity that I don’t necessarily like in real life, so why would I spend hours doing it digitally?

Cooking in the other had is something I love to do in the real world, and after constantly consuming tons of fish feasts prepared by raid mates I decided it was time to level my cooking about a month ago.  Initially I thought it would be easy to have my still leveling priest alt do it, but I quickly realized that I don’t have time for alts and the cooking grinding just stopped for a while.  Then I decided to do it on my main and voila, it was not as bad as I though it was going to be.

In less than an hour I jumped the hurdle from 295 (I stayed there for almost a week because not fishing really handicaps the cooking leveling) and after some ravager dogs making and saved meat from mining trips I got the Dalaran Cooking Award and Chef de Partie minutes apart.  I have more meat that will probably take me to 450, but now that I discovered the daily cooking I might just slow down and make the gold and cooking that everyone else has been enjoying for a while.

I am glad I found another aspect of the game besides raiding that is this exciting, because recently getting Gonna Go When the Volcano Blows and my new shinny Red Sword of Courage have been the only things that brought a big broad smile to my face when it comes to WoW.

WoW MeMe Burn Out

Today’s theme is burn out! Come out and play and bring other

1) Word Association

Gold ::

Overpowered ::

Underpowered ::

Slow ::

2) What mob do you refuse to kill anymore because you had to farm it too long?

3) What is the highest character you have ever deleted?

4) Can you still run Dead Mines and be happy about it?

5) Would instant travel ruin the game if it was introduced?

Remember play and tag a couple people not in your blogroll!

LAMED out of gear

This weekend was more of the same in my WoW reality. We just don’t have enough people in the guild to really run stuff so the remainder end up puggin something and eating up the patient points they have accumulated.

This weekend I realized that my PvE DPS set is starting to look better than my tanking set. I think I could even go as far as saying that spending some gold would probably put me in the middle of the DPS charts in some encounters. So when a group where I had 2 guildies and a bunch of people from another guild told me to switch from tank to DPS I said whatever… I need the gear. The I realized that I would be competing with another warrior and two pallies for gear. I was however not told that I would be there for the chance at tanking gear, not a bad thing, but that I pretty much had no claim at the DPS gear. This is a common mistake when pugging, that loot distribution is not spelled out.

Great item drops, its DPS, I am checking the stats and the raid leader rolls, and gives the piece to himself… I am like WTF??? so when I kind of voice that it was too quick of a roll (it was not even a RW announced roll like most) I am told that I am just being carried for a chance at tanking gear…

It was not a waste of time, I got to see other versions of tanking a couple of bosses that I learned tons from. I also got to see why I like slower raiding styles… being dragged through a place is just not as fun.

The bad part of the whole experience, besides only a repair bill besides the experience, is that it made me take a closer look at my gear. The only thing I can get from regular dungeons is a sword… but I still have 3 mayor blue pieces… my tanking gear needs more purples.

This is the great paradox of playing the game for raiding rather then PvP or even just leveling characters… you have to commit tons of time and in a sense farm for gear… and farming for gear takes lots of time!