After reading Beru’s post on multiple sources and the comments that followed, I’ve decided to take a bit of a plunge. It feels largely like a plunge because I’m going to label it like a guide, and then I’ll cross my fingers until my knuckles grow white that I’m not guiding new locks in the wrong direction.
No Nose Snubbing Here
I don’t like untentionally annoying or pissing off people. Pffft, okay, nobody does, but I seem to have a particular knack for it in the eye-arr-ell. (Yes, I’m aware saying “in IRL” is like saying “PIN number.” Sssssh!) Today’s culture also seems, to me at least, to take things very personally without or with very little context, and there’s always a contest of some sort, and people won’t drop things until they “win.”
However “win” is defined.
I’m tired of competing to “win.” So I’m trying to convince myself to do this for myself, which usually ends up being my scratchbook for figuring things out. Because that’s what I do in my free time, I fiddle with things and do puzzles without the box.
I really don’t mean to sound like an ass by saying, “I solve puzzles without the box,” or “I level without heirlooms.” There’s no mental or hypothetical “/flex” at the end of those statements. It’s just what I do, and I feel like I have to add on “without the box” or “without heirlooms,” because otherwise people just go on about heirlooms or how those murder-solve puzzles where the box picture isn’t the puzzle picture are so annoying, which I really really don’t care about.
“Lemme ‘splain. … No, there is too much. Lemme sum up.”
I find playing the way I do as fun. I’m up for trying things, but if I don’t like a way, I won’t do it that way. I encourage the same.
I personally found affliction fucking awesome to play when I first tried it as I leveled. I still find it fucking awesome to play. I don’t dual-spec myself affliction just to snub my nose at the other two specs. I dual-spec affliction because I love PvE affliction and affliction PvP made me not hate PvP so much. (Well, affliction PvP and a podcast episode. Okay, mostly the episode and some really cool BG maps.)
If you don’t like affliction, if affliction makes you scream at your computer screen in blinding rage…then…don’t…play it. I won’t hate you for it. There’s this demonology lock in UR who is BAD ASS in my opinion. Ridiculously good. AKA “Dude, I might go try demo if it’s THAT cool.”
My aspiration is set at doing that for someone else. Maybe it’s a bit too high of a star to gaze at, but stargazing’s fun, right?
For Your Fel Intel
I was looking at Keeva’s 4.0 Druid Healing Guide, but mostly the icon, because I’ve not played my tree in so very long and I don’t know when I’ll pick her back up again. I’m not sure if I’ll make an icon or just leave it as a text link on the side. Icons are fun! But FYFI is what I’m planning on calling it.
Because I thought it was at least half-punny on FYI.
Because I figure “information” is a better way to put it than “>> HEY, DO IT THIS WAY OR YOU SUCK <<“. Not that any guides I’ve seen on the blogosphere do that (well, except those “Keyboarders are slow” ones), but like I said earlier, I have a knack at coming off in that rude way by accident. Information can be collected and then later rejected if desired. It’s not a do or die thing. I’m not going to be offended if you decide to use someone else’s way of doing things or even if you make your own.
(Reading that as “wickeed” just ruins the pun. Gosh.)
For Power Auras and macros, I’ve already started to experiment with a wiki-style format, since freebo WordPress doesn’t give much options for hiding humongous blocks of code (aura import sets, e.g.). Instead you just get textwalls of non-formatted code, maybe in little code boxes, but nevertheless…blwaaahhhh. It looks bloated whenever I try to do it just on the blog.
I found a freebo wiki (I like being a cheapo!) that I can set up, and it’s already cool because a) I can change the CSS of the whole wiki if I want, for no charge, and b) the wiki lets me use little widgets like those really cool collapsible blocks of text (+ show / – hide toggles and such). So you can go grab the import code you want, but it doesn’t look BLWAAAHHHH on the page.
Now that I’ll be jumping into this expansion as a raider, I might even start putting up boss guides for warlocks. Raiding, but also instancing, because with raiding you do get a certain kind of consistency going, but in 5mans, especially through LFD, sometimes you have to switch tactics depending on your groupmates, be it class or gear that’s the difference.
This Ain’t Math Class
I’ve been told in the past (specifically by a healer) that I was a “good warlock.”I think at the time it meant I didn’t life tap myself to death or pull threat just because I could or sacrifice group utility to the meter gods.
So realize that I’m not out to theorycraft my way to the best DPS numbers I can output. Besides, judging by the last time I tried to read EJ’s Theorycrafting 101, by December they might have it updated to patch 3.0.1. (Oh! Burn! But it’s SO TRUE!)
I’m out to present how not to drop your fel ass in the bee pit. Also how to find yourself some demonic aloe if you do happen to step on the wrong side of the Dark (Bee) Portal.
So here’s hoping I won’t be blogospherically Hellfiring myself by accident.