Tuesday, August 08, 2006

8/8/06 2:07AM EST

Ysera's Outcry: Ahn'Qiraj Gate's Premature Opening

Well it looks like my previous post about AQ opening on the morning I left for Connecticut was a misguided prediction. In fact, the Gate of Ahn'Qiraj was opened in the wee hours of this very morning, mere hours before scheduled maintenance, while most of Ysera's population were fast asleep.

Blizzard's response so far.

The act is seen by most as griefing and quite a few are up in arms over how one person can single-handedly cause the entire server to lose out on such a major event.

Screenshot of original post by the previous owner of the Valafar account.

Axion's reaction to the events. EDIT: Looks like Tork deleted his public apology on the behalf of Axion.

I, on the other hand, got home from work just in time to join my new guildmates in Sillithus, right after the gong was rung, landing a killing blow on one of many Colossal Anubisath Warbringers rampaging the landscape.


While what happened is morally incomprehensible, the truth of the matter is that Blizzard's hands are tied. If Blizzard started regulating the game based on moral ambiguities, Customer Service would be flooded with petty complaints. No real problems would ever be solved and not everyone would be truly satisfied.

If there was a rollover the few guilds who were ready to ring the gong will have what they want. But at the expense of the server majority, whom would lose any and all progress made during the timeframe of the rollover. Personally I would like to see those who were ready at the moment the Gates were opened be compensated with whatever rewards worked for. Blizzard cannot and should not dimiss this. But a server wide rollover is not the solution.

A Bump thread demanding more communication from Blizzard. EDIT: Locked.

To tell you the truth, I am more concerned with this whole fiasco turning into a native vs transfer conflict. This was the act of a native who had inherited the Valafar account from a guildmate. This guildmate, also a native, inherited this account sometime ago from a friend who had retired from WoW long before transfers were available.

Unfortunatly not many people realize this, which is a shame.

Monday, August 07, 2006

From Connecticut to Catalyst

Sometimes playing WoW isnt enough to relieve the daily hustle and bustle stress of city life. So when I was invited to a cabin retreat this past Saturday I was gone before you could say 'Gnome Busters'. I missed the opening of AQ but 2 very theraputic days in the green seclusion of rural Connecticut more then made up for it.

So when I logged in this morning my natural high took a nose dive when a 'former' guildmate whispered me with the news of our guild falling apart over the weekend. I was shocked and very disappointed when I learned that the GM decided to leave for greener pastures in another guild. He had great potential as a leader. I am very sad he felt there was no other choice but to give up.

So now I am in Catalyst with a few of the old DE members.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Dynamic Forum Signatures

I have just discovered the site RPGOutfitter.com, the developers has created an addon, CharacterProfiler, that will allow you to upload and display any and all information about your toons. Its a bit of manual labour but well worth the learning process. The information uploaded can be used to show guildmates the recipes you know and the mats needed to create them or display your current talent build to allys and enemies alike. The list goes on and on....

My favorite service using the information you upload, is of their own creation, SigMage, a forum signature API. As of now customization has been put on the backburner in favour for intense development of WOW-GM, a robust and feature pack guild management tool.

There is no documentation for the available basic signatures aside from the user-supported forum, but if wading through 40+ pages of posts seems daunting, post your questions here and I will try to help you as best as I can.

- Enjoy!

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