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The waiting game and Gnome chefs!

November 29, 2011 By: Ladan Category: addons, patch day

One thing that kill videos and slick ads by Blizzard don’t tell the unfamiliar is just how much waiting we seem to do while raiding in World of Warcraft. It’s a classic manifestation of the hurry up and wait syndrome that seems to happen a lot on things like airplanes and queues in the supermarket. It’s not surprising. Often trying to get 10 or 25 raiders back into the right spot in the raid instance and all ready to go on time can sometimes feel worse than herding cats and can probably be blamed for causing the mental breakdown of many a raid leader. During progression time we may wipe dozens of times. In fact, one night I was observing a raid group and I noted that during a 72 minute period of raiding, about 10 attempts/wipes took place equalling 28 minutes, while 44 minutes were spent recovering from being dead, flying back into the instance, gathering at the right spot, taking a short break, waiting on people to come back from disconnects or sudden “afks”, making sure everyone was ready to go, and then beginning again. I realise we don’t always spend the majority of our time waiting to start up again, but this can be a distinctive element of a raid and sometimes it’s nice to make the best of our time raiding, even if we’re just waiting around.

So in the spirit of fun and to help you get through those wait times with a little amusement, I thought I’d share this addon that was written especially by addon creator Olog. Olog has designed some other addons that are used by his own guild and has written others that have been more widely used by the gaming community at large. When I approached him with my idea, he found it quite an amusing concept and agreed to create something which he whipped out in an hour or two. This addon is called Gnome Chef Roulette and the idea is that you have a way to create esquisite gourmet dishes inspired by the “produce” available in the game itself! It’s a game of roulette as you’re going to have to trust your little Gnome chef pal to concoct something appropriate for the occasion. So get cooking and amaze your fellow raiders!


Instructions: Just load it like any other addon and type /chef to open the window. It’s quite self-explanatory but people can either whisper to you or say !food and your chef will automatically produce something fabulous! (You can also just say !food yourself and you’ll broadcast what you’ve cooked as well.)

Enjoy and happy Patch 4.3!

Patch day poll

October 17, 2010 By: Ladan Category: Cataclysm, class spec, patch day, Polls

I’ve not kept this poll up for long as we’re now, mostly, post-patch day and it’s quite a different experience to think about things after something has happened versus thinking about them in anticipation.

But the results are interesting, suffice it to say!

  • Figuring out the best spec, glyphs, new rotation I can before Cataclysm. (55%)
  • Keeping on top of the information and changes so I don’t lag behind. (34%)
  • Trying to relearn how to play my class. Again. (21%)
  • No concerns, it’s all good. (10%)
  • That the changes from patch could throw off our raiding or achievement progress. (0%)

At least more about what you did not vote for in comparison to what you did vote for. A whole whopping 0% of you voted for the following: “That the changes from patch could throw off our raiding or achievement progress.” I would imagine that’s partly due to the current state of game content, the removal of that throne debuff, and the fact that for most of us, I imagine patch day is a more personal experience. The idea of how we’re going to manage post-patch, what we need to redo and re-learn.

I, for one, did probably less than I should have in advance to understand what was going to happen to my main class and spec. And what a surprise when I logged in. My own prediction–that I’d have to do a lot to keep on top of these changes to my class and spec–came true for me. I think it feels like a game that’s had a makeover. It’s the same thing, but many details are very different. It’s also a very interesting pre-software release strategy by Blizzard. Global beta testing! But I digress. Let’s continue to review the results here.

The literal work of managing the details of one’s main character (and spec) was the leading response to the poll questions, with 55% of respondents. After that, keeping on top of information and changes was the second highest response (34%), with learning how to play your character again the third response (21%).  Only a few of you (10%) were completely unconcerned about the changes. Could that be because you were already well versed in the changes? Could it be because of your current attitude and perception of playing? And I wonder now how those responses would have shifted in the aftermath of the patch. Would that small minority still feel that the patch was no big deal and would the number of those who have felt they’ve had to relearn how to play rise?

Regardless, anticipation of a big patch like the one we’ve had this past week leads the majority of us to expect to have some work to do to navigate the game successfully. This often involves a sense of urgency so that we only have a short bump in the road. It also creates an interesting reaction amongst gamers. Not to say that those who were engaged in the dialogue are regular raiders, but I was amused when I logged into WoW after the patch went live and saw the annoyed responses to those people on general chat who were asking patch-related questions. “Check Google” was the common response. That being said, no one likes an unprepared gamer. We have little patience for ignorance.

New poll: “Patch day” comes to WoW

October 13, 2010 By: Ladan Category: Cataclysm, class spec, patch day, progress raiding, talents

Last night, in my EU server guild raid, we ended up doing something fun (some old school raids), partly to diffuse the extra pent up energy that comes in anticipation of a big patch like what’s been happening this week to WoW servers all over the world. I commented that it felt like the night before the first day of school…. everyone reminding me to check my talents, spec, glyphs, reagents… yes, Mum, it’s all in my school bag. :P

So it’s back again–patch day. This one is quite significant, with changes to our classes and talent trees. It’s giving us a taste of what’s to come with Cataclysm in December. Everyone wants to be prepared, no one wants to fall behind.

So what is important to you when you are preparing for patch day? Select the choices in my latest poll so we can see where our focus tends to lie when we’ve got a new patch to prep for. If I forgot something, add a comment! This is a new type of poll, so I’m experimenting here.