Raiding Research Online

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Post your raiding computer space set up!

October 13, 2010 By: Ladan Category: computer, play space, screenshots, user interface, World of Warcraft

So if you have a chance, go and peek over at the forums. You can post a screen shot of your interface, describe which addons you use, and link any photos of the game space you’ve set up. Less frequented are the discussions on raiding culture and raiding experiences. I’d love to encourage anyone to participate if you’d like. It expands the quality of the research I’ve been collecting this year.

Our latest discussion is about our raiding space set up, more of a way for us to share examples of how we’ve set up our own space for raiding. Feel like showing off?

New poll! Site use! UI change afoot!

November 15, 2009 By: Ladan Category: raiding, screenshots, user interface

Hi everyone,

Thanks for the visits so far. It’s still a pretty tiny site, but the response to my poll has been great! Very interesting. Please feel free to tell others about it and invite them to add comments or post on the forum. I hope you don’t feel like you have to write a book to accompany any upload, by the way. Even if you just post your UI screenshots without much said, that’s very helpful to me.

I’ve put up a new poll for everyone to vote in. I’m curious to see how often we like to change how our UI looks. This is admittedly vague but I’m trying to see how often we change things. I, for one, have only modified my UI a few times. I get anxious about changes because I’m worried that it’ll cause me to miss something important during a raid.

We’ve been chattering in guild a bit about a new raid encounter management addon, Deus Vox Encounters. A few guildies seem to like it. Most guilds tend to use Deadly Boss Mods. For non-raiders, these are software programmes that helps you manage the chaos that can happen during a fight with a particular boss. For example, you could be fighting a boss who periodically throws a ball of goo on random members of the team which can damage everyone around you within a 20 metre radius. Standard practice is to run away from those  you are near to protect them from this damage. So these software addons function to help warn you when something bad like that happens during a fight. They will typically make a big loud sound or crease flashing lights. I’ve used DBM since I started raiding, about 2 years ago. The idea of trying something new with something so important makes me nervous, but I’m giving it a go. Let’s hope I don’t wipe the raid!


Why that picture?

November 05, 2009 By: Ladan Category: raiding, screenshots, World of Warcraft

So Alex and I spent ages trying to figure out what banner image to include for the site (points up there… see that?). I took endless random screenshots of places I thought were ‘pretty’ in WoW… then we realised it’s a site about raiding, so it ought to be a raiding shot… we found a few interesting images and took some ourselves (and others helped out too!), but Alex finally offered this image that she took during the ‘vanilla’ WoW days (that’s what is commonly used to refer to the first iteration of the game before the Burning Crusade and Wrath of Lich King upgrades of 2007 and 2008 respectively) when she and her guildmates went on a run to Molten Core.

I feel like it captures a few interesting aspects of raiding:

  1. We wait. A lot. If we’re trying to learn how to defeat a boss, it can take many attempts before we get it. So when we wipe and come back into the instance to try again, we’re often found standing around like that, waiting til our raid leader has given instructions or all of the group is ready.  Those waiting periods can be annoying but they can also be extremely funny with a lot of silly jokes and antics being played during these periods… til the raid leader smacks us back into focus.
  2. We’re a damn big group. 25 people is a lot of people, even from a virtual perspective. Since most of the complicated encounters are 25-man (they don’t seem to like to use the term 25-person for raiding… even though some women do play) these days (there are also 10-man and have been 40-man raids in the past and some MMOs have even bigger group encounters!)
  3. Our visual perspective is usually from behind. I find this to be an interesting thing, oddly enough. This perspective works for very practical reasons because this helps us all *face* our foe but it does impersonalise things in a way. Yes, we’re in a group together, but most of the time we’re looking at each other from behind. Sometimes it will be months before I see the virtual face of a person I’m spending hours with raiding. This has reinforced to me that how we look and who we embody in game is often a secondary concern for a raider over the practicalities of ‘getting the job done’.

Thanks again to Alex for showing this little snapshot into WoW-past. Maybe she will write a little bit some day about her memories of that raid. :)