Random update about random stuff
I don’t post about my random in-game stuff very often but despite my ever growing “to blog” list, I just feel like chatting.
I got a netbook for Christmas! Now I don’t have to alt tab out of game all the time. And if my gaming computer gets sick again, I won’t end up computerless.
Occupying my playtime
The problem with new expansions is that there’s so much that needs to be done. I’ve got my main professions maxed out, cooking and fishing are getting there. With the exception of my chestpiece, my gear is all 346 and higher. I’ve done most of the heroics a countless times (I think there’s still Grim Batol I haven’t done). I’ve gotten a 10 man kill (Conclave of Wind – I did a write up on it for Matticus but he hasn’t posted it yet) and a 25 man kill (Halfus). I’ll admit that I’m a little annoyed at how ridiculously easier 10 man content is, yet the kills are worth the same. Maybe they only seem easier because getting 10 excellent players together is far more likely than getting 25 excellent players together. Still, it’s really hard to take 10 man raiding seriously.
The first two weeks of Cataclysm were really stressful. We had quite a few new holy paladins join the guild. Skillwise, we were all comparable, but they were online a good 16 hours a day while I was juggling finals and pre-graduation events, so I was pretty nervous about falling behind. Thankfully, we mostly skipped the 10 man part of progression and jumped right into 25 where there was plenty of room for me.
It’s been interesting watching the guild react to Cataclysm. Most people, like me, were worried about being left behind (although no one was as neurotic about it as I was) and things got a little tense at times.
We had a large influx of members, mostly for our new pvp division but also quite a few raiders. It’s been weird, logging into game and not recognizing most of the people on. Or having strangers randomly jump into personal conversations on vent. It’s one of those inevitable traits of human nature, we’re all a little xenophobic deep down inside. Tensions exploded between some raiders and PvPers the other day (I wasn’t there for it, I live too far east to witness all the drunken action), but the consequences seem to be minimal. If anything, it may have a positive effect since it’s a sign our PvP team is looking to mingle with the rest of the guild.
One thing I’ve noticed- and I’m not sure if it’s just because we’re all online a lot more or whether it’s a rebellious reaction to the huge influx of new members, but our guild chat has really gone downhill. Like really downhill. Just about every line of green text contains “fag”, “suck my dick” or “rape”. As far as I know, no one else sees it, so I’ve been tuning it out (if the main officer core and those involved by those terms aren’t bothered, then I don’t really have a place to say much), but I can’t help but wonder if it’ll hold us back on a progression. I mean, it doesn’t exaclty give a very professional first impression to new recruits. Hopefully it’ll clear up on its own once both our divisions start their official activies and have something else than each other to focus on.
Matt recently scored us a guild sponsership via Enjin and I’ve been helping with setting up our website on their…whatever you call it (*is net n00b*). I committed to keeping the website uptodate (something that was really missing in the past) and I had taken over the bank inventory (and as those of you know me know- when I do logistics stuff, I go all out).
Then, yesterday, it dawned on me that I was putting in about as much work and commitment into the guild as any officer. So I requested a promotion.
I actually had to put up a pretty big fight to get the promotion. It wasn’t pleasant and I’m still pretty angry over some of the words that were exchanged, but in the end I got what I asked for. I didn’t get any satisfaction from it. Having to actually convince someone that my work and involvement is worth the same as someone elses work and involvement and that I deserve the same official rank, authority and say in guild matters as those doing work comparable to mine has a bitter aftertaste but I guess you gotta do what you gotta do. (EDIT: After reflection, I realized exactly how much of a ungrateful, spoiled brat I sound like. Keep in mind that I’m venting some situational frustration and that 99.9% of the time, I’m really happy.)
I enjoy the work and time investments I put into the guild: I care a lot about the guild and I don’t like the way (or lackthereof) others handle logistics stuff. But… But I guess it’s kind of like when you’re dating someone and things get really scarily serious (inspiration just hit as a friend of mine was messaging me about her relationship problems.) Eventually you reach a point where you feel that you need to either get married (or make some sort of equivalent higher commitment if you’re the type who doesn’t believe marriage) or leave.
So there you go, I married my guild.