Illisan makes a new friend!

Sometimes I find myself making friends that honestly should have already been friends. Take this weekend for instance. A guildy sent me a tell asking for help on a little group quest kill in Zul’Drak while I was leveling Illisan. I ahd seen the name but wasn’t familiar with the person, but it was a guildy asking me to help kill something, what kind of hunter would I be if I passed up the opportunity to kill something new. ( I didn’t even have any of the flight points in ZD yet!) So I said sure and hopped a flight to Grizzly so I could fly up the ramps (Did I mention Illisan made 78! and got the antifreeze for her gryphon?)

Throbriks turned out to be a niffty feral spec druid, and one hell of a peachy little elf. Which is nice since Illisan doesn’t usually make nice with druids. Back when Silver Hand was a new server and I rolled my hunter LOTS of people actively role-played. Her first experience with a druid was in Ashenvale killing th angry bears there. Hunting with a roguish friend and his new druid friend killing the bears which seemed to have over run the landscape. It was a simple question the druid pondered out loud, a simple question if someone wasn’t a druid. “I don’t understand why the bears attack us when we go into their caves.” *sigh and face palm*So begain Illisan’s not so open disdain for druids. Fandral Staghelm’s attitude toward…well everyone didn’t do much to improve her dispostion on the few times she was sent to speak with him.

So where was I? Oh yes! I ran across a very nice player and while I don’t think Throby is an rper ( I have yet to ask) she is a damn peachy person. Not only was it a quick kill quest which died very fast to the druid/hunter team., but she is a Leatherworker as well and has been sending her extra leather to Illisan so I can work her skill. And if being free with her leather wasn’t enough Throby has been mailing me extra gear she makes for Illisan to wear when I make 80. It was unexpected but super appreciated.

While it would be easy to sa, “Of course you like the person they are giving you free stuff.” But wait! there’s more *in best pitchman voice* Since grouping up I’ve gotten to know the player a bit more. Which is awesome, I’m the chatty type and Throby has been added to my chat to list. Not just people I say hi to, oh these are ppl I will chat to in raids because well I enjoy the chatting with them.

It also reminds me to keep up on the list of odd names in the guild and not just assume they are someone’s alt. I mean I have a budding tank for Illisan to abuse now! And a druid worthy of respect, I mean so far they haven’t made any strange comments which lead me to believe they are perhaps a warriror in disguise.

Published in: on June 25, 2009 at 10:40 pm  Leave a Comment  
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How to deal with the Noobs in your Game Life

We all have them those love-able friends or guild-mates that are totally clueless in the game. You take them along because you feel obligated out of friendship or duty to try. They are worse than the strange noob you meet in a pug, their your friend. But what do you do when they’ve made the same mistake for the 16th time, refuse to listen, still want your help, but you are on the verge of killing them? Below are a list of noobs and how to deal with them. You will find a prevailing theme to my solutions however and I will sum it up at the bottom.

Warning: All hypothetical situations listed below assume you have already exhausted speaking with and trying to work with the offending noob on said behavior. These are extreme actions to take for extremely bad players.

1. For the healer that AFKs in the middle of your fight. Let them die. That’s right I told you to let your healer die. How is your healer going to learn not to afk in the middle of a fight putting your toon’s life at risk if their’s is never at risk? Of course this is hard to accomplish, I admit but when pulled off and they find themselves the only one dead? Priceless. (A hunter can facilitate this by Misdirecting the offending mob onto the healer, but it does require willingness of the hunter to do so.)

2. Your hunter making a case for the huntard classification? (A personal pet peeve of mine, actually these are ALL pet peeves) This all depends on what flavor of noob he has taken, because with a hunter there is more than one. The most pervasive seems to be not keeping a pet on passive in a 5/10/25 man. Now if your team is far enough back, do not enage. Let the pet die, let the hunter die call it a day.  Hunter shooting before the MT has a chance to establish agro? Letting him die may prove difficult with that pesky Feign Death ability, which usually gets your healer killed. (If the healer is the same as above this could be a boon *wink*) What to do then? Work out with your buffer to ensure the pet and hunter no longer receive buffage/heals.  Remember FD can’t save them from splash damage.

3. DPS class taking aggro off your tank? Now this has been reduced in most situations with the boost to tank threat. However, it has been my experience especially with dps spec tank classes and hybrids it still happens. (this means YOU ret pally, dps warrior, and death knights) Most often aggro stilling happens on the initial pull when they dps first, say on an line of sight (LOS) pull. If you are the tank, let them tank it, as my husband used to say for his sheeped mobs “You spank it, you tank it!” This will put pressure on your healer so be prepared to take back aggro if needed. If you are healer, decide FAST if your group can live if you let the idiot die. Respond accordingly.

4. Group unable to follow commands? Is “Don’t stand in the fire!” too difficult for them to understand? Let them die. Take a single wipe if that’s what it takes. But only ONE! They don’t get more of your time if they can’t be bothered to listen.

5. Tank unable to keep aggro? Well…*looks around* your choices used to be limited, but not so now. Bring someone along who can pick it up and tank it if needed the afore mentioned tank class in DPS spec would be ideal in this situation. A hunter with a tanking spec pet would work nicely as well for a quick catch of aggro loss. A rogue skilled in evasion tanking would work as well. Look at that! Not one mention of letting him die! I am getting creative 😉 (Although I ask you review the expectations of your tanks, do not have the same expectation of a dps warrior off-spec tanking as you would a prot warrior etc)

Sometimes dying consistently over and over is the only teacher for your noob.

Make the noob in your life realize they are nooby, but just because you are nooby today does not mean you have to be a noob tomorrow. Skill can be learned if you are willing to put forth the effort. If they are willing to put that effort in then by all means work with them. But there are those who don’t care, its all about their fun regardless that it takes them 2 hours to do a 30 minute run, never once considering the other people in their group are not there for their sole amusement.

Accept that perhaps its time you learn to say No. They are your friends, your beloved guildies but you, not they, are in charge of your enjoyment of this game. They are entitled to your friendship and that shouldn’t change if you decided to run with others successfully. Strong friendships endure guild changes, classes changes and not doing something together all the time.

I’ll admit I’ve been a noob, I’ve been a hunter noob and a dps warrior noob. But those times are few and far between. (Except for my warrior who is on a shelf and I will likely be a noob again if I dust her off)

You too can prevent Noob. ™

This has been Zhavi the Priest saying thank you

Published in: on January 18, 2009 at 2:18 am  Comments (2)  
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