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Hit Patch 4.2 in the Face!

As a casual player of WoW, getting my grubby hands on Valour Points can be a little tough.  With work and the general facade that I’m an adult, I just don’t have the time to deal with jackassery.  As a result, my lack of tolerance for PuGs certainly means few random heroics ever get run.

Fortunately, as patches get released and raid content progresses, Valour Point (and some Tier 11) gear can eventually be purchased using Justice Points.  The “downside” to this is that any existing Valour Points you have will be converted into Justice Points AND anything over the 4000 point maximum will be converted into gold.  As unfortunate as that may be, it’s fair.

Anyway…one of my plans is to maximize my T11 purchasing power after Patch 4.2 and minimize the amount of JP’s/VP’s turned to gold.  And how am I going to do that?

HONOUR POINTS, THAT’S HOW!

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Casualclysm

This post took me a fair bit of time to write, and with Patch 4.0.6 dropping today and the subsequent nerfing of some heroic bosses, it may lose a bit of its prevalence.  Then again, it very well may not.  So it goes.  I’m posting this, regardless.

Also, it’s a bit longer than my usual posts.  You have been warned. 🙂

While there is a negative stigma associated with it, I will say it up front.  I am a casual WoW player and I am a member of a casual guild.

Jeez.

What does that even mean?  I’m sure you’ll get a different explanation depending on who you ask. 

Myself…I would generalize it as “commitment to the game”.  Part of that commitment could involve time and part of it could involve objectives.  The larger commitments you make (time or objectives), the more dedicated (or “hard core”) you are to playing the game.  So, casually speaking, while one person may commit a certain amount of time to the game, they may not have committed to larger objectives (ie: raiding).  Similarly, one person may like to commit themselves to a large objective, but they are otherwise limited by time to play the game.  Also, by extension of its members, this can be observed on the guild level.  Even if the casual guild does go raiding, it’s typically never made into the priority.  Nor does the “guild” – via guild officers, more active players, etc. – make demands of its members.  They may ask, but ultimatums are not really associated with playing a game on a casual level. 

That’s what “casual” means to me when it comes to WoW.

Now, I’m not really trying to stir-the-pot with the “Casual vs. Hardcore” debate – I’m just clarifying my perspective.  Heck, while I’m at it, I should state that I’m not really trying to chime in on the “WoW is too hard” sob fest, either; although they’re both related to my thoughts on Cataclysm.  I won’t go as far as saying that WoW is too difficult – because frankly, I don’t know, nor do I feel that way. 

But I will say that by making things as difficult as they have, Blizzard has made WoW less accessible.   As such, the casual player will ultimately be exposed to less content than they were in WotLK. 

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So, I have to recant pretty much all of my last post.  It was hastily made conclusion based upon a bug, which has since been fixed.  

Also when I made it home that day, I managed to find that our Guild XP was back on track.  Hooray!

But over the weekend, it seems things got slowed down again.  As noted by the Wowhead blog, Guild XP seemed to get stealth nerfed.  No longer was the guild getting a 1:1 ratio of experiece as we levelled through our respective zones.  Was this an intentional tweak?  Is it another bug? 

If intended, well, it shafts small guilds.  My guild, for example, was unable to reach the daily cap yesterday (even though we did make it to Level 3.  Hooray!)  While my opinion is rather biased on the matter, I don’t think it’s entirely fair. 

Then again, where does one try to make balance?  10-person guilds?  5-person guilds?  2-person guilds?  At the end of the day, some smaller guilds just aren’t going to level up as fast as bigger guilds.

With that said, there is the chance that it is a bug.  Or that the XP gains will be tweaked again.

At least I hope it’s another bug.  I don’t need to make an ass of myself (again)… 😉

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Edit:  Fortunately, Psynister is willing to do some research for me (I’m scared of the forums, and even so, I can’t check them from work).  Turns out the following rant is based on a bug, and it has subsequently been fixed.  Bliz isn’t trying to keep the Small Guilds down, after all.

Now I need to find something else to make me angry…

*waits for phone to ring as I’m about to leave work*

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Guild Leveling!  One of the latest and greatest features released with WoW: Cataclysm! 

And I’m pretty sure that it’s seen as a positive change, all around.  I know I like it – mostly.

For a pretty good summary and some numbers, check out Psynister’s Notebook.

As you can see, there are a lot of worthwhile perks for being in a “max level” guild.  But as a means of reducing “guild-hopping”, Guild Reputation was another feature added.  As yet another means of reducing “guild-hopping”, Blizzard implemented a cap on the amount of guild reputation you can earn in a week.  It makes sense to me, and it should make both players and guilds more particular with their rosters. 

In an effort to further keep balance, a daily cap on Guild Experience was set at 6.246 million XP.  This is to prevent large guilds from leveling up too easily and to prevent small guilds from being left behind in the dust.  Everything seems fair… until you dig a little deeper.

How they made the reputation cap function has totally shafted smaller guilds.

Here, lemme ‘splain…

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Azeroth, A.E.3.

A.E.3 being “After Expansion Three”, of course!

I really had planned to write a big ol’ epic story about getting Cataclysm.  But really, it just involved me standing in line, listening to other late-night-shopper’s WoW stories.  As I was flying solo (Chawa was smart and went to bed), I managed to entertain myself by playing a game in my head while listening to the aforementioned stories.  I named the game, “Who’s Lie is it, Anyway?”

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