Thursday, November 27, 2014

An unrecoverable error :(

I have been so excited about fishing lately that I have gone back to carrying my tacklebox around with me to hold all my fishing stuff and everything fishing goes into that bag.

I fish up a lot of other stuff, including low level fishing rods, waterwalking potions, various baubles and lures to increase my fishing skill.  I also keep all my fishing hats, boots and rods in there as well. The problem is that at the end of the day I have to remind myself to vendor all the other junk that I pickup that fills up the bag like stranglekelp, various weeds and skulls.

So I went to fish a few days ago, and realised I couldn't find my Arcanite Fishing Rod.  I checked in my bank.... not there.  Uh oh... I know exactly what happened to it.  I must have vendored it with all the low level fishing poles the night before when I was cleaning up my fishing bag.

Unfortunately, since we moved to Australian servers, armory doesn't work the the battlenet restore items doesn't work either.  I was frantic, upset, teary even!  I love my fishing rod - it is the best rod in the game!  So I sent a ticket in and a few days later I got a response
What's up, Navimie! 
I'm Game Master Sprengloe and I want to thank you for reaching out for help with your missing Arcanite Fishing Pole issue. I hope your day is going well and thank you for being patient while waiting for us to get to your ticket. ^(O.O)^ 
As requested, I pulled your account records and spent time digging through them to find your Arcanite Fishing Pole. It appears the item information has been erased from the records because I was not able to locate any records for them =( I understand the fishing pole is extremely difficult to obtain which is why I know this loss is huge. 
I'm sure you're familiar with this already, but in a general sense our logs hold deleted item and character information for a certain amount of time before that information is purged. When information has been purged from the records, we no longer have a means of verifying what happened to it. This is also true for characters that have been deleted. After a period of time, characters are wiped from the account and our records. We no longer have a means of verifying what happened to it so we are unable to restore it.
I know this isn't the best of news but I really hope this information helps out even if just a bit and I hope you have a great rest of the day. Take care now and stay awesome! /wave
- Sprengloe
I was so sad.  Luxy said to me I can go and get it again which is true, it's not like some limited edition thing that I lost that I can't ever get again.  But in the meantime I will use the Mastercraft Kalu'ak Fishing Pole and mourn the loss of my dear fishing rod, a momento of my carelessness!  Here are some pics of me with my beloved fishing rod... forever may you rest in the nether.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Garrison Pet Battles - Their Majesties, King and Queen Floret

This Royal Duo are typical Draenor Sproutlings that pack a BIG PUNCH!

I admit, I did think initially that a couple of water attacks would do it, but their hits can be really huge, especially once Righteous Inspiration goes out (and they do a bit of Righteous Inspiration trading between the two of them).  I had tried the Pandaren Water Spirit + Chrominius combo but I couldn't quite get that to work, then I tried some magic pets so that I wouldn't get 1 hit with an Inspired attack, but that didn't quite work for me either and and went another tack.

These are their attacks:

The team I beat with consisted of Ruby Droplet and a S/S Death Adder Hatchling.  I had another pet in the team but it never got used.

Ruby Droplet: Acid Touch, Bubble, Drain Blood
Death Adder Hatchling: Poison Fang, Puncture Wound, Blinding Poison

I started with Acid Touch, and then used Bubble and then Drain Blood.  That got my health back up by about 750 and by that stage they had used Righteous Inspiration and the Inspired attack was still blocked by bubble.  I then switched to Death Adder Hatchling and Blinding Poison, then followed that with Puncture Wound and then used Poison Fang and then switched back to Ruby Droplet, who fortunately still had a block up and the next attack was blocked and I put another Acid Touch, followed with Bubble and the Drain Blood again.  By this time one of the royal duo had died and I applied another Acid Touch to the other and switched back to my Death Adder Hatchling and Blinding Poison, Puncture wound and then Poison Fang and they royal pair were defeated! Fortunately for me, the Floret had used a Righteous Inspiration when I applied Blinding Poison so I was not killed with the next hit - phew!

The beauty of the Garrison pet battle daily is that I can try it again - but I still couldn't get success with my Pandaren water spirit and Chrominius.  I look forward to reading other people's strats and trying them out!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Guildleader chores - Raid planning

Wowhead and MMO-Champion are telling us that raids will open on the 2nd December, which means that the first raid of WoD for Frostwolves will be on the 3rd December.

That's only 9 days away!

Gearing up for me hasn't been a huge issue, though I have been impressed with how fast some of the Frostwolves have geared up.  I think a lot of them are raid ready, and I see lots of people doing heroics, even the more social players.

Within Frostwolves there are two tiers of raiding - the serious raiders, who are keen for progress and want to raid 3 days a week, and the more relaxed ones, the ones who have told me they're happy to be subs, but would like to raid more casually. And a lot of people seem to be afraid of being the "casual" group though I can't imagine why - it doesn't mean that there won't be good players there, it just means they haven't got the time commitment to play 3 days a week and once a week is very doable!.

Kyjenn has been very keen to play lately, so I thought I would harnass some of that energy (whilst he still plays!) and put him to work.  I asked him specifically if he would mind running the once a week raid on Sundays.  I brought it up at an opportune time because Hwired asked me to put him as a backup tank, and I didn't want him to be on the subs list because he's at the bottom of the list for subbing into main raid and I know if I don't give him some raid time he'll just stop playing and Hwired is good value and fun.  So I asked Hwired if he'd like to tank with Kyjenn on Sundays once a week raiding and he seemed keen for that.  Hwired also asked if Roshii could raid with them - and I think that it would be great except Roshii didn't think he could raid because of work.  But maybe he could make it once a week - and I think that the Sunday casual raid could be a really fun thing if it gets going and serious but casual Frosties want to raid!  I have great hopes that the Frostwolves raiding feeling will be really strong in the Sunday raid - I might go and give them a hand too just to get in on the fun raiding if there's room!

