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Last night I noticed the Darkmoon Rabbit was up with a lone Alliance gnome warlock just sitting outside the cave on his water strider so I excitedly told Cool and Luxy about it. I then whispered the gnome to see if he was working on a raid for it, to which he replied “[he] was sorting one out”. I politely asked for an invite and waited patiently – only to be asked if I happened to have a Disc spec. I replied that I didn’t as I haven’t been Disc since 85 on my Alliance toon and have only done a few world boss kills lately. His response left me stunned, “We should be good then, thanks anyway”.
Really? No invite?
Surely he doesn’t want to just roll on it for himself, a friend or sell it in the AH. So I asked him about it and proceeded to tell him that I had killed the rabbit multiple times, including that toon. He then asked if there was another toon I would like to bring. Well no, this is it for Alliance.
So I logged out to see if I could form a raid on Horde. Being close to midnight and on an Alliance-heavy server, I didn’t have high hopes but I wanted to try anyway. By the time they had killed it with only seven in their raid, I had managed to scrounge together five people. Unfortunately, one was Tome who couldn’t come in the end due to the time difference restraints of CRZ so I apologised for getting her hopes up.
It saddens me that a rabbit that spawns maybe twice a week per month – if you’re lucky enough to even see it once in that time – will cause others to deny someone an invite just because they have their own agenda for the drop. I have never denied anyone a raid invite, especially when it’s something that is still highly coveted (by me included). Believe me when I say I check the cave every day and still battle Jeremy for the Eye which he should surely give up one of these days. I’ve even spent weeks trying to do pet trades and generating gold on other servers to try and buy one but as of yet I’m still trying.
Later that night Cool and I were flying through the Wilds when we noticed a level 87 Alliance monk fighting a Warscout with another 90 player. The monk was getting pretty low on health and the Warscout was past 50% so said we should help him get the kill on our main horde toons at the time. Unfortunately, the monk had died by that stage so I went ahead and reset the warscout so the monk could have another go. Sadly, this didn’t happen as the other 90 Alliance player tagged the warscout and the 87 monk flew off an a friend’s rocket. When I saw this, I decided to stop DPS’ing as I wanted to help the little guy get something that was challenging for his level.
I’ve helped countless individuals get their legendaries, chest pieces and other achievements, etc. so I can only hope that when the time comes for me to complete my legendary in Ulduar, there will be names I recognise who would genuinely like to help and not be there for any hidden agenda like a mount, or similar. Maybe that’s why I only have a select number of individuals who talk to me in-game. Maybe I should share less of my experiences/tips on the blog so people have a reason to talk to me personally.
Don’t forget that the blog doesn’t really tell you everything there is to know about me and what you read may not be the whole story. I do tend to wear my heart on my sleeve and can be uplifted by heroic stories I see on the news. But if I’m having a bad day you don’t tend to see it unless I tell you or you read about it in a post. I’ve also been known to tear up after watching a hallmark commercial but to the people who have wronged me in the past, I don’t wish any serious ill-will but can the same be said for others?
…but I digress.
The other night I was working on my Archaeology since I was 10 points away from getting another major milestone so I figured I may as well compete one that was pretty close to completion. Unfortunately, it turned out to be ~15 discoveries away but I was determined to finish something that night.
As the time passed sometime after midnight, I was in Townlong Steppes when something unexpected happened. I hit what I thought was the dig button… only it wasn’t. Guess what icon is directly under it? Can’t quite make it out? Here, let me highlight it for you…
Just as well the Spirit Healer was close and I’m glad the tiny caterpillars are now neutral, making digs a little less tedious.
The last few bosses in the Throne of Thunder also seemed to go pretty smoothly, that is until the last boss. But once the strategy was perfected, he went down as expected and look forward to doing it all again next week. Best of all, I finally managed to get an upgrade for my shoulders. Woot!
In other news, it’s been months since I’ve been to Ulduar so I was excited to step back in there today, especially since Cool and I have had some upgrades since then. Sadly, during our last three trips, I wasn’t able to walk out with any fragments so I was hoping for the best today. Luckily, I managed to walk out with one, getting past Hodir and Thorim which was fantastic. I even managed to walk out with my chest token and completed some of the fights on heroic!
