Ima take that and put it in here.
This Blog, It’s Small
I expect to find no activity here, since that’s what normally happens. Especially since I’ve been lolling around with no posts in my head, and unfortunately, no real drafts either. Unless you’re the type of person who likes to read about week- & month-old news.
I’m happy-fied when I get a comment, and it elevates to super excited if I hit two comments on a post within a week of posting. It’s ridiculous “WOW PEOPLE LIKE ME” if I go above 20 views in a day.
Yep. Small blog, rarely read. That’s a’me.
So I was quite surprised when I fired up my feed reader to see Keeva with a second post, the title of which eerily familiar to a rant I just did.
I don’t really remember if my jaw dropped first or my cheeks blushed tomatoes before that. Something facially equivalent to “I just shat my pants” happened.
I’m going to take a stab in the dark and guess that she wasn’t intending malice in my general direction, but there was a big old BOA rant brewing for a while, and my mention of BOA sharing was just enough to open up the floodgates.
I could take a few paragraphs of my normal too-many-words-than-necessary style, but yeah, that’s pretty much it. My first thought as I started to read Keeva’s post was “THE FUCK DID I DO??” because quite frankly, I adore Keeva (I still refer to the Grid post, honestly) , and I really did not mean to piss on anyone about this.
But I hit the publish button, it’s out there, and no real amount of apologizing will do anything, I imagine. Nor do I really feel like back-pedalling. An elephant’s faithful. But…
I can attempt to clear up my ire, I think.
If I use BOA gear it’s not because I want to shred mobs up with my massive DPS, it’s because I want a bit more wiggle room in questing.
I wasn’t imagining Keeva was wanting massive DPS over questing wiggleroom. I really wasn’t trying to be all pissed off about people who use BoAs for a particular reason like going faster or skipping over the boring parts and whatnot.
What I hate are the people who go get BoAs and then flaunt them like they’re epics. What I hate are the people who act like BoAs are a default; QED, if you do not have any, you’re either new or a complete idiot.
So really, it’s not the BoAs I have a problem with. It’s just insecure bullies, more or less. Which happens in every flavor of tier gear on down to grey suits, but the post combined with recent runs of BoAssholes just…yeah, my floodgates just went WHOOP! DERE IT IS.
I Don’t Want Faster In My Default
This is my problem. It’s the thing I kept mentioning. Blizzard has already quickened the leveling pace, even without the +% you get with that tan-colored gear lettering. I’m still outstripping my professions just by questing. The LFD also contributes to my leveling experience pollution, especially in the Vanilla content where the experience you get from dungeons is a crap tonne more than just questing.
This is the part I’m more than annoyed with. I can choose to not take the BoAs and go just a bit slower at the leveling speed. But if Blizzard is going to speed up the default leveling pace?
Nuh-uh, stop that!
I get it that people on the 5th, 10th, 20th time around are bored with the leveling process. I said it in a comment on my post, but here it is again.
I tend to do a little “theme” every time I level an alt. This time, on my rogue? It’s to do as little Kalimdor quests as possible, since I absolutely adore the Eastern Kingdom zones. My troll priest was one all on her own; she was my first serious Hordie all the way to 80. I did Feralas on her, a zone I’d never really touched before, and ZOMG you guys never told me there was a Silithid hive there!!!
So it took my four 80s to become bored of my usual Alliance grind. Big whoop-de-doop. But I did find some quest chains (& found out that I love quest chains, the longer the better) that I really do love. All of Duskwood, for example; I was really sad when I remembered there isn’t really a Horde outpost at all in Duskwood, so I had to go find some other 15-30 zones to do.
My rogue? She’s my first serious melee character. (Yeah, I leveled as a kitty and did some heroics as a kitty, but I didn’t like the tank dancing (still don’t, PLEASE STOP MOVING SO FFFF’N MUCH), so I became a beartree instead of a cattree.) It’s so different and it blows my mind so much, it’s so exciting right now. It’s like shaman healing was for the first time. I was so used to tree heals and a bit of low-level discipline. Mitigation? Pre-hotting? I’m good on those. Actually wait for health to drop before I can heal? Having the tank missing health and not many instant-cast heals to go around? Scary & exhilarating at the same time!
Perhaps it doesn’t take much to entertain me; I mean, if the veterans are getting bored enough every expansion, I guess I must be simple-minded or somesuch. Or maybe I’m just one of those who can stand to read books and watch movies multiple times. Heck, I once listened to “American Pie” for about three hours nonstop. I didn’t want to stop; I believe I stopped because a parent yelled at me to change the track already.
But I feel very much like a kid in a candy store right now. I want to try them all! But I *have* to do it RIGHT THIS VERY MOMENT because my parents (*cough* Blizzard *cough*) don’t have all day to let me explore properly.
All because the older kids are already tired of the current flavors.
(Yes, I know, I’ll go over there in that corner and pout until Mommy tucks me in at bedtime.)
It was simply a suggestion to display all of the BOAs that you had purchased on your account (considering they are bind on *account*), and to have a way to access them – perhaps in a kind of account-wide equipment rack, or as something tacked onto your character bank, so that you had to visit a major city to retrieve the items.
I feel like all I can say is, “My bad,” but then I feel like that’s so so so SO not enough of an apology. I was mostly thinking of the upcoming glyph interface and how the popular reaction seems to be more “Thank goodness, I don’t have to keep buying this one glyph for this one fight,” than “Oh sweet, so now I can keep track of what’s available for me to use.” Y’know, the glyphs thing seemed more of saving more currency than cutting out the Wowhead middleman.
Mea mala. 😦
I had no idea that people have been kicked out of groups for not sporting BOA gear. How utterly stupid – how are new people supposed to learn how to play in groups if nobody will let them play in groups?
Ditto. I’ve not yet been present to a vote-kick for no BoAs (heh, it would be me, wouldn’t’cha think?), but I’ve been present for some other stupid vote-kicks. Like the hunter teleports out after a dungeon to get more arrows. Vote-kick. Vote-kick has passed. Really? You’re vote-kicking a guy because he’s going to fix his DPS supply? Gee-ZUS…
I leave group if it’s a stupid reason to vote-kick. Kicking the tank, heals, DPS, doesn’t matter who. Also, my prediction has been true so far: when Blizz was coming out with the filling in a reason for a vote-kick, I kept asking “Why? No one’s going to take the time to FILL IT OUT…” >.> The only time I’ve seen the vote-kick box filled out with a reason is when I initiated it. I don’t think the other three even read it before confirming the kick.
That’s just …sad.
It weirds me out that I go to Keeva’s post and find a bunch of “I like BoAs” comments, and then come to mine and find a bunch of “Yeah, no BoAs for me!” comments. Not saying either post is without the opposite opinion, but … you guys ARE allowed to disagree with me over here!
Also, totally TOTALLY not trying to be all “You people are weird/stupid/wrong/ewww/different.” I’ve noticed that out of the few comments I get, most if not all are of the “I agree!” flavor. A pat on the back is cool, but it does make me a bit sad that I never really seem to get discussions going.
I’m just a total ranting buzzkill, I guess. =/ WTB advice.