Facewow/Wowbook hoooooo

June 23, 2010

There’s a virtual firestorm blazing on the wow forums and twitter/blogland regarding Blizz’s new Real ID features, but let me just say I’m digging it so far, and I don’t completely understand all the fuss. After all – no one can force you to become their Real ID friend, and if you don’t like it, feel very free to not use it; the old Friends List functions just the same as it did before!

So far I have added only RL work friends who play horde on my server, and getting to talk cross-faction with them in-game was super fun (broadcasting quirky statuses became a back-and-forth game for awhile as well). I like that it works much like whispers in that you can just hit “r” to reply, though I noticed DBM didn’t pick up on it and shoot them an in-combat autoreply while I was raiding (maybe that will be built into the mod eventually). With my RL friends, who already know my name and email address, it wasn’t a big deal to me at all that they can see my name in-game and all my toons as well, especially cross-faction. This applies to friends/family who play on different servers as well – it’s a pretty awesome way to keep in touch.

I can understand not wanting to give y0ur Real ID to a raid leader, or people you don’t know very well in-game, and I likely wouldn’t, but again, you have all the control here – if you don’t want to be someone’s Real ID friend, DON’T! If you don’t want your annoying wow-noob acquaintance to bug you while you’re on alts – don’t give him/her your email address!

I can see Blizz maybe offering the option to set a nickname or making slight changes based on the cacophony of complaints surging from the forums, but honestly I think it’s a lot of fussing for something that is completely OPTIONAL. If Blizz was requiring us to use Real ID that would be another thing entirely…

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Oh right, I have a blog

June 16, 2010

Whew! It’s been awhile. I kind of forgot I had this thing, to be honest. But I have been playing wow! In a mix of raiding on Avvy and leveling various alts I decided to add some RL running of things to the mix – namely, roads and treadmills. Let’s just say 5 years of playing wow (and working desk jobs) has not been kind to me, haha. So I’ve been following the couch potato to 5k training plan, gradually building up my mileage – I’m currently on week 6. I recommend it!

In my virtual life, raiding did get a bit of a jolt in the arm when we finally took down the Blood Princes in 25-man and made some attempts on Prof Putricide and the Blood Queen. I also got a chance to take on the Lich King in a 10-man semi-pug with one of my guildie friends, which was super fun – after getting over my initial noobness (I wiped the raid twice… gah) we got him down to 30%. The fight was pretty fun and I can’t wait to actually kill him and feel like I “completed” WotLK. After that I may actually take a break until Cataclysm, or just go casualavvystyle and level alties… I haven’t really decided yet.

It may end up being awhile as we still can’t get our raiders to show up more than one day a week – but the officers have decided to re-implement DKP with higher awards for progression bosses and attendance, so hopefully that will help!

Oh, and I love the new ICC buff… at 20% I can hit 13.4k DPS on fights like Deathbringer… pretty nuts. As a shining example of why I hate 10 mans as a rogue, I can only hit about 9.5k in the 10-man version (granted I was in a very ranged-happy raid group with not a lot of melee buffs, but that’s my point exactly… little “buff sponge” rogues really feel the loss of raidbuffs :( ah well…)