In pet news, I was able to upgrade my last wild pet in Storm Peaks the other night which felt great. I’ve also been levelling the rest of my collection by doing four of the Pandarian tamer battles as well as the Fable quest every night. It really feels like I’m the only one still doing the fable battles these days but as a result, the bags often include a pet or battle-stone which makes it worthwhile. Lux even levelled some of my pets recently which was a welcome addition. Service with a smile, what more can you ask for? :)
I can’t help thinking of Tom Cruise when he said this to one of our Australian journalists once but the theme applies.
I let a lot of things slide in this game but there are times when I guess you catch me on a off-day and it annoys me more than usual. Why do people think it gives them a free pass to act like shitheads sitting behind a monitor just because the other person can’t see them. Yes, it’s just a game and you may never run into them again but I still try to act the way I do in real life – which includes not stealing things from other people (quest items or nodes) – especially when it’s clear you’re fighting the mobs right by the object. It’s even more disappointing when you see this from players of the same faction. While killing one of the Zandalari Warbringers in Jade Forest, a Blood Elf Paladin on a yellow panther tried to aggro the nearby elite pterodactyl into Cool’s consecrate so thank you for showing how efficient a combo we are together.
The other day I spotted Moldo-One Eye just as he reached the end of his path to turn around. It’s not too often that I see him without being in combat or dead so I swooped down and tagged him, aggroing a thundermaw at the same time. About two seconds later, an Alliance hunter landed to watch my progress.
Being close to the stream, a crocodile decided to join the party as well but it didn’t pose too much of a problem, especially as a hunter. By this stage, (as I hadn’t wiped) the other hunter attempted to aggro more mobs onto me – but failed. About a minute later, I had killed Moldo without incident so was feeling pretty good about a toon I haven’t been playing that much. I am slowly getting back into it though and trying survival again!
Nice try to the Alliance hunter who tried to aggro more mobs on me while I was killing Moldo-One Eye. I killed him fine without your ‘help’
— Cymre (@Cymre) February 28, 2013
Then there are the ones you’ve known for years who aren’t afraid to speak their mind in-game but when it comes face-to-face, you’re lucky to even get a word out of them – this includes asking them a direct question.
As I finished my random dungeon for the day, I was left with more material for this post. Cool and I are used to tank/heal’ing our way through stuff but on occasion we’ll go in as double DPS. When the queue popped I saw the loading screen for Scholo. Not a big deal, right? Well, I guess it was for the tank who proceeded to go straight through the gate and aggro the boss. As a result, I was pinned between two sheets of ice at the top of the stairs and eventually died and so did Cool after a while. Once the fight was over, I saw a couple of them run off to continue pulling so I released but was called away to do something for a minute. Cool on the other hand refused to release and lay on the floor waiting for a rez.
By the time I came back I saw this:
“that’s what you get for not even trying”
“get your fingers out of your ass and do something”
I was going to retort with something like ‘maybe one day you’ll know about responsibility’ or ‘did you not notice the bit when I was pinned in the ice’ but I could hear that Cool was getting riled up by what had been written. He told me he was going to tank asking me to go discipline. By this stage, I had tried to kick the tank once but it didn’t go through. A couple of minutes later, as we passed Jandice and the Bone guy, he made some other ‘choice’ wise-ass comments since Cool was now tanking and he couldn’t grab the aggro back from him. From there he stated he would just stop playing and just let us keep going while he had a smoke (this was after we had pulled the whole room mind you). After that, the kick went though and he was gone, the healer by that stage was going to let him die anyway. I guess that’s what you get for a DK called Pothead. Honestly, I wonder how old these guys are sometimes, he sounded like a real asshat. Maybe he was just young but is that a valid excuse?
I guess all I’m saying is, can’t we all be a little bit nicer to each other and treat each other the way we’d like to be treated? The world would be such a nicer place to live which is one reason why I follow the Dalai Lama on Twitter.