I have seen some really good numbers coming out of players who I thought were a little less serious about raiding, and I am looking forward to seeing how that translates in the raid environment.  There is still a lot of concern about meshing together as a team, and I hope with all my heart that all our raiders will bring a sense of fun and excitement to the raid, and hopefully leave behind elitist and finger-pointing - because that is NOT what this guild is about.  I have been rehearsing to myself what I will say on the first raid night and what I expect from our raiders and I hope that the relaxed feelings we had whilst doing Siege of Orgrimmar will continue into the current raid team.  It's so hard to explain what I mean, but for me, raiding is not just a bunch of people thrown together to kill a boss - I REALLY want to foster that team feeling, that everyone is having fun, that nobody is looking down on other raiders or making it unpleasant by harping on about their mistakes or their damage.  Yet at the same time I want everyone to be doing their best because that's how we succeed!  It sounds so idealistic and I am really worried that my ideals will not translate well and the great raiding we had in the last expansion will not be here in this one because people are not on the same page.  But I am going to try my best to force the issue and MAKE it happen!

In other raiding news, a lot of people have been complaining about LFR Molten core and I have not stepped foot in there yet - I have scheduled a guild run next weekend and hopefully that will be ok - I am sure I can drag up 40 Frostwolves!  I wonder if we have to queue it as LFR?  The complaints have been that it's very LONG and that people don't know what they're doing, but I am hoping that having it as a guild run will remove a lot of those issues.  And it's a good opportunity to see what some of these raiders will be like before the real raids on the 3rd.

A couple more pieces to go (ring and hat) and I will be fully 630.  Only a few more heroic dungeons to go!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Guildleader chores - From a Pack to a Horde and how we are going to raid

This past week has seen a massive increase in our guild numbers.  There has been a lot of concern flying around in the guild - many people don't know who all the others are, and how they are related to whom. In fact, the only person who knows who everyone in the guild is me.

Obviously there has been a lot of concern about who is going to raid and what is happening with raids.  I tried to reassure most people but they are still concerned - so I thought I would make a blog post to reassure them (and myself).

So here is a little flowchart of how everyone is related to whom.  Doesn't it look pretty!

When I look at it this way, it doesn't seem like we have that many people.  I look and I think, most of these people are not intending to be 3 day a week raiders.  Maybe some casual raiding which is very easily catered for on the weekend for those who are inclined.

So, how am I going to sort raiding?  There have been a number of queries.

Are we going to have two raiding teams?
What we are going to have is one serious raiding team, which does our usual Wednesday, Thursday and Monday, from 9pm-11pm.  I do not want to run a second raiding team at the same time as I believe that it causes division within the team.  There will be feeling of one team is better than another and inevitably leads to guild splits.  I told everyone who joined in 6.0 and WoD that we don't have raiding spots and there may be some sub spots and more casual stuff on the weekend and if they weren't ok with that, then they shouldn't have joined!  I wonder if our ranks will think a little after that, but in reality, I don't think so.

As it stands, these are the raiders:
Tanks: Aimei, Exray
Healers: Navimie, Morzierz, Ravzz, Koda, Baconofswag
DPS: Sevrus, Azadelta, Luxygaga, Jazzbangers, Nathamanz, Lushen, Dragonray, Crooked, Kahrax, Eq, Tenshi, Souglyy, Vexil, Haevela, Sars, Shoushiro, Duck, Alca, Una

Subs and keen to raid: Brahski (DPS), Amayeti (Heals), James (Tank), Moopiex (DPS), Biship (Heals), McTacky, Kelthal, Disco (DPS)

Are we still doing Flex/Normal on the weekends?
We probably won't be starting that until we are solidly doing weekday raiding for 2 weeks so I everyone can have a feel for what raiding as a group is like.  I did like how we had a casual once a week normal/heroic raiding, so I think that would be great for those who are more serious about raiding.

There are a few people who are tagged as purely social and I think that Saturday "social" normal raids when we are well established will be fun for them but as I said, I don't think we will do that until we are into doing heroics.

What happens when it gets to Mythic?
It will be a long time before we get there. Our guild has never been a Mythic guild and by the time the next tier comes we will be still doing heroics, I suspect.  But we may be surprised!  If we do get there then those with the best attendance, performance and good team attitude will come for progression.  As stuff becomes farm then we will substitute the rest of the raid team members in.

Can I raid with my friends in other guilds/servers?
Yes, of course you can!  Since we can do it as many times as you like, you can do the same raid a few times (except Mythic of course).  However, if you are constantly unavailable for our raid times because you're with others then your priority for a raiding spot will probably be downgraded.

What about those who are underperforming in raid?
Raiding is supposed to be fun, and I wholeheartedly believe this. However, I expect that everyone should have some insight into their own abilities and capability to raid at our best raiding level.  Raw DPS/healing numbers is one way to look at a fight, but I also look at ability to follow instructions or handle mechanics.  Even I have difficulty the first few times, but I try my best and strive to improve with often amusing results. If someone is woefully unaware of their abilities then one of the officers will speak to them about the concerns and offer tips for improvement and I expect people to be mature enough to accept constructive criticism.

What about EPGP?
EPGP is reset.  It will start again in the new raid week. EP donations will be accepted on Monday night and the Tuesday before raids on Wednesday.  Donations will close at the start of raid.

Well, hopefuly that allays some of the fears and answers some of the questions.  Any further questions put them in as comments to this post guys!  And of course, if you love my flow diagram, feel free to post a comment or even something funny about it :D